Plan BEY Kicks Off a Creative Empire in Beirut

One team builds a cluster of imaginative new establishments in a rising neighborhood

by Caroline Kinneberg Beirut is a city defined by its contrasts and constant evolution. One neighborhood where this becomes most apparent is Mar Mikhael. Previously a jumble of car repair shops, the area now overflows with trendy restaurants and bars. In December 2010 local entrepreneur Tony Sfeir opened something different. Plan BEY—referencing the three-letter code for Beirut’s international airport—sells paper goods produced in the store’s …

Archer Hotel, New York

The service-focused hotel offers hidden surprises in each nook and cranny

Joining the cluster of hotels south of Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan is the boutique Archer Hotel, a new brand from the privately-owned LodgeWorks Partners. The brand’s philosophy is represented by a fictional, enigmatic yet gracious host named Archer, who makes himself present in the smallest of details. Archer’s aim is to make guests feel welcome and comfortable, and the resulting efforts from the staff …