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 of transformation.
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; Wig parties at churches, temples, homes and businesses. This transitioned Michele from desperation to financial security and power.
At the age of 24 Michele's Men's hair salon closed for licencing issues. 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. In just 2 summer months Michele had turned this tragedy into a profitable enterprise.
To build this enterprise 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 at Victor's hair salon during the day to get a barber's licence.. 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 stylists. Using this elite training and experience she was able 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". It was the beginning of her New York City hair salon empire. Later, 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 1981 Michele attended the prestigious 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, combining gains from the profitable sale of two Michele's Hair Cutting Salons with a family inheritence, Michele purchased three commercial properties in Callicoon, NY. Michele relocated her family in 1982 to her pastoral property in Damascus, 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 haircuts for some of the city's top restauranteurs in exchange for a chance to observe their executive chefs operate 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 "The 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) located in New York. 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 academy 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 self published two cookbooks. One for the use of her sauces and one for her secret restaurant recipes. In addition to all these achievements, Michele and her husband devoted a lot of their time to start the Callicoon Business Association and volunteered their 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 a family illness, Michele and her husband closed Michele's Restaurant and Michele's Continental Sauces company after 21 successful years. They 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. 2007 Michele was faced with her son dying. At that instance she prayed to god save her sons life. In exchange she promised service to god for the rest of her life.
Michele joined Toast Masters to improve her communication skills for public speaking engagements and then conducted profitable gourmet cooking class sessions from 2005 to 2008 at her home in Pebble Creek. Michele continued her community volunteer charity work with local nonprofit organizations.
To raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, Michele entered the Miss Senior Arizona Pageant in 2009. Later that year she relocated back to her home in northeast Pennsylvania and took the position as the manager of the Villa Roma Resort golf course club house restaurant in Callicoon, New York.
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 intent was to provide a healing sanctuary encompassing a holistic two week stay at her Damascus Retreat. While no longer held at the home, All About My Time Now has a continuing vision and those 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 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 has authored 2 fictional books. "Grandma Michele: Story Teller" in 2010 and "Conception to Birth" (Available on Amazon) in 2015. These books wax a poetic take on healing, science and our behavioral challenges through self reflection.
In 2016 Michele was diagnosed with 2 cancerous tumors on her left breast. To manage the fear of dying Michele prepared herself to die by re-living her memories with a "bucket list" trip and then underwent surgery for a left breast mastectomy. 19 lymph nodes were removed in May 16th of 2017. Due to infection discovered on August 21st Michele was re-tested with a full body PET scan to observe the Cancer status. The diagnosis was a metasticized cancer and it spread to the rib cage, bones and vertebrae and femur. This was Michele's greatest challenge : To use her skills to manage her Stage-4 Cancer without pain and using her skills to help others also manage. Michele uses her entire life story to manage diet, philosophy and energy healing.
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