Plot data on a google map

Hi all,

I need to create something similar to this: Purely Pesto - Handmade By Chefs

Can anyone point me in the right direction, I have looked here: Google Maps Javascript API V3 Basics - Google Maps JavaScript API V3 - Google Code

Seems pretty involved, is there an easier way?


So far as the post code search goes, they send the request to their own server to “nearest/find_us” which responds with some HTML code, for example:

<span>No stores within specified radius, try a wider search or <a href="/products/">order online</a>.</span>