Sales Increase for 19th Consecutive Quarter at Bruegger’s

first_imgMarking 19 consecutive quarters of growth, Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc. has announced revenue for comparable sales grew 6.6 percent at company locations and 6.9 percent system-wide for the fourth quarter ending December 30, 2008. For the 2008 fiscal year, same store sales increased 4.2 percent for the company and 3.9 percent for the system, aided by one extra week versus 2007. Bruegger’s gross sales reached $198.9 million system wide in 2008; an 11.3 percent rise over the same period in 2007.”Hitting the mark of reaching our 19th consecutive quarter of sales increase was indeed an accomplishment,” said Bruegger’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Greco. “By focusing in on our core values of providing great service, great food and great value, we were able to continue to build sales in spite of the economy. It is a testament to the entire Bruegger’s team and our loyal following.”New Menu Items and LocationsDuring the fourth quarter, Bruegger’s continued to promote the Farmer’s Omelet which was introduced in Q3. The company also kicked off its annual Bottomless Mug promotion in Q4 with a new keytag option in addition to the travel mug and cards.Also during the fourth quarter, Bruegger’s opened corporate bakeries in Greensboro, N.C., Jenkintown, Pa. and Arlington, Va., as well as franchise- operated bakeries in Orange, Conn., Raleigh, N.C. and in Raleigh-Durham Airport bringing the total to 288 bakeries in 23 states and the District of Columbia. New bakery expansion will continue with four bakeries set to open in Q1 2009.About Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc.Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. Bruegger’s is dedicated to serving delicious, healthy food that brings guests back again and again. In 288 neighborhood bakery-cafes in 23 states and the District of Columbia, Bruegger’s offers a warm, comfortable setting for guests to enjoy a wholesome meal with family and friends. Famous for authentic boiled and baked bagels, Bruegger’s bakers lend their expertise to crafting a variety of other stone- hearth baked breads, such as Ciabatta and the exclusive Softwich. Guests can count on innovative menu items, including unique cream cheese flavors, delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps, hand-tossed salads, hearty soups, signature and custom order sandwiches, desserts, and Fair Trade Green Mountain coffee blends. Founded in 1983, Bruegger’s is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

Mountain Mama Mountain Bikes DuPont

first_img“We sat down with a blank piece of paper and drew out our ideal life,” Eva Surls says as she turns her Sprinter van loaded with our mountain bikes into Dupont State Forest.I like her already. That combination of dreamer and take charge attitude in order to create a life conjured from one’s imagination is exactly the type of person I strive to be, it’s a characteristic I admire most in friends.The sun warms my elbow sticking out of the passenger seat window and the first blue sky in a week makes even a non-singer like me want to belt out a few Jack Johnson lyrics.I’ve just met Eva and don’t want to scare her off so instead I ask her more about how the Bike Farm, the base camp she owns with her husband, Cashion Smith, that caters to bikers wanting to explore the area.“We knew we wanted a piece of property big enough for friends and family to stay, and the concept evolved from there.”Eva parks at the trailhead for – and checks my fit on the bike. Before we start riding, she quizzes me on the front and rear brake and demonstrates the ready stance.We coast down a gravel road and she looks over her shoulder, her long braid off to one side, and says, “Elbows pointed out and heels down.”Eva stops before in front of the trail and talks a little about how to find the right gear for climbing and explains about shifting from the front to back of my seat depending on the steepness of the terrain.I follow her over some roots and then we turn back around and try it again to find a different line.After our second climb she reminds me to look ahead where I want to go instead of fixating on my front tire.Midway up she says, “Remember to look ahead at where you want to go.”I pick up my glance, which has been fixated on my front tire for the past few minutes, amazed at her to know where I’m looking given that she’s riding in front.We happily chat about trail running, dogs (her), and kids (me), as we ride by the river flowing below.Eva lets me know that the trail becomes more technical ahead. We climb over some more roots and negotiate some turns before the trail dips and we ride over the biggest root yet.Scared, I put my foot down right on top of the gigantic root, seemingly guarding the top of the hill.Eva stops her bike and says, “Good job getting this far. This root is bigger than the rest. Given what I’ve seen you ride so far, I know you can do it. Let’s session it for a bit.”I watch her ride it a few times and studying the way she stops pedaling a few feet in front of it, how she eases her grip from the handlebars as she approaches the root and how she presses her peddle a slight turn forward to keep her momentum once she’s crested it.Then it’s my turn. Eva is smaller in stature than me and she makes it look effortless so I figure I’ll be able to do it too.My first go I hit the root square on, my pelvis throbbing from the impact.The second time I stand there, hesitant with the realization that indecision could lead to physical pain. Eva tells me to take a minute to collect myself and take a deep breath.I think of my four-year-old son.Right now he would say, “Mama, be brave at this root.”He has this thing of misusing prepositions in a way I find adorable so I don’t correct it. Besides, it lends a certain insight that I often miss. He realizes that we don’t have to be brave globally, in all situations, that it’s enough to pick one very specific thing and direct all the courage we can muster toward that.I tell myself I will be brave at the root as I ride and shift my weight in time so that my front wheel climbs over the wheel but then hit my pedal on the side of the root. The same thing happens the next dozen tries.I keep focusing on my line, on where I’m looking, on where my feet are, and my body weight.On my last go it all comes together. I approach the root at the right angle and unweight my front tire, while still keeping my gaze ahead. Once I’m over it, I pedal forward.“I did it!” I say at the same time that Eva shouts, “you did it!”I can tell from her tone that she’s as proud as I am. We high five and ride the rest of the trail.Eva echoes my son’s wisdom. “Every ride, pick one thing to work on and session it. Spend ten or fifteen minutes trying the same move.”The rest of the week I try rolling over things on my bike. It’s such a small thing, getting my tires across a rock or a root. Even so, I swell with pride ever time.As the week goes on I notice that I’m feeling more focused as I tackle a negotiation or difficult discussion in my business life, too. By keeping focused and asking myself to meet a discrete task with a courageous attitude, I’m becoming brave at life.last_img read more

Huntington Woman Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 80-year-old Huntington woman died following a car crash in Cold Spring Harbor on Friday evening.Suffolk County police said Eugenia Kouwenhoven was driving a Buick Regal westbound on Woodbury Road when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the woods at 6:25 p.m.The victim was airlifted to to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8252 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Washington Bishops Say Push For Gay ‘Marriage’ Undermines Family

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle Washington Bishops Say Push For Gay ‘Marriage’ Undermines Family by: – January 18, 2012 Tweetcenter_img 20 Views   no discussions Share Proposed gay “marriage” legislation in Washington state would add to “the forces already undermining family life today,” the state’s Catholic bishops warned.In a January 2012 statement, the bishops stressed that the “stability of society depends on the stability of family life in which a man and a woman conceive and nurture new life.”They noted in their letter titled “Marriage and the Common Good” that the civil recognition of marriage as between one man and one woman has given “countless generations of children the incomparable benefit of a loving mother and father committed to one another in a lifelong union.”On Jan. 13, 23 senators, including two Republicans, introduced legislation that would grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Catholic Democrat, had requested the bill which will require 25 votes to pass the state Senate.In response to the move, the bishops explained that defining marriage in terms of the relationship between a man and a woman and its “important role” in guaranteeing future generations, the state recognizes the “irreplaceable contribution” married couples make to society.Changing the definition of marriage means there are no special laws to support and recognize this contribution, they said.Marriage not only creates a bond through a personal relationship but allows the potential “of a man and woman to conceive and nurture new life, thus contributing to the continuation of the human race.”The bill’s chief sponsor State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle), however, criticized the bishops in remarks to the Associated Press.“My first reaction, as a practicing Catholic, is that this is very hurtful,” said Murray, currently in a 20-year same-sex relationship.Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, said that he expects thousands of people to show up at the bill’s first public hearing on Jan. 23 to show their opposition.But he sided with the bishops, saying that the “idea that there is no difference between a heterosexual relationship and a homosexual relationship and that the law should recognize no difference, assumes there is no difference between men and women.”“This would be the state taking a position and saying ‘We will no longer encourage arrangements that will give children both a mother and father,” he added.Washington state passed a domestic partnership law in 2007 with about 19,000 registered domestic partners in the state today.In their statement, the bishops called on local Catholics to contact state legislators and urge them to keep marriage defined as between one man and one woman.CNA/EWTN Newslast_img read more

Bigger’s better

first_img“Stop!” she shouted all of a sudden. “The mirror’s gonna knock all your stuff off the shelves.” Our garage is big enough for her PT, a Lincoln Navigator and my stuff. But even folding the Laramie’s big mirrors back wouldn’t help. And, the cab is so tall that the satellite receiver node didn’t look like it would clear the garage door. Didn’t try docking the Laramie in the garage even when it was empty. The truck is just over 20 feet long and just over 6 1/2 feet wide. The cab alone is 9 feet long. It requires a new municipal code for jumbo parking spaces in addition to the regular and compact variety. Some of the diminutions even grew for the 2007 model year, which features what Dodge says is the largest pickup cab ever. Big sums up this truck. It’s got a big name, big body and big price tag. And the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab 4×4 is big enough to go just about any place. Except our garage, which was the first place I tried to take it. The wife snugged her PT Cruiser as close to the south wall as possible and started guiding me in. This Mega Cab option offers a super-size 143.2 cubic feet and includes the only reclining rear seats available in a pickup truck. They can tilt from a 22-degree to 37-degree seat-back angle. Shaq would be comfortable back there, too, with 44.2 inches of legroom, the most of any pickup in this class. The rear seats split 60/40 and can move forward and back. Up front the center console is the size of a small table and there is plenty of storage space. “The 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab offers the most interior passenger space, cargo capacity and functionality of any pickup truck on the market,” said George Murphy, senior vice president of Global Brand Marketing at the Chrysler Group. The Mega Cab is a comfortable space, too. Drive Time’s test model featured a DVD-based GPS navigation system with a six CD/MP3 changer. There was also an entertainment system in the rear seat and a built-in hands-free communication system. The leather seats are wide and comfortable. And this is a truck that can supply moments you only dream about. Mine came on the way to work one morning at the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Vanowen Street. A Hummer pulled up next to the Laramie at a red light. And I looked down on the somewhat startled passenger. But this is a vehicle that is more suited on a job site or ranch. The Laramie seems to have enough muscle for just about any task. This one, painted a distinctive electric blue pearl color, featured a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine that can turn out 650 foot-pounds low-end torque when matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. In other words, you can haul stuff. The maximum trailer weight is 15,900 pounds and the cargo bed payload is 2,970 pounds. Dodge says this model also leads the full-size truck class with these numbers, too. Largest interior cargo volume of 72.2 cubic feet. Largest cargo volume behind rear seat with 7.7 cubic feet. Largest flat floor load area of 16.8 square feet. Largest rear door opening of 34.5 inches wide and 35.5 inches high. Largest rear door open angle of 85 degrees. No wonder we called it Big Blue. And it is getting some pretty good user reviews, too. “Love this truck,” Nathan from Lebanon, Ore., wrote on Yahoo.com earlier this month. “I just returned from a trip to Elko, Nev., and pulling 11,000 lbs. over the mountains did well … At the end of a long trip you don’t feel wore out or beat up. Plenty of space for everyone.” The only thing he’d change? Give Big Blue a bigger rear end. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more