Monthly Archives: April 2004

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2004

PHMC Carol Lee and June Evans of the PHMC did a site visit. The PHMC is the SHPO for the NPS. (Okay, in english: The Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission is the State Historic Preservation Office for the National Park Service, who administers the National Register of Historic Places.) They agreed that the mansion and its […]

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2004

Appraisal We met Anne Kearney, an appraiser, who told us most of the furniture was from the 1920s, except for a couple of pieces that were 1880s. The kicker, though, was that the hall chandelier – which we’d always been told was Stiegel glass – was really Victorian art glass. Funny how your perspective changes […]

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2004

Elizabeth Township We met Rita Snavely, the township zoning officer, and Amos Miller, the township sewage enforcement office (what a title). Rita told us we need to appear before the zoning commission to get an exemption in order to operate a B&B in a rural zone, and they only meet once a month. The only […]

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2004

Conference The PAII conference was pretty good, although its a long drive to Rhode Island. T. Scott Gross (author of “Positively Outrageous Service”) gave the keynote speech, and he could make shoveling dirt sound interesting. We split up so we could cover more workshops, from historic restoration to gay-friendly marketing. The Pine Hurst Inn, in […]

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2004

Business Plan I’ve been working on our business plan, and realized I don’t know the first thing about business plans. The first draft is over 60 pages long, complete with a cleaning schedule and suggested recipes. I think I should pare it down a bit. (It also says we can be profitable in our first […]

SUNDAY, APRIL 04, 2004

Straw Poll I took an email poll of all my friends on how they book lodging. (Talk about a large margin of error!) What I found, however, was that none of my friends stay at B&Bs. I definitely have my work cut out for me. I also made up some business cards and logo shirts […]