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Iconic Media Duo Shares Love of Travel

Friday, June 10th, 2011


Ann Craig-Cinnamon has always had a love for travel. Now she and her husband John Cinnamon — both of whom were Indianapolis radio show hosts for over two decades — can share that wanderlust with others through their new business, the CruiseOne travel franchise.

When Ann was asked what was the most exotic and interesting place she and her husband had ever visited, she picked Easter Island, the most remote inhabited island in the world. As she describes their Easter Island trip you can hear in her voice her infatuation with travel.

“You can only fly to Easter Island from Chile or Tahiti. We went from Tahiti. In case you’re not familiar with it, Easter Island, known to the natives as Rapa Nui, is the home of the Moai statues, those tall monolithic roughly hewn human figures that have been a mystery for a thousand years. No one is sure why they were made or how they got them from the mountain quarry to the coastline miles away where they were placed on pedestals. There are hundreds of these statues all over the island and you can literally walk right up to them and touch them. There is a quarry full of Moai that were never completed that is eery and looks like a moia graveyard.

We were there on New Year’s Eve and stayed in a cabin right on the coast with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the island’s only city, Hanga Roa, which is small and quaint. We rang in the new year with a bottle of champaign while watching fireworks over Hanga Roa from the patio of our cabin. The next day, New Year’s Day, we rented a scooter and set out to explore the island. There isn’t a spot on the island that doesn’t have a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. We drove along the rugged, stark coastline and stopped along the way to examine some Moia up close or just watched the waves hit the rocky shore.

An almost treacherous ride up to the summit of the island’s inactive volcano gave us our best view. We could look down into the now-quiet crater that was responsible for giving birth to this tiny island. Near the crater are the ruins of a major Rapa Nui village where you can walk amongst what is left of their homes. We visited ancient caves where the natives left paintings and other artifacts. But mostly we just enjoyed exploring this tropical island that few people in the world have ever seen. There were no crowds anywhere and it was almost like we were the only people left on earth. It was one of our favorite, best days ever.”

After over two decades of waking up the city of Indianapolis as hosts of highly ranked morning shows on stations like WENS and Smooth Jazz WYJZ, the iconic radio team of Ann Craig and John Cinnamon has now made their love of travel into an exciting new business.
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BestDealsIndy.com Launches

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

BestDealsIndy.com has launched its new pre-shopping website, which offers a collection of deals to help Indianapolis consumers save on everything from retail purchases to auto, dining and business services.

Best friends and business partners Arnold Miyesa and Jason Mugo came up with the idea of launching the Indianapolis deals website about a year ago. While reflecting on the state of the economy, they noted the consumer trend toward saving money on the things that they use or need on a daily basis, and the need for business owners to cost-effectively advertise their deals to customers.

With more people doing research on the Internet before making purchases,
Best Deals Indy aggregates the best shopping deals in the Indianapolis area,
making it easy for Indianapolis consumers to find the best deals available
before doing their shopping, saving them both time and dollars. The deals
are currently categorized by type of deal (entertainment, retail,
restaurant, business services, etc.) as well as the location of the deal
(Indianapolis downtown, Broad Ripple, North Indianapolis, Greenwood, etc.).
When a consumer visits the company’s deal page, they can simply visit the
business to receive the deal, or they can bring a copy of the deal or deal
code in order to redeem the deal.

“We’re a local business, not a national coupon website offering local
deals,” said Jason Mugo, managing partner for Best Deals Indy. “We’re doing
this to promote the city of Indianapolis, its businesses and also to serve
everyone who lives in Indy to help them save on their shopping purchases.”

During the initial launch phase, BestDealsIndy.com will allow business
owners to post their deals at no cost, for a limited time, which includes a
link back to the businesses’ websites. Businesses can visit the website to
post their deal, upload their graphics and more. Best Deals Indy currently
uses social media to promote the website, and plans to incorporate other
marketing methods to gain a following in the Indianapolis area.

In order to help business owners see the value of listing their deal on
BestDealsIndy.com, the site also offers real-time website tracking to showbusinesses the increased traffic resulting from their listing. All business deal listings are linked with Google Maps to help consumers find thelocation of their deals. The company plans to offer premium, or enhanced listings for additional business exposure at a later date.

“We want as many people to know about BestDealsIndy.com, and for the site to
become top-of-mind when anyone thinks about shopping in Indianapolis.”

The Indianapolis deals website also features a tourism section with area
guides as well as links to local venues and upcoming events in the
Indianapolis area.

About Best Deals Indy:

BestDealsIndy.com is an Indianapolis pre-shopping website where consumers
can search for the best deals on groceries, restaurants, services, retail
stores and more, while businesses can advertise their current deals to the
Indianapolis marketplace. For more information about Best Deals Indy, visit
the website at http://www.bestdealsindy.com or call the company at (317)
721-8863.

Susan Young, President
AimFire Marketing
(317) 858-7669 office/fax
(317) 414-3623 cell
syoung@aimfiremarketing.com
http://www.aimfiremarketing.com

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