Southern hospitality

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Home Stager with Home Matters

Linda and I really wanted to attend the Tri-State Staging Expo in New Jersey a few weeks ago.   There were so many people that we had become acquainted with through Active Rain that we would love to meet in person, but we were still very busy and just could not get away.  We were very disappointed, but that's just how it goes when you're a business owner.  Things to do, Places to go, Homes to Stage!

Then last week we had a window of opportunity and noticed that Melissa Marro's Round Table was being held on a week end, so off to South Carolina we go.  We thought the proper thing to do would be to call Melissa and let her know we wanted to come and that's when the Southern Hospitality started.

 Linda and I were made to feel so welcome by Melissa, her husband John and her assistant Sue.  It all started with breakfast where we were able to meet Bevin Googer...  What a delightful young lady she is.  Melissa, who had cleared her caleldar for our visit, then spent the day with us touring her staged homes and talking business until we were blue in the face.  Then the end to a perfect day we met Melissa's husband John and her assistant Sue for dinner.  The next day we participated in Melissa's round table, held at the First Impressions warehouse & Training Center.  We meet Marci Toliver, who was the very first AR member to introduce herself when we joined SIF.  Besides Marci we meet a whole bunch of wonderful people from all over South Carolina.  We even made some new friends from North Carolina and Florida that were in attendance.  We were treated so warmly and were made to feel welcome by everyone.  After the Round Table, another end to a perfect day where we met Melissa and the North Carolina ladies, Michele Kurelich and Janine Varney for dinner and talking business until we were again blue in the face.

I found a definition that reads, "Southern hospitality is a phrase used to describe the positive stereotype that residents of the Southern States" (Or in our case those of Summerville, North Carolina) are particularly warm and welcoming to visitors.

Now, I called our experience Southern Hospitality, but I suspect if you were to let's say travel from your home in San Francisco to a Chicago Round Table, your experience may be called Windy City Hospitality, but I suspect the experience would feel very similar.  For the most part, Stagers I have met everywhere are warm and welcoming people with varying degrees of passion for what they do.  As for me, I got to spend two days, with two ladies that define the phrase Passion for what they do!  Watching and listening to Melissa Marro and Linda Barnett discuss every aspect of "Where Home Staging has been", "Where Home Staging is going", "and "every other aspects of the journey of running a successful Home Staging business" was at times dizzying, but an absolute treat for me.  And as an added bonus, I got to experience Southern Hospitality!

Thank you Melissa and John Marro for the Southern Hospitality!   We are looking forward to showing you, John and anyone else that comes our way some of our Mid West Hospitality!  Soon I hope!

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Rainer
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Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Gary, It was so nice to meet you and Linda!  I hope to see you guys again and again and again!  We sure liked to have all the men present at the roundtable, Yall can come back anytime!

Nov 25, 2008 08:53 AM #1
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hey there Marci.  It was very nice to meet you as well and do count on us being back.  We enjoyed our time so much and Melissa was just great in taking time out of her schedule to spend so much time with us.  Although I had a great time I'm note sure I could have tried to stay up with Linda and Melissa much longer. (LOL)  Thanks Marci....

Nov 26, 2008 01:47 AM #2
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Hi Gary!!  It was such a pleasure hanging out with you and Linda on Friday & Saturday!!!  You are both welcome here anytime.  I'm sure I'll come up your way when StagersList is in town.  Until then you are welcome here anytime.  Thanks for the very kind words in your blog, btw.  I'm glad you and Linda had as much fun as I did!!

Nov 26, 2008 02:23 AM #3
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Melissa, Likewise my dear.  It's kinda rare when I take a back seat during conversations about home staging, but you and Linda were way above my level and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to just listen.  I can't wait for the Expo in our area and I am really looking forward to showing you and the rest of the gang a bit of our hospitality.  You and John have a good Thanksgiving.....

Nov 26, 2008 03:45 AM #4
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

What a wonderful post Gary!  Happy Thanksgiving you and Linda!!  Glad you had such a terrific time in Charleston.    

Nov 26, 2008 02:50 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Cathy, Thanks you and ou have a Happy Thanksgiving also...

Nov 26, 2008 04:05 PM #6
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Gary, what a wonderful thank you letter to Melissa, she is just a true professional and a wonderful lady.  It's nice that you had the time and we did miss you in NY NJ, BUT you are thinking we can come your way huh? 

Nov 26, 2008 04:54 PM #7
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Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

Gary  - sure grab my attention by saying you really wanted to come to the Tri-State expo. You big tease :)

I am jealous that you were able to go to the round table Melissa hosted (where does she find the time). I met her AT THE TRI-STATE Expo and it was fabulous. I look at seeing her at many more events in the future and hoping you too Kym

Nov 26, 2008 05:45 PM #8
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Terrylynn, yes we had a marvelous time and yes I'm thinking Linda and I would be terribly disappointed if you don't make a stop near us.

Nov 29, 2008 04:55 AM #9
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Kym, don't be jealous, I'm thinking that you will be able to coax Melissa into coming to future Expo's.  I'm sure you will definitely be seeing us when you get to our neck of the woods.

Nov 29, 2008 05:02 AM #10
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