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First I want to start by introducing you all to someone who truly understands Service & Hospitality. No, this person is not the owner of the newest, hot restaurant on the strip. Nor is this person a Michelin starred chef. This person is not the most amazing server or bartender I’ve ever met. In fact, this person doesn’t technically work in the Service & Hospitality industry. I want to introduce you to Hrair-pronounced “ha-riah”. Hrair, is the owner of Park Avenue Drycleaners in Summerlin, Nevada. That’s right he’s my dry cleaner.
This is a guy who gets what I talk about in my book. He understands about the importance of the greeting. Even if he is in the back pre-occupied momentarily, he will acknowledge the customer standing at the front and tell them that he’ll be right there. He always is smiling, and sometimes, I believe that I’ve heard him singing as he comes to the counter. He has an unassuming demeanor, a pleasant personality and a positive attitude about him. Yes, he’s my dry cleaner. Yes, my interaction with him is just for a few minutes once a week but I can tell you it is so refreshing to be a customer of someone like Hrair.
What else makes him so special? For one thing, he is very accommodating. What do I mean by that? Well, just as in how I order when I eat in a restaurant, yes, I do make modification requests, so too, I do the same, even when I go to the dry cleaners. I don’t like the metal hangers that dry cleaners use. Rather than transferring my dry cleaned clothes when I get home to my own plastic hangers- I just bring them to Hrair when I drop off my clothes. What else? I don’t like the plastic that covers the clothes. So, I request no plastic on my clothes. Hrair, smiles, and says “yes” every time. I know that my special requests probably takes him a bit more time to do my clothes. But never once has he grumbled or complained-at least not to me.
Upbeat, positive, friendly, personable, accommodating-what more could one want in a service provider? Hrair is a true example of Service & Hospitality Excellence. We can all learn from his simple yet effective example. Oh, and he takes pride in his work. How do I know this? Because he asks me if I was happy with the way he did my clothes. I don’t think any other dry cleaner that I’ve ever met has done this. But you see, Hrair, cares about his work and about his customer’s satisfaction.
If any of my readers live in Las Vegas, and specifically the Summerlin area-I highly recommend that you give Hrair and Park Ave. Cleaners a try. You will be very happy meeting and bringing business to this gentleman.
This past week my wife, Michelle and I have enjoyed two great dinners out-both at favorite restaurants of ours.
First, on Friday night, we dined at -Honey Salt in Summerlin. Honey Salt is a farm to table style restaurant. The staff there are friendly, upbeat and welcoming. The owner-Kim Canteenwalla actually wrote a nice endorsement for my book a few months ago and provided some great content for the chapter entitled Getting to Know Your Guests. Michelle and I both consider the octopus at Honey Salt to be the best we’ve had. We’ve even had octopus at some finer establishments on the Las Vegas strip but none compare with the tenderness and taste of Honey Salt’s octopus.
Our server, Travis was very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He knew his wines and did a wonderful job presenting, decanting and pouring. His team was helpful and we didn’t have to ask for anything except a serving spoon for the appetizer. Michelle enjoyed the scallops-easily one of the best things on the menu. For my entree I had the baked cod. It was so moist and flavorful. Very enjoyable. Travis always made sure that he was at our table within seconds of a course being served, to ensure that we were enjoying everything. My only suggestion for improvement is that sometimes the runners would auction the food rather than knowing which of us ordered what-and they don’t always make it a priority to serve ladies first.
We always have a great dinner or brunch at Honey Salt. The ambience and decor are very appealing, the seats-especially the booths are very comfortable. The management staff are engaging. The food and service are excellent. My only question for you, my readers, is-if you live in Vegas and you have not yet made your way to Honey Salt-why not? You absolutely must treat yourself and go-You will be very happy that you did. In fact, we are having a Getting to WOW! and Giving Back Mega Book Launch Brunch on Sunday, March 22 at Honey Salt from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Here is the link with the information. Please come and Join us!
Our next Getting to WOW! and Giving Back Mega Book Launch Event will be Monday, March 16 at Fleming’s Townsquare from 4:30-6:30pm. We are partnering with Three Square-Southern Nevada’s local food bank for all of our Book Launch events.
Our Goal is to raise $1000.00 for Three Square. Thus far we’ve only hit about $200.00 of our goal.
YOU CAN HELP-We invite you to come to our events and not only support this new author-me, but to also help contribute to Three Square.
If you live in Las Vegas-please join us on March 16 at Fleming’s and on March 22 at Honey Salt.
If you would like to contribute additionally, please message me and we will explain how to make that happen.
You may email me at: Christoff@ASPIRE2WOW.COM
And of course the team of Blau & Associates-Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, opened their newest and much anticipated Andiron Steak and Sea yesterday in Downtown Summerlin. Like many of our Las Vegas friends, Michelle and I are eager to dine at Andiron. I know it’s going to be amazing!
I’ll tell you about our other great dinner from last weekend in my next post.
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Soupfly continues to add readers from new countries! We want to welcome new readers from Andorra, Sierra Leone and Tunisia!!
God bless you all and Cheers!
I hope you are all still focused on making 2015 your best year yet!
Christoff J. Weihman
Las Vegas, NV