My birthday/mid-life crisis extended into last week at Madison+Main, with a week full of “surprises.”
It was a wild and wacky five day weekend as I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my 21st birthday by hitting the Urbanna OysterFest last Friday (11/1), drove back to announce the Smith Sharks’ first playoff game Saturday night (which they won 12-0) and then drove my new Jeep up to Douthat State Park, so that I could get it dirty.
Monday (11/4) – Last Monday, while I was driving up and down mountains, the kids at Madison+Main welcomed VP of Operations Molly Quarles back from her 15-month exile in west Texas. Every one was excited to see Molly Marie’s smiling face, alive and in person, instead of on Skype.
Tuesday (11/5) – Election Day – On Tuesday, VP of Brand Strategy Kara Forbis came into town from Blacksburg, which was a delightful surprise.
On Tuesday afternoon, a few team members took a lunchtime field trip to visit Studio Center and very much enjoyed their tour and Starbucks gift cards. Special thanks to Ashley Smith-O’Meara for the hospitality.
Ashley and the Main-iacs show off their jazz hands.
I got back in town Tuesday night just in time to vote — 10 minutes before the polls closed! — and then watched election returns. I learned that Terry McAuliffe will be Virginia’s next governor in a couple of months, the same job held by noble Virginian’s like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Learn more about Syracuse, New York’s favorite son here.
Wednesday (11/6) – On Wednesday we had a very productive meeting with long-time client Capital Ale House in advance of their holiday gift card promotion. The friendly folks at Capital Ale remind you: “This Year. Give Beer.” If you buy a $100 gift card for someone else, they will give you a $20 gift card for free. Visit capitalalehouse.com for more details.
On Wednesday night, Molly, Kara and I grabbed dinner at Social52, where I was delightfully surprised by the menu (I tried brussels sprouts for the 3rd time in my life and actually liked them) and we were pleasantly surprised to run into Senior Account Manager Katie Hurst and her “beau” Kyle Langemeier who joined us for dinner.
Thursday (11/7) – On Thursday morning, it was no surprise that 50% of the company was extremely hungover, since most everyone celebrated Molly’s return from Texas in traditional “Molly Style”… drinking on a Wednesday night.
The crew recovered by noon and celebrated Kara Forbis’ 4th Madison+Main anniversary with pizza from Mellow Mushroom.
On Thursday afternoon, we completed production on Kambourian Jewelers’ new TV spot, which has a VERY surprising ending. Click here to see the spot we produced in partnership with Broadscope Media called “Bold Statement.”
Also, my heartfelt congratulations go out to Ric Withers, owner of Wythken Printing, who celebrated their 10th anniversary on Thursday. We are so proud to have been their partner for the last eight years.
Friday (11/8) – On Friday morning we had the opportunity to visit with Ashley Abplanalp, the Money Mom, who provides individuals and families with no-nonsense financial counseling. Be on the lookout for Ashley’s new website and Richmond-wide marketing campaign!
This afternoon, we met with BES Studios’ Executive Producer Mark Remes and DirectorSteve Lyons, as we prepare to shoot another spot for Lucy Corr Village.