Monthly Archives: March 2014

Wacky Hotel Series: Nuclear Bunker Hotel, Switzerland

Null Stern Hotel. Touted as the world's first "Zero Star Hotel" it is in fact a converted underground nuclear bunker in St. Gallen Switzerland. A group of 15 guests inaugurated the hotel, sleeping the night from Thursday to Friday in the former bunker embellished with artistic decoration and real hotel duvets. But that was only a trial run, and regular operation of the hotel will require approval of an operating budget by the town of Sevelen. The hostelry in the northeastern region of St. Gallen, which is part of the town's project to convert the hardly used nuclear bunker, is…

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Wacky Hotel Series: Dog Bark Inn, Idaho

At Dog Park Inn - Sleeping in the Dog House is a Good thing! Dog Bark Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse inside the worlds biggest beagle.  Guests enter the body of the beagle from a 2nd story deck. Some of the decorative furnishings are chainsaw carvings by the owners. Inside and up to the head of the dog is a loft room for additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle.  The bathroom is actually a fire hydrant in the corner! For Reservations and more information : Dog Park Inn

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Wacky Hotel Series: Capsule Hotel, Netherlands

These oil-rig survivor pods have been repurposed to become floating accommodations moored in the Hague. They’ve got chemical toilets, mini-libraries, snacks, DVD players, sleeping cushions and interiors done by various artists and designers. Glamorous? No. Out-there cool? Yes. Also ranked as one of the world's tiniest hotel rooms!   More Pictures    

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Ten Most Unique Restaurants in the World

Some of these are definitely on my Bucket List!   )  

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Career Advisor: Start Today with New Energy for your Job Search!

Put new energy behind your job search starting today. The success or lack thereof that you have experienced in your job search is 100% based on the decisions you have made up until this very moment in time. If you want to improve the results you t continue to make the same decisions going forward. For the next ten days, conduct a time study of your job search activities. Write down how many hours you dedicate daily to your search, how many resumes you submit, how much time you spend researching, how many interviews or informational interviews you schedule, etc.…

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How Winter Weather is Impacting Restaurants

We All have to eat ... and this year we have had a bad case of winter blues. Wall Street analysts predict that rising heating bills will take a cut of already limited consumer discretionary spending, serving as a “crowding out” factor that will likely last through late spring. Charles Grom, analyst with Sterne Agee, estimated in a report released Wednesday that natural gas bills — the primary source of heat for about half of U.S. households — will rise about 73 percent this winter, translating to about a 6-percent drag on consumer spending, with particular ramifications in the Midwest…

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The Severe Weather and Jobs Impact

Although the snow was beautiful this winter, it played havoc with people's lives including job hunting!  Below is an article published by the Associated Press as the Job Report was released last Friday. Last monthʹs harsh winter weather cut across the U.S. economy, closing factories, canceling flights and keeping shoppers home.  Employers, though, kept hiring. They added 175,000 jobs in February, the government said Friday, far more than in December and January. So why didnʹt the weather put job growth in a deep freeze? Mainly because of how the government counts company payrolls. The Labor Department calculates jobs by asking companies…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • David Hotovy was amazing in every way possible. 

    First off, I would like to say Thank you for all the support and help landing a spot for me.  We kept in contact everyday whether we were talking about family or work.  Even after the prospected new job kept us hanging, after we thought we landed it, he was there to make sure my mind was still right.  I actually want to work with him and the company now lol.  He stayed focused on finding me a spot and telling me that I have everything companies need.  To his Boss as well, to going to bat for me. I feel I made a new friend.  I don't know if there is anymore that I can say, I would love to do more for the company so your whole team is recognized.  I deal with businesses and customers a lot and this was by far the best customer experience I've ever had!  I thought I was the best!! If there is anything I can do for David and your company let me know.
    Cheers,
    Steven King
    David Hotovy was amazing in every way possible
  • Colleen Casey went above and beyond. 

    Colleen Casey of Patrice & Associates helped me obtain a Payroll position.  She helped build my confidence and mentored me through the interview process.  In my past career searches I have worked with other career agencies and never experienced the service I received working with Colleen.  She became my mentor with building up my confidence and how to go about interviewing for the company I have accepted my current position.  I would recommend the company, but would definitely tell anyone to contact Colleen if they are looking for a new position in the future.

    Thank you,

    Dorinda Sperry

    Colleen Casey went above and beyond
  • Corina Mack was wonderful to work with. 

    She was easy to speak with during the interview process and gave helpful tips. She was diligent with her follow-ups and very responsive to my calls/emails.  I would absolutely work with Corina again!
    Thank you!
    Amanda
    Corina Mack was wonderful to work with
  • Darryl is my Coach Angel. I'm very thankful to have been reached out to for this job.  At the same time I received the call I was just listening to something and then I received the call from Darryl and things were answered.  I'm even receiving more money than my last management job ( WOW ).  Thanks again, you all changed the game for me.           Sincerely, RASHEDA KEITH Darryl is my Coach Angel
  • Corina Mack was amazing!  

    She communicated well throughout the interview process and understood my goals and expectations of the job position.  She did a great job of connecting me to what the company was looking for in the VP of Operations position.  This gave me ability to be well prepared for my interviews.   Not only would I recommend Corina, but planning on using her in my new role to continue to staff accordingly.
    Thank you,
    Pete Hodges
    Corina Mack was amazing!