Since 2004, I have been really into buying stuff “off-line” at Thrift Stores, Goodwill, Pawn shops, Yard Sales and then reselling the items “on-line” @ Amazon, Ebay and our web-sites. The fun for me Hobby eventually grew into EDGE Video, which at it’s peak had 4 stores in the Bangor Area. Until 2014, when I died, came back and was in a coma for almost month. When I awoke, EDGE Video was no more. So I still like doing my “hobby”, which gets us to the point of today’s blog, I go through Orland often and I kept seeing this sign for “Orland Treasures” at the Orland Community Center. It’s a great little shop with a huge selection of all kinds of things. After visiting a couple times, I say to the owner, “You know, your shop here isn’t on Google Maps”.
He replied with “I know, I haven’t gotten into that yet.”
I said, “I can fix it for you, it’s what I do, kinda like a ‘hobby’”
“Sure, go ahead”
So I snapped a few pix and went home with my new-found treasures from the shop. One hour after putting his place on Google Maps, I get a message from the owner of the shop.
“The Barber across the hall and the woman who owns the tanning salon wants you to put them on Google Maps too. And they’ll pay you to do it.”
Now, I am toying with the idea of turning this into a business. I enjoy doing it but I don’t think I’m quite ready yet. I said “I’ll do for a haircut and tanning session.”
A deal was made.
I am working on developing a new business. Kind of a digital marketing consulting service. But more on that in later blogs. (probably too much on that. I’m kind of a over-promoter.)
The three businesses I added are Orland Treasures, Deko’s Kutz and Studio 3½. As always, you can see the new listings by clicking on the businesses above. Also check out the Orland Community Center, they basically re-packaged the old school for events and created a mini-mall of small businesses. It’s a great area to do it in and I know they’ll have great success with the concept.
Thanks for reading and come back soon for more of “My Adventures with Google Maps”
With over 30,000 locations across USA, Redbox has become as common as a cold. As my adventures continued I realized, each and every one of those vending machines are listed on Google Maps and they don’t get a lot of reviews. Well, really? what are you going say about them? They’re machines. They work or they don’t. As a local guide and obsessive reviewer, I mean I review everything now. Parks, Dumpsters, gravel pits, potholes. Whatever. I really wanted to crack these 30k of potential review targets. And… I think I found way. First, is the photos, I try to get the box “in Action”. Recently, I said to my friend, “Hey go stand in front of the Redbox and pretend to use it." (She gave me a funny look) "C’mon, it’s for google and I’ll shoot from the back.” She responded with…”I’ll shoot you in the back”
Well, that didn’t fly plus I’m not really into staging, if I can’t get a shot of an actual customer using the machine, I also try to get a pic with something in the background or around the machine that shows where it is. Which so far, I’ve been able to do that twice.
Lastly, I try to write a poem/a rhyme that uses the titles of the movies in the “description”. It's not good poetry or does it even make any sense, but it’s kind of fun and different. If you want to read my rhyming reviews click on the towns in the the next sentence. This past week, I did my first three, in Bucksport, Lincoln and Brewer. Only 29,997 more to go, give or take. I hope you’ll join me!
The 3rd and final day in Ellsworth (for this trip), I’m calling this experiment in exploring to do future reviews a success. So many great businesses down here and the people are nice too. Ellsworth is like a mini-city but with the laid-back attitude of Small northern town. Some of the places I visited today were: Downeast Laundromat, Family Dollar and the Ellsworth Goodwill.
They are kind of all in the same category, the businesses are geared toward Budget Minded people. I’ve done tentative reviews which are placed Google Maps and I am currently working on longer reviews for each business which will be on this site. Next week, Bucksport and Orland. I hope you can join me!