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School is Out for the Summer - Cleaning is In

Posted on Wednesday Jul 11, 2018 at 04:26PM in General

School is out for the summer. Children are enjoying the hot, sunny days and teachers finally get their well-deserved break. It’s the perfect time….to clean. Yes, summer break is the ideal time for your janitorial staff to get to work! Hill & Markes is here to help.

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How to Make a Freakshake: 8 Easy Steps!

Posted on Thursday Jul 05, 2018 at 12:41PM in General

Freakshakes seem intimidating because of their outlandish appearance. However, don’t let this over-the-top milkshake fool you- it’s easy to make.

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Why You Need Freakshakes on Your Menu

Posted on Monday Jul 02, 2018 at 10:12AM in General

Hill & Markes believes you need freakshakes on your menu. Freakshakes are gluttonous, glorious, over-the-top milkshakes that' are filled to the brim with whipped cream, toppings, and more. And people are willing to pay BIG money to get their hands on one.

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3 Ways to Become a Catering Rock Star

Posted on Tuesday Apr 17, 2018 at 11:39AM in General

Running a catering business requires extreme preparation. So much goes into a successful catering service and the end goal is to leave with a satisfied and full customer. Some people assume catering is just about the food, but there’s more to it than that.

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Make Your Restaurant the Place to be on Date Night

Posted on Monday Mar 19, 2018 at 02:53PM in General

They say the way to a woman’s heart is diamonds. They are wrong. The way to a women’s heart is food (preferably a heaping plate of pasta). When the chaos of the work week winds down, couples and singles are ready for their much needed respite. Naturally, they start planning their special night out, aka: date night! Deciding where you and your significant other want to eat requires research. Unfortunately, the planning process does not follow the “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you are going to get” method of choosing. Couples will exercise their due diligence in this decision-making process because this is the night to forget about the craziness of work and children- to find time for each other! But it’s not only couples that do their sleuthing to find out the perfect place to spend their night. Singles put their detective hats on and research restaurants that are perfect for their dates too! So how do you become the place to be on Date night? Easy.

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Protect Children From the Flu

Posted on Monday Feb 05, 2018 at 09:16AM in Cold & Flu

This year’s flu season has been awful and widespread- causing illness, hospitalizations and even death. The flu season started early (November) and while we have approached peak flu season- it is likely the virus will circulate for a few more months. Our blog, 5 Ways to Prevent the Flu , provided helpful tips to prevent the flu in the office. Now, our focus is preventing the flu in childcare centers. Children are at high risk of exposure to the flu. Childcare centers, schools and parents need to work together to prevent exposure and spread of the flu at daycare.

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Food Service Focus: Trends to focus on this New Year

Posted on Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 at 04:46PM in General

What does 2018 mean for the food service industry? It means investing in your brand, emphasis on food presentation and utilizing meal service delivery! This may seem intimidating, but don’t worry- Hill & Markes can make it easy.

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Is Your Restaurant Ready for the Big Game?

Posted on Monday Jan 29, 2018 at 08:30AM in General

The day of the Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day behind Thanksgiving and over 48 million people will be ordering take-out. Is your business prepared to meet the demand?

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Top Ten Toys in a Daycare (And how to clean them!)

Posted on Friday Jan 26, 2018 at 11:28AM in General

Daycares are a center of activity for children and the adults that care for them. Exploring the world through play is one of the most encouraging activities for engagement and learning in children – and that means lots of hands (and mouths!) on just about everything they interact with! Here at Hill & Markes we know play is essential – as is keeping that play as clean and healthy as possible. So we’ve compiled a list of our favorite time-tested toys for your daycare, and we’re sharing how to keep those toys clean and happy for years to come!

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A Day in the Life of a Hill & Markes Driver | Part Two

Posted on Thursday Jan 04, 2018 at 08:35AM in General

As we leave behind 2017, and roll headlong into 2018, a mass of downright arctic air has had us within its clutches for a significant period of time. All of us are now fully aware that winter is indeed here. Maybe you start your vehicle up five minutes sooner than normal, maybe you swing into Stewart's or the Dunkin' drive through for a nice hot cup of coffee on the way into the office. Just maybe… every morning… instead of just Thursday or Friday, but upon making it in to the office you shake off the chill and complain to your fellow employees about how gosh darn cold it is out. You collectively say, “ugh, I can't wait until spring,” but then fall into your normal routine behind your desk in a nice, warm office.

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Keeping Daycares Healthy: The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

Posted on Wednesday Dec 20, 2017 at 02:43PM in General

Daycare facilities require specific needs based on size, location, and regulation requirements by the State of New York. Despite these differences, each facility has a core mission in mind- providing a safe and healthy environment for their employees and children. Daycares become a second home to children with the expectation they are being taught, supervised and cared for in a clean environment. The inherent trust parents demonstrate when they drop their children off each day demands that safety and health remain a top priority for each center.

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Meet Your Sales Rep: Angie Richards

Posted on Monday Dec 04, 2017 at 10:45AM in General

Is Angie Richards your Hill and Markes Sales Representative? Or are you just curious about the high caliber of Staff we have in Hill & Markes in general? Whatever your reason join us for a quick Q&A with one of our Reps as she explains some of the great projects she's done so far, what motivates her to excel every day, and how he got started.

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A Day in the Life of a Hill & Markes Driver

Posted on Monday Nov 27, 2017 at 10:10AM in General

Myself? I already know where the exit is, what lane I will need to be in to take it and how much time I have remaining to get in said lane. I’m not free of ridicule myself. It’s normal for backseat drivers to say, “Come on man!! Go! You could have pulled out and made it 10 times over already!" Driving a tractor trailer daily ingrains safe habits into your soul and they most definitely carry over to your everyday personal vehicle. Just an everyday occurrence in the life of a driver.

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Meet Your Sales Rep: Neil Deutschman

Posted on Friday Nov 17, 2017 at 04:55PM in General

Is Neil Deutschman your Hill and Markes Sales Representative? Or are you just curious about the high caliber of Staff we have in Hill & Markes in general? Whatever your reason join us for a quick Q&A with one of our Reps as he explains some of the great projects he's done so far, what motivates him to excel every day, and how he got started.

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5 Ways to Prepare for Flu Season

Posted on Friday Nov 10, 2017 at 01:54PM in Cold & Flu

The flu is bad for business, plain and simple. There is cost savings associated with employees being in the office. Absences due to illness may slow down work output, cause meetings to be postponed, and create delays in key project steps. So, before the runny noses, constant coughing, and sore throats take over your office, school, or home- put on your boxing gloves and fight the flu before it even starts!

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