Painting With A Twist

Evansville, Indiana – (Nov. 15, 2014) – Aspiring to bring an entertainment option that offers a new creative outlet in Evansville, local entrepreneur Mihir Paranjape is about to open Painting with a Twist, a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist.

Painting with a Twist of Evansville is part of a fast-growing national franchise that provides guests a unique ‘getaway’ through art. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. At Painting with a Twist, guests are able to disconnect from everyday life, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. Friends gather for an evening of laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent.

Evansville, Indiana – (Nov. 15, 2014) – Aspiring to bring an entertainment option that offers a new creative outlet in Evansville, local entrepreneur Mihir Paranjape is about to open Painting with a Twist, a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist.

Painting with a Twist of Evansville is part of a fast-growing national franchise that provides guests a unique ‘getaway’ through art. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. At Painting with a Twist, guests are able to disconnect from everyday life, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. Friends gather for an evening of laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent.

Paranjape, a native of India, moved to Evansville in 2001, where he currently works as General Manager of Millennium Steel Services, LLC. Having grown up in a family environment that placed a strong emphasis on art, he hoped to share his passion with his nine-year-old daughter and Evansville neighbors, but found few local outlets to do so. After surviving a heart attack in 2013, Paranjape was led to prioritize the things he wanted to do in life, including a dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Paranjape found painting to be a therapeutic and relaxing hobby during his recovery period, which made Painting with a Twist a natural fit.

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Forced Unionism, or Right To Work In Evansville

Another sticky issue facing Evansville and Indiana, is a bill called Right-to-work. If passed, would be a law that would make it illegal to force employees to pay union dues and other fees, conditional upon employment. Indiana has some strong arguments on both sides to such a law, thankfully we wouldn’t be the first state to take the plunge, currently there are 22 other states that are Right-To-Work. Let’s look at how the law has affected their economy and employment opportunities.

Another sticky issue facing Evansville and Indiana, is a bill called Right-to-work.  If passed, would be a law that would make it illegal to force employees to pay union dues and other fees, conditional upon employment.  Indiana has some strong arguments on both sides to such a law, thankfully we wouldn't be the first state to take the plunge, currently there are 22 other states that are Right-To-Work.  Let's look at how the law has affected their economy and employment opportunities.

Unemployment Rate

As of December 2011, the number 2 state for lowest unemployment rate would be Nebraska, who has a Right-To-Work law.  So, if a state that can boast an unemployment rate of just 4.1%, has a Right-to Work law, and 6 of the Top 10 States with the lowest unemployment rate are right-to-work, why not Indiana?  It's not as detrimental to the economy as opponents would like you to believe.  At the same time, Indiana has twice the unemployment, setting at 9%, but can this be attributed even in part to a lack of right-to-work law?

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Business To Business Should Be Local

Keep in mind I've had a working relationship with business owners all around Evansville for the better part of 8 years.  This includes business dealings in some shape or form affecting 1 man shops, mom and pop restaurants, or even the big manufacturers(or those that are left).  I've been a salesman, customer service rep, and just plain talkative to local people and local businesses.  So, when I say this, you know who you are.

Get your shit together!?  I am tired of hearing local businesses pitch the 'buy local', 'support small business', and 'family owned', only to have them turn around and purchase B2B (business to business) type items off the internet or from out of state.  Again, I know who you are, I deal with you every day whether you know it or not and it makes me sick.  Hey you big time movie man in Evansville, think those jerks you purchased that equipment from in New York will come down and buy a soda and popcorn?  NO!?  If it's available local and even marginally close on price you should be spending locally.

It's not just the big guys, it's the little guys who rely on the normal you and me coming in to buy sandwiches, buy beer, or just use your services, whatever you may offer.  Tired of losing business to internet competitors or out of state contractors, how about spending money with your own local businesses and contractors where possible.  Ignorance is no longer an excuse.  If it's good for the goose it's good for the gander.

I've watched multiple businesses purchase product from an out of state vendor to save $10.  I've stood by while profits erode for everyone and then the business owner speaks out the side of their mouth.  I have officially STOPPED patronizing local businesses that refuse to purchase locally where applicable.  It's no different expecting your business purchases to be kept local, than to expect your end users to use your products and services locally.

I would encourage everyone to do the same, speak up if someone insists on making purchasing decisions for a very marginal savings.  I'm not against saving money, but I am at the cost of giving business away to the lowest bidder, despite future costs and local support.  Post on Twitter, make a facebook update, create a blog post, tell someone about bad purchasing decisions.  Shame on you and you know who you are.

American General Finance Selling Out

I just read an article in the Evansville Courier stating that AIG, the owner of American General Finance, was looking to unload the Evansville based company.  Although at this point AIG may just be talking big, according to the AIG spokesperson, a deal may be finalized within a month.

AIG sited problems with repaying the government bailout, big loses on investments, and American General's posting of a loss for the 2nd quarter this year.  Just last year, American General posted a $202 million dollar loss, although shrinking, the $11 million loss was still a big hit to the insurance behemoth.

The news of selling American General Finance and other restructuring moves within AIG, had their stock value going up today.  But what effect will the sale of American General Finance have on Evansville?  Certainly if the new owner is interested in operating the company out of their corporate head quarters, Evansville employees will get the boot.  We can only hope that potential buyers will see the benefit of operating a business in Evansville and keep employees on hand.  The city of Evansville can't stomach another large job loss.

Harper’s Transmission Review

Harper Transmission RepairRecently my 2004 F150 decided to quit shifting into Park, so after a few weeks of getting fed up with the Parking Brake and starting in Neutral, I took it to Harper's Transmission.  The shop, located on the east side of Evansville on 3601 Maxwell, specializes in transmission and general mechanic work.  After having the work done on my vehicle, I can attest to the quality of their service.

Customer Service

From the first phone call I placed to bring in my vehicle, till I paid my bill and walked out the door, I was treated great.  When I first called I asked to speak with a mechanic, which they allowed without question, whom offered advice as best as he could without seeing the vehicle.

The next day I brought my vehicle in, was greeted warmly by the receptionist.  Also standing guard was I guess the shop dog, what appeared to be an old Labrador, which was just dieing for a little bit of attention.  Before I left I asked to speak with the mechanic again, just to make sure I wouldn't be having the same problem down the road.  He came into the lobby, showed me the part and explained what work was done.  Above and beyond what could be expected from any repair shop.

Time

Admittedly they were busy when I dropped my truck off last Thursday.  However, they assured me that they would try their best to get to my vehicle that day and if parts need to be ordered have them ready to be installed on Friday.  As promised they called me later that afternoon, explained the cost, and then ordered the parts.

Friday at 10:00 AM they were calling my cell phone letting me know the repairs had been completed.  Color me impressed!  Diagnosed, parts ordered, parts installed, all within 24 hours!

Recommendation

The good folks at Harper's Transmission assured me that practically whatever work needed to be done they could take care of.  Furthermore, even being a dealer only part, they could get anything fast.  Well, they lived up to what they promised and then some.  I'd recommend anyone get their vehicles serviced at Harper's Transmission.  I was very satisfied with all aspects of the transaction and I know my truck appreciates it.  Another local Evansville business worth mentioning.

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