A weekend project with great ROI…DirectBuy of Greater Vancouver’s team building weekend improves morale and service.

VANCOUVER, COQUITLAM, VICTORIA, AND OKANAGAN, BC… As service representatives for DirectBuy of Greater Vancouver, the leading members-only showroom and home design center, part of the job is helping people find the materials and labor for their home improvement project. Yet on a recent weekend, the service team had another … [Read more...]

How the “new” Scrooge did his shopping for the next Christmas.

MERRILLVILLE, IN… There’s no question seeing the three spirits changed Ebenezer Scrooge forever. Yet did it really undo buying habits ingrained over a lifetime? Or did he convert that frugality into shrewdness for getting the most for his money, saving money and being the guy who gave the best gifts? By enabling its members … [Read more...]

Does the expression “Cheap Date” take on new meaning? Is love tied to the economy?

Does the expression “Cheap Date” take on new meaning? Is love tied to the economy? Or, is finding that special someone considered a necessity, even in a recession? Investing in a dating service membership may be considered a luxury good/service, but despite consumers’ fall in discretionary income, the demand for professional … [Read more...]

Plumbing projects that pack a punch. Hub Plumbing & Mechanical looks at which projects offer the highest return on investment.

DATELINE:  SOUTH BOSTON, MA... For many homeowners, remodeling or upgrading their existing home remains an appealing option in an uncertain real estate market. The question is, which projects offer the best return on investment in the long run? John Wood, founder and CEO of Hub Plumbing & Mechanical of Boston offers some … [Read more...]

PR Works meets with TV star Christopher Lowell at DirectBuy national convention in San Francisco.

Joe D'Eramo (left) and Steve Dubin (right) with Christopher Lowell.

DATELINE: KINGSTON, MA… PR Works founder Steve Dubin (Kingston, Mass. resident) and account manager Joe D’Eramo (Plymouth resident) recently met with TV star Christopher Lowell at the national convention for their mutual client DirectBuy.  The convention was held in San Francisco and attended by more than 1,500 DirectBuy staff … [Read more...]

Boot Camp for New Dads Shares Strategies for New Fathers Working Long Hours

In an economy where the work days keep getting longer and money keeps getting tighter, new fathers face the challenge of how to find time to spend with their babies and still cover the bills. Greg Bishop, founder of Boot Camp for New Dads, a non-profit orientation program for fathers-to-be, operating in more than 260 hospitals, … [Read more...]


  In taking an ever so brief pause, here are THANKFUL thoughts: Thanks for editors who return our calls. Thanks for editors who don’t require us to call. Thanks for coverage that is included online and can be repurposed. Thanks for clients who respond to emails. Thanks for online news sites that spider so well. … [Read more...]

Masters Touch Supports Whitinsville Christian School T.R.I.P.

Masters Touch of Medfield, a one-stop-shop providing architectural, design and construction services, supports the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program, known as the T.R.I.P. program, at Whitinsville Christian School in Whitinsville. For every project completed for families and potential students of the Whitinsville Christian … [Read more...]

Where it’s easy buying green…DirectBuy provides one-stop shopping solution for green building materials and appliances.

GURNEE, HOFFMAN ESTATES, NAPERVILLE, TINLEY PARK, IL … There’s a misconception among many consumers that buying “green” refers strictly to products made of natural materials. While that’s part of the equation, there’s much more to it. Like appliances and lighting that last longer and use less power to run. Or plumbing that … [Read more...]