Thursday, September 30, 2004

Corporate Housing Leader Expands Presence in Phoenix with New Regional Office

Corporate Housing Leader Expands Presence in Phoenix with New Regional Office

Phoenix Business Travel Hospitality Sector Experiences Growth Despite Recession

Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) April 7, 2009

BridgeStreet Worldwide, a leading international provider of extended stay apartments for business travelers, announced its opening of a new Phoenix office (http://www. bridgestreet. com/furnished_apartments/Phoenix_Downtown_North_Central. htm) as part of the company's broader expansion plans in the Southwest. The new office will create 5-10 additional jobs in the next six to nine months and BridgeStreet will host over 500 business travelers in the Phoenix metro area over the course of 2009.

"Phoenix is an immensely populated area, and bursting with government, military and private sector organizations in need of extended stay accommodations," says Bob Barnett, senior vice president of BridgeStreet's US operations. "We are pleased to expand our presence into the Southwest, starting with Phoenix, and confident that BridgeStreet's commitment to client services and innovative programs (http://www. bridgestreet. com/corporate_housing/Why_Corporate_Housing. htm) will drive tremendous growth for our operations."

To kick off its Southwest expansion, BridgeStreet has brought in Phoenix-area veteran Andy Blalock as regional director. "Andy's previous experience in opening Phoenix offices for other corporate housing companies (http://www. chpaonline. org/) has allowed us to ramp up quickly. He brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the local business community in addition to well established relationships with apartment communities throughout the area," adds Barnett.

The growing number of defense and technology firms in Phoenix represents an enormous opportunity for BridgeStreet, which was recently awarded a GSA contract. "BridgeStreet's GSA certification (http://www. gsa. gov/Portal/gsa/ep/home. do? tabId=0) will open the door for us to work with a variety of federal agencies who have a need for temporary housing, as well was other related government and private entities."

BridgeStreet Phoenix Open House
BridgeStreet Phoenix will be hosting an open house networking event, entitled "You Deserve a Break Today!" on April 30th from 11am - 2pm at the San Cervantes (http://www. mark-taylor. com/sancervantes/index. asp)], 400 N. Coronado Street, Chandler, Arizona 85224 (in Chandler off the 101). Please bring canned goods that will be donated to St Vincent De Paul Food Bank (http://www. stvincentdepaul. net/volunteer. htm) and through your donation, enter to win fantastic prizes at the event raffle. BridgeStreet will be offering light refreshments and tours of corporate apartments. All are welcome to attend! Contact Susan Kauffman at 602-558-1344 or susan. kauffman (at) bridgestreet (dot) com to learn more.

BridgeStreet Worldwide is a leading international provider of corporate housing. BridgeStreet and its Global Partner Alliance offer over 15,000 corporate apartments located throughout the United States and 50 cities internationally. An award winner both in the U. S. and Europe, BridgeStreet properties meet uncompromising standards of quality, comfort and service. For more information about the company or to learn more about how BridgeStreet is Making Corporate Housing Easy, visit bridgestreet. com or call 1-800-BSTREET.

Press Contact:
Kelly Murphy - BridgeStreet Worldwide - US - +01 813 909 2445 - kelly. murphy (at) bridgestreet (dot) com
Meg Schramm - BridgeStreet Worldwide - US - +01 571 481 2713 - meg. schramm (at) bridgestreet (dot) com

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Geerlings & Wade, Inc. Sells Catalog Brand To Focus on The Traveling Vineyard

Geerlings & Wade, Inc. Sells Catalog Brand To Focus on The Traveling Vineyard

Geerlings & Wade, Inc. (GEER:PK) announced that the Geerlings & Wade legacy catalog brand has been sold to an undisclosed buyer that will continue to operate the Geerlings & Wade brand as a direct mail and online wine source.

Braintree, MA (PRWEB) March 31, 2009

Geerlings & Wade, Inc. (GEER:PK), announced today that the Geerlings & Wade legacy catalog brand has been sold to an undisclosed buyer that will continue to operate the Geerlings & Wade brand as a direct mail and online wine source. The Company will continue to operate as The Traveling Vineyard, which is its current in-home wine tasting brand. This transaction has allowed the Company to restructure its Balance Sheet and retire its credit line and debt with Wells Fargo bank.

Gordon Romer, President and CEO of Geerlings & Wade, Inc. and The Traveling Vineyard (TTV), stated, "While The Traveling Vineyard has always put our Consultants first, there will now be, without question, a 100% commitment of staff and financial resources to the success of our Independent Wine Consultants. Our core competency of producing wines and collaborating with wineries around the globe to offer exclusive, quality wines at great values remains the same. Our Home Office Team is a dedicated group of people focused on delivering world-class customer service, marketing, training, technology and operational support. Our Consultant opportunity is unparalleled, offering wine enthusiasts the chance to turn their love of wine into a flexible, financial rewarding and fun business."

He further stated, "While the majority of resources and growth initiatives have been focused on building The Traveling Vineyard business, our company and stories have intermingled, and unavoidably caused confusion between the brands. This move, focusing 100% of our commitment on The Traveling Vineyard, will allow us to accelerate the growth of our Consultant base and thus the company."

About Geerlings & Wade, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and based in Braintree, MA, Geerlings & Wade, Inc. is a direct marketer of premium wines and wine-related merchandise delivered directly to the consumer's home or office. Under its Geerlings & Wade brand, the Company offered a broad assortment of its own wines as well as quality imported and domestic wines through its extensive collaborative relationships with wine producers around the world. The Geerlings & Wade brand is used to promote premium wines and wine-related merchandise delivered directly to the consumer's home or office.

About The Traveling Vineyard:
The Traveling Vineyard division was launched in 2003 by Geerlings & Wade, Inc. Modeled after tasting rooms found at fine wineries the world over, The Traveling Vineyard allows consumers to sample several different wines in the comfort of their own homes. The Traveling Vineyard currently has over 1,800 Independent Wine Consultants in 29 states throughout the U. S. and has reached over 500,000 wine consumers. For more information about The Traveling Vineyard please visit www. thetravelingvineyard. com.

For further information contact:
The Traveling Vineyard
Allison Casey
(781) 332-3000
Acasey (at) thetravelingvineyard. com
45 Braintree Hill Park
Braintree, MA 02184

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