Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Allan's "Escalator Pitch" at NY SES Conference

Did you use the bathroom today?

A man of many words shortens them into 25 seconds. Last month, Vintage Tub & Bath's General Manager, Allan Dick, climbed his way to the with an "escalator pitch" at the New York 2008 SES Conference and Expo. This spin-off of an Elevator Pitch , hosted by
Greg Jarboe, SEO-PR co-founder, forces people to simplify their business and products even further due to the speed of Hilton's escalators.
Allan knows the industry well, as do many others because throughout a life time, people spend over a year and a half in it; the bathroom. Why not enjoy it? Which is the exact reason to buy from Vintage Tub & Bath.




If you have not used the bathroom today, please, take this time and go now!

You can check out other Escalator Pitches on the SES Conference YouTube Channel.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Rapping up VTB's Dinner in NYC

Here's the wrap up from this year's Vintage Tub’s Networking Dinner at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City after the SES Conference. From wrapping sushi to an actual rapper,Allan Dick spoiled his guests with:
  • 2 hours of hors d'oeuvres including mini crab cakes, variety of sushi, fried lamb raviolis, homemade guacamole and mini sandwiches
  • an open bar; greases the jaw for networking.
    • We don't encourage drinking here at VTB, but the first time meeting Allan, he informed me that those who drink make a larger income than those who don't due to the networking done. A fact I'll never forget.

  • Delicious dinner choices from Filet Mignon, Salmon and Pasta with volcano cake for dessert.
  • A rap performance from Chuck Lewis, aka MoSerious on search engine strategies


Sponsors of the event presented gifts and give aways to the guests including;
So who were some of the lucky guests?

Dana Todd, CMO of Newsforce, Founder of SEMPO and Jeffrey Pruitt, President of SEMPO (I even had the privilege by them at dinner).
Kristopher Jones, President & CEO of pepperjam
Mike Grehan,
Global KMD Officer of Acronym Media
..and over a hundred others including our sponsors and corporations including Google,Yahoo, Microsoft, Victoria’s Secret, BabyAge.com, Search Engine Journal.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

VTB goes to NYC for SES Conference



An opportunity of a lifetime struck Vintage Tub interns this week when the General Manager, Allan Dick, Jr., invited us to attend the Search Engine Strategies 2008 Conference and Expo at the Hilton in New York City. We woke up at 5 am on March 18th like little kids on Christmas morning to start our travel into the city for a full day of fun.

Defining Fun:
  • Listening to presentations and panel discussions that cover literally all aspects of search engine-related promotion.
  • Choosing between 16 different sessions all in one day, ranging from Introduction to Search Engine Marketing, Universal Search to Optimization, Analytics and Paid Search.
  • Having the sessions presented by the industry's top Search experts and representatives of the Search Engines themselves, just to name a few:
  • Learning the most innovative and current technology that even advanced search marketers were not unaware of until this week.
  • Meeting and networking with people of similar interests in ecommerce.
  • Visiting the 100’s of expo booths to stock up on pens and sticky notes.
  • Searching booths for better gifts like Steak Media's purple cow, Acronym Media's hand sanitizer for “hands-on search” and delicious baked cookies from Omniture.
Although the 7 of us are all SEMPO Certified, we were still impressed by the amount of new info we learned in just one day and can only imagine being there for 4 days. I also noticed something about the environment we were in; we were the youngest people there. There were plenty of young business men and women, but they were clearly employees of their business, not college students. There were very few interns here because employers would rather invest their money for a "platinum pass" in their employees before interns (let alone seven!). I’m sure I can speak for the rest of the interns when I say that it made us all appreciate the trip that much more.

At 6 pm, when the conference sessions were complete, our day was far from finished. Leaving the Hilton, we relocated to the Manhattan Penthouse where our manager threw a networking dinner party with over 120 guests from the conference a
nd industry. As if the day couldn’t get better, I was able to speak one on one with reps from SEMPO, 360i, ESPN, Microsoft, Google and many more, which deserves greater depth in a later post. With all this, a career experience of a life time was created.

Thank you to everyone (especially Allan, Mike and Regina) who made this day possible for us. One for the books.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Architectural Salvage and Vintage Plumbing Sources Part 1

Max in a ready to refurbish vintage tub As you know Vintage Tub and Bath began in 1993 when Norman (Allan's brother and owner) began taking clawfoot tubs out of homes and began renovating and selling them to architectural salvage firms in Philadelphia and New York. So we thought it would be great to let you guys know where some architectural salvage yards are located.

There are two ways you can search for architectural salvage yards; you can either Google it and search around on the Internet yourself or you can utilize SalvageWeb or Old House Web.

Our first location we will research is going to be the wonderful state of New York.

The first stop is at a place called Historic House Parts which is located in Rochester, NY and began in 1980. Most of their inventory is salvage of pre-1940 buildings that were being demolished in the NY region. They offer a ton of restored products such as lighting, kitchen and pantry items, radiators, garden items, and bathroom items. Most of their bathroom items are vintage. They really do some wonderful work and I suggest checking them out.

Our second stop will be in Manhattan, NY at a place called Olde Good Things. They salvage antique and architectural artifacts from turn of the century and pre- war buildings. They started as a small flea market and have now grown to 5 different locations and have over 2,000 products online. They also pay a finder's fee if you know of any old buildings ready to be demolished. They offer items such as doors, furniture, hardware, kitchen supplies, and bath products.

Our last stop on this amazing adventure through salvage yards is at Oneonta, NY and is a place called Architiques. This place creates home accents out of architectural salvage and they also buy and sell antiques in their own salvage yard. This business began in 1989 by offering architectural elements and garden items at antique shows. There three main areas of products are antiques, home accents, and architectural salvage pieces. Take a look at some of their architectural salvage pieces here.

Our trip through NY has been amazing and we have found some awesome salvage yards with pieces that you could incorporate into your everyday life.

Next stop, Sunny California!


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

How to Install a Pedestal Sink

I wanted to find a site that explained how to install a pedestal sink in terms that I actually understand. I am not a handy person and I love it when I can find sites that use easy to understand terms and videos. And viola.' I did. It's called DIY for (Do-It-Yourself.com) However, it is best to use a plumbing expert to install your sink it's still fun to try it yourself.

The pedestal sink is broken down into two parts. The base (the stand) and the sink. The sink mounts to a bracket on the wall and sets on top of the stand.

1. Make sure your wall is strong enough to bolt the sink into. If it is only drywall or plaster you might want to install a blocking device under the wall surface to support the sink.

2. Freely set the basin in the position that you want it and prop it up with 2x4's so it is steady. Make sure the sink is steady and mark the position on your wall for your mounting holes both for the sink and the stand.

3. Drill holes corresponding to the marks drilled on your wall. Attach fasteners then your drain and faucet lines to the sink. Then attach your water supply lines to the faucet.

4. Now put the sink and stand back into position on the wall but only bolt the sink into place. Support the sink by your 2x4's and remove the stand from the sink.

5. Finish by attaching your drain and water supply lines and test for leaks

6. Move your stand into its final position and bolt it to the floor. If your pedestal sink doesn't require floor bolts then use adhesive chaulk.

7. To finish, caulk the joint between the sink and wall and smooth and blend.

Some of these steps can be rather complicated and DIY doesnt offer specific instructions. You can contact the other sites offered here in order to better explain how to attach you drain, faucet, and supply lines. If you're having alot of trouble..just call a plumber..thats why they are there!

Good luck!
pedestal sink
Now this was just an overview of the basic process for more information you can contact these following sites: vintagetub.com, Hometime.com, Hometips.com, ThisOldHouse.com.


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