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by Julie Gabell
Chocolate is the name of the game for this month’s Notable Neighbor – and anyone who has tasted her chocolate-covered strawberries knows exactly why! Many in Beacon Woods recognize Michelle Palisi and her two sidekicks [husband (Bob) and dog (Coco)] as seasonal “Santa Clauses” and purveyors of good will. Throughout the years they have made holiday treks around their neighborhood and nearby nursing homes to deliver candy and spread a taste of holiday cheer. But there is far, far more to this enterprising neighbor than meets the eye.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, the middle child in a family of six, Michelle got an early edge on the meaning of “survival of the fittest.” Her mother, never one to lay claim to culinary expertise, burned everything in sight. If you didn’t like dinner, bread and water was the alternative, one that drove twelve-year-old Michelle into the kitchen. She became an excellent cook and turned Friday night’s escarole and beans into a gourmet delight!
Michelle is a “self-made woman.” She started her business on a shoe string garnered from sheer chutzpah and money she had saved by “kicking” a four-pack-a-day cigarette habit. Turned down for funding by the Small Business Administration (SBA), she was eventually convinced by a friend that “It only takes $2,500 to rent a storefront and turn the key in a door.” Thus, two weeks later on a breath and a prayer, with no money to pay the rent, she launched her 30-year career into what today has become a successful business venture.
Obviously, Michelle did not start at the top of the confectioner’s chain. For years before she opened her own store, she waitressed in such places as Coachman’s Inn, Sam’s on the Beach, and Inn on the Gulf. Long hours and demanding work set the stage for her subsequent success and paved the way for her to one day rub elbows with such celebrity as Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Carson Kressley, and others. It also enabled her to provide a time share and a succession of cruises for her family and staff.
A large part of Michele’s success stems from her stick-to-it-iveness and ability to find alternatives. When business slows in the summer, she uses the time to run demonstrations for large groups. Another favorite activity is her “girls night out” where she gives hands-on lessons to young persons at the library, or shares the story of her chocolate dreams with women’s groups such as the Red Hat ladies. In recent years, she has become a favorite at Windsor Woods where she delivers candy on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and occasionally lends her hand in the kitchen. Her sweet tooth has made her a TV “celebrity,” a channel 13 favorite when the station looks for human-interest stories.
Because she loves what she does, Michelle is willing to work long hours, rise at 3 a.m. if necessary, and spend time packaging boxes of specialty candies for corporate gifts and holidays. She readily admits, however, that she couldn’t have done it without Bob. With children Diane and Bob, Jr., the couple has supported each other through forty years of “touch-and-go” situations, always coming out on the sweet side of life. And so, we salute our de neighbor Michelle Polisi and the entrepreneurial leaps which have spelled her success.
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WE NOW COLLECT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Clip “Box Tops for Education” labels & earn cash for the area schools.
This program provides equipment for classrooms and playgrounds. They are found on the following products: Campbells, General Mills, Pillsbury, Nestle, Yoplait, Ziploc, Hefty, Scott, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Hanes, Betty Crocker, Land O’Lakes, Green Giant and more. Over 200 brands participate. You can shop through btfe.com at Barnes & Noble, jcpenney and Target to earn eBox Tops. Enter bonus box tops sweepstakes online for offers in our area, too. Please drop off your Box Tops at the Civic Center.
Can Tab Program
Please bring your can tabs to the Civic Center. We are collecting the tabs to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Although they may be small, the can tabs quickly add up and eventually bring a substantial amount of money each year to support the Shriner's mission to provide expert medical care to children at no cost. Monies are also used to purchase items for the patients such as arts and crafts.
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Assessments Now Due
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