Great Buy Products Acquires Hemp Heaven Brand from Blue Cross Industries

 Great Buy Products, a leading distributor in the personal care products industry, has announced its acquisition of the Hemp Heaven trademark and brand from Blue Cross Industries. This strategic acquisition, which took effect in May 2023, signifies a key step in Great Buy Products’ expansion and growth strategy.

Hemp Heaven has a proud heritage of being crafted and manufactured in Southern California, the same location where Great Buy Products’ main headquarters resides. This tradition will continue, ensuring the same high-quality production standards for which Hemp Heaven has been known.

Over the past three years, Great Buy Products has successfully served as the master distributor for Hemp Heaven, leading its distribution into five major mass retailers. The Hemp Heaven brand, known for its superior, enriched formula with hemp seed oil, has consistently outsold competitors in the same retailers.

“With this acquisition, we are now able to provide our customers an even broader range of skincare products, enhancing our offerings while maintaining the quality that has made Hemp Heaven a top-selling brand,” says Barry Marrone, a representative from Great Buy Products. “Our top-of-the-line formula for Hemp Body Lotion, combined with an expansion into new scents and categories of skincare, sets us apart in the market.”

In line with the acquisition, Great Buy Products is ramping up investments in marketing efforts, including an emphasis on digital content and social media. This will be accompanied by an active search for new retailers and channels to distribute the brand, as part of the company’s effort to bring Hemp Heaven to a broader audience.

Coinciding with the acquisition is the launch of a new website,, which serves as a comprehensive platform showcasing the full range of Hemp Heaven products, including Hemp Body Lotion, Foot Cream, and Body Wash. The website will also highlight the myriad benefits of topical hemp seed oil, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to wellness and high-quality skincare products.

For inquiries about Great Buy Products, Hemp Heaven products, or potential retailer partnerships, please contact For support inquiries related to Hemp Heaven, please contact

About Great Buy Products
Great Buy Products is a leading distributor in the general merchandise industry, with headquarters in Southern California. With a commitment to quality, value, and customer service, the company prides itself on bringing exceptional products to a wide range of retailers in North and South America. Visit our website at to learn more.

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“Great Mandala” by Louis Panagotopulos was Exhibited at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

An aging couple wonders if their decades of political activism was worth the sacrifice.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

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Louis Panagotopulos had his book, Great Mandala, exhibited at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, last April 22-23, 2023.

The book display was made possible by the self-publishing and book marketing company, ReadersMagnet. The company exhibited hundreds of titles, along with Panagotopuloss Great Mandala, at the largest book festival in the country, which attract approximately 150,000 festival-goers from all over the globe.

Great Mandala begins in the early 1970s where the world is beset by overpopulation, cancer, nuclear arms race, sexism, racism, and total atheism. Kate and Robbie are activists fighting for peace, for justice, for the environment. After decades of fighting on the front lines for what they believed in, they are now experiencing the consequences of their past actions.

They question if they did the right thing by not bringing children into this terrible world. Kate suffers from an illness that worsens as she gets older. Robbie has to work to keep the insurance. Who will take care of them in their elder years.

Great Mandala is a chronicle of the past fifty years. It provides a glimpse of a world that was and, in spite of the sacrifices by people like Kate and Robbie, is still falling apart. Yet, in the end, a nieces newborn child gives hope for the future.

Readers can purchase a copy of Great Mandala: Into this World and Out Again by Louis Panagotopulos on Amazon.

Great Mandala: Into this World and Out Again
Author| Louis Panagotopulos
Published Date| 2023
Publisher| Independently published
Genre| Political Fiction

Authors Biography

Before writing his first novel, Louis Panagotopulos worked over twenty years as an engineer in Boston-area electronics companies. Small eastern Massachusetts towns and the blue-collar and middle-class people residing there, serve as the settings and characters for his stories. His short stories have been published in Solstice Literary Magazine and Husson Universitys Crosscut. Great Mandala is his fifth novel.

Pocono Great Talent Event #4 Goes back to the 80’s

Pocono Great Talent Event #4 Goes back to the 80’s with an 80’s themed Show benefiting the Fine Arts Discovery Series at the Sherman Theater February 4th, 2023

Pocono Great Talent Event 80's Edition

Pocono Great Talent Event 80’s Edition

STROUDSBURG, Pa.Jan. 31, 2023PRLog — The 4th Annual Pocono Great Talent Event marks its return with an ’80s themed Community Talent Event. Beginning in October 2022, event organizers held auditions at the Sherman Theater to discover the best talent in our region. The competition will include a variety of acts from dancers and vocalists to magicians and comedians. “We have had themes over the years, and the ’80s was such a fun and popular decade that we thought it would be fun to make this year’s theme the 80’s,” said event organizer Gil Coronado. He added, “All 20 finalists will perform an ’80s themed act.”

The Pocono Great Talent event benefits the Fine Arts Discovery Series, whose mission is “To serve our community by providing quality, culturally-diverse entertainment from nationally-known professional acts that brings patrons to the historic Sherman Theater and create a unique catalyst for economic development in the region and by providing community theatre, educational programming and performance opportunities that support local talents’ artistic and career development in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts.”
“This program allows us to continue that mission and help aspiring performers get recognized”, said Richard Berkowitz, President and CEO of Sherman Theater.

Through the auditions, 20 finalists were selected to perform on the Sherman Theater Stage to compete for the grand prize and the title of the Pocono Great Talent Event Winner. Freestyle Artist Cynthia will perform her hit song “Change on Me” and then join the judge’s table. There will also be special performances by Robin Schnieder paying homage to the late Olivia Newton John, Pocono Great Talent Event #3 Winner Joshua Rob, and the Fusia Dance Company.

The 20 Finalists are Johnny Rocco, Hailey White, Sabrina White, D’Neah, Celia Berrios, Kayla Barrone, Tesamonie, Gabrielle Zabosky, Peter Valkucas, Kash Crowley, Maia Gilbes, Jessica Torres, Alexander DiDuca, Brookel Sabella, Gary Michaels, Richard Kim, Luma Rowashda, Jim Reynolds, Myles Betancourt, and Michelle Galvis.  Judges Gil Coronado, Robin Schneider, Lorna O’farrell Macintire, Francesca Marinaro, and Cynthia will narrow down the Top 20 to the Final 10 and the audience will select the winner.  Senator Rosemary Brown will host the event for the fourth year in a row.

Sponsors and supporters of the Pocono Great Talent Event ’80s edition are KMB Plumbing, WSBG, Bigfoot Country, Bigfoot Country Legends, Pocono 96.7, Warrior Brands and Pizza, DJ Queue, Fusia Dance Company, Lorena Roman Photography, The Party Shack and Glamour Me Salon.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. They can be purchased at or by calling 570-420-2808.

Event: Pocono Great Talent Event 4 ’80s Edition
Location: Sherman Theater, 524 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Date: Saturday February 4th, 2023
Contact: Gil Coronado 201-753-0093 for inquiries
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, Show Starts at 8 pm

The Sherman Theater is a non-profit theater located in downtown Stroudsburg, PA, committed to strengthening the community by producing culturally-diverse, nationally-known professional acts and festivals at the theater and satellite locations for people of all ages, by providing an opportunity for local artists to perform, and by creating economic development in the region. For more information on the call 570-420-2808 or visit

With Great Power Comes Great Obstacles

Being extraordinary doesn’t exempt you from being human.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – WEBWIRE

The fourth book to his well-received Lightning Brain Series, author Cliff Ratza delivers an enthralling continuation to Electra Kittner’s exciting odyssey in, “The Girl Who Cloned Lightning.”

Electra Kittner, now an Electra-Alisha split personality infected with an STD-like/T-Plague like mutation, must cure herself first before she could battle a new set of enemies in Cyberspace as well as 3-D space. All while still contending against a relentlessly harsh government in the United States, as several random acts of terrorism are brought about by a rogue paramilitary force.

With her plate full, and her professional and personal lives plagued with uncertainties, can this extraordinary heroine keep her adversaries at bay?

Cliff Ratza is an established businessman, professor, and author. He has multiple degrees in mathematics, physics, business. and computer science, all while extensively writing throughout his career.

Rare Books Media endorses this project to the American Foundation for the Blind. They recommend getting a copy of the book in audiobook format, so readers with various disabilities may enjoy this colorful tale worth sharing.

“The Girl Who Cloned Lightning” by Cliff Ratza

Kindle | B0893J8T2S

Paperback | 978-1734144840

Audiobook | B0942YXVYX

Book copies are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book retailers.

More Than a Gap Year, a Great Year: Place Corps Kingston Fellowship Launching Summer 2022

 In the summer of 2022, Place Corps, an educational institute in the Hudson Valley, is launching the Place Corps Kingston Fellowship: a 10-month post-high school program for 16 Kingston, NY youth (ages 18-21) to develop the personal, professional, and practical skills that lead to a joyful, sustainable life featuring an equitable cost model that ensures 100% accessibility to all accepted applicants.

Never before have young people been so unsure about the next steps post-high school. Young people want opportunities to learn together in person, to gain real life skills, to align their values with their actions, to collaborate for the good of their community, to feel belonging and discover their purpose. The Place Corps Kingston Fellowship offers these opportunities and more.

Through experiential, community-engaged learning, Place Corps equips youth with the skills, connections, and resources to be future leaders in service of their communities. Youth explore the rural and urban landscapes of the Hudson Valley with their Homeroom based at Good Work Institute. Working in partnership with a network of local professionals, the Place Corps Kingston Fellowship offers cross-sector mentorship and local networking to:

– Learn valuable practical and personal skills not taught in traditional education

– Offer volunteer service and become engaged citizens in local community

– Create professional work experience

– Save and make money

– Develop a passion project

– Earn college credit

– Build sustainable livelihoods and professional next steps in service to their communities

Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $500 and a completion award of $4000, along with a values-aligned actionable plan for next steps post-fellowship towards professional pathways. Fellows graduate knowing how to:

– grow and prepare nutritious food;

– navigate personal finances with confidence;

– create regenerative enterprises;

– communicate ideas effectively;

– design and build small structures;

– and lead just movements in their community

“What our world needs is young people skilled in emergent, adaptive, collaborative, community-driven, and radical solutions. Solutions that are rooted in place, that are localized, diverse, and equitable. Solutions that are joyful! We are here to offer training in practical skills for you to be the leader of your life and co-designer of a flourishing future for all.” -Dawn Breeze, Co-founder and Director

Applications for the Place Corps Kingston Fellowship open January 30th. For more information about the fellowship, visit for further details, curriculum, and the fellow experience. Instagram: @place_corps. Contact for Media Kit with shareable images.

About Place Corps

Place Corps is a 501(c)3 rooted in the Hudson Valley with the mission to cultivate a calling to know, love, and serve our places by place-specific transformational learning programs. Founded in 2018, Place Corps began as an initiative between Hawthorne Valley Association, a nonprofit made up of diverse initiatives in Ghent, NY and Good Work Institute, a worker self-directed nonprofit organization in Kingston, NY.

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