Michele W Weinstein's wisdom was conceived from her biological, ancestral, and genealogical pool of sages. From that perception, Michele's spirituality sense of entrepreneurship gave birth to her passionate and creative world.
The following is her success story from fear to faith.
At the age of 19, Michele opened her first business, a wig salon. When she was 21, she converted the wig salon to a successful men's hair cutting salon. And, continued to dominate the wig market by using a unique strategy - evenings and weekends wig parties at churches, temples, homes and associations. This additional financial security and stability arrived in time and allowed Michele to support herself and her one year old son, Bobby, especially after divorcing her first husband.
At the age of 24, personal circumstances caused Michele's Men's hair cutting salon to close, leaving Michele homeless for two months. Michele was able to secure a home for her son with a family she paid to house him during that rough two month period. With a new direction and drive to rebuild, Michele created a new business named "Michele 71" in 1971. For two months, in the summer of 1971, she gave haircuts in New York City offices. Michele had saved money that was used at this time to enjoy the weekends by meeting wealthy clients for her hair cutting services and having fun with her son at the West Hampton Bath & Tennis Beach Country Club. Michele made sufficient funds in those two summer months to rent an apartment with 2 balconies, one bedroom and a converted second bedroom for her son in an upscale doorman building with an indoor swimming pool at 333 E 66St NYC.
To keep up with expenses, Michele had to work 5 weekdays at Victors barber shop, Saturdays at another hair salon around the corner from her apartment and 1 evening a week as a waitress for nine months. Michele then trained at Vidal Sassoon Hair Salon at night and worked weekly in his day hair salon for 3 more months that year. Vidal Sassoon's hair cutting patterns became Michele's hair cutting patterns she continued to use and to teach those unique hair patterns to other hair stylist. To finance her personal upscale lifestyle and save money Michele also rented a share in her apartment for collateral to secure a $5000 Bank of America business loan to open her first hair salon in Manhattan. The new salon she named "Bobby's Mother's Place" was the beginning of a hair salon empire. Then, using her own capital, she opened 3 more locations in Manhattan. "Michele Hair-Cutters" became an American success in a city that is known for both opportunity and extreme challenges.
In 1979 Michele was married to her second husband. And, in 1981 Michele reinvented herself again by attending NY Restaurant School on 34th street in New York City, as well as the American Bartending School - All while personally overseeing her Michele Haircutters at 563 7th Avenue, NY.
In 1981, using gains from the profitable sale of two Michele's Hair Cutting Salons, Michele purchased three commercial properties in Callicoon, NY. Michele relocated her family in 1982 to her pastoral property in North-east Pennsylvania. And, converted one of the properties in Callicoon to a large restaurant. The restaurant was named the "Wagon Wheel".
Between 1981 and 1982, Michele continued her culinary education by trading hair cutting services to some of the owners of the city's top restaurant in order to watch their executive chefs operate their successful gourmet upscale NYC Restaurants. Michele also travelled abroad, taking gourmet Italian, Spanish, French and Asian cooking classes. She then changed her restaurant's name from "Wagon Wheel" to "Michele's Restaurant".
In 1985, Michele's Restaurant became more profitable due to Michele's extended educational culinary classes in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine at Culinary Institute of America (CIA), NY. Michele's culinary education provided vital resources for the creation and manufacturing of her own signature sauce company, "Michele's Continental Sauces." Six gourmet Fat Free and Low Fat all natural no preservative frozen sauces were being manufactured in Callicoon, at a facility owned by Michele. Michele won the "Tiffany Crystal Award of the Eastern Dairy and Deli Association", a prestigious Emmy award for best product of the year in 1993. "Michele's Continental Sauces" were distributed by major food services in America's northeast. Maine's paper and food service - Tri-Country Frozen Foods Distributors. Michele's Continental Sauces were also sold nationwide by mail order for retail, food service, and individuals. Michele's Continental sauces were on the shelves in the frozen food section of specialty gourmet and health food stores and major food chains such as Shoprite, Kings and Wholefoods.
Michele's Continental Sauces were featured on the Food Network's "David Rosengarten's taste test show". Articles appearing in Self and Weight watchers raved accolades mirroring the reviews of metropolitan publications across the east coast. Restaurant and food service magazines and food service newspapers featured articles about its growing popularity in the frozen food product industry.
Michele wrote and published two cookbooks. One for the use of her sauces and one for her secret restaurant recipes. In addition to all these achievements, Michele devoted a lot of her time to start the Callicoon business association and volunteered her services at the Callicoon Community center. Michele started a cooperative system to help promote Callicoon businesses on local media. Due to her groundbreaking business efforts, Callicoon became known as the Dining capital of Sullivan County and the upper Delaware River Area.
In 2003, due to her husband's illness, Michele and her husband closed Michele's Restaurant and Michele's Continental Sauces company after 21 successful years, and sold all three properties for a substantial profit over the next 7 years. They retired and moved to the active adult community of Pebble Creek, AZ. It was there that Michele awakened a deep desire to learn about other religions, and cultures. Absorbing knowledge became Michele's passion. Michele learned she had a natural talent to be an artist as a painter in mixed media and ceramics.
Michele joined Toast Masters to improve on her communication skills for public speaking engagements Michele conducted profitable gourmet cooking class sessions from 2005-2008 at her home in Pebble Creek, Good Year, AZ. Michele continued her community volunteer charity work with local nonprofit organizations.
To raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, Michele entered the MS Senior Arizona Pageant in 2009. Later that year, after Michele's divorce, she relocated back to her home in northeast Pennsylvania. And took the position as the manager of the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, New York club house dining room for their golf season.
Using her own capital, in 2009 Michele created a non-profit corporation named "All About My Time Now". Established for supporting female soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq at her Pastoral Pennsylvania home. Michele's intention was to provide a healing sanctuary encompassing a holistic two week stay at her Damascus Retreat. Managing the complexities of non-profit business and government regulation drained Michele's personal financial investment and All About My Time Now nonprofit had to close, but the vision and exact efforts carry on.
Between 2010 and 2011, Michele attended Omega Institute classes and got certified in Energy Medicine Healing and Past Life Regression Therapy. Michele reinvented herself from the wisdom she gained in the Energy Medicine Healing and Past Life Regression Therapy training.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Michele also won third runner up, second runner up and first runner up in the MS Senior PA Pageant.
Michele wrote and self-published two fiction books. "Grandma Michele, the Storyteller and Listener" in 2010, and "Conception to Birth" in 2015. Faith healing energy skyrocketed Michele's creativity imagination to play act the fictional character "Grandma Michele" who is from planet Zatar.
Michele is not offering her services in the Damascus Retreat in 2017. She will resume to offer her services at the Damascus Retreat in May - Oct 2018.
Michele is having a left Modified Radical Mastectomy (removal of left breast and nodes) procedure on May 16, 2017, at Boca Regional Hospital, in Boca Raton, FL. Treatments, and then reconstructive surgeries will follow.
Michele will resume her services within a 30 mile radius of Boca Raton, FL on Aug 18, 2017, and will continue to do so until April 18, 2018. After that, Michele will resume her services at the Damascus Retreat on May 18, 2018 - Oct 18, 2018.
Michele also helps others with her professional services, that will resume Aug 18, 2017, offering motivational speaking appearances, life and business coaching, intuitive energy medicine management, past life regression therapy, storytelling/listening and entertainment for a donation, trade or fee.
Michele is currently writing a book of memoirs titled "Fear and Faith" from her conception through this cancer journey that has benefited herself and she hopes will benefit those that read it.
If you are interested in Michele's services, please feel free to contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org