Ask the Experts:Travel

Ask the Experts:Travel

If you’re travelling with a budget in mind, KAYAK offers a great service: find locations for travel based on location and price worldwide. Here’s how it works: Go to the flight section, under “anywhere” click and you wil find explore your options with anywhere search. Click on any price and it will give you the current price AND a forward look at upcoming prices. Deal of the day would appear to be Kahului, Hawaii. Also known as Maui, a roundtrip today would coast $338, roundtrip. If you like adventure and can afford it, you might take an expensive flight to Tolinaro in Madagascar for $3343.

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Meet Zuke Oshiro

Zuke Oshiro was born in raised in Hokkaido, the north island of Japan, and moved to Los Angeles in 1999. While he had his own educational agency business, Zuke has continuously traveled around world, and writes for numerious publications and journals.

Ask the Experts: Real Estate

Ask the Experts: Real Estate

How many Open Houses does it take to sell a home in Los Angeles?

 For the past several years Los Angeles has been in a sellers’ market and homes have been selling in 30 days or less. In this kind of market, it might only take 1 or 2 open houses to sell a house. On Average, I would expect 4 – 6 opens houses to sell a house.

Open houses are a great marketing tool and help sell homes faster, but I would look at this question from a different angle, not as the number of open houses it takes, but the number of showings with qualified buyers.

In my experience, about half of open house visitors are not real buyers. You will get a few neighbors who want to see what is going on in the neighborhood, or homeowners looking for ideas on their next renovation project, and I know some folks that just like to go look at open houses on the weekend as a fun thing to do.

In a normal market, it takes about 40 showings with real buyers to sell a home. I find keeping track of showings is a better way to monitor marketing activity than the number of open houses. Only count the real buyers that attend the open houses.

Meet James Campbell

James grew up in a California Bungalow north of Beverly Blvd in Hancock Park. For most of his formative years, he lived in Minnesota until graduation, whereupon he packed his bags and moved west! James has been living in sunny Los Angeles for the past 10 years and sells real estate. In addition to helping clients Buy, Sell and Lease, James is active on the web with his real estate website Thebirdstreetblog. James is a guest contributor about real estate for SoCal Magazine’s new series “Ask an Expert”. Have a real estate related question? Send it over! [email protected]

A Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide For 2019

A Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide For 2019

Updated 12/13/2019: This list has been updated to include more options for adults.

Adults

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Auburn and Bon Temps

PRODUCT: Custom Furniture Line by Klein Agency 

ABOUT: Design mavens who’ve coveted the furniture at auburn since the LA restaurant opened doors in March can now recreate the look in their own homes, making them the perfect high-end gift for the holiday season. The bespoke items, made special for Chef Eric Bost by Masa and Jon Kleinhample of Klein Agency, are now available for sale as part of the latest collection of Klein Home. The recently launched line (which also features a custom piece made for another LA restaurant newcomer Bon Temps) includes such eye-catching high design elements as the white oak dining room tables and chairs, to the raw leather lounge chairs and stools that fill auburn’s well-appointed bar area. Each piece of the new collection is hand-fabricated by Klein’s team of craftsmen within 15 miles of their downtown LA studio. 

PRICE: Varies

PURCHASING DETAILS: http://www.klein.agency/shop

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Go Get Em Tiger

PRODUCT: Coffee Club Subscription

ABOUT: As part of their new coffee club subscription service, LA’s own coffee brand Go Get Em Tiger is offering up the option to gift a subscription of bags of their house roasted beans in either single origin, Minor Monuments espresso, or dark filter options. The bags are shipped every two weeks on a rotating basis and can be gifted anywhere from two to twenty-six deliveries.

PRICE: 

  • Single origin (rotating): $38 – $432

  • Minor Monuments (espresso): $35 – $402

  • Dark filter (rotating): $38 – $432

PURCHASING DETAILS: https://gget.com/gifts

CLOTHING

PRODUCT: In-house designed merchandise 

ABOUT: Go Get Em Tiger’s in-house design team creates limited edition merch that is released on a quarterly basis for purchase online and in the shops. Get their signature “Roasted in LA” tee or one of their many artist collab products like the playful GGET x Clay Hickson mug as the perfect holiday gift for friends and family.

PRICE: Varies

PURCHASING DETAILS: https://gget.com/things

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Proteau

PRODUCT: Ludlow Red expertly blends blackberry, violet, black pepper, dandelion, and fig vinegar for a dark and silky sip with your evening meal. 

ABOUT: Proteau is a new non-alcoholic botanical aperitif created by John deBary, the former Bar Director for the Momofuku restaurant group, and former bartender for the celebrated neo-speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell). After years of working in some of the world’s most renowned bars and restaurants, John challenged himself to create a non-alcoholic drink that had the same level of culinary intrigue as those with alcohol. Based on his years of research into spirits, amaros, and fortified wines, John scoured NYC’s markets and spent months developing recipes. From this comes Proteau, a harmonic convergence of terrestrial botanicals from all over the globe that present a balanced arrangement of bitter, floral, and fruit notes with every sip. 

PRICE: $70 for limited edition 2-pack (includes tax & shipping)

PURCHASING DETAILS: Available online

ENTERTAINMENT

The Spare Room

PRODUCT: The Spare Room Mad Libs

ABOUT:  Iconic LA bar and game parlor The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel teamed up with Mad Libs to create their own funny and entertaining game book, available for purchase at the bar and online. This collaboration, which features a sleek leather-bound design and an undeniable bout of childhood nostalgia, is sure to be the highlight of holiday gatherings this year.

PRICE: $10

PURCHASING DETAILS: Available for purchase at the bar and online at spareroomhollywood.com

RECREATION

CANNABIS

Sunday Goods

PRODUCT: Effect Pens (Rest, Delight, Spark, Soothe)

ABOUT: In April, Sunday Goods introduced its oblong disposable effect pens boasting a refined metal finish that were custom-designed by Pattern (formerly Gin Lane) and are available in four different effects: Rest, Delight, Spark, or Soothe. Each has been expertly formulated with the right balance of THC, CBD, CBN, natural terpenes, flavors and aromatherapy to create the desired effect and curated cannabis experience. 

PRICE: $60

PURCHASING DETAILS: Available in select dispensaries in Northern and Southern California; find a store here

Kids

The holiday season is officially upon us, and understandably, many of us need help determining the right gifts for our loved ones. Luckily, there are a variety of offerings from MGA, the makers of the hottest holiday toys;  including L.O.L. Surprise, Poopsie Slime Surprise, Rainbow Surprise, Little Tikes and more. L.O.L. Surprise and Poopsie have already been named as the hottest toys of the season by Target, Kmart, Amazon, and Walmart. Your toy guide for the 2019 Holiday Season is below.

L.O.L. SURPRISE

(NEW) L.O.L. Surprise 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper

Ages: 6+

Price: $99.99

Description: The 2-in-1 Glamper includes 55+ surprises to unbox, 10+ hangout areas and an exclusive doll. The front detaches to become a separate car with D.J. booth, working headlights, and horn. The back opens up to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide for the full glam life experience. Dolls can get the L.O.L. Surprise! party going by sliding down the 2-story slide, swimming in the light-up pool, then getting ready for their star moment at the vanity before strutting their stuff on the fashion runway. The 2-in-1 Glamper fits L.O.L. Surprise! dolls of all sizes and includes lights and sounds that really work!

(NEW) L.O.L. Surprise Winter Disco Chalet

Ages: 6+

Price: $249.99

Description: The L.O.L. Surprise! Chalet has 3 stories and 6 rooms, and includes a light-up ice skating rink, working ski lift, a chimney that really snows, and it fits both L.O.L. Surprise! and O.M.G. dolls! Use the included 15 ft. of lights to decorate the Chalet and make it glow. Freeze water on the real ice-skating rink, slide down the slide into the hot tub or take a ride on the real working ski lift!

POOPSIE SLIME SURPRISE

(NEW) Poopsie Claw Machine

Ages: 6+

Price: $49.99

Description: The Poopsie Claw Machine really works! Three directional joysticks can be used to move the claw to collect surprises. Unbox six included surprises–2 Cutie Tooties characters and 4 D.I.Y. slime packets. The Poopsie Claw Machine also includes lights, music andother arcade sounds. Refill the Poopsie Claw Machine with your own surprises to play again and again.

(NEW) Poopsie Slime Surprise

Ages: 6+

Price: $9.99

Description: Make your own magical unicorn slime with Poopsie Slime Surprise! Each magical package includes 10 magical surprises, including the ingredients for surprise unicorn slime! With water, a little unicorn magic and some sparkle, you can customize unicorn slime and transform it multiple times! And now, each package includes gold foil, so you can make slime sparkle and shine! Add surprise scent to make slime smell fabulous.

RAINBOW SURPRISE

(NEW) Rainbow Surprise Girls

Ages: 6+

Price: $54.99

Description: Make D.I.Y. slime fashions with Rainbow Surprise by Poopsie! Unbox 20+ surprises including a gorgeous 14″ doll with stunning features and beautiful, brush-able hair. Will you get Rainbow Dream, AmethystRae, Blue Skye or Pixie Rose? Unroll the package for the longest unboxing experience ever. Inside, find D.I.Y. slime powders and fabulous fashions with clear details, ready for a rainbow slime surprise!

LITTLE TIKES

(NEW) Little Baby Bum Sing-Along Piano

Ages: 2+

Price: $49.99

Description: Kids can sing, dance, and rock out with the Little Baby Bum Sing-Along Piano. The Sing-Along Piano plays all of kids favorite Little Baby Bum nursery rhymes, and they can play along with the interactive piano and real working microphone! There are four unique play modes for kids to choose from! Kids can even speed up, slow down, or add to the music by bouncing on the interactive seat.

(NEW) Tasty Jr. Bake ‘n Share Kitchen

Ages: 2+

Price: $99.99

Description: Bring home all the amazing fun of Tasty recipe videos with the Little Tikes Tasty Jr. Bake ‘n Share Kitchen. The play-set has 2 grow-with-me modes: starts wide for younger kids and adjusts to a higher countertop for preschoolers. Features a built-in smart phone holder so kids can snap & share their creations. There are 40+ pieces of play food and accessories included, and three exclusive pretend play recipes based on your favorite Tasty videos!

Cozy Cubcoats Stampede into Los Angeles with Amazon Popup

Cozy Cubcoats Stampede into Los Angeles with Amazon Popup

What’s cute, cozy and taking over Los Angeles? Cubcoats! From online to IRL, the 2-in-1 stuffed animal turned cozy hoodie will be available in-store from November 1st through January 5th at the Del Amo Fashion  Center in Torrance, CA.

 
As the #1 Best Selling Toy (and kid’s fashion statement!) on Amazon Prime Day, Amazon has partnered with Cubcoats to create this magical experience for families and kids. Ranking #1 Most Wished for on Amazon, customers have shared how Cubcoats have been a source of comfort, imagination, and empowerment for their kids. “We want to put that feeling front and center. Cubcoats partnership with Amazon & Simon Properties is the first time we’ll be able to bring this unique world to life,” states Cubcoats CMO & Co-Founder Zac Park and Cubcoats VP of Design & Creative, Mimi Chao.  
 
Let your child’s adventure unfold at the Amazon pop-up with exclusive Cubcoats characters including Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh and Frozen. The space emphasizes the magic of Cubcoats with fun photo opportunities, interactive adventures and special programming. Cubcoats x Amazon IRL popup store is also the perfect spot for holiday shopping with exclusive sales & promotions all season!  
 
This is the first retail footprint for the incredibly fast growing brand, and what better holiday present than a two-in-one?!
 

Location

Del Amo Fashion Center
Address: 3525 W Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503  
Pop-Up Dates: November 1st – January 5th
Chef Zamora Brings Latin Flare to Avec Nous

Chef Zamora Brings Latin Flare to Avec Nous

We’re all looking for ways to warm our cores this upcoming holiday season, and prestigious restaurant, Avec Nous, has just the fix. Avec Nous, at 5-star Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, is where highly regarded Riviera Maya chef Carlos Zamora will be posting up through the end of the month, offering his artistically presented authentic Mexican fare for Angelenos and visitors alike.
 
During the limited time run at the five-star hotel property, Chef Zamora will be giving guests a taste of the cuisine that’s drawn crowds for the past couple of years to his popular fine dining restaurant La Marea, located in the heart of Playa del Carmen. A native of Mexico City, previous to helming the La Marea kitchen, Chef Zamora has cooked in restaurants across Mexico from San Miguel de Allende to San Miguel where he was chef de cuisine at Moxi, operated by world-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera.
A five course tasting menu priced at $78 is offered through November 30th with highlights including:
 
Scallop and coconut ceviche with scallops, coconut tigers’ milk, cucumber, radishes, cilantro, serrano pepper and avocado puree
 
Soft-shell crab and tamarind tacowith soft-shell crab, guajillo pepper tortilla, tamarind-morita sauce, cilantro and avocado
 
Fish of the Day  a corn leaf wrapped fish of the day, heirloom tomatoes, purslane, watercress, red onion, black recado and lime
 
Beef tenderloin with corn, huitlacoche and chipotle jus
 
Chocolate flan with chocolate custard, macadamia nuts, Breton cookie and vanilla bean ice cream
 
And finally, a specialty ancho mezcal pineapple cocktail is on the special menu for an additional $18. See full menu below.

About Avec Nous

https://avecnous.com

9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Open daily for breakfast lunch & dinner 6:30am – 11pm.
Reservations can be made online here or by calling 310-860-8660.

 

Japan 47 Artisans: Quietly Spectacular

Japan 47 Artisans: Quietly Spectacular

The JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles JAPAN 47 ARTISANS exhibition on Oct. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles)

JAPAN HOUSE, Los Angeles is showcasing the diversity of Japan’s 47 prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design created by 47 young artisans (one from each prefecture). The exhibit, called 47 ARTISANS, runs through January 5, 2020, at Japan House Gallery on Level 2 of the plaza at Hollywood & Highland.

Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has its own regional history, culture, and flavors that the exhibit’s 47 ARTISANS have drawn from; infusing their own childhood memories from their hometowns into their work. The results are beautiful, useful, and sustainable works – as the artisans incorporate traditional materials and techniques with the needs and flavor of the present.

The design pieces capture what makes each prefecture and artisan unique, but the collection as a whole exemplifies the shared respect for design and beauty that Japanese craft has carried for centuries—a balance of tradition and innovation.

Go see these innovative, delicate and heartfelt takes on traditional crafts—they are quietly spectacular.

Address Hollywood and Highland  * 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(800) 516-0565

 

 

 

Coveted Women’s Members’ Club and Digital Network, The AllBright, Moves Into US with First Club Launch in West Hollywood

Coveted Women’s Members’ Club and Digital Network, The AllBright, Moves Into US with First Club Launch in West Hollywood

This Fall, The AllBright, the members’ club that celebrates and champions women, opened its doors to the US sisterhood with the launch of its first stateside club. With style and elegance integrated throughout the clubs, The AllBright West Hollywood is aptly located on LA’s Melrose Place.

Following another round of funding, reaching $18.8M, as well as the success of their two London-based clubs and digital network in the UK, AllBright is set to continue accelerating its growth with the latest US launch, bringing a compelling new proposition to the local market.

The AllBright is the first female member’s club to offer both physical spaces and a complimentary digital learning platform, The AllBright Academy, in the USA. Additionally, as an extension of the physical spaces, AllBright launched the first female-only digital community, AllBright Connect. The always-on platform is a global online sisterhood of like-minded women, that offers support and guidance to all. From London to LA, this unique resource allows women to connect with one another and find inspirational content, job opportunities and courses.

Situated on Melrose Place, The AllBright West Hollywood spreads across three floors, with stand-out, elegant interiors by renowned female designer Brigette Romanek and an incredible array of artworks by female artists, sourced by AllBright’s in-house art curator Beth Greenacre.

AllBright celebrates and champions women to inspire change in one another. The clubs offer a unique environment for women and their guests (be it male or female) to connect, take inspiration from and socialize with one another in a beautiful, welcoming environment. AllBright co-founder, Debbie Wosskow OBE stated, “Since launching AllBright, we have grown rapidly into a destination brand for women from all sectors. AllBright has galvanized a strong and dynamic community of like-minded women and we are excited about growing this community further with the launch of our LA Club as we continue to grow the global footprint of our business.”

“Our launch in LA, signifies a significant landmark for our business. After only 18 months since launching in the UK, the demand from women to bring the AllBright concept stateside has been remarkable. Whilst our physical spaces are renowned as aspirational, inclusive environments for women to enjoy from morning through to late night, our complimentary digital learning and networking platform AllBright Connect truly sets us apart,” AllBright co-founder Anna Jones added.

About AllBright

AllBright was founded in 2017 by Debbie Wosskow OBE, Founder of LoveHomeSwap, Evening Standard Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and Anna Jones, former CEO of Hearst UK (overseeing 24 global brands including Harpers’ Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and ELLE) and board member of the Creative Industries Federation.

AllBright opened its first AllBright Club in London in March 2018, swiftly followed due to membership demand by the launch of the second Mayfair Club in 2019. Both Clubs provide elegant spaces to host the AllBright community of brilliant, like-minded women, creating a unique environment to connect, create and collaborate. Beautiful, carefully designed spaces for driven, inspiring women with men welcome as guests and encouraged to join in and change the conversation.

Alongside the physical Clubs, AllBright Connect offers access to a complimentary digital learning academy and networking platform. The AllBright Academy offers tailored digital courses aimed at providing women with the tools they need to achieve their goals and build confidence along the way. The AllBright Academy champions an immersive, digital, cohort-driven curriculum with an outstanding line-up of specialist experts with dynamic and inspirational course content. It’s the ideal place for women of every age, every stage, whether a founder or not, to build and grow their careers.

The AllBright West Hollywood

Located on Melrose Place, AllBright West Hollywood spans over 12,000 square feet and three-stories offering meeting spaces, dining experiences, health and wellbeing services, event space and a gorgeous rooftop overlooking the city.

The AllBright head Chef, Sabrina Gidda curates seasonal menus, inspired British cuisine, including the quintessential British afternoon tea to suit all tastes.

In the in-house spa, celebrity facialist Georgia Louise makes her California debut with the opening of her second location, offering her transformative Lift + Sculpt method, a non-invasive bespoke facial that redefines and contours the face for an awarding winning GLO. The spa has a highly curated skincare boutique offering her cult skincare line and leading skincare brands and devices.

The AllBright salon offers manicures and pedicures as well as blowouts and full hair treatments. Salon and spa services are available to both members and the public.

Throughout the space, there are over 125 pieces of fine art with a value of over $1.5m curated by renowned art curator Beth Greenacre which exclusively features female artists, with over 40 pieces sourced from local Los Angeles artists.

To date the Club has attracted notable founding members including Olivia Wilde, Naomie Harris, Jameela Jamil, Meg Whitman, Adele Lim, Ruth Wilson, Maha Dakhil, Mary Katrantzou, and Maria Bello.

The AllBright West Hollywood hours of operation, Monday through Thursday 8am10pm, Friday 8am11pm, Saturday 9am11pm, closed on Sundays. Visit The AllBright at www.theallbright.com for membership enquires and further information.

Soundwaves 360° Music Event Brings Beats to L.A.

Soundwaves 360° Music Event Brings Beats to L.A.

The weather’s cooling off, but the music scene is warming up!

This Thursday, November 14th, Soundwaves 360° will kick off in Los Angeles with live performances from some of music’s favorite artists. Twista (legendary hip hop artist known as one of the world’s fastest rappers), Veronica Vega (“Love & Hip Hop: Miami”), DJ G-Love (world renown music producer and artist),Crazy Town X with R1ckOne™ (Rap infused rockers Music), Jessica Zenzen, DJ Rick 1, and a Surprise Celebrity Artist are all expected to perform some of their past hits, and even some of their newer tunes. Guests can also expect many other celebrities to be in attendance.

Complete with a red carpet, guests should arrive on time, as the event starts at 8:30 pm.

Date, Time, and Other Details

TIME: Thursday, Nov 14th
Media Check-In: 6:00pm
Red Carpet: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Event Concert Starts: 8:30pm
WHERE: The Academy LA 6021 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Media/Talent contact:  Yvette Morales, YM & Associates PR [email protected]
Mandarette

Mandarette

Mandarette Chinese Café

Seeing as 90 percent of independent restaurants close during their first year, and the rest usually average a five-year life span, Mandarette Chinese Café is obviously doing something right because this year, they’re celebrating their 35th anniversary. In this competitive business with slim margins, fickle diners and fluctuating ingredient costs, how does Mandarette Chinese Café do it?

According to the owner, Ken Yang and long-standing manager, Davy, it’s all about the relationships. In fact, the restaurant’s motto is: “treat the customers as you would your own family”.

This approach has built them a solid base of faithful neighborhood patronage. The ever-friendly Davy joked that Mandarette has seen 3 generations of clients. One family brought in their baby, and today, that baby brings his own children to the restaurant.

On top of great customer service and care, Mandarette Chinese Café serves traditional Chinese dishes with a modern flair. You’ve heard of Orange Chicken? Well, how about Strawberry Shrimp? This is a Mandarette signature menu item—cooked with their proprietary sweet and spicy strawberry sauce, and served with sliced strawberries and steamed broccoli. This unique dish is a customer favorite and highly recommended.

At this moment, Mandarette is offering their 35th Anniversary “Special Menu” of Sun Bay (three cups) Chicken, Aromatic Fiery Shrimps, Braised Beef Noodle Soup and Sichuan Poached Fish Fillet. Their regular menu is available too, which includes classics like Won Ton Soup, Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls, and tasty Pot Stickers.

Try the Bon Bon Chicken Salad served with cucumbers and peanut sauce, or the Lobster Noodle Mandarette Special—delicious and reasonably priced. Or Singapore Noodles— a good bet for curry lovers. Less spicy is the Chicken with Asparagus in black bean sauce, or for vegetarians how about Bok Choi with Shitake mushrooms: stir-fried with garlic or ginger. For dessert, the Green Tea Ice-cream is gulp-down good.

Besides beer and wine (of which there is a good selection) Mandarette also makes homemade Ginger Root Ale—a refreshing treat loaded with digestive enzymes. Healthy? Yes, because Mandarette makes everything from scratch and strives to be health conscious. Their Chinese food is lighter in the way it’s cooked and served. There are no thick heavy sauces, MSG, fillers, or unhealthy ingredients, and Mandarette also offers Gluten free options, including gluten free beer and even complete gluten free dinner events (more info about that on their website – mandarette)

And by the way, did you know that in China it is impolite to start eating before the elders at your table? Or did you know that Pu’er tea can last 100 years? Or that if you were going to meet with the Emperor you were expected to wear a traditional Chinese robe? And that one such robe is encased in glass and hangs on the wall of the Mandarette restaurant?

Go visit Mandarette Chinese Café where the warm, cheerful staff will feed you not only healthy, tasty dishes but also interesting, quirky stories, and make you feel 100% welcome.

Address:  8386 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Hours: 11:30AM—10:00PM Daily

Phone: (323) 655-6115

Duuple App Creator, Abby Frimpong, Wants to Use Social Media to Change the World

Duuple App Creator, Abby Frimpong, Wants to Use Social Media to Change the World

Social Media is at a point of evolution where the current heavy hitters  are creating new and innovative ways to experience their platforms. When you take the premise of social media and flip its purpose to create initiatives that can drive socially positive impact around the world, you have Duuple.  App developer and Entrepreneur, Abby Frimpong, wanted to change the game on how society uses social media by not only making it a fun user experience, but designing the app’s use to drive socially conscious movements for its users. Abby spoke with us to dive into Duuple’s purpose and why she was inspired to create this wonderful app.

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to create Duuple. 

Duuple was first designed and later launched in 2018 to encourage change in the world. Personally, Duuple has a special place in my heart. Having worked as a fundraiser in the nonprofit world, I consistently saw the gap between the haves and the have- nots. There was always another brilliant kid in need of a scholarship, another cancer patient to get to or another deadly accident caused by a forgotten landmine. Duuple to me was a way to bridge the gap- how can we give back, how can we empower people to leave a mark and to inspire change in a fun and meaningful way! At the heart of Duuple are millions of people who are looking to make a difference in the world around them, inspiring community action for users to participate in exciting challenges, donate to causes and advocate for issues that matter.

What is one piece of advice you have for others wanting to take the entrepreneurial leap in Los Angeles? 

My one piece of advice is “Do it and do your best.” You have nothing to lose. Worse comes to worst, you are where you are now, which is not bad.  You will always have a job. Someone will hire you. The last thing you want is years from now that you regret you didn’t try.

Do you have any local Los Angeles or Southern Calfornia spots that inspire you? 

Local Spots I find inspiring are The Getty Museum and Villa, Griffith Observatory but also just catching a sunset on any given day. California has many awe-inspiring spots.

How does Duuple work?

It’s simple. First, take a photo or video, upload it to the Duuple app and select the duration of the challenge. Next, decide the giveaway which could be a badge, prize or cash. Save the challenge and share it with your network and the Duuple community.

Want your friends to try to repeat that crazy tongue twister that only you think you can do? Challenge them on Duuple!

If you work with a brand or NGO that’s looking to connect with consumers on driving awareness to a new cause or new product? Create a challenge on Duuple.

New artists with a fun new way to debut their music? Create a challenge on Duuple.

These user-created challenges provide discoverability and virality –with immediate calls-to-action for fun and/or social good among friends. Whether it is just friends competing amongst each other or a charity raising funds, Duuple is a fun and interactive way to challenge your network and share hilarious and engaging content.

Anyone can launch a challenge with the charities we partner with. We have over 400 charities currently working with Duuple.

What do you see Duuple tackling next? 

Now that we have Duuple active as one of the most entertaining mobile apps being used in the US and Korea, we would like to introduce it to the rest of the world.  We have the Duuple Ambassadors program coming up which will allow Duuple to create its’ own influencers. Also, we have the Augmented Reality feature which is almost ready to be released which will take Duuple’s engagement to the next level.  There is a lot happening for me and Duuple. I am constantly traveling to new countries to inspire the adoption of Duuple overseas. I will continue leading Duuple to become one of the most successful apps in its genre. Duuple will continue spearheading social good through social media.

Anything else you want our audience to know about Duuple? 

When people come together, change happens and social media is a powerful tool for this to happen. If you’re reading this I’d like to challenge you to sign up for Duuple and use social media to help create that change in the world.

Duuple is available in the Apple Store HERE, and is available on Google Play HERE

To Learn more about Duuple, visit www.duuple.com

AltCar Expo 2019

AltCar Expo 2019

AltCar is the only event in the United States that gathers every single model of alternative technology (light-duty) vehicle available in one location and lets you enjoy a free test drive. A transportation show dedicated to alternative fuel vehicles, AltCar doesn’t just host exhibits of clean cars, they’ve been responsible for more direct alternative technology vehicle sales to both fleets, and the general public, than any other event in the state. Given that 52% of all Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) purchases are in California, the Altcar events are critical to keep building momentum and to promote mass awareness.

This past weekend, AltCar Santa Monica did just that by helping the general public discover all of the existing alternatives to the way we use energy and transportation. Hundreds of citizens came to test drive vehicles and speak with product specialists about the latest EV technology on the market.  “The AltCar and Electrification Expo is the leading venue for getting the public excited and energized about transitioning our community to carbon-neutrality, both in terms of zero-emission vehicles and buildings,” said Drew Johnstone, Sustainability Analyst for the City of Santa Monica. “AltCar is a strategic partner for the City of Santa Monica and helps push the needle forward in the City’s commitment to decarbonizing transportation and infrastructure.”

Tesla was, of course, a popular exhibitor and guests had the opportunity to test drive the Model 3, Model S and Model X. Tesla product specialists also discussed the Model Y, a crossover vehicle set to debut in 2020. I’m excited for that.

The Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell was another popular test drive vehicle, with many guests claiming to have never driven a fuel cell EV before. If you don’t know what a fuel cell EV is, you’re not alone. Click here for a good explanation from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 
After completing a test drive, Toyota offered guests the chance to build their own sustainability kit with eco-friendly and reusable items including a metal straw, produce bags, reusable ziplock bags, bamboo cutlery, and a cloth napkin.
 
A panel entitled “EV 101” overflowed with guests interested in switching to an EV. The panel explored the charging options on the market, installation costs and benefits, and rebates available for Santa Monica and Angelenos.
 
For those interested in not just clean cars but clean homes too, the “Building Electrification for the Home” panel focused on building (and retrofitting) homes to be zero-carbon and to minimize harmful indoor air pollutants.

The Altcar Exhibitors included:

  • Tesla
  • Nissan
  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Prius Prime
  • Toyota Santa Monica
  • VW Santa Monica
  • Zero SR/F
  • 1992 Mazda Miata EV Conversion
  • AQMD
  • Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
  • Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Santa Monica College
  • Southern California Edison

The Test-Drive Vehicles included:

  • Tesla Model 3
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Toyota Fuel Cell
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • VW e-Golf

The goal of Altcar is to motivate everyone to take action to support California’s groundbreaking clean car policies that are driving national and global change.

And in case you don’t know who the Union of Concerned Scientists are, they’re a group of nearly 250 scientists, analysts, policy and communication experts dedicated to solving our planet’s most pressing problems. They combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
Yay for them, and yay for Altcar!

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