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Revolutionary Restroom Organizer Protects Purses and Phones at Stalls and Urinals

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Increased awareness of germs and bacteria has changed our behavior regarding contact and hygiene. These changes are notable regarding the use of commercial restrooms, which 60% of Americans visit at least once a week. One of the top complaints of shared restrooms is the risk of subjecting one's personal belongings to germs, damage, and theft. This means every day, millions of people are entering a vulnerable space without convenient protection for their phones, purses, and other personal belongings. StallStash, a restroom partition shelf, improves the safety and comfort of restroom visits by keeping belongings clean, close, and safe.

"Today, 42% of us are more concerned about using a public restroom than we were 18 months ago," says Robert Kodner, president of StallStash. "In addition to sanitary issues, we know that the average cost of a cell phone is $580, and a typical purse contains $720 worth of items."

Kodner continues, "For many of us, using a public restroom is a 'necessary evil.' By offering a solution that allows restroom visitors to keep their belongings safe and clean, we are able to improve the restroom experience for everyone. As an added benefit, 64% of us will frequent a business based on the fact it has clean restrooms."

StallStash units attach easily to all standard restroom partitions (without tools or hardware), and are made of 100% plexiglass. StallStash units are engineered to protect cell phones, purses, laptops, wallets, backpacks, and briefcases.

Fran Kaiser, a property manager at Century Management in California, says, "When one of our tenants asked us to find a way to help keep purses, phones, and files off the bathroom floor, we knew just the standard hooks would not do. I searched high and low and nothing would fit their needs until we found StallStash. I now use them in our restrooms. They have held up to the usage, and we could not be happier with the product."

StallStash is designed for all public and commercial restrooms. StallStash clients include medical facilities, restaurants, commercial buildings, shopping centers, event spaces, schools, fitness centers, stadiums, venues, transportation terminals, places of worship, and popular attractions.

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Kiosk Industry Event News from Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA)

​DENVER, Colo. -- September news for the Kiosk Association. InfoComm (AVIXA) is the biggest digital signage AV show in the U.S. KMA is an official media partner. See a list of exhibitors and information. We have rated this as a "green light" for safety given the safety protocols exceed the recommended CDC guidelines.

October 27-29 is the date and yes we have free passes. Contact for more info. Samsung is main sponsor. Also Blackmagic Design and Crestron.

CREATE in Denver this October, begins 10/4 and ends 10/6. We have a limited number of free passes and also free invites to the MenuMaster Awards festivities (hundreds of restaurant leaders meet and greet, enjoying free food and drinks at Mile High). As part of CREATE you can view interactive session with Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick on restaurant growth strategies. Other speakers include Blaze Pizza, Chipolte, Popeyes, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chicken Salad Chick, Bloomin Brands, Checkers & Rallys, True Food, McDonalds, Yum! Brands, Domino's Pizza, Wingstop, Wendys, Hissho Sushi, & Applebee's Grill & Bar. Contact for more info.

M-Enabling Summit in Arlington, VA -- Sachin Dev Pavithran, Executive Director U.S. Access Board will be delivering the keynote. We have a table and you can visit with Laura and Matt of Vispero. Contact for more info.

NRF in New York in January -- preparations are underway for our booth for NRF (and also NRA in Chicago)


* Learn About our Sponsors - Intel Corporation and Restaurant Kiosks

* Wayfinding Kiosks - Shoptalk Deploy Acquire Digital's Wayfinding Technology

* New For Sale Items - 24-inch Elotouch Touchscreens - Intellitouch - $300

* Product Brief - Self-Order Kiosks + Universal Tablet Enclosure by Star Micronics

* NRF 2022 Update - Health Policy - Retail Kiosk Event

* ADA Kiosk - FAR Finally Incorporates Revised Section 508

* Kiosk Accessibility - McDonald's Onboard with adding Access for Blind and Low Vision


* Take our Google Forms 2 minute survey and add your company to our upcoming 2022 Market Report:

* Vaccine Passport and Vaccine Passport kiosks

* KMA PCI EMV Credit Card Reader Update - Ingenico v6 preview

* ADA Kiosk Checklist 14 Point (Free) -


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Tres Amigos Grill introduces their new menu item Chef John’s Street Tacos for Taco Tuesday

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- Tres Amigos Grill in Winter Garden known for creating, grilling and serving a fusion of Tex-Mex, Grilled and Mexican Style offerings announces the addition of Chef John's Street Tacos to its menu.

"As we launch Chef John's Street tacos on Tuesday, Tacos are not only for Tuesdays. We ask all our friends to consider living every day like it's Taco Tuesday since these will be available every day," says John Kresl, owner, aka "Chef John."

Served with your choice of skirt steak, chicken, shrimp, pork carnitas or vegetables, the Chef John Street Tacos are wrapped in crispy homemade corn tortillas and topped with Pico De Gallo, Cotija cheese and our homemade hot sauce. To top it off, we add a few lime wedges to the party.

Kresl adds, "For every item on our menu old or new, we keep the home in homemade from the produce to the process and from preparation to presentation. Every step, every stage and every layer of every ingredient matters to us at Tres Amigos Grill."

Based in Winter Garden, Florida, Tres Amigos Grill delivers flame grilled to order entrees methodically prepared and distinctively dressed with the freshest toppings, seasonings, and sides for individuals, families and friends.

From Grilled Stuffed Tacos to our Stuffed Grill Bowls, and full course entrees to our customized catering menu, Tres Amigos Grill practices a personalized approach to preparing every individual order and every special request.

Tres Amigos Grill is Creating, Grilling, and Serving Food and Friendships in Winter Garden, Florida and beyond. Every item on the Tres Amigos grill menu is created, served, and shared for dining in, carrying out, curbside pick-up, or delivery.

Starting Tuesday, September 7, Tres Amigos Grill is introducing Chef John Street Tacos to the menu available every day.

"We invite our friends and our neighbors to embrace the taco," says Chef John Kresl.

Visit Tres Amigos Grill at their Winter Garden Location at 1025 South Dillard Street, Winter Garden, Florida 34787.

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International Branded Product Solutions Agency LR Paris Appoints Lee Rolnick as Head of Sales for North America

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- LR Paris announced the appointment of Lee Rolnick as Head of Sales for the North American Market. Founded in 1959, LR Paris is the leading agency providing fully integrated, Branded Products Solutions.

CEO of LR Paris, Charles Dolige, spoke about the appointment: "LR Paris is excited to welcome Lee Rolnick as our new Head of Sales for the U.S. Lee is an accomplished leader. His unique combination of passion and expertise will benefit our sales team while propelling LR Paris' expansion in the U.S."

Lee Rolnick has proven himself as a driven leader with his previous successes improving sales through performance-driven strategies across multiple industries including: healthcare, medical devices, laboratory, telecom, and cosmetic/skincare.

Prior to joining LR Paris, as the Director of Sales for Cosmetic Solutions in Boca Raton, FL, Lee led the company's 125% growth in sales in just over 3 years.

Born and raised in New York, Lee attended Hofstra University, earning his bachelor's degree in business administration. He currently lives in Boca Raton with his wife Jewel and their 2 sons, Lane (16) and Ethan (13). When not hard at work, you'll find him coaching his sons' basketball and football teams.

Lee Rolnick commented on his new position as Head of Sales for North America: "I'm thrilled to be part of team of expert professionals offering global branded products solutions. LR Paris' consultative methodology is unique in providing an approach usually not found in today's market. Our focus is on listening and finding the best solutions for our clients."

About LR Paris

LR Paris is a fully integrated agency, creating and producing branded products solutions globally. Offices are located in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Recognized for its unrivaled expertise, LR Paris is one of the few companies in the industry featuring an in-house design, logistics, and production team, as well as a network of exclusive manufacturing partners from around the world.

LR Paris' dedication to excellence has served over 4,000 clients across diverse industries including Banking & Finance, Fashion & Cosmetics, Hospitality, Luxury, Real Estate, Retail, Education, Government, Technology, Museums, Nonprofits, Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Sports, and Travel.

Clients include: The White House, Estee Lauder Companies, American Express, E*Trade, Marriot, Bonvoy, Related, Edition Hotels, NYU, and Blue Origin.

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Kiosk Manufacturer Association August Updates: Vaccine Kiosks, Tradeshows and ADA News

DENVER, Colo. -- August news for the Kiosk Association. KMA Kiosk Association is pleased to announce new Co-Chairmen of ADA Committee along with trade show info and vaccine passport kiosk information.

Trade Shows are back

* KMA is now an official media partner for InfoComm (AVIXA) and the biggest digital signage AV show in the fall. See a list of exhibitors and information including the highly anticipated Digital Mixer.

* CREATE in Denver this October. We have a limited number of free passes to CREATE as well as free invites to the MenuMaster Awards festivities (hundreds of restaurant leaders meet and greet, enjoying free food and drinks at Mile High). As part of CREATE you can view interactive session with Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick on restaurant growth strategies

* Preparations for NRF in NY and NRA in Chicago in progress

KMA also announces new ADA and Accessibility Co-Chairs

* Peter Jarvis and Nicky Shaw of Storm Interface are our new Co-Chairpersons

* James Kruper of KioWare is our Vice-Chair

* As Co-Chairs, Nicky and Peter intend to expand committee members from within the disabled communities and their representative organizations. They request representation from both hardware and software manufacturers. Invitations will be extended to legal practitioners working in disability rights. It is considered essential that the kiosk industry be recognized by legislators as an important part of the solution and not the cause of the problem. The KMA Accessibility Committee will propose that consultation with representatives from the kiosk and self-service sectors should be an essential part of any new mandating or legislative process.

* For a full list of participants and committee members visit

* To request more information contact Craig Keefner, 720-324-1837 or

To conclude we have started a rolling post on Vaccination passport kiosks. Both for the US and International (EUDCC). Federal jurisdictions like air travel are first (CLEAR has already implemented). Google released API covering segments such as Kaiser, Zoom, Office365 and many more. Units are beginning to emerge from China and priced at less than $1000 though not yet listed on Alibaba. Both guests and employees are affected with imminent FDA approval and local laws (Key to NYC Pass -- they are the new rules for NYC). McDonalds has mandated for all employees.

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CEO/President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce, Jay King, Liaisons Critical Support for Small Business Landmark, Hawkins House of Burgers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Not many small Black businesses can boast five generations of family operation. But more importantly, Hawkins House of Burgers, ( ) established in 1939, has maintained decades of community service to its surrounding neighborhood, Watts, CA. So, when current restaurateur Cynthia Hawkins found herself on the other end of a Caltrans state issued decree requiring the removal of part of their building, so a 500 square foot patch of land beneath it could be appraised and sold at public auction, her terror was palatable.

Having barely survived operations during Covid, to now being confronted with this challenge, was like the onslaught of facing another pandemic all over again. Fortunately for the Hawkins family business, former Compton resident A.K. King, got wind of the dilemma via social media and reached out to Jay King, the CEO/President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)(

As the Chamber's CEO and president, King also sits on the Caltrans Small Business Council as the Chairman of the African American DBE Participation Committee for the California Department of Transportation. Staying true to the advocacy mission of the CBCC, King was able to reach out directly to Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. The pending order to demolish the Hawkins' building has been halted and everyone is working on various resolutions concerning the matter. A petition ( and GoFundMe ( has been set up to support the 82 year old community institution.

"Because Cynthia Hawkins is a small Black business owner, this issue could have been viewed as racially discriminatory, when in fact it was not. In fact, small businesses across the state and the nation even, face matters that are more about miscommunication and bureaucracy then perhaps race and gender. Many small businesses understandably operate in a bubble implementing their day-to-day survival so the California Black Chamber of Commerce, like most business chambers of commerce, are many times underutilized resources. We are here to provide service and support to our constituents and the Hawkins Burgers' situation provides an exemplary case study of how winning resolutions can be accessible for all," explains Jay King, CEO/President of the CBCC.

"So many people came out and promised support and help," cites Cynthia Hawkins, the youngest of 14 children, who runs the restaurant with help from her two daughters and three grandchildren. "But it was Jay King who made things happen and made them happen quickly! As a small business operator, I never realized I had access to resources like Jay King and the Chamber. I am deeply grateful and just humbled quite honestly. The matter is not fully remedied yet, but King's support is like an answered prayer and a miracle for my family."

"Caltrans is not the bad guy here. In fact, there are no bad guys. Caltrans has a small business council, so what we witnessed was the council at work. As a member and chairman of their ad hoc committee, I was able to directly reach out to CalTrans and they responded immediately and halted the declaration for demolition. The system works when organizations and agencies in place do their job. In this case the organization was the CBCC and it did its job as a resource center and liaison and we will continue to find a real resolution to the matter, because it's what we are in place to do," notes King.

The Hawkins House of Burgers was originally a malt shop back in the early 1940's. The business was one of many family-owned enterprises over the past decades, before eventually becoming a full throttle restaurant business in 1984. The family's motto has always been "Take care of your community and they will ALWAYS take care of you," and it is this tradition that has lasted over eight decades. Cynthia Hawkins has lovingly continued with service that includes feeding the homeless; supporting local families with food and funds; offering scholarships to neighborhood kids; providing food to grieving families when tragedy occurs, particularly to those effected by gun violence; and notably offering jobs and training to the community residents. The Hawkins House of Burgers even offers discounts to Caltrans workers!

As the largest African American non-profit business organization, representing thousands of small and emerging businesses, affiliates and chambers of commerce throughout California, the CBCC is extremely concerned about the aftermath of Covid-19 which has immobilized and shut down businesses around the entire world. California is a large and crucial market. The California Black Chamber of Commerce has over 4,200 registered small businesses throughout the state. A large percentage of these businesses consist of sole proprietors who rely on their businesses' income to survive. COVID-19 has had an unforgivable impact on this already marginalized and fragile, small business community. From the mom-and-pop eateries, barbershops and corner stores, to business professionals, the impact of this pandemic is projected to decimate this entire workforce.

The California Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping small businesses survive through these uncertain times. Contact the California Black Chamber of Commerce at, via email at or call at 916-467-8878.

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Dining Out Jersey’s First Annual Foodie Expo

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Dining Out Media LLC will be hosting the 1st Annual Dining Out Jersey Foodie Expo on Thursday July 15, 2021 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at The Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, N.J. The event will feature North Jersey's best restaurants, gourmet food shops, BBQ, craft beer, wine, and spirits, as well as celebrity guests, music, and other food-related vendors.

The event will be held in the main ballroom as well as BBQ and grilling on the rooftop. Some food trucks are also scheduled to participate. Participating businesses are primarily from Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties.

"We saw this as an opportunity to support local restaurants and small businesses that were adversely affected by the recent events while at the same time giving area residents an excuse to get out and enjoy themselves again," said Paul Turpanjian, Publisher of Dining Out Jersey Magazine.

With restaurants getting "back to business" and life becoming a little more normal, guests will enjoy the festivities which will include food tastings across a wide variety of cuisines from the area's top restaurants. Paid admission gives guests access to all.

"We are looking forward to giving local foodies an opportunity to get out once again and be entertained while enjoying the savory and sweet flavors that our many fine North Jersey restaurants are famous for," said Turpanjian. "The restaurant industry was the hardest hit during the pandemic. Now these businesses are hoping to gain more exposure and make up for what was lost, which makes this first big food festival a very important one."

Dining Out Jersey Magazine is North Jersey's preeminent lifestyle magazine focusing on dining out and other food-centric content.

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AJ’s on the Bayou to Host Free Firework Show at Stars and Stripes Celebration

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The folks at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar know that there's no better way to kick off the summer than with a live firework show along Florida's Emerald Coast. That's why it's excited to host a free firework show at AJ's on the Bayou, one of its four popular locations. The Stars and Stripes Celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3 at 9 p.m. and Black-Eyed Blonde will perform live music starting at 6 p.m.

Located at the base of the Cinco Bayou Bridge in Fort Walton Beach, AJ's on the Bayou is in a beautiful setting offering indoor as well as outdoor seating and dining on an open-air deck overlooking the Cinco Bayou.

During this special celebration, AJ's will also have walk-up dining options where people can grab a BBQ Plate which includes one of its delicious BBQ pork sandwiches served with fries, coleslaw and baked beans for $15. There's a kids special too - a hot dog and fries for $6.

A tent will be set up on site for people to visit to register for free giveaways. Get a flag, souvenir cup or "cool" treats for kids. Activities will include face painting, stilt walkers and more.

The address is: 200 NE Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, 32548.

Call for information: 850-226-7579 or visit:

About AJ's on the Bayou

Since 1984, AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar has been serving cold Gulf Coast oysters and cool libations. What began as a popular local hang out known for fresh oysters and cold beer has grown into one of the most iconic "hot spots" on Florida's Destin Harbor. From its humble beginning shucking oysters off the deck behind a small trailer on the Destin Harbor, its proud to have grown to four locations along Florida's Emerald Coast.


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Kiosk Association Exhibiting at Major Retail and Restaurant Events: NRF Retail Converge and NRN CREATE

DENVER, Colo. -- The Unattended Self-Service and Kiosk Association is participating in two major upcoming events for Retail and Restaurants in the next week - NRF Retail Converge and CREATE by Nations Restaurant News. Learn from speakers such as CVS, Walgreens, Macys, Alibaba and others at Retail Converge. CREATE speakers include Yum! Brands, Chipotle, McDonald's, Wendy's, Dominos and many more. Retail Converge begins next week and CREATE has just launched.

Noted sponsors for the Kiosk Association include:

* Olea Kiosks, Inc.
* KioWare
* Pyramid Computer
* Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
* Nanonation
* KIOSK Information Systems
* Kiosk Group
* 22Miles
* Vispero
* Zebra
* Panasonic Restaurant Solutions
* LG Electronics Business Solutions

In other news for the Association a resource page for Assistive Technology is now available listing provider companies, noted consequences for not providing and additional resources. A companion page covering the latest Legal News is now available. This page is a running log with personal commentary on legal, privacy and patent situations. We keep track of legal news that affects the unattended self-service market.

Examples this week include the lawsuit against McDonalds for improper use of biometric data and a class action suit against over 125 Wendy's franchisees for ADA violation. Learn about PPI which is how we abbreviate Prosecution Probability Index. Our new DOJ is expressing interest in cases never before expressed.

Sample News Posts

* Kiosk Tradeshow Update - NRF Retail Converge and NRN CREATE
* New Digital Signage Solution with the Universal Landscape/Portrait Kiosk
* Legal News - McDonalds Sued for Improper Use of Biometric Data in Drive-Thru
* Legal News
* Assistive Technology For Kiosks and more
* DMV Now Kiosk - Motor vehicle kiosks offer more services
* McDonalds Restaurant Kiosks Deployed in Switzerland
* Member Spotlight: Unattended Card Payments (UCP) Joins Retail Solution Providers Association
* Custom Touch Screen Manufacturer - Member Brochure
* How To Use Self-Service to Enhance the Customer Experience
* Friday Wrapup - Self-Service News from News Roundup
* Perspectives on Unattended Self-Service
* What's Next? Interviews with 22Miles and Panasonic from SCN
* Large Format Display Touchscreens Gain Interactive Signage Solution Market Share
* Payment Kiosk Options and Grocery Omnichannel Payments

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Owner of AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar Ranked as one of the Country’s Most Influential Restaurant Executives

DESTIN, Fla. -- In 2020, readers of "Nation's Restaurant News" had a chance to weigh in on who they considered leaders in the restaurant industry. The people have spoken and Florida's own Alan Laird, owner of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, ranked number 37 out of 500 submissions in the category for "Most Influential Restaurant Executives in the Country" on its "Power List 2020."

"Nation's Restaurant News" released its selections for its annual "Power List Reader Picks" in February 2021 and Laird was thrilled and honored to be recognized and to join some of the top players in the restaurant industry. This year's list focused on leadership and nominees ranged from restaurant CEOs and chefs to store managers who are making an impact through innovation.

So, what's Laird's secret to success? It's a pretty simple formula. Laird believes that it all hinges on good communication between staff and being polite to customers and each other.

"When customers come in, say 'hello.' Thank them for coming in when they're on their way out and ask if they enjoyed everything. Invite them to come back in," he says.

Laird has remained true to this basic philosophy since opening his doors in 1984 and apparently, it's paid off.

"I wouldn't be here today without this great team behind me," he says. "I appreciate that they have helped me to continue to stand out among restaurant executives across the country."

Laird, a Florida native, was born and raised in the state's panhandle, and has worked in restaurants all his life. In 1984, he opened the first AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. It started out as a small burger and oyster joint that sold beer. Today, he has four restaurant locations and a 55-acre farm where he raises Black Angus, Waygu cattle and seasonal produce that he uses in these restaurants. The latest addition is a public market in Destin, AJ's Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market, that sells locally-sourced meats and produce.

Laird has also broken out into beverage branding over the past few years and is excited about AJ's branded vodka and two different beers brewed exclusively for AJ's by Props Craft Beer. These products are available at all AJ's locations, as well as local restaurants and stores in the panhandle.

About AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar serves the freshest seafood and mixed drinks along the beautiful Emerald Coast. It has live entertainment seven days a week and has been recognized on many local lists that include "Best of the Emerald Coast," and "Best of South Walton." It's also received national recognition from "Nightclub and Bar Magazine" as one of "America's Top 100 Nightclubs in the United States."

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