Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President

Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President











Canadian Tulip Festival Presents Tulip to American Embassy

Ottawa (Vocus) February 18, 2009

– U.S. President Barack Obama will make his first foreign visit as President on Thursday, February 19, spending the day in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Short videos of Ottawans welcoming the President and giving him advice on what he should see in Ottawa and know about Canadians have been posted at http://www.ottawatourism.ca (direct link is http://www.ottawatourism.ca/en/multimedia-a-images/video).

To celebrate the occasion, the local tourism industry has created several Obama-themed offerings, including:


    The Obama BeaverTail, also known as an ObamaTail. A BeaverTailTM is a hot pastry treat born in Ottawa. It’s made of wholewheat dough stretched into the shape of the tail of one of Canada’s national symbols–the beaver–then float cooked in canola oil and served hot with a variety of delectable toppings. Usually Canadians choose from a topping of cinnamon and sugar, chocolate hazelnut, maple butter or apple cinnamon but on February 19, the ObamaTail will be served with cinnamon and sugar, then a whipped cream “O” topped with chocolate sauce and a splash of maple. They’re $ 3.75 each at the flagship store in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, or $ 4 each at kiosks along the Rideau Canal Skateway. ObamaTails were also served to 1000 guests of the Canadian Embassy in Washington during President Obama’s January inauguration. http://www.beavertails.ca
    A five-foot tulip painted (see photo at right) with President Obama’s likeness by Ottawa artist Jill Alexander will be presented to the Embassy of the United States by the Canadian Tulip Festival. This annual event in Ottawa is the world’s largest tulip festival and runs May 1-18, 2009. Similar large painted tulips decorate the major festival sites. http://www.tulipfestival.ca
    A non-alcoholic Obama Hawaiian Punch will be served to all guests at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ottawa Airport on February 19. http://www.hieottawa.com
    An Obama-themed menu will be offered on February 18 and 19 at Graffiti’s Italian Eatery at the Holiday Inn Select in Kanata (west Ottawa). The menu features the Senator Obama Chicago-Style Omelette, the Barack Burger, the Inaugural Dinner Washington-Style and the Obamatini! http://www.hisottawa.ca
    And “Claudio the Soup Guy” at Muffins Plus in the World Exchange Plaza’s food court downtown continues to sell out of his President Obama Chili Soup. He’s been making it–and selling out–since President Obama’s election in November.

Ottawa is a city brimming with internationally renowned museums, cultural attractions, a thriving culinary scene and a four-season outdoor paradise for those who like to bike, kayak, canoe, jog, or skate! President Obama’s visit comes just before the final weekend of Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, which features skating on the frozen Rideau Canal, snow and ice sculptures, outdoor concerts, children’s snow playgrounds, and all types of outdoor activities. http://www.winterlude.gc.ca

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. For events, restaurant listings, maps, hotel packages and more, visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca

For more information, please contact:

Jantine Van Kregten    

Director of Communications, Ottawa Tourism

613-237-5150, ext. 116

613-866-4955 (mobile)

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Simply Retail Welcomes Chocolate Medical Ventures Chocolate Caf

Simply Retail Welcomes Chocolate Medical Ventures Chocolate Café as a Partner for the Simply Real Estate Service










Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 30, 2008

Simply Retail, the nation’s leader in customized healthcare retail systems, has entered into a partnership agreement with Memorial Health System of South Bend, in collaboration with Chocolate Medical Ventures Group. The Chocolate Café, operated by South Bend Chocolate Company and Memorial Health System of South Bend, will add to Simply Real Estate’s arsenal of food-service selections for hospitals and health systems interested in leased retail opportunities.

The Chocolate Café offers food and gift services in order to provide convenience and added value to the patient shopping experience. They offer healthy deli, candy, dessert and chocolate selections in a café or kiosk setting. The chocolate café model includes low-fat and sugar-free desserts, fresh custom salads, gourmet soups and of course, a wide variety of chocolate products.

Diane Stover, VP of Memorial Health System explained, “The Chocolate Café experience offers chocolate therapy, the newest type of “care” hospitals can provide patients, visitors and staff to enhance their visit.”

“Simply Retail is absolutely delighted to partner with Memorial Health System and Chocolate Medical Ventures Group,” said Kathy Husu, Vice President of Consulting Services at Simply Retail. “Our partnership is a no-brainer. The Chocolate Café is specifically customized for healthcare facilities, and we are excited to incorporate this concept into our upcoming client implementations.”

We expect patients, staff and visitors will judge if this concept is a good fit; we’re pretty sure they will love it!

About Chocolate Medical Ventures Group

In 2005, The South Bend Chocolate Company and Memorial Health Systems formed the Chocolate Café Medical Ventures Group to test the compatibility of the chocolate café experience in a medical setting. The experiment was a success and gave life to this innovative partnership created to help both companies establish market differentiation and generate new revenues.

For more information, please contact Diane Stover at dstover @ memorialsb.org, or visit http://www.chocolatemedicalventures.com.

About Simply Retail

Simply Retail was formed in 1994 and is the nation’s leading provider of Healthcare Retail. Based in Minneapolis, Simply Retail is a retail consultancy and management company with expertise in both retail planning and implementation, integrating retail operations with patient care through customized Retail Systems. In addition, Simply Retail has an alliance with a nationally recognized retail/healthcare architecture firm and has developed an in-house design department that creates customized design elements for each client. Simply Retail also has forged partnerships with POS vendors, concierge services and healthcare developers to create retail opportunities for hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory care centers, medi-spas, fitness centers and rehabilitation facilities across the nation.

For more information, please either contact Pam Donaby at 612-659-8200, ext. 10, or visit http://www.simplyretailinc.com.

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