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Businesses alleged marketing scam
Brighton, N.Y. - Jenni Ventimiglia wanted to advertise her shop, Pink Taffeta & Floral Expressions in Brighton.
I was actually contacted by someone who I thought was Jeremiahs Tavern, explained the shop owner.
Instead, it was Andrew Demorest of Home Town Marketing who sold her on his plan to advertise in take-out menus to be handed out at the tavern.
That was on November 14th, according to Ventimiglia.
It usually takes 3-4 weeks to do the menu, Demorest told 13WHAM News late Friday afternoon.
I gave him all my information and a check, said Ventimiglia. When I asked for proof of the ad which I was supposed to receive within a few days
My email was unanswered when I asked for proof of the ad which I was supposed to receive within a few days.
Demorest told 13WHAM News his company has a contract with Jeremiahs for the restaurant to distribute take-out menus with ads featuring businesses such as Pink Taffeta.
Members of Jeremiahs management said, not only does the company have no such contract, they had not heard of Demorest or Home Town Marketing before being contacted by Ventimiglia this week.
H&S Septic Services of Fairport made a similar deal with Home Town Marketing.
It was a really good offer, said co-owner Lauren Chateauneuf.
She paid approximately $400 in spring for ad space for menus that would be distributed at Mr. Dominics On The Lake, in Charlotte. She never saw the ads and called ten times over a month.
They came down [with] this place of menus was there and I got to tell you, it looked like a fourth grader did it, said John Tachin, owner of Mr. Dominics. Everything was incorrect.
Tachin told 13WHAM News he could not distribute the menus provided by Home Town Marketing, and tried to reach the company to have corrections made.
Weve never been able to get a hold of them since then, said Tachin.
If corrections had been made, the menus would have been distributed, explained Tachin.
I dont see them as being reputable, said Tachin.
13WHAM News tried several times to get in touch with Andrew Demorest, before receiving a call from him late Friday afternoon.
I go above and beyond to print on the best (material) to do the highest quality work I possibly can, said Demorest.
Home Town Marketing works with numerous restaurants providing ad space for clients, according to Demorest.
Demorest stands by his products.
Brighton Police are investigating the claims made by Jenni Ventimiglia, according to Police Chief John Henderson.
Police have yet to interview Demorest, said Henderson.
Spokesmen for the Greece Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriffs Office said they are not familiar with any case against Demorest.
Chateauneuf and Tachin did not report their concerns with Home Town Marketing to police.
13WHAM News requested an on-camera interview with Demorest Friday afternoon, which he declined.
He spoke at length about the allegations and agreed to an on-camera interview next week.
There are three complaints against Home Town Marketing listed on the Better Business Bureau website.
On December 27th, 2011 I purchased and paid $495 for an advertisement that was to appear in a menu in a restaurant in Fairport, wrote one complainant. As of June 1, 2012 that menu has not been delivered to the restaurant, so the contract has not been fulfilled. Attempts to phone, e-mail and contact by US Mail have not been answered.