MONOGRAM Shop Opens In West Hollywood

MONOGRAM Shop Opens In West Hollywood

If you’re keeping up with the latest cannabis news, you’d be delighted to know that MONOGRAM Shop at Calma Dispensary in West Hollywood is now open! The display is MONOGRAM’s largest brick & mortar retail footprint to-date and will feature three MONOGRAM strains: the No.01, the No.03, and the just-released No.08 (the brand’s first-ever light strain). These options are available in a variety of formats, including loosies, hand-rolls and 2g & 4g flowers.

MONOGRAM is the first cannabis line introduced by Shawn ‘JAY-Z’ Carter, seeking to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today. To celebrate the opening, visitors sat with DeAndre ‘De’ Watson for a special desk-side rolling session. Through its individualized approach and dedicated to quality, Monogram creates products with the consumer in mind. Calma is open from 10 am – 10 pm and located at 1155 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038.

About MONOGRAM Products

MONOGRAM flower is grown in small batches to maintain control and quality. Each flower is hand-selected and hand-finished by MONOGRAM experts to ensure a premium experience from grow to smoke. The bold packaging for MONOGRAM 2g and 4g Flower provides a showcase piece, while keeping the cannabis fresh and protected from UV light. Each LOOSIES PREROLL PACK contains four 0.4g prerolls that have been individually wrapped to make a statement and reflect the magic held within: bold, convenient, top-shelf quality – wherever, whenever.

About DeAndre ‘De’ Watson

DeAndre ‘De’ Watson serves as Culture & Cultivation Ambassador for Shawn ‘JAY-Z’ Carter’s maiden cannabis brand, MONOGRAM. Leveraging over 25 years of experience working in the cannabis space, Mr. Watson guides MONOGRAM’s expert growers in ensuring each plant receives personalized attention through a program of extended humidity control, post-harvest care, trimming, and flushing. Operating out of San Jose, California, he and the cultivation team work daily to guarantee that MONOGRAM’s finished flower reaches its fullest potential.

About Calma Dispensary

Calma’s immersive atmosphere allows you to experience cannabis in a new way. Our West Hollywood dispensary is dedicated to bringing the elevated calmness of a pleasurable high into the spatial dimension. Explore our amazing products in a rejuvenating space, learn more about particular strains and their effects, and find your perfect high. At Calma, we’re about more than just great cannabis products. We aim to build community and enable change.

For Your Holiday Wishlist: SAGA Fitness BFR Cuffs

For Your Holiday Wishlist: SAGA Fitness BFR Cuffs

For many, Fall and Winter mean it’s the season to get fit. Whether you resort to apps, gym programs, personal trainers, or just some good old self-discipline, there’s a company out there that wants to help you achieve whatever your fitness goals may be. Meet SAGA Fitness, and their new, innovative BFR Cuffs.

Confused? Here’s an explanation: BFR stands for Blood Flow Restriction, and it promotes getting more done with less while you’re working out. Once a niche method used by individuals looking to get back into their training routines after injuries, BFR is now being embraced by celebrities, professional athletes and people who are working out from home more efficiently.

Trusted by performance specialists, elite athletes and professional thrill-seekers, SAGA’s BFR Cuffs are an official partner of the UFC Performance Institute, and also the world’s first wireless, automated training cuffs that can easily be added to any workout.  What can SAGA’s BFR Cuffs do for you? Here’s a brief list of highlights:

  • Completely Wireless: SAGA’s BFR Cuffs are the first of its kind as they are completely wireless and controlled via your mobile device using 4.0 Bluetooth.

  • Personalized Calibration: These BFR Cuffs calibrate your body’s unique limb occlusion pressure, providing you with optimal pressure zones that will help you to amplify your workout.

  • Automatic Inflation: The intelligent tools will inflate to your optimum pressure with one touch, no need for a tedious manual pump! 

  • Mobile App: Paired with an easy to use mobile app, you can easily control your devices and access information on BFR including training tips and video demonstrations for different fitness goals.

If it’s for you, or even for a loved one for the holidays, SAGA Fitness’ BFR Cuffs might be a perfect fit to knockout those health and fitness goals. Learn more at their website, here.

About SAGA Fitness

SAGA was founded in December 2020 by VALD.

VALD is a global leader in human measurement technologies that provide powerful and objective data to elite sports teams, defence departments, and allied health organisations.

As more technologies continue to proliferate the market and people’s demand for data increases, VALD saw an emerging opportunity for scientifically engineered technologies, that were tested and proven to improve human performance. As such VALD took a decisive step and created SAGA, disrupting the smart technology movement and making world-class tools accessible for all, not just elite athletes.

Green Wednesday Deal: One Cent TSUMo

Green Wednesday Deal: One Cent TSUMo

On this upcoming Green Wednesday, dispensaries will be faced with waves of consumers, and they’ll likely indulge in sweet treats. However, there’s a new cannabis-infused salty & savory snack brand that wants to grab their attention with an irresistible offer. TSUMo, who launched on November 3rd, is offering a bag of either Classic Cheese Puffs or Fiery Hot Crunchers for just $.01 with any total purchase $25 or over on GrassDoor! How can you pass that kind of offer up?

Low dosed at 10mg of THC per bag (perfect for new users and connoisseurs!) TSUMo infuses familiar snacking flavors & form factors with premium THC, bringing consumers a unique and elevated snacking experience. Forget about the super sweet edibles you’re used to, and dive into the future with flavors such as: 

  • Classic Cheese Puffs: the go-to snack to satisfy any cheese craving

  • Fiery Hot Cheese Crunchers: this one’s jalapeño taste buds will spice up your snacking

  • Zesty Ranch: the chip that boldly goes where no ranch has gone before

  • Hint of Lime: these chips packs a punch of lime zest and citrus

  • Salsa Verde Mini Tortilla Rounds: packed with the perfect amount of spice and south-of-the-border zing

At $5 per unit, this is a deal you can’t miss. TSUMo’s snack portfolio fills a large void in the current sweet-centric edibles market and features low-dose, nostalgic-themed products in flavors that consumers have historically loved. In addition to delicious snacks, TSUMo also offers fashionable merchandise to really get in style while you snack. For more information, visit tsumosnacks.com.

Introducing Midheaven: Denim & RTW + Q&A with the Founder

Introducing Midheaven: Denim & RTW + Q&A with the Founder

Midheaven, formerly Midheaven Denim and a brand specifically for tall women, is relaunching with a chic collection of denim & RTW for all women – not just the long-legged ones. The young company was launched not long before the pandemic hit, yet it’s taken off with huge demand.

Midheaven’s Founder, Kathryn Brolin, recently launched a chic capsule of limited edition robes in collaboration with renown interior designers, Louise Pierce & Emily Ward (https://pierceandward.com/ ), in addition to a larger selection of lounge. The trio have dreamed up the gorgeous robes made with 100% European-imported silk, and have produced everything in the US for a one size fits all robe perfect for at-home lounging or pairing with jeans. Additionally, Midheaven debuted their second collaboration with Cynthia Rowley at her show this past NYFW as well.

Sustainability is of the utmost importance to the brand – fabric used is produced in the world’s greenest and most sustainable denim mill, with valuable measures taken to reduce waste and promote environmentally-healthy production tactics. We conducted a brief Q&A with Kathryn, where she gave us even more insight into Midheaven’s creation, and their sustainability efforts. Read on below.

Q&A with Founder & Visionary Kathryn Brolin

Q: To start us off, would you mind letting us know some of your story? What led you down the path to eventually make Midheaven what it was (before dropping “Denim”), and what it is today (embracing RTW)?

Kathryn: I was living and working in the Los Angeles modeling scene, and I found myself frequently discussing with fellow tall women how difficult it was to find a good pair of jeans. I was determined to set out and find a solution and in 2018, I founded Midheaven Denim, which finally offered long-legged ladies a line of denim of timeless, beautiful silhouettes. I do not come from a fashion/retail background, but rather a film and editorial background, so this was a brand new industry for me to break into. I had some amazing mentors in the beginning who walked me through the process of making our first samples. We made four samples to start and they sold out instantly. Now, with expanding into other categories, the goal is to target all women who comprise the more ‘underserved’ categories in the marketplace. 

Q: It’s no secret that society is harsh on women when it comes to many things – but especially beauty standards. How do you hope to help change this reality for women who struggle with finding clothing they feel confident in due to their height, size, weight, or other issues?

Kathryn: I want women to know that our clothes should not hamper us, but complete us and make us feel confident and the best version of ourselves. Midheaven is expanding into petites, plus sizes and of course still our best-selling longer inseams, because I want each and every beautiful body type to feel catered to. Our height, size and weight are not “issues” but rather assets that define each woman and make her who she is. I want women to recognize that by wearing Midheaven, they can be their most authentic, comfortable and confident self.

Q: There’s always a word or two that comes to mind when you think of a brand or use their product. What is it that you want women to feel when they think of and wear Midheaven?

Kathryn: For starters, Midheaven is an astrological term that marks the highest point the sun reaches in its daily traverse across the sky. For my team and myself, it’s a personal and company-wide guiding mission to be the best, truest version of ourselves. That being said, I want my customers to feel authentic, confident and powerful when they think of the brand and wear it.

Q: Are there any struggles that you and the brand faced, and how did you overcome them?

Kathryn: Being a newer company when the pandemic hit definitely presented us with its challenges – we were just beginning to form a following/customer base, and we had also just opened a brick and mortar store in Malibu. Things obviously slowed down in the pandemic, and we were also toying with the idea of category expansions or not. We ultimately decided to push through and look ahead, which was met with the most incredible support from our customers. Online shopping has never had such momentum as it does right now. Our business felt a major energetic shift. We are now having trouble keeping our best sellers in stock and are so excited to see how much the company is growing. We felt the shift and we leaned into it, and we are so proud and happy that we did.

Q: With sustainability being a necessity for nearly every industry these days, how do you ensure that Midheaven is doing its part now and will continue to do so 10 and 20 years from now?

Kathryn: Midheaven has an ongoing commitment to sustainability and this is at the forefront of all we do. Our fabric supplier has the same ethos of wanting to produce responsibly-made products. Over half of Candiani’s materials are sourced from the Better Cotton Initiative. They recycle all of their water waste and both their company (and Midheaven) has fair wages and a healthy work environment. We plan to continue to work with Candiani into the foreseeable future due to their amazing ethos and practices.

Q: Given that “Denim” has been dropped from the brand’s name, what is your ultimate vision and goal for Midheaven?

Kathryn: We were a very young company when COVID came around and so it was a little risky for us to be pursuing a new category, but at the same time, it was just a natural next step because everybody is wearing loungewear. Moreover, the main goal is to continue to do what we do best, but also activate different audiences that wouldn’t normally be drawn to Midheaven. We really want to embrace the use of color and unique silhouettes, which some of these collaborations and category expansions are allowing us to do. So ultimately we wanted the brand name to not limit us, but rather support us in all of the categories we are passionate to explore.

Q: For women out there reading this who may be skeptical, what do you say to erase their doubt and encourage them to give Midheaven a try?

Kathryn: Midheaven’s intentional and sustainable design practices are implemented to not only show our customers how much we care, but in order to produce the most premium product for you. Our pieces are made to last a lifetime, and are the perfect, elevated basic for your daily life. There is still so much to come for Midheaven, and we are a company you can trust as we head into further expansions.

Meet Modloft’s Latest Pieces + Q&A With The Founder

Meet Modloft’s Latest Pieces + Q&A With The Founder

Modern furniture and home decor brand Modloft has just launched decor pieces perfect for getting your home holiday-ready this year. If there were ever a time to switch up your interior, this is it. Some of their latest pieces include the Lucerne Sofa ($2,600), the Park Dresser ($1,500), the Cabrini Coffee Table ($1,200), and the Andes Side Table ($695). Not only are these pieces modern and oozing luxury feels, but keeping true to their style, Modloft continues to offer fast and free white-glove delivery service, as well as free color swatches and a 30-day risk free try-at-home period to ensure you’re satisfied with your new purchase. 

And to elaborate even more on all things incredible at the company, the Founder and Chief Visionary, Ted Toledano answered a few questions from us for some insight into his role at Modloft, their upcoming plans, and more. Read on for more.

A Q&A With Founder & Chief Visionary, Ted Toledano

Q: Hi Ted, thank you for taking the time to give us insight into Modloft! Let’s get started with some information about you. What is your background, and how did you come up with the furniture dreaminess that is Modloft?

Ted: [I was] raised in Miami, a city that celebrates beautiful people, places, and things. No doubt that sparked my sensitivities towards style and design. I began my entrepreneurial career in the late 90s, among the first generation of tech companies. In 2005, I saw an opportunity to combine my two passions – tech and design – to answer a frequent complaint among informed furniture shoppers: Why is great design so unaffordable? It shouldn’t be, I declared, and so I set out to humbly disrupt a protected industry that hadn’t changed in 100 years. Modloft.com was launched and a new era in design-on-demand was born.

Q: What was it like when you first got started, and how does operating the company compare to now?

Ted: Well, as one can imagine, disrupting an industry that hadn’t changed in 100 years isn’t as simple as writing a mission statement. In our first year, the objective was to simply deliver furniture safely and efficiently across the country. Repeatedly. Over and over again, until we developed a process we could scale. In our second year, we turned our attention to product development. Can we design and manufacture exquisite furniture at a price that will surprise people? We were going to find out. Today, we can deliver an entire home of luxury furniture anywhere in the US in four weeks or less. At the intersection of Design and Accessibility, we have earned a reputation as a best-in-class brand for the modern home.

Q: In every art form, there exists classic and timeless work. While contemporary, Modloft seems to offer timelessness in each piece. What is the design process like for your team, and how do you ensure that your products stand the test of trends and time?

Ted: Classic and timeless design is in our DNA. Yes, contemporary design is our niche, but within the genre, each product must stand the test of time. My core objective is to make anyone capable of designing their home with perfect balance and harmony, without professional help. That’s made possible by creating a product line “on a string”, where every item shares common design elements and color palettes. This enables shoppers to choose their favorite items free of any fear they do not match or play well together.

Q: Did you face any major obstacles while getting Modloft up and running? If so, what were they?

Ted: The immense complexities of starting a vertically integrated, digitally native furniture brand are for a future book I hope to, one day, pen. If I had to pick just one obstacle that required deft strategy and execution, I would point to the challenge of convincing a sophisticated public that buying luxury furniture online, site unseen, is a great idea they wouldn’t regret.

Q: Chic is a word that comes to mind after seeing what Modloft has to offer. What are some other words that you want customers to think or feel when they see and think of Modloft?

Ted: Inspiring Design. We believe when you surround yourself with beautiful and intentional design, you create a beautiful and intentional life.

Q: Finally, what is a goal that you’d like to achieve in the coming years?

Ted: Broadly speaking, we work tirelessly to become an authority in modern design. In the near future, we plan to open concept stores in key markets to support our online efforts, making it easier for people to engage our products in person. We believe once someone interacts with our products, they have instantly found their favorite chair, sofa, table, bed – because our clients appreciate the same things I do: Uncompromised quality, attention to detail, and unique design.

About Modloft

Modloft was built on the core belief that when you surround yourself with beautiful and intentional things, you create a beautiful and intentional life. And we think that is pretty darn important. So, we made creating that life more attainable and accessible. This accessibility to luxury in price, online and in home delivery, was a first in the high-end furniture world. In this way, and others, Modloft re-imagined, and continues to re- imagine, the industry in a lasting and, in our opinion, long overdue ways.

“At Modloft it all begins and ends with great design. But the innovation that happens in between is what allows us to succeed. We work tirelessly to find ways to keep fair pricing and the quality completely un-compromised. Then we made these luxury pieces available online and ready to deliver all over the world.” shares Modloft Founder and Chief Visionary, Ted Toledano. “This access transformed the way that consumers interact with luxury furniture. In the end, our customers get quality pieces at a price and on a timeline that seems almost too good to be true… but it is. It’s that simple and that significant.”

Our consciously designed and priced, statement-making pieces combine with a dynamic business model that includes free-shipping, a 30-day-in-home trial and more. It’s no surprise that Modloft has been recognized as a leader in product innovation, distribution intelligence, and customer satisfaction. Our pieces can be found in the lobbies and suites of the finest hotels, condominiums, celebrity homes, and in our curated showrooms.

Canada Goose Opens at South Coast Plaza

Canada Goose Opens at South Coast Plaza

There are few things that enhance the appeal of fashion, but cold and snow are two things that make it all the more fun. Over at Canada Goose, who opened their first permanent California retail store on October 29, functionality meets attractive practicality as they show just how fun luxury arctic apparel can be. Located at South Coast Plaza, and featuring its first-ever Snow Room in the United States, Canada Goose is on a mission and they’re ready to show you the proof in the pudding. The Snow Room, the next generation of our award-winning Cold Room, simulates a snowstorm daily with temperatures reaching as low as -10°F. This innovation replicates various conditions for visitors to experience Canada Goose’s functionality and performance, inviting them to put their products to the ultimate test.

The Snow Room’s environment is inspired by the climate of Churchill, Manitoba, best known as the Polar Bear capital of the world, and home to longstanding Canada Goose partner, Polar Bears International (PBI), the non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy and the worldwide conservation of polar bears and their habitats.

Known around the world as a performance luxury essential, Canada Goose can be seen on city streets, mountain peaks and film sets, alike, with a variety of ideal products for the West Coast lifestyle. The brand’s lightweight down jackets are made for every day, perfect for chasing sunsets in Malibu and hiking in Griffith Park. The newest line of lightweight down jackets, puffers and vests, called the Cypress and Crofton collections, are made with the brand’s Recycled Feather-Light Ripstop Fabric, which is 100% Recycled Nylon and includes a water-repellent finish. The HyBridge® collection provides lightweight warmth that is designed to move with you, perfect for active use, layering and on-the-go adventures. Packable and portable, these styles are also the perfect travel companion. The selection of knit sweaters, hoodies and zip-ups, made with Merino Wool and Organic Cotton, are fit for a casual, laid back look. Thermal Mapping® technology is incorporated in the knit styles to maximize warmth and breathability with strategically placed down-filled panels and a more open knit construction in areas that are prone to overheating. 

Canada Goose’s HUMANATURE platform is the driving force of its purpose to keep the planet cold and the people on it warm. HUMANATURE unites the brand’s sustainability and values-based initiatives, including its Sustainable Impact Strategy, philanthropic work and dedication to culture through the arts. HUMANATURE is brought to life in the South Coast Plaza store through the Northern Art Program, which celebrates Northern Canadian artists. For this location, the brand partnered with artist, Winnie Truong. Truong’s artwork for the space, titled Zephyr, is a stop-motion animation work created entirely with cut paper that guests can experience in the Snow Room. Zephyr is inspired by the idea of the invisible made visible, with impressions of flora and landscapes of the Los Angeles area and beyond – across San Bernardino Forest, and towards Joshua Tree. Guests will be treated to an entrancing animation of beautiful scenes that rise and fall with the introduction of new environments. Additional illustrations and sculptures by Inuit artisans are showcased throughout the store, all embodying the symbiotic relationship between people and the planet.

On November 12, Canada Goose’s brand-new Footwear collection will be available in-store. The collection complements and completes the Canada Goose lifestyle. The collection features two styles: the Snow Mantra Boots and Journey Boots. The Snow Mantra Boots are born from the brand’s Snow Mantra Parka, renowned as the warmest coat on Earth and designed with functional intention. The Journey Boots are expertly crafted in Italy and built for the demands of the everyday. Designed with an iconic squared off-toe, The Journey was inspired by classic Hiker boots worn in the Alps.

About Canada Goose

Founded in 1957 in a small warehouse in Toronto, Canada, Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS, TSX:GOOS) is a lifestyle brand and a leading manufacturer of performance luxury apparel. Every collection is informed by the rugged demands of the Arctic, ensuring a legacy of functionality is embedded in every product from parkas and rainwear to apparel and accessories. Canada Goose is inspired by relentless innovation and uncompromised craftsmanship, recognized as a leader for its Made in Canada commitment. In 2020, Canada Goose announced HUMANATURE, its purpose platform that unites its sustainability and values-based initiatives, reinforcing its commitment to keep the planet cold and the people on it warm. Canada Goose also owns Baffin, a Canadian designer and manufacturer of performance outdoor and industrial footwear. Visit www.canadagoose.com for more information.

The Spare Room Reopens With New Bar Director

The Spare Room Reopens With New Bar Director

After 19 months, the renowned gaming parlor and cocktail lounge, The Spare Room, reopened its doors on November 4th. Known for it amazing social atmosphere, it’s about time!
 
Housed within the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, The Spare Room has remained a top-tier cocktail bar for over a decade and this year was named ‘Best American Hotel Bar’ by the Spirited Awards and featured in Alia Akkam’s book, Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels.
 
Owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom are ushering in a new era of the award-winning bar with the introduction of bar director, Tess Sawyer. The former Speed Rack champion and Virginia Beach native cut her teeth in the industry at some of the most lauded joints in New York City (Mother’s Ruin, Up & Up, Happiest Hour), and is reimagining classic, elegant cocktails with unexpected flavor profiles in what is arguably one of the best cocktail destinations in the city. When you see the photos, how could you even resist?
 
The list features clever twists on traditional drinks like the Dunhill and the Penicillin with nods to Tess’s Korean heritage (think a Martini infused with kimchi and a Gimlet dotted with chili-sesame oil).
Additional highlights include a portion of the list devoted to premium highballs featuring specialty infused ice, espresso martinis on draft, and, of course, a variation on a White Russian made with coconut corn milk as an homage to The Big Lebowski and the bar’s vintage bowling lanes. New to the space is a dedicated dart room joining their collection of nostalgic board games and custom bowling shoes from LA designer George Esquivel. 

The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
 
Wednesday – Sunday | 8pm – 2am
Mírame Launches Thanksgiving Menu

Mírame Launches Thanksgiving Menu

Whether your Thanksgiving plans are to stay in SoCal or go elsewhere, there’s one delicious opportunity you can’t pass up. Mírame has launched their Thanksgiving menu for take-out orders in time to save your last minute or even well thought out holiday plans. Known for their exquisite offerings, Mírame continues the trend with Chef Josh Gil.

Chef Gil’s menu is priced at $450 and feeds 6-8 people.

The Thanksgiving feast includes: Smoked Turkey Ballotine, Fall Caesar Salad, Boulangere Potatoes, Esquites with Baby Corn, Mayacoba Charros, Roasted Beets, Mushroom and Pine Nut Bread Pudding, Tortillas and Mole Torte as well as Pumpkin Pie with fresh roasted pumpkin, masa crust and hoja santa meringue for dessert.

Orders can be placed here for pickup on November 25th.

Atlys Travel App Streamlines Visa Process as US Borders Reopen + Q&A

Atlys Travel App Streamlines Visa Process as US Borders Reopen + Q&A

It was a big headline this past week, as the United States re-opened its borders to accept vaccinated foreign travelers — many of whom looked toward reuniting with their families that have been sealed out of the country during the pandemic. But what if there was something that could make the process a little easier? Thankfully, there is something, and it couldn’t come at a better time. An unsung hero for many that have already started to reconnect, Atlys, a new travel app, condenses the visa application process to just a few minutes!

Created by Mohak Nahta, an immigrant from India staying in the U.S. on a work visa, this breakthrough app revolutionizes travel, removes confusion and fear, and cuts through the current bureaucratic process in 10 minutes or less. Atlas has quickly become a solution for millions of families who have been unable to reconnect after 8+ months apart. Some notable ways that Atlas can help:

  • The Atlys App starts its simplified process with a few easy questions. Once answered the app processes all the paperwork, payments, and other required documents for international travelers to over 190 countries.

  • Atlys guides users through each step—beginning from the comfort of your couch to the comfort of your seat in the airplane, bringing the Visa application and COVID health requirement processes from an average of 13 hours to under a few minutes.  

  • Any documents, including Visas, that Atlys provides are issued directly by the respective governments. Atlys integrates only with the official sources and can vouch for the authenticity of any documents obtained.

We also had a brief Q&A with Atlys’s founder, Mohak Nahta to discuss the company and how it came about — as well as his background and what he hopes Atlas can do for families in the coming years.

Q&A with Founder Mohak Nahta

Q: Hi Mohak, and thank you for taking the time to provide deeper insight into Atlys. To get started, can you share your story and background?

A: I grew up in India and came to the US for my undergraduate studies a few years ago. Having been raised in India, I was born with what is sometimes called a ‘weak’ passport. After my undergrad, I joined Pinterest, where I spent four years as a software engineer. During undergraduate school and my time at Pinterest, I traveled a lot, which only made me realize how challenging international travel is; even looking to go internationally for a few days, required going through hours of endless paperwork.

Q: How was Atlys created?

A: Atlys was born as a solution to the problems I experienced, first-hand. s. Before COVID, I went to Europe three times in about 6 months, and for each occasion I  had to apply for a new visa. Every time, it took me more than 12 hours to do the same work. I built Atlys as a tool to solve my problems.

Q: What was the biggest obstacle you faced while creating Atlys, and how did you overcome it?

A: The biggest obstacle initially was COVID-19 since travel was non-existent when Atlys launched. We always had conviction in the idea, and we kept talking to customers. Usually, customers often tell you their problems, and we realized that they were struggling with COVID visas’ – a type of visa you need to travel to many countries. We quickly built support for it, and COVID-19 turned into our most significant opportunity and growth driver. 

Q: 2020 was undoubtedly a difficult year for many, as we struggled with the pandemic and so many yearned to get back home. Can you break down how much easier the Atlys app can be for helping those returning to their home, and what the process is like?

A: There are many families we have spoken with who have found Atlys because of their struggles getting home. [One example is] Vik, an Atlys customer, who worked in Texas and came to the US from India about 10 years ago with his wife. In 2020, Vik’s father, who was living in India, succumbed to COVID. While he had to rush back to take care of his grieving mother, his wife was 36 weeks pregnant. Because of the travel bans, he was unable to come back. On top of that, his employer gave him an ultimatum to show him to work. Like Vik, many immigrants cannot be in the country legally, without an active job.

The only way for Vik to come back was to do some complex paperwork, so he used Atlys, and in under 200 seconds was able to submit the proper documentation. In 2 days, he got approval to come back to the United States anytime.   

Vik is one of the many people who have used Atlys to return to loved ones, tend to family emergencies or even go for their first vacation in years.

Q: Are the Atlys app and its services free to use?

A: The app is free to download, but there’s a service fee. We offer many free tools and guides to travelers, however such as this, this, or this.

Q: What are some of your long-term goals for Atlys?

A: Our mission is to enable every person on earth to travel freely. To achieve that, we are building the tools that lets anyone travel freely – an SSO for travel. One access point to get everything from visas, to foreign exchange, travel insurance, and even checking into hotels.

Nation’s First Dispensary Dedicated to Women of Color Opens in LA

Nation’s First Dispensary Dedicated to Women of Color Opens in LA

Josephine & Billie’s, the nation’s first cannabis dispensary focused on the needs of Women of Color, has opened and it’s focused on community and education.

Located in South LA, Josephine & Billie’s is dedicated to being an educational space and community where Women of Color, and allies, feel safe and welcomed to learn about the healing benefits of cannabis while offering a unique speakeasy-style cannabis retail concept inspired by ‘tea pads’ that existed in Black communities in the 20s and 30s.  Founded by CEO Whitney Beatty and COO Ebony Andersen, the duo looked back into history for inspiration for their approach. That inspiration, recreating an experience from years ago that is unique to this dispensary – unique to Josephine & Billie’s.

What may be easily overlooked across dispensaries nationwide is the experience, and Josephine & Billie’s want to make that their first priority in their approach to educating women of color and their allies. Education can take one far, but it can take one even further in a place where they feel a familiarity that reverberates within their community.

During a time when tensions in the United States seem to be endlessly on edge, it’s now that an environment of familiarity is most important. Across the board, women are consistently treated harshly for a number of things — but especially their use of cannabis — whether that be for recreational or medicinal purposes.

As we find ourselves seeking more and more natural alternatives as remedies for chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and lack of sleep, cannabis has long been the front runner for relief. Yet, for innumerable and unsubstantiated reasons, many women of color don’t feel at ease accessing this plant medicine –– despite being more likely to experience anxiety, under-treated for chronic pain, and quietly suffering from other ailments.

According to Josephine & Billie’s, “72 percent of the female population in Los Angeles identify as women of color, but until now there was not a single cannabis space that prioritized their real and urgent needs.” They want to change that.

The team states, “We were created by Black women to give women of color an experience of cannabis that doesn’t exist anywhere else. It’s an experience that’s communal, where women can discover the many positive effects cannabis has on well-being––and enjoy connecting with others doing the same. It’s an experience that’s inclusive, that puts the needs of women of color at the forefront, even down to the way our space is organized. We take special care to focus on what effects to expect from the type of cannabis you’re interested in, instead of just listing buzzwords and features about it. We put you––the woman seeking healing, calm, relief, happiness––in control. The experience at Josephine and Billie’s is one that’s uplifted, and that reclaims this powerful medicine from its history of racist criminalization. We’re here to encourage self-care and joy, and to educate every woman that walks in the door, giving her a little more than she came in with.”

About Josephine & Billie’s

Women founded and led, Josephine and Billie’s is the first dispensary in the nation to focus on women of color. Our cannabis teapad – the first of its kind in the U.S. – is a modern-day callback to the Jazz age, from the pearls and feathers of Josephine Baker to the poetry of Billie Holiday. It’s a trip back to the ‘tea pads’ in Black communities of the 20s and 30s where people listen to music and enjoy cannabis while feeling connected, relaxed, valued and safe. Josephine and Billie’s carries product lines that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve with intention and include Black and Brown owned brands, and price points for everyone from the dabbler to connoisseur. In our space, there’s no question not worth asking. Our M.O. is we got you, sis. The company is led by CEO, Whitney Beatty & COO, Ebony Andersen.

Must-Try Fall Cocktail Recipes From Dahlia & El Silencio

Must-Try Fall Cocktail Recipes From Dahlia & El Silencio

Fall is upon us, and we all know what that means: cool and crisp air, changing color of leaves, longer hours of darkness, heartwarming holidays and drinks that get you into the seasonal spirit!

We’re glad you’re here, because the drinks we’re talking about aren’t the kiddie kind. Hot chocolate and apple cider are nice, but sometimes life needs you to take it up a few notches, and it’s safe to say the folks over at Dahlia and Silencio have the right idea. Dahlia launched in February with it’s sights set on a new wave of tequila aficionados, offering an enchanting, modern and masterful Cristalino expression that can be sipped or mixed, day or night – holiday or not.

Made in Jalisco, Dahlia is the vision of Fausto Zapata and Vicente Cisneros — the Mexican-American entrepreneurs behind the largest independent Mezcal Brands in the World — known as El Silencio. As is the case with their award-winning mezcal, there is no famous face of the brand – the star of this show is in the bottle. The same can be said for El Silencio. Read on for a hefty list of some Fall-Inspired Recipes showcasing both Dahlia and El Silencio as the stars of these seasonal cocktails. (Make sure you see the very end for some bonus rounds.)

Mezcal El Silencio Halloween Cocktail Recipes

“Children Of The Candy Corn” – The perfect way to indulge yourself with this timeless flavor in a more…refined way. Combining butterscotch, maple syrup, and even pumpkin with our Mezcal Espadin, this cocktail might be the perfect way to bring in the fall.

“Sour Peche Kid” – Our friend and award winning mixologist, Julian Thomas Cox, is back again with a delicious cocktail themed after the tart Sour Patch Kids candy, crafted especially for the season.

“The Eternal Kiss” – An indulgent blend of Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, angostura bitters, chocolate syrup, and whole milk, this chocolate cocktail can indulge your sweet tooth and remind you of your favorite candy stash as a kid. For a little extra texture and flavor, try it with our grenadine whipped cream on top!

“The Ofrenda” –  Full of rich and bold spices, this Dia de Muertos-inspired cocktail is meant to transport you to the most important season and celebration in Oaxacan culture. It’s called The Ofrenda as the ingredients used to prepare this drink are reflective of those found in a traditional Ofrenda – a vibrant altar created to help welcome and guide the spirits of loved ones who have passed on home (spices, pumpkin, and flowers).

“The Almond of Dr. Moreau” – If you’re in the mood for something refreshing that still hits a little on the sweeter side, our Almond Joy cocktail is just the thing. An unusually refreshing combination of coconut milk, lime juice, pineapple juice, and Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, this pineapple & coconut cocktail will help you revisit a favorite candy from your childhood without the guilt – and without all the coconut in your teeth.

Dahlia’s Fall-Inspired Recipes

Dahlia Hot Chocolate:
2 oz. Tequila Dahlia
1 oz. Rumchata
5 oz. Hot Chocolate
Method:
Combine all ingredients in a mug.
Stir to blend.
Top with whipped cream.
Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.
Dahlia Dagger
2 oz. Tequila Dahlia
< 0.5 oz. Pineapple Gum
5 dashes Coffee Bitters
Orange Zest
Method:
Combine all ingredients in a double rocks glass with ice.
Stir for at least 15 seconds.
Garnish with an expressed orange peel.

Dahlia Crossfade
2 oz. Tequila Dahlia

2 oz. Cold Brew
0.75 oz. Unsweetened Coconut Cream
0.5 oz. Licor 43
Method:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice.
Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
Strain into a highball glass with crushed pebble ice.
Garnish with mint.

Americano En Jalisco
1.5 oz. Tequila Dahlia

4 oz. Ginger Beer
5 oz. Campari
0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Method:
Combine Dahlia, Campari and sweet vermouth in collins glass.
Top with ice and ginger beer.
Stir gently.
Garnish with half an orange wheel.

And there you have it. Whether celebrating the holidays with the family, mustering through a holiday party with colleagues, or just feeling the seasonal vibes at home, following these recipes will be sure to impress not just you, but everyone else around. You’re welcome.

TytoCare Kicks Off Black Friday Early

TytoCare Kicks Off Black Friday Early

In the post-pandemic age, we have seen the telemedicine industry really take off, and that’s with thanks to brands like TytoCare.

TytoCare, the at-home, hand-held digital exam kit, is a hybrid approach to telemedicine, featuring a palm-sized, hand-held exam camera and attachments (like a stethoscope or tongue compressor) to stream a patient’s real-time symptoms, to the clinician on the other side of the screen. Meant for guided use by a board-certified clinician, during a 1:1 virtual appointment, the TytoCare system gives patients the tools to help remote medical professionals see symptoms, as if it were IRL (in real life).

In addition, TytoCare is offering $100 off on BestBuy (no code needed), and on the TytoCare website all through November with code CYBER100 and all through December with code HOLIDAY100. In a world currently led by advanced technology, don’t miss the opportunity to bring your healthcare into the future.