Comeback For the Triple S Super-Hero Costume?

It’s preliminary, so I’m unable to divulge details just yet.

Yours truly, from a calendar created by Next Door Multimedia

But it appears that the Triple S super-hero costume in which I galavanted around Oak Park for the holiday season some 18 months ago may soon be making a re-appearance.

It would be for another local cause, it would be in the near future and, I am happy to note, it would entail somebody else wearing it.

I realize not everyone has yet been exposed to what I’m alluding to, so you can check out the Super Shopper Spotter campaign that Inside Edge PR coordinated between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2009: here is the Shop the Village 2009 blog that I created, as part of the local effort to spur on local shopping.

And that effort came on the heels of the inaugural Shop the Village campaign.

If nothing else, and if you’re primed for a good laugh, check out some of the clips of Super Shopper Spotter in action.

Super Shopper Spotter: The Commercial

Usually, my PR work involves more time on the keyboard and less time dashing to and fro in public while wearing a cape and red boots.

With that in mind, if you were in the Downtown Oak Park area a few days ago, you might have seen some especially bizarre behavior, even by Super Shopper Spotter standards.

Thankfully, Joe Kreml, producer of the Village of Oak Park’s Cable Channel 6, swiftly created this 52-second segment to help explain Triple S’s antics:

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Shop the Village & Super Shopper Spotter

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Super Shopper Spotter!

A new superhero has descended on Oak Park and he’s on the lookout for people shopping locally. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to yours truly, S-3 (for short) is one of the new, fun wrinkles to the 2nd installment of the “Shop the Village” program whose implementation I will again be overseeing.

More details are at Shop the Village’s official website, which has links to a news release, a YouTube channel and other specifics.

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Gift & Home Channel Airs Inside Edge PR Q & A

From the workshop earlier this year at Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park, “Social Networking Sites: Are You Connected?” a video interview of me has surfaced with the Gift & Home Channel.

You can see the clip, “How To Harness Municipal Tools,” here at By the way, pay no mind to the shiny substance in the corner of my mouth–it was overreaching lip balm on that blustery day.

Note to self: always look into the mirror before doing on-camera interviews.

Below, I have also embedded the Q & A, which focuses largely on the Shop the Village campaign that I coordinated for the local business community last winter:

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A Mega-Fun News Release On Biz Program

As anyone who knows me well can attest, my life the past three months has often revolved around coordinating the Shop the Village program that debuted in Oak Park.

Today marks a high point of the campaign, which has been focused on stimulating commerce among more than 100 participating merchants from across the community. On Sunday afternoon, an Oak Park couple discovered that they are holding the Mega-Gift ticket, worth more than $4,000 in gifts, services and other prizes.

The couple, Paul and Polly Grimes, e-mailed me shortly thereafter and we coordinated a meeting today, where I confirmed they had the winning ticket and passed along all the prizes.

The Grimeses shared a delightful story that thrust me gladly back into the role of reporter as I interviewed them to develop a news release that I issued this afternoon to the local media.

At, you can read the Inside Edge PR news release about the Grimeses’ story.