Southern California Beach Volleyball Players Create Customer Driven Swimwear Designs for the Active Beach Lifestyle

After collecting over 200 disappointing bikinis, friends Bridget Dome and Sibylle Postley created Pepper Swimwear because they could not find stylish and comfortable bikinis to play beach volleyball in. New for Summer 2017 they are launching several new styles that are 100% customer driven.

About Pepper Swimwear:
Friends Bridget Dome and Sibylle Postley started Pepper Swimwear because they couldn’t find bikinis that were cute and comfortable enough to keep up with their serious beach volleyball addiction. “Between the two of us, we had over 200 tops and bottoms in our drawers. Many times when we finally found a piece we thought we loved, it would fall apart mid-season,” says Bridget.

The duo who lacked any formal experience in the apparel industry dove in head first to the steep learning curve. After attempting to work with experienced professional pattern and sample makers they realized the only way to keep their newly launched ship from quickly sinking was to bring the process in-house. Now Bridget and Sibylle collaborate on the designs, Sibylle sews the samples (and there are often many of them to get it right) and both women test them out on the volleyball court. The designs that pass the tests are then reproduced in a small owner-operated sewing shop in downtown Los Angeles.

“Our goal is to design comfortable, durable swimwear that can stand up to a beach volleyball beating yet is also flattering and on trend,” says Sibylle. “We like to use bold colors and vibrant prints inspired by places we’ve been and to evoke the ‘live life in a bikini’ mentality.”

The name Pepper is the term for a common volleyball warm-up drill and also reflects the Southern California beach volley vibe – spicy, energetic, positive and happy.

“The requirements of a bikini for many other beach sports such as surfing paddleboarding, wakeboarding, etc. are similar to those of beach volleyball and we have a lot of customers using our suits for these other types of activities,” adds Bridget. “We often hear of our tops doubling as sports bras!”

What’s new for 2017?

Business in the front, party in the back:
“We are launching a couple new styles that are 100% customer driven – the two of us spend a lot of time interacting with our customers and getting feedback on what works and what doesn’t,” says Bridget. “The new Sunset Cross Back Reversible Sports Bikini Top, as well as the new cheeky and modest bottoms were requested by so many of our customers.”

The Sunset top is fully adjustable and features a sports bra like the front with star shaped adjustable back design. It has a special sewn-in padding produced in Belgium that will not fall apart, crinkle or feel spongy in the water. It is comfortable enough to be worn from sunrise to sunset (hence the name).

New cheeky and modest bottom options:
“We also spent a lot of time developing and testing many samples for the new cheeky and modest Sunset bottoms to minimize the amount of adjusting needed. We actually ended up sewing over one dozen samples to get to the final cut,” says Sibylle.

Custom beach volleyball lifestyle print:
They are also launching their first custom print this season. It’s an ode to the beach volleyball lifestyle and meshes photos of their favorite beaches into a vibrant, colorful, geometric print

High-neck top showcases toned shoulders:
“We know that beach athletes are proud of their toned shoulders and our high neck top really showcases them!” says Sibylle. Their new East Beach Top also provides more coverage of the décolleté area which is known to be especially prone to sun damage.

“Our customers loved the fun tri-color braids we did a couple seasons ago so we brought them back and combined them with our new color love affair – Fiji – with a stylish new back design,” adds Bridget.

If you don’t find Bridget and Sibylle on the local beaches playing volleyball or in their Pepper home offices, you likely find them chasing around their young children. With six kids between them, their hands (and hearts) are full!


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Innovations Explores Over-the-Counter Cold Shortening Products with Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.

Programming with Ed Begley Jr. uncovers Zicam’s latest product advancements

JUPITER, FL., June 29, 2017 – DMG Productions is excited to announce that Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., the makers of Zicam® Cold Remedy products, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the highly acclaimed television series, Innovations with Ed Begley Jr., airing third quarter 2017 on FOX Business.

In this episode, Innovations will explore Zicam’s popular line-up of over-the-counter homeopathic cold shortening products, including its newest addition, ZICAM® Cold Remedy Medicated Fruit Drops in orange, lemon and cherry flavors. Viewers will be introduced to Zicam® Cold Remedy and experience the brand’s unique product benefits, enabling consumers to shorten the length of a cold when taken at the first sign of symptoms.

“Matrixx Initiatives’ ability to bring new products to market quickly, access and support distribution at retail, and engage the consumer with clear and compelling communication, has enabled the company’s success and continued development of the Zicam brand with U.S. consumers,” said Lisa Glassman, producer for the Innovations series. “We look forward to exploring this on our show.”

“At Zicam, we are always looking to create new and innovative ways to help people feel their best,” said M’lou Walker, CEO of Matrixx Initiatives. “We are excited to partner with Innovations to take viewers on a journey to uncover cold shortening products designed for a variety of consumer preferences and most importantly, busy, on-the-go lifestyles.”

About Matrixx Initiatives:
Matrixx has been engaged in the development and marketing of better ways to feel better through over-the-counter health care products that utilize innovative drug delivery systems for over 20 years. Matrixx Initiatives manufactures and markets ZICAM® brand homeopathic and allopathic OTC products. Zicam® Cold Remedy products reduce the duration of a cold, when taken at the first sign and used as directed. While most cold medicines are designed just to mask cold symptoms, homeopathic Zicam® Cold Remedy is completely different®, because it has ingredients that are clinically proven to shorten a cold. With Zicam® Cold Remedy’s cold shortening powers, you can get back to the real you – the person you are without a cold- faster. Zicam® Cold Remedy is the #1 cold shortening brand in the USA based on sales data of cold shortening brands. For more information, visit:, or

About Innovations and DMG Productions:
Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more.

DMG Productions (responsible for creating the Innovations show) includes personnel specialized in various fields from agriculture to medicine, independent films to regional news and more. Field producers work closely with experts in the field to develop stories. This powerful force enables DMG to consistently produce commercial-free, educational programming that both viewers and networks depend on.

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Maple Leaf Farms Announces 2017 Strut Your Duck Recipe Contest for Home Cooks

Annual duck competition calls for non-traditional holiday recipes using Maple Leaf Farms duck products

LEESBURG, IND., July 1, 2017 – Maple Leaf Farms challenges home cooks to think beyond the traditional with its theme for the 2017 Strut Your Duck Recipe Contest: Not-your-average Holiday Duck Recipe.

With this year’s contest, Maple Leaf Farms is looking for non-traditional duck recipes for any of the major national holidays from Valentine’s Day or Independence Day, to the big ones — Thanksgiving and Christmas. Original recipe entries that follow the theme may be submitted for any menu course — appetizer, soup, salad, entrée or even dessert — and must feature Maple Leaf Farms duck products.

“Holiday duck doesn’t mean always serving a whole bird,” said Maple Leaf Farms Director of Consumer Marketing Nora Macon-Rauen. “Duck products are available in a variety of cuts either raw or fully cooked, making duck easy to prepare and appropriate for different occasions.”

Entrants will compete to win one of three top cash prizes. The grand prize winning entry will be awarded $6,000 and free Maple Leaf Farms duck products for a year; first runner-up $3,000; and second runner-up $1,500. In addition, the winner of the People’s Choice Award, based on public online voting for favorite duck dish, will receive $350.

The contest is open to home cooks who are U.S. residents, 18 years old or older. Entrants may submit up to three recipes with accompanying photos showing the final prepared dish with the product package. Contest submissions will be evaluated on recipe preparation, creativity/originality, visual appeal, and flavor.

Complete contest rules and entry details are available online at Entries will be accepted July 1–Aug. 31, 2017, through the contest website.

About Maple Leaf Farms:
Maple Leaf Farms, Inc. is America’s leading producer of quality duck products, supplying retail and foodservice markets throughout the world with innovative, value-added foods. Founded in 1958, Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation family-owned company. For more information, contact Maple Leaf Farms at 1-800-348-2812 or visit


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Glacier House Hotels Installs Aptech’s PVNG Web-Based Enterprise Accounting

Glacier House Hotels Converts Easily from Profitvue to PVNG Enterprise Financial System

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PITTSBURGH, June 14, 2017 – Aptech Computer Systems announced Glacier House Hotels completed conversion to the PVNG Enterprise Accounting hotel software system. Arizona-based Glacier House Hotels is a full-service development and management company that currently operates six properties.

PVNG is Aptech’s next generation enterprise accounting hotel software solution that is deployed in the cloud.

Aptech is the leading provider of hospitality enterprise accounting, budgeting and forecasting, and business intelligence hotel software systems. Click here for more on Aptech’s products and services.

“Glacier House Hotels wanted to be one of the first hotel companies to convert from Aptech’s Profitvue Accounting system to its new PVNG solution,” said Ryan Kucker, Glacier House CFO.

“The conversion to PVNG was smooth and all our templates, chart of accounts, A/P vendors and historical information came over perfectly.

“PVNG is intuitive and easy to use. Our team only needed a few hours to learn the system.”

Kucker noted that PVNG is faster to navigate and convenient to use because it is web-based.

“Aptech’s team provided excellent training. We can do rollups for our hotels with consolidated reporting or individual property financials. I can go into the system and find what I need without having to use it every day. It is that simple to learn.”

PVNG is a totally new financial system with an easy to navigate architecture. The new system’s robust functionality emerged from Aptech’s legacy application, Profitvue, used by thousands of users.

Cam Troutman, Aptech vice president, said,
“We built PVNG from the ground up for the web based on Aptech’s 45+ years of hotel accounting knowledge.”

“We used the most current technology platform incorporating AP, GL, Statistics, Financials, and a Bank Reconciliation, all with easy to use, familiar browser navigation.” The PVNG system easily handles single or multi-property accounting and is deployed as a hosted service, streamlining common daily accounting procedures and offering highly flexible reporting.

“Glacier House Hotels’ core focus is the purchase, development, and construction of hospitality projects,” Kucker said.

“PVNG handles the enterprise accounting for our six properties very well with all standard reports including trend reporting and ‘trailing 12.’ We like the system.” -Ryan Kucker, Glacier House CFO.

Aptech Computer Systems is both an IBM and Prophix Business Partner offering Execuvue web-enabled Business Intelligence, Targetvue Budgeting, and Forecasting and PVNG Enterprise Accounting systems that are 100% hospitality specific.

Aptech is the only company that provides a complete suite of financial management and analysis solutions for the hotel industry.

About Glacier House Hotels

Glacier House Hotels is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our core focus is the purchase, development, and construction of hospitality projects. Glacier consists of a team of entrepreneurial individuals who have been successful in all aspects of the hotel, retail, and mixed-use projects.

The Glacier team has many decades of experience, knowledge, and expertise in operating planning, development and construction of real estate, including years of experience with top tiers hospitality brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG and Starwood. The Glacier principals played a major role with Tharaldson Hospitality, who built and operated more than 400 select service hotels since 1984 and sold 130 hotels to Goldman Sach’s real estate arm, the Whitehall Real Estate Fund, in a transaction valued at $1.2 billion.

Glacier expertise include development, construction, operations, sales and marketing, procurement, revenue management, risk management, finance and accounting, disposition, debt and equity, re-positioning, site selection and brand recommendations.


About Aptech Computer Systems, Inc.

Aptech Computer Systems, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the only provider of a fully integrated enterprise accounting, business intelligence, and planning ecosystem to the hospitality industry. All of its clients are companies like yours, which own or manage hotels. Its solutions help customers at both the corporate and property levels understand their financial and operational data for faster goal achievement.

The company is renowned for introducing business intelligence into the hotel industry and offers a solid resource of hospitality professionals. Aptech is an IBM Software Value Plus partner and Premier Solution Provider.

Incorporated in 1970, Aptech’s state-of-the-art back office, true business intelligence, and enterprise planning solutions are 100% hotel specific. Solutions include PVNG, Execuvue®, Webvue® and Targetvue. Clients comprise over 3,500 properties – including large chains, multiple property management companies and single-site hotels. Execuvue is registered to Aptech Computer Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are owned by their respective holders. For more information please visit


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Callaway Gardens Implements Guestware

Seattle, WA, May 12, 2017 – Guestware, the hotel industry’s most comprehensive and flexible Guest Experience Management software, has announced that Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, has implemented Guestware Select. The popular destination needed a comprehensive guest response and preventative maintenance solution for their sprawling 13,000 acres of breathtaking gardens, four hotels, and conference and recreation facilities.

Utilizing a shared call center, the properties can immediately dispatch guest requests with Guestware’s Rapid Response tool directly to the staff’s mobile devices at any property. This gives agents who are constantly on-the-go the information they need to fulfill requests instantly. With such a large complex, this is vital for efficiency and guest service. In addition, Callaway Gardens is using Guestware Select’s preventive maintenance tool to ensure all is in working order and is defect free, including their premier glass-enclosed tropical butterfly conservatory – home to over 1,000 butterflies and tropical birds. Continue reading “Callaway Gardens Implements Guestware”

Unforgettable Indochina Tour with Affordable Price

AUSTRALIA – February 21st, 2017 – In 2017, HIT designed two new Indochina tours which are not only suited for the budget travelers; also its provides many highlighted travel destinations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. Throughout our tours, travelers have the chance to experience the breathtaking scenery, the extraordinary customs, the delicious dishes and the indigenous daily life. Furthermore, at the end of the journey, there is no doubt that travelers would have an unforgettable journey with various full of fun and meaning outdoor activities. Continue reading “Unforgettable Indochina Tour with Affordable Price”

Myanmar’s New Sanctum Inle Lake View Resort & Spa Unveils ‘Wheel and Wine’ Tour

MYANMAR – February 21st, 2017 – Unlike such icons as floating vegetable gardens, stilted wooden homes and Intha fishermen who propel their boats with a one-legged rowing style, Myanmar’s Inle Lake region isn’t famous for winemaking. Yet.

To give travellers a taste of Myanmar’s budding wine industry, Sanctum Inle Resort has launched its ‘Wheel and Wine: Cycling to Red Mountain Half-Day Tour’ by bicycle to Red Mountain Estate, situated nearby in the undulating hills overlooking the storied lake. Continue reading “Myanmar’s New Sanctum Inle Lake View Resort & Spa Unveils ‘Wheel and Wine’ Tour”

Vinitaly International Puts the Spotlight on Diversity at VINO2017

Vinitaly International Puts the Spotlight on Diversity at VINO2017NEW YORK, February 4, 2017 – Vinitaly International puts the spotlight on diversity at VINO2017
The world has never felt stronger about diversity than now, and it is no exception in the wine world today. Whether you are talking about re-discovering native grape varieties or re-evaluating the uniqueness of each terroir, or the uprise of women producers in the traditionally men-centered industry, the latest discussions in the wine world seem to share the same appreciation for diversity. Continue reading “Vinitaly International Puts the Spotlight on Diversity at VINO2017”

New York City Neon Company Supporting Havana’s Neon Restoration Program

New York City Neon Company Supporting Havana’s Neon Restoration Program
1952 neon Buick on acrylic panel. Made for “Trash and Vaudville”, St. Marks Place, NYC

NEW YORK, NY., February 05, 2017 – New York City’s legendary neon creators, Let There Be Neon, has become the first US neon company involved in Havana, Cuba’s emerging neon sign restoration movement. Let There Be Neon has agreed to become a strategic partner with Habana Light Neon + Signs, Havana’s only private neon company, in compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.

This effort is made to confirm Let There Be Neon’s relationship with the innovative private sector company, Habana Light Neon + Signs, prior to the change in administration. This is a strategy other major US Companies are employing to solidify their business positions during a period of uncertainty in US-Cuba relations. Let There Be Neon will assist Habana Light in the exciting historic preservation projects now going on in that city. Continue reading “New York City Neon Company Supporting Havana’s Neon Restoration Program”

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County – a Foodie Paradise

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County -a Foodie Paradise
Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County – a Foodie Paradise

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 05, 2017 – While January 31st was National Plan for Vacation Day, chances are not everyone has finished mapping out how they’re going to spend their hard-earned vacation days this year. Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) can help! Since good vacations revolve around great food, VAAAC has compiled a list of eight food festivals that will be wowing visitors to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in the months ahead. By planning ahead, savvy travelers can turn the tasty events into weekend getaways. Continue reading “Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County – a Foodie Paradise”