Great Performances & Billionaires!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Do you remember back in September when I hosted a giveaway for my hubby’s newly released book, Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century?

Well, we just had its official launch, so I thought I’d follow up with a photo story of the evening for you.

The event was held at the Old Firehouse Wine Bar. It was booked by reserved seating, and was filled to capacity!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances Launch

Notice the … & Billionaires? More to come on that!

Special thanks to Jeff Downey, owner of the Old Firehouse Wine Bar, for providing the venue, and to Jeff and his team for ensuring the evening ran smoothly from start to finish!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

A quick photo opp with Jeff and Clemens before the evening got started.

And another of Clemens before his guests arrived…

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

My Dad made the book stand for Clemens’ a few years ago for his cook books. Who knew it would become a display stand for his very own authored book?

This was the ‘Billionaire Basket’, given as our door prize for the evening…

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

I know, what’s up with the billionaire piece? Patience, patience!

Four copies of Great Performances were also given away throughout the evening in random draws.

Another special thank you goes out to Julie Salisbury of Influence Publishing.

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Clemens will be the first to tell you that without Julie, this book would not be the publication it ultimately became. Julie coached Clemens through the writing and publishing process from beginning to hard copy end!

Clemens raised his glass in gratitude and thanks to Julie…

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

And in that glass was a Billionaire cocktail! All part of the theme!

Then the evening got underway with Clemens reading small sections from his book…

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

After each section there was a pause for questions/answers and discussion about the content. No question was off limits, and no answer was left undone. Clemens, a believer in having an exit strategy, was asked what his own strategy was… and if you were in the room, you were the first group ever to actually hear what his strategy is!

And then the moment all door prize ticket holders were waiting for… the draw for the Billionaire’s basket!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Have you figured out what all the billionaire buzz was about yet?

Here’s the thing. Jeff specializes in vintage cocktails, and for this event he introduced a prohibition era cocktail called The Billionaire! And so, to play on the theme and make the evening complete, we put together this billionaire’s basket filled with all the ingredients to make the infamous cocktail.

First, Jeff’s recipe.

Billionaire Cocktail recipe by Jeff Downey

A set of Villeroy & Boch cocktail glasses.

Villeroy & Boch Cocktail Glasses

And all the cocktail fixings!

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Also included were gift certificates from The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Impact Visual, and Clemens himself!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

And of course, a copy of Great Performances to make the basket complete!

Great Performances & Billionaires

Then the drum roll for the draw…

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century by Clemens Rettich

And the lucky winner of the basket was Barb Stevens, owner of Hair at 60 Queens!

Congratulations, Barb! We couldn’t be more pleased 🙂

But like all great performances, this great evening eventually came to an end…

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century by Clemens Rettich

With Clemens’ final words to his guests,

‘That’s it. You’re on. Break a leg.’

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Can I just say, I’m pretty proud of my author!

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

With any great performance, there’s always so much that goes on behind the scenes, and that’s where I came in. My job was to help take care of the details! 🙂

But I thought to wrap this up, you might like to see a quick behind-the-scenes shot of Clemens in full-on work mode. When he’s not out meeting with clients, he is often in the office Skyping with ones who don’t live nearby.

Can you tell he loves what he does? No, the smile was not for the camera – he didn’t know I was creeping him to take this shot!

For more information on Clemens’ book, click here. To learn more about his business, visit www.clemensrettich.com

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Clemens’ book launch, to all of you who have purchased a book, and to you, my readers for following along! Thank you for being part of this journey!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller 

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar: Do Tell!

Have you heard? Have you been???

Duncan has a great new stop in town that you’ve gotta check out! Maybe you already have? It’s The Old Firehouse Wine Bar located on Ingram Street in downtown Duncan. In… you guessed it, the old firehouse! Which, until recently, was the home of Gallowglass Books. Now the space has been renovated and is shared between Dolce bakery and the wine bar. But ownership hasn’t changed. You’ll still find Jeff Downie is the man behind it all!

Here’s a little glimpse of the inside.

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Duncan Bc

 I am totally loving the amazing lighting in this space. You have to see the pendants over the bar for yourself. They’re ultra cool, and look like flames when they’re all lit up! And can I just say I love, LOVE the large spherical fixtures? Very classy and oh, so Mid-Century. Works for a girl like me! I wish I had my camera with me – these are just phone pics. But who knew a total photo op was awaiting?

Afterall, this is what I went for.

All 6 glasses 😉

Okay, I’m not gonna lie. Each flight of 3 is the equivalent in pour to one glass of wine… and one of these flights was my hubby’s! Bet I had you going for a minute though didn’t I? You know me so well!

You’ll find incredible wine options to choose from, and the flight tasting will knock your socks off! Hubby opted for the Spicey flight, and I went for the Big & Bold. I mean, go big or go home, right? And the wines did not disappoint! But I especially loved the history behind the Dirty Laundry Bordello! You’ll have to ask them 😉

Did you notice the stacked rock wall in the background? Another little nod to classic MCM… perfection in this space. But how about the fire axes hung on the wall? Such an authentic touch that hints at just a sliver of the story. And there’s so much more, but you’ll just have to go and see it all first hand 🙂

And the snacks were to die for. I mean, look at these olives, the cheese and bread, the meat…

We didn’t get a pic of them, but the crunchy risotto was melt-in-your mouth sinful… you seriously wanted more, and more!

And to finish off the evening, a little… he-hem… dessert, shall we say?

French, Czech, and Okanagan Absinthe! So pretty to look at, and of course it was all about the colour, right? 😉 Never mind that the Okanagan absinthe was ‘Taboo’!

So that’s just a little hint of what you’ll find inside…

A special moment… a memorable evening.

 (Jeff Downie &  the hubs, Clemens Rettich)

And it’s the moments in life that create an experience, a memory and a story to tell.

Will you be popping in to see for yourself?

Thank you for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller / Clemens Rettich