Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Spicy + Savvy Holiday Party

We are so excited to announce our first Spicy + Savvy holiday party!!

In appreciation of all our fabulous clients, colleagues, friends and family, we invite you to our Spicy + Savvy Christmas Cocktail Party!

The party will be held at HUSH Clothing in Westboro, so you can shop while you mingle on Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 6pm - 10pm.

Try our signature Sinfully Cinnamon Cocktail, nibble on delicious appetizers compliments of Marcello's Market and Deli and enjoy fresh florals courtesy of Ottawa Flowers.

A special thanks to Allison Turner, Live Love Plan, for helping us coordinate this event!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spicy + Savvy Dives into Social Media

We have been busy brainstorming on how we can offer more to our clients, and it looks like Social media and viral marketing is the way to do it! The Spicy + Savvy team have been busy putting together fresh Social Media Packages for your business... we can't wait to share them with you... we have an amazing expert on hand!

Watch out for our launch... coming SOON!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just found this!

Just found this fun pic from the fabulous Cherry Pie event here in Ottawa! Check out Cinnamon's fun clothing designs! (and Cinnamon's fabulous new designer, Alix Mitchell in the middle!)

Can't wait for the next one!

Thanks to Snap Ottawa for taking the pic!

Monday, November 16, 2009

KS Restaurant on the Keys

Cinnamon is pleased to be working with KS Restaurant- a hot new resto bar and lounge in South Keys. We have seen the construction site, and we must say it is going to be gorgeous. Stone textures, deep rich colours, and a very modern geometric feel.

We love it and can't wait to get in their with our fav photographer this coming Friday to shoot the awesome space for their upcoming website launch.

Will share more details soon!

IABC Awards Gala

Cinnamon Toast is pleased to be working along side Carrie Irvine of Blackbird Communications to create the 2010 IABC awards Gala marketing campaign and look.

We are so excited to announce that it will be held at the Chateau Laurier - so get ready for a formal cocktail event with style and glitz!

Think chandeliers, champagne, with just the right amount of glam.

Twitter page launching soon!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lessons Learned.

Wow! Last week was a crazy one full of lessons and over all business sense. As a young business owner it is always amazing what I can learn in a week. The curve can be daunting! Sometimes they are lessons that are rewarding and others... just a big pain in the arse. Even so, all of them make us better services providers as well as less naive in the long run. I often get gut feelings that I tend to ignore, and in the end kick myself for not going with my heart and head. There are a few ways to prevent the harsher lessons from knocking on your door more often then you would like.

So- how to avoid these kinds of situations...

1. Look at the history. Friends, clients, bosses, peers- it is all the same. If someone is continually feeling as though they have been let down, screwed around, hurt, ignored, etc etc. No matter how good YOUR intentions are YOU will eventually be the person that they complain about. It is just the way it goes. So, a good general rule... if a person constantly complains about others behaviors and their bad history you will eventually be a part of it in the future. Of course, sometimes people do just have had BAD luck...

2. Communicate. So often I wish I had of said something sooner. Made it clearer. Voiced my opinions. Out of not wanting to stir the pot sometimes I hold back, and it normally haunts me later. So go ahead. Say your two cents... but be weary... it might not be well received.

3. Write it down. Make sure that the agreement you share is clear by both parties. Expectations are on the table. This way, should one party not come through or ask for items outside of the agreement you can refer back to the original understanding.

4. Lean on your friends. Having a terrible week? Feeling overwhlemed? Sometimes we forget about the people who are our biggest fans. The ones that stand up for us, believe in us, and are always first to come to our side. It is easy to get caught up in the tension of it all - but we have good people in our lives for a reason.

7. Let it go. You can't make everyone happy. It is near to impossible. Some people are not going to like you or your business. That's okay. You simply can't appeal to everyone. Sigh.

6. Go with your gut. Yup... bottom line is go with what it is telling you. Have a bad feeling tha a client is going to be more of a trouble then it is worth? Not sure to spend the money? Feel like a person can't be trusted? Don't do it. A little money lost here or there... a lot of money saved when it comes to your troubles.

How Clean is your Water?

Cinnamon is pleased to be working with Northern Water Quality Management in North Bay. They are a fabulous company whose mission is to keep your water safe and clean at home and at work.

We are having so much fun with their brand and are now working on their twitter and social media package along with their brand new website!

We can't wait to share it with you!

Watch for it...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The holidays are around the corner...

Yup. I said it. The holidays are coming... and at Cinnamon we're getting ready! This year, customize your own holiday ecard!

Check out a few from last year to get you in the mood:

Blackbird Communications
VSP Printing
Cinnamon Toast

Don't want an ecard? We can design the old fashioned kind too!

Cinnamon Launches NEW site!

We are SO excited to finally launch our *much overdue* website design! Special thanks to our amazing developers, writers, and anyone else who helped us get this up...

To celebrate... for the month of November purchase a new logo design and we'll design your bizz cards for free!

Watch out for constant portfolio updates... we have so much in store!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ottawa Flowers gets a bold new look!

Cinnamon and Blackbird Communications have been working with Ottawa Flowers to create a modern new approach for their look. It has taken a bunch of back and forth and tons of designs, but we are pleased with the final look!

It is sexy, bold, and mod. We can't wait to show it to you! (a sneak peak only)

Now... we have to convince them to go with a foil on the bizz card... or maybe a varnish. ;)

Spicy + Savvy on Facebook

Spicy + Savvy are officially on Facebook! Check it out!