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September 17, 2008

Ask Patty's Female Friendly Blog Carnival: September 17, 2008

Welcome to the AskPatty Blog Carnival, where we celebrate September back to school season with a refreshing assortment of female friendly news and interesting automotive tidbits from around the blogosphere. Whether it's informative stories about eco-friendly people and cars, adventures, roadtrips, or safety, exciting reports about women in the automotive industry, or female friendly car reviews, we've got something here for everyone. Have you got something to share? Email Ask Patty at or use the form at to include your own blog bits in next week's carnival!

Trophyqueen Modeled after vintage car upholstery styles, Trophy Queen  handbags and accessories in many ways mirror their designer's personality: unique and adaptable, strong and feminine, pretty and capable and definitely not cheap. At around $250 each, Trophy Queen bags are not for fear-of-commitment types. The bags are sold in select stores worldwide, but can also be purchased via the Website. Customers can build their own bags using color and design templates or request custom detailing like pinstripes and automobile emblems. The line also features hip diaper bags and a few luggage pieces. Cool!

Sticky_car__art This just in from Springwise: San Francisco-based Infectious, which launched earlier this year, offers a range of car stickers designed by artists from around the world, but it also lets consumers submit their own designs. Those interested can first get an informal critique from the community on the site. Once they're happy with their design, they can submit it either through Infectious's open submission process, or through one of its themed contests. Infectious Car Art is designed to last 12 to 24 months. Prices range from roughly USD 35 for an icon to USD 389 for a full kit.

Generalmanagerloriyoung Sherrill Freeborough was a young widow with a small child who needed to find a way to support her family. Now, she's the owner of Saturn of Grand Ledge and Saturn of Okemos. Lisa Schuesler heard a rattle in her car and wanted to learn more about the auto service business. She now works in it, managing the service department at Freeborough's Okemos location. Deanna Criscuolo started selling cars at her father's dealership, Spartan Toyota in Lansing, when she was in college. She's now on track to someday take over the dealership with her brother, Derek. These women, and others climbing the leadership ladder at Lansing-area car dealerships, didn't set out to break the glass ceiling in an industry that's predominantly male. Yet, that's what they've done. Read the complete article in the Lansing State Journal.

Flash1500 Sometimes the simple things we take for granted aren’t quite so simple. For instance: intermittent windshield wipers.  “Flash of Genius” is a film opening October 3rd, starring Greg Kinnear as Dr. Robert Kearns, the Detroit-area college professor who invented intermittent wipers and received his first patent on the design back in 1967. Who knew that he spent virtually the rest of his life fighting Ford, Chrysler and other automakers to get them to recognize and honor his patent? Read a more detailed movie review written by our friend John Pearley Huffman at

Femalefriendlyspiderbanner Female Friendly Dealers in the News:
Dave Mungenast Lexus Dealership of St. Louis 
Lexusofstlouislogo Expected to earn LEED Silver Certification upon completion of its upcoming construction, Dave Mungenast Lexus Dealership of St. Louis is anticipated to also be the first green car dealership in Missouri. On the heels of helping to construct one of the greenest Harley-Davidson facilities in the country, Vertegy, a St. Louis-based sustainable consulting firm has been tapped to assist with the $16 million sustainable design of the first LEED Certified Lexus dealership in the country, and will be in charge of all the LEED-related aspects of the 70,000-square-foot, two-story facility, which will be located at the corner of Mason and Manchester roads in Town and Country.  The building will include a glass showroom and service lounge and will showcase a water-saving carwash and detail area. Environmentally-friendly features of the dealership will include low-volume plumbing fixtures to decrease water usage by 30 percent, an insulated roof that has been designed to reduce energy consumption, insulated architectural precast panels and aluminum curtain walls with high-performance glazing. Native plantings throughout the landscape will reduce storm water runoff and volatile organic compounds will also be reduced through the use of recycled materials throughout the dealership. "This facility will not only provide a healthier environment for staff and customers, but it will also be a model to car dealerships around the nation," said Thomas Taylor, general manager of Vertegy. "We are thrilled to be a part of this project and commend the Dave Mungenast family on their commitment to building the first green Lexus dealership in the country."

Linnehans Used Cars 
Linnehanscreditnowusedcars Founded by the late Harold (Tommy) Linnehan and John Linnehan, Sr. in 1950, four generations of the Linnehan family have continued the tradition of selling cars to the people of Maine for over 50 years. After many years of selling both new and used cars under 15 different new car franchises, the Linnehan Family has made the commitment to focus strictly on the used vehicle wants and needs of the vast majority of Americans. The Linnehan family firmly believes that the future of the automobile business lies in top-quality, value-priced used vehicles. Because they believe that people everywhere need transportation that is both dependable and reliable, they have expanded their used operations to become the largest dealer of used vehicles in the entire state of Maine, with five convenient locations in Ellsworth, Bangor, Brewer, Auburn and Portland. Additionally Linnehans' finance company is the largest privately owned used vehicle lender in Maine. Linnehans not only is very focused to making the buying experience a positive one for their consumers but they are also heavily involved in several local charities. A few of the charities include Make a Wish Foundation, Ellsworth Fire Department Rescue Fund, American Cancer Society and the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Brown Brothers Cadillac Chevrolet
Brownbroscadillacchevroletlogo A selection of cars, crossover vehicles, SUVs, and trucks are displayed for your leisure shopping in vintage showrooms on a generously landscaped plaza. Louisville’s premier automobile dealership occupies a city block in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, across from the Theatre Square, in the heart of Louisville’s thriving business and medical district. With a full complement of GM "Master Craftsmen" staffing their award-winning Service Department and High-Tech Collision, Paint and Repair Center, Brown Bros. provides an unparalleled range of service, parts, and body shop resources to quality-conscious Cadillac and Chevy owners in Kentucky and Indiana. Brown Bros. Cadillac Chevrolet Incorporated has served the automotive needs of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee for over 60 years, and has been a Cadillac Hall of Fame Master Dealer since 1989. Great new and used car and truck products backed by knowledgeable people are just one of the many benefits Brown Bros. customers enjoy. Each department is staffed with highly trained product specialists and ASE-certified technicians whose focus is to exceed their customer’s expectations and provide the highest quality service.

Prestige Auto Sales (NIADA)
Prestigeautosales Marion county Florida has a new sales leader for retail sales in 2007. For independently owned and operated pre-owned dealers "Prestige Auto Sales" was #1 in retail sales for 2007. The department of motor vehicles tracks sales for all dealers, both new and used, and for Marion county "Prestige" was the only used car, sport utility & truck dealer to surpass 700 sales for the year of 2007. The dealership is owned by Chris Spears, a life-time Marion county resident and who joined the automotive business right out of college in 1985. Prestige has three locations in Ocala, Bellview, and Silver Springs.

And that's it for this week's AskPatty Cars Around the World Blog Carnival! Make sure to submit your article for next week's "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form or by emailing Ask Patty at

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