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Celebrating International Tea Day, Specialtea Gifts Announces Their New Product to Fight the Quarantine Blues

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The global pandemic has impacted many facets of American life, causing stress and uncertainty. Specialtea Gifts today announced the launch of their new product, the "Dunk A Trump" Tea Infuser. This tea infuser was designed as both a humorous gift and an actual tea infuser. It has an exceptional likeness to Donald Trump, highlighted by his signature yellow hair and red tie. This product is perfect for a product that represents the office of the President of the United States and appeals to both Democrats and Republicans alike.

Specialtea Gifts is an online retailer selling tea infusers and other tea-related products that attract those interested in political and pop culture.

"Our aim is to have our products provide much-needed amusement and bring laughter, especially during hard times," says owner Karen Baumann. Baumann not only owns the company but has a 20-year history as a licensed clinical social worker. "This product helps reduce stress in two important ways. Not only does it encourage tea drinking, which is known to reduce stress by relaxing the body and the mind, but it also provides a good laugh."

In an article entitled, "The Benefits of Laughter," Judy Lemke, MS, LPC, LCSW, states, "Mental health benefits of humor and laughter include the reduction of stress, depression, anxiety, and fear. It elevates mood, and increases energy levels, improves memory and alertness."

In addition, if you are feeling frustrated with President Trump, you can "Dunk A Trump." Or if you are watching a press briefing where President Trump berates a member of the media, you can make some tea and "Dunk A Trump." The Dunk A Trump has stylish retail packaging that is colorful and patriotic. The box is perfect for gift-giving. You can buy this perfect birthday or Father's Day gift online and observe social distancing.

"So, indulging in a soothing cup of chai while dunking Trump may be the cure to all of your emotional needs. And yoga, don't forget yoga," adds Baumann.

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Unlikely North Carolina Companies Partner Together to Produce Reusable Masks

RALEIGH, N.C. -- EHOP Health(R), a chronic disease reversal company headquartered in Apex, NC and Harriss & Covington, a hosiery mill headquartered in High Point, NC, recently delivered reusable face masks to customers across North Carolina and the United States. The first business to receive the reusable masks was Weaver Street Market.

This unlikely partnership between health coaching, manufacturing, and grocery store firms produced the new face mask brand, Easy Masks(TM).

These non-medical face masks serve the needs of employees, customers, families, and individuals who need protection for their essential trips.

"I became convinced that fabric masks are a useful tool in minimizing exposure dose to viral particles," said William (B.J.) Lawson, MD and CEO of EHOP Health. "Our first client, and a fifth-generation family business that has been knitting socks in High Point, North Carolina for 100 years, instantly came to my mind as having the potential to create a comfortable, reusable facemask."

Harriss & Covington's Co-President, Tyler Covington had just been ordered to shut down his manufacturing plant's non-essential activities due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. After speaking with Lawson, he recruited a small research and development team to prototype several face masks. "I wanted to help our state, and our country, safely get back to work," said Covington. "I believed we could find a solution for the growing demand of reusable face masks and through collaboration we have a face mask for the everyday essential needs."

Thanks to iterative feedback from associates of Weaver Street Market, another EHOP Health Client, the team quickly found out what features were required for a mask comfortable enough for all-day wear. "This has been a godsend," stated Ruffin Slater General Manager, Weaver Street Market. "We needed a protective mask to offer to our frontline employees and customers, and we wanted a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution which Easy Masks delivers."

About Easy Masks(TM)

Easy Masks offers a reusable, washable face mask knitted by a 5th generation mill in North Carolina. For more information about Easy Masks, visit Follow the company on Facebook

About Harriss & Covington

Harriss & Covington was founded in 1920 in High Point, North Carolina.

For more information about Harriss & Covington, visit With the fifth generation of the founders helming the operation and 250 employees strong, Harriss & Covington proudly thrives in the same town where it launched nearly a century ago, delivering high-quality performance socks to some of the most recognized brands in the world including Smartwool, Feetures, allbirds, Sock Club, Kane 11, Johnston & Murphy, and Ace & Everett.

About Weaver Street Market

Weaver Street Market is a co-op market created for the community, by the community. We sustain healthy communities together - through the goods that we sell and the good that we do. Weaver Street Market carefully selects high-quality products from sources we trust. Our partners include more than 100 local and independent food producers.

Founded in 1988, Weaver Street Market is owned by 22,000 consumer owners and 230 worker owners. We operate downtown stores in Carrboro, Chapel Hill's Southern Village, Hillsborough and Raleigh, as well as a Food House in Hillsborough that provides fresh deli, bakery, and meat products to its stores twice each day. Learn more at

About EHOP Health(TM)

EHOP Health helps employees reverse chronic disease and feel their best. It's flagship program, Journey 2 Health(TM), offers personalized health coaching services and a science-based online curriculum. Clients lower healthcare costs while investing into their people and culture throughout the chronic disease reversal program.

Although the majority of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and obesity can be reversible. Co-founders William (B.J.) Lawson, MD and Joe Jenkins, MD JD launched EHOP Health and the Journey 2 Health solution in 2016 after building a program and team to focus on disease reversal rather than disease management and compliance.

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Scopedive Launches and Disrupts Cyber Security Talent Market

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Scopedive, Inc. announces the official launch of its novel cyber security talent marketplace, matching top cyber security freelancers and consulting firms with businesses for any cyber security or compliance project scope.

Scopedive directly addresses the growing cyber security skills gap, so businesses can tackle their most pressing security and compliance needs quickly, remotely, and at rates averaging 40 percent less than large consulting firms and staffing agencies.

All Scopedive consultants and freelancers are vetted, U.S.-based cyber security professionals who complete projects using Scopedive's custom, secure remote access solution, Scopedive Islands. Islands make remote cyber security work more attractive and possible than ever before, by ensuring confidentiality and integrity during remote engagements and a complete process audit trail.

Scopedive's expert community delivers services ranging from cyber security strategy, risk assessments, regulatory compliance audits, penetration testing and incident response to ongoing engagements provided by virtual chief information security officers (vCISO) and managed security services providers (MSSPs).

While its business model is focused on saving time and money for small to medium-sized businesses, large businesses with greater budgets can benefit too.

"Our innovative model is disrupting the traditional incident response market in particular, which typically requires retainers of $50,000 or more," co-founder, Katelyn Ilkani, says. "Every Scopedive membership, which starts at $199 per month paid annually, comes with access to incident response experts who can be mobilized at a moment's notice with hourly rates that are significantly less than big firms."

The company is offering a free trial - the first month of basic membership is on them. Businesses with less than 100 employees and start-ups can also apply for Scopedive's grant program, which offers membership discounts from 50 percent to 90 percent for up to three-years. It's always free for cyber security experts to join.

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About Scopedive

Scopedive has one mission - to make all businesses more secure. Scopedive's founders have deep expertise in business, cyber security, and software development. Husband and wife team, Awat and Katelyn Ilkani, founded Scopedive in March 2019. Prior to its founding, Awat was an executive at ABB with years of experience managing global teams. Katelyn spent four years at IBM Security and completed a Master's in Cyber Security at Brown University. They quickly partnered with Boz Zashev, a senior developer who has shipped more than 70 products. Tim Johnston, a former NSA endpoint exploitation analyst and white-hat hacker, joined the team in December, 2019.

Collectively, they have a deep understanding of the cyber security space which has enabled them to cultivate an impressive network of U.S.-based cyber security experts. Every day they work to make cyber security and compliance more accessible by democratizing cyber security expertise.

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Capital Automotive Group Shows Sensitivity to Their Customers During COVID-19 Threat

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Leading the way in prioritizing the health and safety of their customers, the Capital Automotive Group has taken the initiative to offer a variety of services during the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.

In order to eliminate further spreading of the disease, the Capital dealerships are meticulously following the CDC guidelines for a safe and sanitary environment for all by cleaning and sanitizing each department on a regular basis throughout the day. Additionally, they are offering innovative ways to purchase or service your vehicle by taking their showroom tables outside in the fresh air, where potential customers will have to opportunity to negotiate a deal or have their vehicle serviced.

"We are determined to provide safe surroundings to all of our patrons, as always, but especially during this unprecedented time," commented Tim Michael, president of Capital Automotive Group. "We're offering a variety options as we navigate through this and encourage everyone to explore what we have to offer."

So, what does the automotive group have to offer during this time? While the national emergency continues to be in effect, Capital is offering the following:
* Service appointment pick-up and drop-off
* At home service test drives
* At home vehicle delivery
* Quick Trade Evaluation on their website
* Finance applications on their website
* 24/7 messaging on their website

In addition, they are offering surprising incentives from Capital Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler Jeep RAM dealerships:

* No payments for up to 6 months
* 0% APR for 84 months on New 2019 Fords

* No payments for 120 days
* 0% APR for 84 months on select models

* No payments for 90 days
* 0% APR for 84 months on select models

At a time when communities are coming together in creative ways, Capital Automotive Group continues in their involvement with a long-standing commitment to their sphere of influence.

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Sokal Joins CDK Global Partner Program

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sokal, a full service automotive advertising agency announced today that it has become a participant in the CDK Global Partner Program, the largest marketplace of third-party automotive applications and integrations. CDK Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDK) is the largest provider of integrated information technology solutions to the automotive retail industry.

As a member of the CDK Partner Program, Sokal will provide a more seamless analytics and sales attribution system for their clients who use the CDK DMS system. By using dealers' sales and service data to return industry leading attribution models, Sokal can help lower clients' advertising spend while increasing ROI.

"At Sokal, we pride ourselves on the constant innovation and marketing strategies our team produces," said Sokal COO Garrett Roach. "By joining the CDK Partner Program, we know that we will be able to better serve our clients on a daily basis."

Sokal is an award winning, full-service advertising agency that specializes in digital marketing and dealership services. Since its inception in 2010, Sokal has been at the forefront of the automotive advertising landscape, providing clients with personalized advertising strategies designed specifically with the dealer's brand and vision in mind.

"We're very pleased to introduce Sokal as the newest member of the CDK Global Partner Program," said Howard Gardner, vice president and general manager, CDK Data Services. "Sokal is a welcome addition to our vibrant program that provides dealers with a range of partner choices and the assurance that their programs can be seamlessly integrated with our applications."

About the CDK Global Partner Program

The CDK Partner Program now numbers more than 500 partner companies and 840 unique applications auto dealers can use to run their businesses. As part of the CDK ecosystem, the CDK Partner Program provides data and workflow integration to a wide range of third parties, OEMs and dealers. For a full list of partners and applications available through the program, visit

About CDK Global, Inc.

With $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global (NASDAQ: CDK) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK Global provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 30,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers. CDK solutions automate and integrate all parts of the dealership and buying process, including the acquisition, sale, financing, insuring, parts supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles. Visit

About Sokal

Sokal is an award-winning advertising agency dedicated to growing business for their clientele through their marketing and advertising services. Using a range of advertising services, including digital, broadcast and print their mission is to get their client's name in the forefront of consumer consciousness. Learn more:

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial

This Valentine’s, Experience Paris in a ‘Novel’ Way

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With Valentine's Day around the corner, how does a romantic trip to Paris with your lover sound? If the bank account isn't quite up to that dream getaway, offers an armchair escape to the City of Love, where you and your sweetheart become the hero and heroine of your own personalized romance novel.

Lover's Paradise: Paris features three short stories, all set in the City of Lights, so any starring couple can enjoy three distinctly different Parisian experiences:

* New to, author Spontak delivers a sizzling, surreal trip full of daring escapades throughout the city in "Paris Made Me Do It."

* "Destiny in Paris," by fiction writing veteran Marcy Thomas, centers on a plan of passion to ignite the starring couple's desires, letting them fall deeper in love with each other as well as with the city.

* Lori Pepio, grand prize winner in a previous romance-writing contest for, penned "Beyond the City of Lights," which incorporates a masquerade ball and mysterious stranger to explore where love and fantasy meet. founders J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern, who write as Fletcher Newbern, note that part of the fun of their nearly three decades in business has been helping aspiring writers achieve their goal of publication.

This is Spontak's first foray into the romance novel genre. "Working with her has been a dream," said Newbern. "Not only does she write fiction and screenplays, she has her own production company, Spontak Entertainment."

From Raleigh, N.C., originally, Spontak's impressive background includes visiting nearly 30 countries and living in 11 of them, including France. Upon graduating from the University of San Diego, she taught English for two years in South Korea. The opportunity for graduate school at the University of Kent in England lured Spontak away; there she earned an MFA in Creative Writing. She currently teaches English online for DaDaABC for all ages as she continues to travel. Her next adventure is in the Philippines - teaching screenwriting at both Siliman University and Foundation University. Her long-term goal is to become an iconic filmmaker and take a place in history next to Spielberg and Scorsese. And yes, she is a (hopeful) romantic.

The Paris book is one of more than 50 romantic adventure novels personalizable from, in settings like in Rome, Tahiti, England, the Caribbean and even the Wild West. There are also tales that involve vampires, time travel, cruising and more. Ordering is a quick online process: pick a story, answer a questionnaire online, and receive a paperback, hardback or ebook starring any couple.

Among the couple's 26 details supplied in the questionnaire are not only their names, but:
* Hometown,
* Places of work,
* Eye and hair color,
* Best friends' names,
* Favorite perfume and after shave,
* Favorite music and color,
* Affectionate nicknames for one another,
* How long they've been a couple and much more.

These customized capers are offered in both huggy-kissy "mild" or steamy "wild" with the option to add a memorable photo of the couple on the book's cover or to make it the entire cover.

"Over the years," says Fletcher, "our books have been called the 'Ultimate Vanity Valentine,' and we've been called 'Computerized Cupids.' We love that job title."

Details: In the U.S., printed hardback or paperback books usually arrive within a week; ebooks within 24 hours. Call (800) 444-3356 or visit for more information. The company created the genre of personalized romance novels in 1992.

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Deacon Jones Acquires Lee Hyundai of Goldsboro

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Deacon Jones Auto Group recently acquired Lee Hyundai of Goldsboro and will rename the store "Deacon Jones Hyundai." Deacon Jones Auto Group, with headquarters in Smithfield, North Carolina, has grown rapidly in the past few years. This growth will now include the acquisition of the former Lee Hyundai of Goldsboro which will be renamed under the Deacon Jones umbrella to "Deacon Jones Hyundai."

This location, at 304 N Oak Forest Rd. in Goldsboro, NC, will continue the growth and the investments that Deacon Jones has made to this area of the Goldsboro community.

With the acquisition of the Hyundai store, Deacon Jones now has brand new showrooms for Kia, Nissan, Honda, and Ford located right next door and the Hyundai store anticipates a brand-new remodel to start in 2020. This area of McLain street will become a one stop shop for any automotive shopper.

Deacon Jones Auto Group has been serving North Carolina for over 40 years and their development of the Goldsboro area has been a plus for the surrounding communities. These new locations are just a short drive from downtown Goldsboro, Mount Olive, Wilson, Clinton, Greenville, Kinston, Smithfield, and Johnston County, its home base.

"While we have grown rapidly, we have made a conscious effort to respect our customers and those in the community who have helped us to succeed," remarked Ken Jones, President of Deacon Jones Auto Group. "Our motto remains, 'We treat people the way we want to be treated,' and I believe that is why we are growing and expanding as a full-service family of Automotive dealerships, continuing to meet the needs of our patrons as this area progresses."

Jones added, "The acquisition of the new Hyundai store only enriches our presence in this community and gives people more choices for quality vehicle purchases and adds a new brand that Deacon Jones didn't previously have."

Deacon Jones currently includes 17 new and pre-owned dealerships located throughout North Carolina in Goldsboro, Smithfield, Princeton, LaGrange, Greenville, Selma, Raleigh, and Clinton.

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Business, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Capital Automotive Group Donates $26,050 to Local Susan G. Komen Affiliate

RALIEGH, N.C. -- Capital Automotive Group has generously donated $26,050 to the Susan G. Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC) local affiliate. The campaign, which was designated "Share the Awareness Breast Cancer Campaign" in October of this year, enabled the dealership to donate a portion of their proceeds for the month.

"Every year, more than 1,400 women will lose their lives to breast cancer in North Carolina. We must do everything we can to save lives. This means we are focused on finding breakthroughs for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers and ensuring that all people receive the care they need," said Pam Kohl, executive director of Komen NCTC.

"At Komen we are committed to ensuring all people have access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Thanks to the generous support of Capital Auto Group, we are able to provide lifesaving services to those who need it most in our communities," added Kohl.

Capital Ford Raleigh, Capital Chevrolet, Capital Ford Rocky Mount, Capital Ford Hillsborough, Capital of Cary, and Capital Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM all participated in the event, contributing their individual donations to aid in the research.

Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast is committed to changing the unacceptable reality that more than 42,000 people in the U.S. are expected to die of breast cancer every year. In 2016, Komen set its bold goal to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

About Breast Cancer and Komen NC Triangle to the Coast

By funding lifesaving research, empowering people with fact-based information, advocating for patient rights, and more, Susan G. Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast is fighting this deadly disease from every angle.

Every dollar raised helps to ensure all patients have access to the lifesaving care and services they need and supports breakthrough research to treat and cure breast cancer.

Komen NCTC grants 75 percent of net funds to community programs in our service area that have made a positive difference in the lives of those living with this deadly disease. The remaining 25 percent of net funds are invested in the Susan G. Komen National Grant Program.

In 2019-2020, Komen NCTC awarded $350,000 to fund 10 community health programs to meet the needs of people in our state. Click here to view our 2019-2020 grantee organizations and a brief description of the services they provide.

We help patients with medication costs, transportation, chemotherapy costs, lymphedema care, and more by offering assistance to those struggling with the financial burden of breast cancer treatment through our Treatment Assistance Program. -

About Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast

Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life.

Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen NCTC has invested more than $14 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area and has helped contribute over $5 million to the more than $1 billion invested globally in research. For more information, visit or call (919) 492-2873.

Counties served: Bladen, Brunswick, Caswell, Chatham, Columbus, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pender, Person, Pitt, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Warren, Wake, and Wilson.

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Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC of Lexington Partners with American Children’s Home to Host Holiday Toy Drive

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC of Lexington is partnering with American Children's Home in hosting a toy drive to benefit local foster children. The Lexington community is being asked to participate in the spirit of the holiday by donating a variety of items in order to give these children a happy celebration.

For those who are willing to contribute, the following items are being requested: diapers, baby toys, learning toys, toys for elementary-aged children, books for elementary-aged children, Chick-fil-a gift cards, Walmart gift cards, GameStop gift cards, and more!

A truck will be on display waiting to be stocked at the Lexington dealership location, 96 Radio Drive, Lexington, N.C. where all are welcome to drop off their items. Donations will be accepted from now through December 23.

Store hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The American Children's Home is a licensed and COA accredited, non-profit providing residential cottages and family foster homes from birth to age 21. With a capacity of 50 residents, their 6 cottages are home to these children from a few days to a few years. They are currently housing 35 children and may get up to 6 more by Christmas, in addition to placing 30 children living with foster families.

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Sokal Hires Alex Bryant to Head Up Business Development and OEM Relationships

RALIEGH, N.C. -- Sokal, a full-service automobile advertising agency, is pleased to welcome Alex Bryant to their team. Alex is the new director of Dealer Acquisition and OEM relationships at Sokal. He will oversee business development as well as lead the charge in OEM partnerships.

"We are extremely pleased to have Alex on our Sokal team," commented Mark Sokal, CEO of Sokal. "I'm confident in his abilities, insights, and his rich background experience and I believe he will be able to take our agency to the next level of successful accomplishments."

Alex is a graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in business administration and marketing. He is an experienced sales professional and sales leader and has worked in the automotive marketing and technology space for many years. He comes to Sokal from Netsertive, where he was the director of automotive where he was responsible for hiring, training and managing a sales team. Additionally, he is experienced in consulting, business growth, and growing OEM relationships. Outside the realm of sales management, Alex was the head golf coach at Newberry College.

About Sokal:

With headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina and offices stretching from up and down the east coast to Texas, Sokal is the area's largest advertising agency focusing on automotive advertising. Sokal is dedicated to growing business for their clientele through multiple marketing and advertising services. As a full-service agency, they manage the entire project from start to finish. The company executes everything from media buying, radio and television production, ad design, direct mail, search engine marketing, website design, website maintenance, and much more.

Sokal employs well over 100 staff members from Account Managers and Account Coordinators, to Media Buyers, Digital Strategists, Website Developers, and Graphic Designers, while currently managing well over 350 clients across the country.

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