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This one will go down as the 'COME BACK' year... Like most businesses and cycles there are good times and, well, some not-so-good times. Over the last 18 years that we have been vendor members of Paii, we have seen some high highs and some lows... Ever since Jay Karen became president, things have slowly but steadily started to change. Change takes time, but in just a few short years with Jay focusing on the innkeeping industry and as president of Paii, amazing things have started happening, and the Charleston Innkeepers Conference is proof. We met more new customers, and wrote more orders for existing customers that we have in at least 6 years. "This is the best conference in a long time", Peter Deneen mentioned after the closing. Peter also said that "more innkeepers increased their orders for our handmade stoneware mugs, and that shows that Jay is doing a great job." We heard that the attendance was up by 20% over last year! Also the overall mood of all that we talked to was of positivity, filled with renewed hope, excitement for Paii, and the innkeeping industry as a whole.

The time has come again... The Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show is just around the corner and we are cranking out the Official Paii Mug for the 19th consecutive year! This educational and networking event focuses specifically on the innkeeper. This conference will bring together the key leaders and experts to share their wisdom on the issues that impact you the most to make you stand ahead of the competition. This premier event for innkeepers is held in South Carolina Jaunary 10-13th and is hosted by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, in cooperation with Select Registry. We are proud, honored, and psyched to unveil the initial mock up for the 2011 mug... This year we are going back to a traditional style that has been in production since 1986 - The Flare Mug, in Hunter Green. The handle of this style is the 'C' Handle, which we designed for more hand clearance... Just one of the little things that we do to make our mugs the best! There is still time to register! For more information visit: www.innkeepingshow.com

I was forwarded this wonderful piece by a friend who is familiar with the fact that we make mugs for Bed & Breakfasts. The friend thought that the article would be a good resource for finding a few new clients. The rational is straight forward - American's Coziest B&B's should have American's best handcrafted mugs. I am pleased to report that 5 of the properties listed are customers and have our mugs right now, they are: Inn at Round Barn Farm, El Farolito B&B Inn, The Goldmoor Inn, The Hartstone Inn, and The Empress of Little Rock! Here is the article in it's entirety as published on Yahoo.com, written by the Editors of SmarterTravel.com. Add a roaring fireplace, warm cookies, and friendly innkeepers to your travels this fall and you'll likely find yourself at a nice little bed and breakfast. Autumn discounts abound at BnBFinder.com, while BedandBreakfast.com offers no shortage of inspiration. While there are countless options for travelers seeking an intimate stay this fall, here are the 10 B&Bs we think are the coziest from coast to coast. Carter House Inns in Eureka, Calif. Photo: Jumping Rocks, Inc. More from SmarterTravel.com

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