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

  • I am grateful to have met Corina and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!

    Corina Mack was extremely thorough and quick to respond to all of the needs of myself as well as her business client. Her ability to communicate between the 2 of us made the process so quick. Corina was very knowledgeable about the company she was representing and their current team that was in place. Sometimes companies receive an overwhelming amount of applications for positions and Corina’s ability to pre-screen potential candidates surely expedited this businesses needs to fill their role.           Regards, John R. Guyon III I am grateful to have met Corina Mack and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!
  • Erin DeFreitas was Top - Notch!

    Could not have been better!

                          Thank You!     Eddie T. Erin DeFreitas was top-notch!
  • I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!

    Jackie was my recruiter and she truly is an exceptional addition and excellent employee!  Patrice & Associates provided amazing service which made my decision to chose this organization to work for seamless.  I have referred Jackie to a few of my friends, and I am confident they will receive the same outstanding experience as well!

    All the best,

    Chantal

    I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!
  • I give Jay a 10 out of 10! 

    Jay Gray is an exceptional recruiter and someone who truly cares about what his client is seeking for employment. Jay helped me through the entire hiring process and made me feel confident about my new career opportunity. I am truly grateful to have had his help. Once again, thank you for you service and it really did help me in a time I needed someone like Jay to come in and help secure a position that valued my worth. I’m really enjoying my position and I’m fortunate for the help!               Much Thanks! Walker Patterson I give Jay a 10 out of 10!
  • I have been nothing but completely happy with Jonathan Litt

    Jonathan Litt has been absolutely amazing during the process of getting me hired for a new position. I’ve been in hospitality for many years, as a Director of Finance in hotels. The last year and a half has been quite difficult, even for those of us who remained employed during the pandemic. After a year of running a department alone due to property wide layoffs, a stressful transition (brand and management company), working crazy hours, along with a 20% paycut for 9 months, I started feeling very overwhelmed and drained. I told myself it might be time for a change and I was going to let the universe help me. And, it happened! Jonathan Litt found my resume and reached out to me inquiring if I was interested in a Finance Manager position, in the Food world. And, I thought that it was worth speaking to him.
    Immediately, I felt this position might be a great fit for me. From the very first email, and texts, he was amazing. He is so professional and helpful, down to helping with revising my resume to point out things I hadn’t even thought of, to helping with getting prepared for the interview. I’m so confident in my abilities but always hated interviews because you never remember the things you want to explain or the right questions to ask. I also find it to be amazing that he reaches out via text because we all know how much easier texting can be these days when you’re in meetings and/or have deadlines and cannot always hop on a call. I was offered the position and start in 2 weeks and I’m so excited! I’m grateful that I can stay in finance, while taking a chance in a new direction, albeit still in hospitality, and will finally have a better work/life balance.
    I would absolutely recommend Jonathan Litt not only for anyone seeking a new role or for companies seeking the next “right fit” for their business. I look forward to keeping Jonathan in my circle of contacts.
    Thanks,
    Erica Garner
    I have been nothing but completely happy with Jonathan Litt