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Coffee Shop Squatting

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Starbucks? For me it’s good but expensive coffee and a free wifi hotspot. The free wifi amenity that Starbucks is quite famous for has transformed the industry completely to the point where many of their local competitors now offer the same thing. Thanks to Starbucks, most local coffee shops you come across will have free wifi for you to use as you please. But like any new and innovative practice, the law of unintended consequences is destined to give you new problems you never quite anticipated. One such issue for local coffee shops are customers who treat their coffee shop as their office without the rent and with free internet.

The benefit of a shop providing free wifi is that customers will be more likely to stay longer, spend more money during their stay, and be more likely to be repeat customers. The downside is that the shop only has a finite amount of seating for customers when they have more customers than seats. In these cases the people linger on their laptops an hour after their initial purchase is crowding out the tech-free customer that just wants to buy and drink their drink and then leave when they’re done.

One locally owned coffee shop in San Francisco seems to have solved that issue with some creative thinking. During the store’s busiest hours, about one third of the shop’s seating is reserved for people without computers and come with a 30 minute time limit. Laptop-wielding patrons still have plenty of room to peck away for free but customers like myself who don’t stay as long can have a place to sit down too. It’s very much the same philosophy as the express line in grocery stores (that always seem to be used by people who can’t count to ten). The end result has been that the shop’s sales have increased about 15 to 20 percent since the policy was implemented. It may be a very new first world problem but I love seeing the creative ways of how we solve the new and unanticipated problems we face.

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10 Pick from Across the US to Eat Like a Local

Travel & Leisure teamed up with CNN to create a list of 100 places to eat like a local. They asked for recommendations of the best, most authentic spots for visitors to feel like locals when they’re on the road. From all of the responses, they picked their favorites below. To view the entire list of 100 locations, click here.

  1. Taqueria del Sol in Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Elizabeth Street Café in Austin, Texas
  3. Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen in Barre, Vermont
  4. Grits & Groceries in Belton, South Carolina
  5. Seafood Express in Hyder, Alaska
  6. Coconut’s Fish Café in Kihei, Hawaii
  7. Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing, California
  8. Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco
  9. Neon Grill in St. Joseph, Michigan
  10.  Tecolote in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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America’s Best Public Parks

Weather.com has compiled a list of the best public parks around the country. The list would not be complete without some of the most iconic parks in America including:

Central Park: New York City
Yellowstone National Park: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Piedmont Park: Atlanta, Georgia
Grand Teton National Park: Wyoming
West Potomac Park: Washington D.C.
Yosemite National Park: Mariposa County, California
Grant Park: Chicago, Illinois
Acadia National Park: Maine
Griffith Park: Los Angeles, California
Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado
White Rock Lake Park: Dallas, Texas
US Glacier National Park: Montana
Encanto Park: Phoenix, Arizona
Everglades National Park: Florida
Golden Gate Park: San Francisco, California

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Central Park, NYC

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Best French Fries in the United States

Come on admit it, there is nothing better than a crispy, golden brown, salted French fry. Right?

CNN Travel‘s article, lists where to get the “Best French fries in the United States.”

1. Boise Fry Company, Idaho: Their slogan is “Burgers on the Side” and with Idaho being known for their potatoes, this place was destined to have killer fries. Customers can choose from six varieties of potato, then the cut, then the dressing. What could be better than a fry customized to your craving?!

2. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, NYC:This hip place is known for their thrice-cooked chips. Long, medium-thick slices of Idaho russet potatoes are first boiled, then fried twice in a sunflower/canola oil blend. Then they get a pinch of salt. Try them with the restaurant’s Cuban mayo.

3. The Original Hot Dog Shop, Pittsburgh:Known for dishing out fries piled a mile high, The Original Hot Dog Shop makes their fries using hand-cut, and peeled Idaho potatoes which are friend twice in peanut oil. Served perfectly golden and crunch on a cafeteria tray, this place will bring back the nostalgia of the good old days.

4. Duckfat, Maine:Duckfat uses locally grown potatoes for their famous fries which are fried twice in duck fat allowing the outside to get super crisp while the inside remains tender. Served in a paper cone alongside specially made dips like mussel mayo and chopped egg and caper mayo, these fries are unusually made but delicious.

5. Jasper’s Corner Tap, San Francisco: With a menu devoted specifically to fries, this place has to be a winner! Choose your fry, thin, thick, or sweet potato, then your seasoning. Folks say that the smoked cheese fondue that is served as a side for dipping is “to die for.”

6. Pike Street Fish, Seattle: Known for Seattle’s best fish and chips, this place serves hand-sliced fries that are fried to “perfection,” along with delectable dipping sauces. The tangy chili mayo is a favorite. Even better, fries are FREE every third Friday of the month from 5PM to 7PM.

7. The Green Room, South Carolina: The Chef here, Patrick Long, specializes in Parmesan truffle fries, shoestring cut, and immediately tossed in truffle oil after being taken from the fryer. He then finishes them with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

8. Bourbon Steak, Miami: Celeb chef Michael Mina offers mid-thick cuts of potato that are dunked in duck fat for the ultimate flavor and crispiness. An order covers three seasonings and sauce combos including rosemary herb with spicy ketchup, onion-dusted with sour cream sauce, and smoked paprika with smoked BBQ sauce. YUM!

9. Jonesy’s EatBar, Denver: Continually voted as Denver’s best fries, these thick-cut, extra crispy spuds are out of this world. They also come in four “World Famous” and original varieties like Buffalo (loaded in wing sauve and blue cheese crumbles with a side of dressing) and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

10. Thrasher’s, Maryland: Simply put, these are the ultimate “Boardwalk Fry.” These hand-cut fries are freid in peanut oil with the skins still on and served with salk & vineagar in a big bucket. The smallest bucket is 16oz and the largest weighs in at 53oz!

Bourbon Steak, Miami

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The 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013

GQ.com has compiled a list of twelve of the most outstanding restaurants around the country. According to the article’s author, Alan Richman, we yearn for restaurants that are like us: casual, kindhearted, original, and a little too loud. All we ask is that the chef exhibit a little inspiration and the owner understand that customers can’t have a good time without great service. These days, American spirit has triumphed over European tradition. The twelve restaurants redefining fine dining are aware of what we want in a perfect night out. Here is the full list of restaurants:

  1. Little Serow, Washington DC: Transformative Thai
  2. Hog & Hominy, Memphis TN: Italian-American Veers South
  3. Vedge, Philadelphia PA: Amazing Vegan
  4. Curate, Asheville NC: A New Spanish Revolution
  5. Uchi, Houston TX: Spectacular Sushi
  6. West Bridge, Cambridge MA: French Cuisine
  7. Oxheart, Houston TX: Texas Without The Brisket
  8. Central Kitchen, San Francisco CA: California’s New Champ
  9. BÄCO MERCAT, Los Angeles CA: L.A. on the Mediterranean
  10. St. Anselm, Brooklyn NY: The Steak House Rebooted
  11. The Ordinary, Charleston SC: High Times In Low Country
  12. La Vara, Brooklyn, NY: Spain Like You’ve Never Tasted It

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Best Winter Vacations

U.S. News Travel gives readers some great suggestions with their list of 12 places recommended for the Best Winter Vacations. Let’s face it, unless you like freezing, snowy weather and/or skiing, winter in the Northeast is kind of gloomy. It’s dark and cold by the time you get home from work, making it hard to want to do anything in your spare time aside from watching TV in your sweats, which is exactly why you need a winter vacation. Give yourself something to look forward to and a reason to keep trudging to the gym on those frigid nights, as you will need your bathing suit for most of these vacations. However if you enjoy vacationing to wintery destinations, there are some options for you too, (see #’s 9-11 on the list.) As lovers of all places warm and sunny, our pick for your perfect winter vacation is #1, Kauai, Hawaii. If you have yet to visit Hawaii, stop what you are doing immediately and start planning a trip. While we haven’t traveled everywhere just yet, Hawaii is the #1 vacation destination and most beautiful place we’ve been to date. Kauai, known as the Garden Isle, is oldest and most lush of the Hawaiian Islands. With its gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, delicious cuisine, unique wildlife, and laid back Aloha lifestyle, you can’t go wrong.  Be sure to check out all the vacation hot spots on this list and start planning your winter get-away today!

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Nā Pali Coast State Park - Photo courtest of: www.en.wikipedia.org

Nā Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii – Photo courtest of: http://www.en.wikipedia.org

10 best places to raise your kids

MSN Real Estate and Bloomberg Businessweek provide readers with information on the 10 best places to raise your kids. This list is geared toward those considering leaving the big city to move to a more family oriented locale. Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000, looking at metrics including housing cost, commuting time, public school performance, safety, poverty, educational attainment for adults, and households with children and diversity. They also looked at the local job market, median income, and unemployment rate, making this a very studied and thorough assessment. Take a look at these locations and perhaps you will discover the perfect town for your family!

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Bella Vista, Ark. - Photo courtesy of: Frank Krahmer/Getty Images

Bella Vista, Ark. – Photo courtesy of: Frank Krahmer/Getty Images

10 best places to raise your kids:

1. Solon, Ohio

2. Helotes, Texas

3. Bella Vista, Ark.

4. Cranberry Township, Pa.

5. Signal Mountain, Tenn.

6. Peachtree City, Ga.

7. Ballwin, Mo.

8. Cedarburg, Wis.

9. Brandon, Miss.

10. Louisville, Colo.

Superfoods that fight colds

If you are one of the 10 people on earth who does not have a cold right now, be thankful and be sure to prevent getting one by educating yourself about Superfoods that fight colds, presented by MSN Healthy Living. This list has some nutritious options that will help you stave off the ever lingering winter cold that all your friends and co-workers have. Personal favorite superfood, dark chocolate, which is considered a cold fighter due high levels of zinc and polyphenols per ounce, which are disease fighting antioxidants.

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Photo courtesy of: MSN Healthy Living

Photo courtesy of: MSN Healthy Living

14 jobs that pay 6 figures

MSN Careers starts the New Year off right with their list of 14 jobs that pay 6 figures. There is no better time to reconsider your job opportunities, especially if you didn’t get that raise or bonus you were banking on. This list will give you some insight on career fields that are growing and paying into the 6 figures, and you can’t go wrong with that. While many of these careers will take a fair amount of time and money to be able to get to the mentioned positions, you can’t get there at all if you don’t try. Our pick is for #1,  Advertising, promotions and marketing manager, probably because this blog is brought to you by the Churchill Corporate Services marketing department! Be sure to take a look at this list below if you have been considering a more lucrative career move, or just looking for a new field to explore!

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Photo courtesy of: MSN Careers

Photo courtesy of: MSN Careers

1. Advertising, promotions and marketing manager* What they do: Advertising, promotions and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in a product or service. They work with art directors, sales agents and financial staff members. 2010 median pay: $108,260

2. Air traffic controller What they do: Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that planes stay safe distances apart. 2010 median pay: $108,040

3. Architectural and engineering manager What they do: Architectural and engineering managers plan, coordinate and direct activities in architecture and engineering, including research and development. 2010 median pay: $119,260

4. Chief executive officer What they do: Chief executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct and coordinate operational activities of companies and public- or private-sector organizations. 2010 median pay: $101,250

5. Computer and information systems manager What they do: Computer and information systems managers, often called IT managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the IT goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals. 2010 median pay: $115,780

6. Dentist What they do: Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. 2010 median pay: $146,920

7. Financial manager What they do: Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization. 2010 median pay: $103,910

8. Lawyer What they do: Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses or government agencies on legal issues or disputes. 2010 median pay: $112,760

9. Natural science manager What they do: Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists and biologists. They direct research and development projects and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control and production. 2010 median pay: $116,020

10. Petroleum engineer What they do: Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. 2010 median pay: $114,080

11. Pharmacist What they do: Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use. 2010 median pay: $111,570

12. Physician and surgeon What they do: Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates. 2010 median pay: Equal to or greater than $166,400 per year

13. Physicist What they do: Physicists study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications. 2010 median pay: $105,430

14. Podiatrist What they do: Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower-leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries and perform surgery. 2010 median pay: $118,030

Happy New Year and a Little Bit of History!

We at Churchill Corporate Services want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year, filled with best wishes for health and happiness in 2013 and always! Perhaps you, liked millions of people throughout the world stayed up late to watch that iconic ball drop in Times Square, and hopefully you will be spending New Year’s Day relaxing with loved ones after an evening of celebration and revelry. As you reflect on the past year and begin new resolutions sure to set yourself up for success in this New Year, take a moment to read this article explaining the early origins and traditions of New Year’s Day throughout the ages, then check out the video below created by history.com.

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History of New Year’s Eve Video

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