Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn Recognized as Tripadvisor 2023 Travelers’ Choice Top 10% Award Winner

 “We are honored to have received the Traveler’s Choice Award from Tripadvisor once again this year,” said Sallie Clark, who with her husband Welling Clark, owns and operates the award-winning inn. “We also appreciate our guests who take the time to share high marks about their guest experiences at Holden House. This recognition means so much, especially as we celebrate our 37th year of hospitality since opening Colorado Springs first historic Westside area B&B in 1986. We strive to continue our focus to provide hospitality, food and accommodations with quality in mind every day.”

“Congratulations to the 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice winners,” said John Boris, Chief Growth Officer at Tripadvisor. “The travel resurgence we’ve seen throughout the past year has even further heightened the competition. Earning a Travelers’ Choice Award demonstrates that you have provided great experiences to those who matter most: your guests. With changing expectations, continued labor shortages, and rising costs, this is no easy feat, and I am continually impressed with the hospitality industry’s resilience and ability to adapt. Cheers to another successful year!”

Check out all the reviews, and discover more about Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn by visiting the inn’s website at www.HoldenHouse.com and the Tripadvisor website.

About Holden House
The inn features three side-by-side Victorians and six guest suites and offers six spacious guest suites, each with private bath, sitting area, and a gourmet full breakfast is included. Special packages include an optional ensuite breakfast, fireplaces and private label amenities. Each of the suites are individually appointed with their own style; four-poster beds, oversized tubs, open Victorian turret, hand painted murals, private balconies and more. The inn caters to those seeking a romantic getaway while also providing excellent accommodations as a boutique-style inn for business travelers with free WiFi, cable TV, off-street parking, full breakfast and a convenient business center all close to the historic district of Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs and a few miles from quaint Manitou Springs.

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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn
Welling and Sallie Clark, Innkeepers
719-471-3980
www.HoldenHouse.com

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Salt Lake Pub & Grill Sets Open House

 Lisa Forman has been serving her brand of American and Mexican food with a healthy dose of love at her Legendʼs Pub & Grill for 14 years. On June 17, she and her business partner, Angie Pawlik, plan to host an open house at both the Sandy and Salt Lake locations.

The Sandy facility, situated at 10631S. Holiday Park Dr., opened in 2019,while, the Salt Lake restaurant, at 677 S 200 West, opened its doors in June 2009.

“We want to give back to the community and customers during our anniversary month,” Forman said.

Forman not only plans to showcase her restaurant but has also invited several local businesses to attend and provide gifts and prizes for raffles. The proceeds will benefit two animal rescue organizations, Dog Rescue and Great Pyrenees Rescue Resources.

“It’s a fund-raising event,” she explained.

The raffle will begin at 1:30p.m.,and participants must be present to win. In addition to the raffle, Forman is organizing other activities, including face painting and games.
“I just want to have fun,” she expressed.

Forman has extended invitations to local dignitaries, including Sandy Mayor Monica Zoltanski, and is creating a special mayoral burger in her honor. The restaurant will also offer a local draft beer for $3.

Additionally, she plans to offer a free breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon for first responders such as police officers, firefighters, and military veterans. She reached out to city officials to invite the first responders while also spreading the word through flyers.

Starting and growing her business has been a journey, and Forman acknowledges the help she received from her mentors.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help from others,” Forman acknowledged. She credits her husband, David, as a mentor and business partner. “(He) has been there by my side from day one to build my business.”

Once a single mom, she believes in assisting other single moms who have the will but lack the finances to own their own restaurants. For example, she is seller-financing Pawlik’s venture into owning the Salt Lake Legend’s and plans to expand in a similar fashion with a restaurant in the west Salt Lake Valley area. Like Forman, Pawlik was a single mother.

“I’m helping them get started. It’s like a franchise, but it’s not. I’m empowering women,” Forman said.

In addition to helping women, Forman also assists young men through her taco business, Bent Corn Taco Co. That includes her son, Brooks Mandryk and Jose Sanchez.

“They have the love and dedication to carry on the legacy Iʼve worked very
hard to build for our communities and our families,” she said. “The opportunities through both Legendʼs and BCTC look great.”

The taco business currently operates as a delivery service out of her Legend’s restaurants until she finds a suitable building.

Forman stumbled into the restaurant business “as a fluke” after a career in corporate sales. She wanted to do something different and help others, particularly young single moms.

“It’s all about relationships,” the restauranteur emphasized.

Her team prepares food daily from scratch “with no preservatives.” She recently introduced pink Himalayan salt on every table. Himalayan salt is believed to be healthier then the more common table salt, because it contains more trace minerals.
Although the restaurant offers alcoholic drinks, Forman doesn’t want to be known solely as a bar. Nonetheless, Legend’s has been named Utah’s Best Sports Bar twice and has been nominated for the honor five times.

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801-647-2027
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Synergy House Launches IPO Prospectus

Synergy House Berhad, a cross-border e-commerce seller and furniture exporter of ready-to-assemble (RTA) home furniture, launched the prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO) today in conjunction with its upcoming listing on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

Datuk Roslan Hj Tik, Executive Director, Head Group Investment Banking & Islamic Banking,
Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad; Mr. Mok Juan Chek, Independent Non-Executive Chairman,
Synergy House Berhad; Mr. Tan Eu Tah, Non-Independet Executive Director, Synergy House Berhad;
and Mr. Teh Yee Luen, Non-Independent Executive Director, Synergy House Berhad [L-R]”>
Mr. Alvin Ooi Yet Ming, Acting Head of Corporate Finance, Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad;
Datuk Roslan Hj Tik, Executive Director, Head Group Investment Banking & Islamic Banking,
Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad; Mr. Mok Juan Chek, Independent Non-Executive Chairman,
Synergy House Berhad; Mr. Tan Eu Tah, Non-Independet Executive Director, Synergy House Berhad;
and Mr. Teh Yee Luen, Non-Independent Executive Director, Synergy House Berhad [L-R]

The IPO will raise RM34.4 million via the issuance of 130.0 million new shares at an IPO price of RM0.43 per share which is expected to support the Group’s future growth and expansion plans. The IPO proceeds raised will be used by the Group in the following manner:

– RM10.0 million or 29.07% for purchasing of inventories for the Group’s proposed e-commerce fulfilment centre in Muar, Johor and e-commerce fulfilment centres in overseas countries;
– RM1.5 million or 4.36% to purchase racking system and forklifts for the Group’s proposed e-commerce fulfilment centre in Muar, Johor;
– RM1.0 million or 2.91% for e-commerce advertisement and promotions;
– RM10.0 million or 29.07% to repay borrowings;
– RM7.7 million or 22.38% for working capital purposes; and
– RM4.2 million or 12.21% for listing expenses.

Executive Director of Synergy House, Mr. Tan Eu Tah said, “Given that global demand for furniture e-commerce is expected to continue to grow, our IPO will enable us to fuel our future growth and expansion plans by tapping into the equity capital market for future fund raising. Our IPO will also provide us with the financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities as and when they arise. The recognition gained through our listing status will also enhance our reputation in the marketing of our products and services, retention of employees, expansion of customer base as well as attract new employees.”

Executive Director of Synergy House, Mr. Teh Yee Luen said, “Leveraging on e-commerce has been another transforming experience for our Group as it has enabled us to have direct contact with end-consumers and thus enabling us to gather first-hand information and insights on consumer preferences that are valuable for product development. We intend to continue to grow our business-to-consumer (B2C) segment by utilising a portion of the IPO proceeds to purchase inventories for our B2C segment and by carrying out advertising and promotion initiatives on third-party e-commerce platforms. We also plan to grow our B2C sales through expanding to more e-commerce platforms in new markets.”

For the financial years ended 31 December (FY) 2019, FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022, the Group registered revenue of RM111.5 million, RM122.9 million, RM184.3 million and RM194.1 million respectively. In particular, the Group have seen encouraging growth from its B2C segment whereby its B2C sales have increased from RM1.99 million in the FY 2019 to RM49.63 million in FY 2022 at a compound annual growth rate of 192.17%.

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad is the Principal Adviser, Sponsor, Underwriter and Placement Agent for the IPO exercise.

Synergy House Berhad will list on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia on 1st of June 2023.

Synergy House Bhd: https://www.synergyhouseberhad.com/


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Synergy House Berhad Obtains Approval for ACE Market Listing, Engages Kenanga IB as Underwriter

SYNERGY HOUSE BERHAD, a cross-border e-commerce seller and furniture exporter of ready-to-assemble (RTA) home furniture, has entered into an underwriting agreement with Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad (Kenanga IB) for the Group’s upcoming initial public offering (IPO) on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

Group Investment Banking and Islamic Banking of Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad Datuk Roslan Hj
Tik, and Acting Head of Corporate Finance of Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad Alvin Ooi [L-R]”>
Executive Director of Synergy House Berhad Teh Yee Luen and Tan Eu Tah; Executive Director, Head of
Group Investment Banking and Islamic Banking of Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad Datuk Roslan Hj
Tik, and Acting Head of Corporate Finance of Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad Alvin Ooi [L-R]

Prior to entering into the agreement, the Group had earlier obtained the approval from Bursa Securities for admission to the Official List as well as the listing of its shares on the ACE Market of Bursa Securities.

In conjunction with its listing, Synergy’s IPO exercise will comprise a total of 130.0 million shares including a public issue of 80.0 million new shares representing 16.0% of the enlarged issued share capital. The IPO shares from the public issue will be allocated in the following manner:

1. 25.0 million shares representing 5.0% of the enlarged issued share capital to be allocated via balloting to the Malaysian public;
2. 12.5 million shares representing 2.5% of the enlarged issued share capital to be allocated to eligible directors, employees and persons who have contributed to the Group (“Eligible Persons”);
3. 30.0 million shares representing 6.0% of the enlarged issued shares to be allocated to selected investors by way of private placement; and
4. 12.5 million shares representing 2.5% of the enlarged issued shares capital to be allocated to Bumiputera investors approved by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (“MITI”).

The IPO exercise also includes an offer for sale of 50.0 million existing shares representing 10.0% of the enlarged issued share capital which will be made available by way of private placement to Bumiputera investors approved by the MITI.

Under the underwriting agreement, Kenanga IB will underwrite the 25.0 million new shares made available to the Malaysian public and the 12.5 million existing shares made available to Eligible Persons.

Executive Director of Synergy House, Mr. Tan Eu Tah said, “The signing of the underwriting agreement marks an important milestone for us as it brings us one step closer towards being a listed company. We would like to extend our gratitude to Bursa Securities for granting the approval for our listing. We are also pleased to have Kenanga IB on board as our Principal Adviser, Sponsor, Underwriter and Placement Agent. Our IPO will provide us the capital to grow our business which business model we have adopted since 2004. Since 2004, we have focused solely on the design, development and sales of RTA home furniture and outsource all manufacturing works to third party manufacturers.”

Executive Director of Synergy House, Mr. Teh Yee Luen said, “The funds raised via the IPO will enable us to continue to grow our business-to-consumer (“B2C”) segment which we started in 2012. Our sales from our B2C segment have increased from RM1.99 million in the financial year ended (“FYE”) 31 December 2019 to RM24.78 million in FYE 31 December 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 252.88%. In tandem with our strategy to continue growing our B2C segment, part of our IPO proceeds will be used to purchase inventories for our B2C segment as well as for the implementation of e-commerce advertising and promotion strategies.

Executive Director, Head of Group Investment Banking and Islamic Banking of Kenanga IB, Datuk Roslan Hj Tik said, “We would like to thank Synergy House for having us onboard for the Group’s IPO exercise. The Group’s decision to focus solely on design, development and sales of RTA home furniture has been pivotal for its growth. We believe that the Group will be able to continue to leverage its design and development capabilities to further expand its business through the listing. Our best wishes to the Group on this new journey and we look forward to supporting Synergy House in its future endeavours.”

Synergy House Bhd: https://www.synergyhouseberhad.com/


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Visit the house of the Virgin Mary St. John’s Basilica & the Cave of the Seven Sleepers at Türkiye

One of Türkiye’s most important stops within the Christian Faith Routes, the House of the Virgin Mary draws visitors from all around the globe. House of the Virgin Mary, located at İzmir, Türkiye is also very close to St. John’s Basilica.

Izmir House Of Virgin Mary

Izmir House Of Virgin Mary

DUBAI MEDIA CITY, UAEDec. 23, 2022PRLog — Türkiye is home to many historical sites that are important for many faiths. There are many significant Christian routes in Türkiye but the ones in the country’s Aegean region are specifically important for pilgrimage as they include the house of the Virgin Mary, St. John’s Basilica, the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, 7 Churches of Revelation and much more…

Journey to Ephesus in the footsteps of the Virgin Mary

According to legend, after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, John the Apostle brought Mary to Ephesus, a prominent coastal city in antiquity. As Ephesus was at that time under the rule of the Roman Empire, John took the Virgin Mary to a secluded site in a forest on the back slope of the Bülbül Mountain.

The discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary came about through the visions of a German nun, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. Although the nun died in 1824, the images she had described enabled Lazarist priests to determine the location of the house where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. In subsequent years, the site was accepted as a pilgrimage site and, in 1951, Pope Pius XII gave the House of the Virgin Mary the status of a Holy Place and a Catholic place of pilgrimage. Upon this declaration, an influx of visitors to the site – which was considered sacred and had been restored by Muslims – began. Pope Paul VI and his successor, Pope John Paul II, are among those who came to Ephesus to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary and visited the house.

In this sacred temple, ceremonies are traditionally held on August 15, which is considered the date of the ascension of the Virgin Mary to heaven. Christians who attend the rites, which attract great attention, are also considered pilgrims. The House of the Virgin Mary is in the Selçuk district of İzmir and, after its discovery, was converted into a cross-planned and domed church. In its garden, visitors are greeted by an impressive statue of the Virgin Mary and a large baptismal pool. In the centre of the altar inside the church is a cast statue of Mary. In the section called the “Chamber of Mary”, to the right of the altar, there is a depiction of Mary by the painter Ratislas Loukine. The House can be visited along with the adjacent Sacred Fountain (Kutsal Çeşme) and the historic Wish Wall (Dilek Duvarı). The drinkable water flowing from the Fountain is believed to have healing powers, and some visitors fill bottles with this water. The Wish Wall is adorned with napkins and papers on which visitors can write requests and prayers. It is thought that the Virgin Mary lived in this house on Mount Bülbül until she died at the age of 101 and that John buried the Virgin Mary somewhere on the mountain, in an undisclosed location.

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