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Stonecutter Spirits, Vermont
Traditionally, gin is a clear, unaged spirit but the industry is warming up to the concept of adding another dimension to the juniper-flavored spirit. Australia's Four Pillars soaks their scrumptious gin in nine French oak chardonnay barrels; Utah...
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Feeling the Burn
There's something about the temperature rising that makes you want to follow suit. If you've found yourself pouring Cholula over every single dish lately (I too, purchase mine in bulk by the half-gallon), break out of the rut with these artisanal delights...
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New Orleans-Inspired: KREWE du Optic Eyewear
Part entrepreneurial endeavor, part love letter to his hometown, Stirling Barrett's KREWE du Optic was founded three years ago in New Orleans, after Barrett's time away from home for art school refueled his love of the city's uniqueness. He tells...
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Brooklyn's Luft Coffee
About five years ago, Blair Smith's twice-a-day coffee pitstop at NYC's Kaffe 1668 led to him striking up a friendship with barista Justin Rodriguez behind the counter. Smith then met mobile developer Aaron Sutula in a coffee seminar held by an espresso...
TRAVEL
A Perfect LA Getaway With FoundersCard
From special rates and loyalty status with airlines to preferred pricing at some of our favorite shops—not to mention preferred rates, upgrades and amenities at hotels the world over—FoundersCard offers a lot. We've been members for years and have...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Inkwell Helmets
Danielle Baskin first popped up on our radar as the artist who was painting the easily recognizable (and for those from the Northwest, iconic) PDX airport carpet patterns onto bike helmets. Evidently, she paints a lot more than that (though these...
TRAVEL
Gung Ho! Beijing's Sustainable Pizza Shop
It's a difficult task to really stand out in the bustling, globalized metropolis that is China's capital city of Beijing. And—trivial as it may seem—it's no different with pizza. For years, chains like Pizza Hut and Domino's have only multiplied...
TECH
FoundersCard Expands
Advertorial content: Creatives, makers and independents all share the same basic desire: the freedom of choice. However, with the mounting pressures of a growing global marketplace, there is an increasing need for designers and artists not only...
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The New York Pizza Project
Once synonymous with New York, family-run pizza shops are an endangered species these days as more and more owners are force to shutter their stores to make room for the city’s ubiquitous (and stomach-turning) dollar-a-slice chains. In an effort...
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No. Six Depot Coffee
When it comes to roasting coffee, smaller quantities often yield better results; with the roaster able to pay closer attention to the process and variances in beans. For Buenos Aires-born Flavio Lichtenthal, owner of No. Six Depot—a roaster and cafe...
CULTURE
STORY + Shop Small: Home for the Holidays
Advertorial content: One of our favorite NYC retailers STORY is presenting "Home for the Holidays" with the support of Shop Small, the initiative founded by American Express. This holiday shopping experience features products from over 200 small...
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Good Girls Go To Paris
Former French teacher Torya Blanchard cashed in her retirement fund to start a crêperie from scratch and bring some French flair to the heart of midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. Off Woodward Avenue, the space is decorated with her personal collection...
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Astro Coffee
Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit where the Irish found refuge after the potato famine and also home to the abandoned Michigan Central Station (designed by the same architects as New York’s Grand Central Station), is becoming increasingly...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: U-Mini Burger
The second of our videos to premiere at this year's 99u will definitely get you in the mood for lunch. We spoke to the founder of the famous Umami Burger in Los Angeles about his newest experimental venture, the U-Mini Burger. U-Mini takes all the...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Grady's Cold Brew
When we first discovered Grady's Cold Brew we were delighted to have delicious, cold brewed, New Orleans-style coffee delivered weekly by a seemingly never-ending troupe of handsome young men. Since those early days Grady's has grown, expanding...