I am a wife and mama. I also had a career in marketing, advertising, and social media (though now it's only social media...which, technically, is marketing). And, I live 2 blocks from the border of Old Towne Orange. A border (yes, a distinct border!) which I cross as often as I possibly can. I’ve lived here for over 15 years, but it only took me a day to fall in love with The Circle (officially known as The Plaza) and all it had to offer. I’ve watched Old Towne Orange go through quite a major renaissance over the years. Whatever the City’s been doing to bring in businesses that resonate with a younger crowd, well, it’s been working. There was a time, not so long ago, that I didn’t really shop at The Circle, because while I find antiques to be unique and beautiful, they just weren’t my personal style and The Circle didn’t offer much else. However, that’s all changed. Now, I can find most anything that I’m looking for there...great food, great bars, cute boutiques, gifts galore, ice cream and more! It has really evolved and become a place that has something to offer for every generation.
In early 2009, I was pondering the wonderful world of Social Media (which is now, my life) and I was trying to figure out how I could apply social media to something I really loved, to see what could come of it. I thought of 2 things: Food and Old Towne Orange. I do admit, I thought of food first and I launched a social network called ‘youfoody.’ It was a fun experience and I learned a lot about how social networks work. It wasn’t until nearly a year later that I started really thinking about starting this blog and, of course, Facebook for Old Towne Orange. I did a little research to see what others were doing for our great community and was shocked to come up with nada and I mean zilch! The City had a terrible website (which is now updated) that didn't say anything about Old Towne (still doesn't really), there weren't any other blogs, media channels, nothing specifically for OTO. Unbelievable and a great opportunity for me!
So, here I am and I truly heart Old Towne Orange. I started this adventure on my own time and my own dime and built it to what it is today, what I hope is a great social community that we can all enjoy together. It's led me down a path that I'm excited to keep following, leaving every door open to whatever opportunity comes my way. I hope you enjoy reading along but most of all, I hope you are inspired to frequent OTO more often and explore all its wonderful restaurants, galleries, shops AND antique stores!
P.S. If you want to learn more about our other endeavors, here's the skinny.
- Get Community is our parent company. At its heart, it's a social media and digital marketing company that primarily services the new home building industry.
- SASS is our Super Awesome Selfie Station. She is a business unto herself and is a great addition to any corporate event, wedding, and well, any event where you want to take fun selfies, print them out and post them to social media. You can learn more at GetSASS.com.
- Most recently, we launched a brand new asset: GiftGuruGal.com! Gift Guru Gal is our first attempt at the affiliate marketing business. This site has been built for finding gifts for any and all occasions. Our team works hard to put together lists of ideas for things like gaming, reading, wining, cooking, camping, and anything else you can think of. Check it out and find the perfect gift!