Gabriel Dillard

published on October 30, 2018 - 9:59 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Reporting on business is a never-ending journey into the confluence of genius, dumb luck, failure and great timing. Here are some items that stuck with me over the last couple of weeks.

Bringing bar soap back

The Soap Standle
The Soap Standle


My inbox is full of pitches for various companies and products. Most of it has no relevance to the Valley, so it gets a quick delete. Some of it stands out, earning an open.

I couldn’t not click on an email with the subject line: “The tool that’s brining back bar soap.”

I can forgive forgetting the first “g” in “bringing,” as I’ve made the same typo. More importantly, I’ve often kept myself up late at night wondering about the decline of bar soap.

Turns out the pitch is for SoapStandle, billed as a “eco-friendly tiny tool that sinks its ‘teeth’ into bar soap, creating a platform that keeps the soap elevated, allowing the bar soap to shed water and dry so goo never develops.”

It’s not a bad idea.

Questionable names in Mexican food

Pink Taco
Pink tacos (literally)


Downtown Fresno’s El Torito restaurant shut down suddenly over the weekend, leaving some happy hour warriors scrambling for their next margarita.

El Torito’s parent company, Real Mex Restaurants, also owns Chevy’s, which closed their River Park location a couple of years back. Real Mex was recently acquired by another company out of bankruptcy court.

It was their second bankruptcy since 2012. One tidbit I learned is that after their previous bankruptcy filing, they sold a chain of restaurants called “Pink Taco.”

The chain is still going in Los Angeles. Its tagline is “We Keep it Real and Uncomplicated.”

Whatever you say.

How lazy can you get?

The Levo G2 Deluxe Tablet Stand
The Levo G2 Deluxe Tablet Stand


Just in time for the holiday shopping season is the Levo G2 Deluxe Tablet Stand.

I’ll admit there are times when I’m holding a tablet up to my face and think, “there’s got to be a better way,” especially when my arm gets numb.

This looks like a great solution to a real problem, especially if you use your tablet to watch movies and television.

I personally would feel like I’m throwing in the towel if I used this. Like, it’d be time to put on a pair of sweat pants and never take them off.

Anyway, it retails for $189.99. We all know one or two people who would love this.

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