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Madison+Main Weekly Report

Hey folks,

The “big @ss” Christmas tree went up this week at Madison+Main and the Times-Dispatch reminded me this morning that there are only 19 shopping days until Christmas. All of us at Madison+Main survived Black Friday, but our Holiday Open House almost killed us…

The week at Madison+Main was fun and festive:

Monday (12/2) – On Monday, Sammy and I had the pleasure of seeing Laurie Aldrich and her team at the Virginia Wineries Association (we love wine and wine people). On Monday afternoon we pitched a prospective client, but I can’t tell you who it was, because two of the almost 4,000 subscribers to the Weekly Report are competitors. 🙂

Administrative Assistant Lindsay Benesek was excited that she got to wear jeans to work on Monday, but was bummed to find out that she had to pull all the Christmas decorations out of our spooky 19th century basement.

Tuesday (12/3) – On Tuesday morning, I was double booked and had to decide which meeting to attend – Rotary or Chesterfield Business Council – and I am ashamed to admit that I hit the snooze bar twice and bailed on both meetings. I did arrive promptly at 9:00 am and the day was a whirlwind of activity. Highlights included lunch with our friends at Yard Works, then a meeting with Uptown Alley and we capped off a busy day by sitting down with ChrisMattAmy and Rachel at Capital Ale House Midlothian.

Wednesday (12/4) – I woke up on Wednesday and my house was dark and quiet. The flu knocked out Sue and the kids but I was fortunately spared. We welcomed our clients from Northern Neck Insurance in the morning and First Bank in the afternoon. It was a busy and productive day, so we treated ourselves to cocktails and big fat steaks at Morton’s.

Little known fact: Morton’s is open for lunch for select dates during the holidays – December 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th and 20th from 11:30am – 3:00pm. Just call Sean or Acree at Morton’s and they’ll hook you up (804) 648-1662.

Thursday (12/5) – On Thursday our client Kambourian Jewelers made a “bold statement” by officially opening its second location. The Richmond retail institution held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new store in Market Square, adjacent to Brandermill. Special thanks to our friends at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce for helping us organize the event.

Kambourian Jewelers opens in Market Square in Chesterfield County

Somehow we had enough energy to conduct a White Elephant Gift Exchange before the Holiday Party: Dorsey got a Witch hat and Geoff got a bongo. During the Holiday Open House, I drank a lot of Bourbon, wore Dorsey’s hat and broke Geoff’s bongo. Remember, it’s not a party until somebody breaks the bongo.


Who knew our building was famous too? That is our friend Steve Lyons from BES Studios filming Virginia Lottery’s Lady Luck for a TV spot.

Friday (12/6) – Congratulations to Lindsey Durfee, the only employee to make it to work on time. 🙂 We had several casualties from the Holiday Party, so “Casual Friday” turned into “R e a l l y Casual Friday.”

We still managed to deliver a proposal, knock out a Commonwealth of Virginia RFP for advertising services and meet LeClairRyan Parter and Super Lawyer Will Shewmake at Rappahanock for oysters and Bourbon, while we plotted our takeover of the Western Hemisphere. We have a plan. Nothing can stop us. How much does a death ray cost?

Sharks update: last week was a short week, so there was no Weekly Report, but many of you have been following the Alberta Smith Sharks magnificent 2013 football season and contacted me to find out who won the CQL Super Bowl. Sadly, Jack’s team suffered its only loss of the season in its last game, being out played by Wells. An 11-1 season and the Northern Division Championship were amazing accomplishments. They are an incredible group of young men.

Tonight at Alberta Smith Elementary, we celebrate the Sharks winning season with their Annual Football Banquet and I will able to tell them, in person, how very proud I am of each and every one of them. #GoSharks

The forecast is calling for three and a half feet of sleet, freezing rain and snow, so I must run to Martin’s, while it’s still balmy and 74 degrees, and buy lots of milk and bread and hot cocoa.