Intelligentsia Coffee Celebrates Their 25 Year Anniversary

Intelligentsia Coffee Celebrates Their 25 Year Anniversary

It’s Fall, and you know what that means: hot cocoa, pumpkin spice everything, apple cider, and most importantly, hot coffee! This mood is just in time, too, as it’s the 25th anniversary of Intelligentsia Coffee! It’s a notable anniversary for third wave coffee as a whole, as the Chicago-based Intelligentsia is the first of the “big four” specialty coffee pioneers to reach a quarter century, and definitely a marking moment for Los Angeles’ coffee scene with their Silver Lake location back in 2007. 

In the years since they became part of the city, the influence they have had on LA coffee can be seen through an impressive “family tree” of folks who have passed through Intelligentsia and played a role in defining LA’s specialty coffee culture as one of the top/most unique in the world. To name a few — Charles Babinski and Kyle Glanville of Go Get Em’ Tiger, Tony Konecny of YesPLZdotcoffee, Michael Phillips of Blue Bottle Coffee (former co-founder of Handsome Coffee) and Tyler Wells of Nice Coffee (former co-founder of Handsome Coffee) have all indulged. 
Intelligentsia is doing several things to help celebrate with their customers. From October 2nd through October 8th, they will host an online warehouse sale, selling merchandise, one-off collaboration items and brewing equipment from their training labs. This includes, bikes from Heritage Bicycles, holiday sweaters, logo tees, Bonavita brewers, and LA-specific items like the Silver Lake 10-year anniversary t-shirt, and the Hollywood coffeebar mug.

On their actual anniversary — Friday, October 9th — they will sell a $25 coffee and mug bundle online and at their Silver Lake and Pasadena coffeebar locations. While only available on that day, both the mug and coffee bag will feature a limited-edition design that showcases old iterations of the Intelligentsia logo and hand drawn sketches from old Intelligentsia advertisements. Limited amounts are available, so get them while you can! Finally, Intelligentsia will also be giving away a free year of coffee; and, customers can enter to win at any Intelligentsia coffeebar on Oct. 9th! What a way to celebrate the cooler weather and holiday vibes!

Orbitz Teams Up with LGBTQIA+ Influencers & Stars to Highlight Top Queer-Friendly Destinations In Their Hometowns

Orbitz Teams Up with LGBTQIA+ Influencers & Stars to Highlight Top Queer-Friendly Destinations In Their Hometowns

This year has been a whirlwind, with many of the things we’re used to being cancelled, delayed, and still up in the air as we move nearer to a year since the pandemic began. One of the big yearly in-person events that many people in Los Angeles look forward to every June, PRIDE, never really happened this year. Thankfully, in honor of October’s LGBTQIA+ History Month, Orbitz alongside leading LGBTQIA+ Influencers, including Lance Bass, Todrick Hall, and 5 others — are highlighting the best queer-friendly destinations and businesses in their hometowns via Orbitz’s new LGBTQIA Microsite. Unlocking hidden hometown gems, these creators take us on a journey from boutique hotels to LGBTQ+-friendly churches, and everywhere in between. 

While we are still at home, navigating travel’s new normal, these local tours will inspire new places to fall in love with in your backyard, and help support LGBTQIA-friendly business. Finding new ways to celebrate this community during the month and throughout the year, Orbtiz’s #HappyPlace works to transport people to destinations, businesses and important points of interest that rally the community and remind us what’s at stake this year.

Feeling inspired? In honor of customers who refer a friend to book future travel on Orbitz during the month of October, Orbitz will make a donation of $5,000 to support The Trevor Project’s life-saving work. “There’s something really uplifting in sharing your ‘happy place’ with the world and reminding us all what’s at stake this year – now more than ever,” says Marketing Director, Carey Malloy. “Despite these unsettling times, Orbitz remains committed to finding new ways to celebrate this community, during LGBTQ History month and throughout the year.”

Below, are some of the most unique LGBTQIA+ favorites from Orbitz’s partners’ must-visit lists, to check off your bucket list. For Orbitz’s and their partners’ full lists and city itineraries, visit Orbitz’s new LGBTQIA Microsite!

Must-Visit List

  • Lance Bass, Los Angeles, California

    • Vanderpump Dogs –  There is nothing that I love more than dogs. My favorite place to get my puppy fix is at Vanderpump Dogs. They have rescued well over 1,000 dogs including my own two Chip and Dale!

    • Mondrian Los Angeles –  It has been my go-to place to host friends and family that visit for years. My husband Michael and I are regulars at the open air SkyBar which has the most amazing views of the city. If you need an oasis in this big city, this is definitely it.

    • Rocco’s WeHoRocco’s WeHo is the newest and most popular edition to the neighborhood. What I love about it is the most inclusive bar and restaurant on the planet!

  • Toddrick Hall, Dallas, Texas

    • Cathedral of Hope – A vibrant, inclusive and progressive congregation, it is the largest predominantly LGBTQ church in the world. Everyone is welcomed and greeted with warmth and acceptance. 

    • Round Up Saloon – Round up saloon is the epitome of Texas and was the first place I saw gay men line dancing. 

    • Pink Dolphin Monument – Located in R.A. Apffel Park/East Beach on Galveston Island, Pink Dolphin Monument is dedicated to celebrating gender and sexuality minority communities. 

  • Chris Rhodes, Austin, Texas

    • Austin Motel – Queer-woman owned, this is a super cute boutique hotel with rainbow photo-ops at their shop, neon lights in the carport driveway area, iconic signs and a retro pool area. 

    • Cheer Up Charlies – Cheer Up is not located off of 4th street, but it’s still one of the most fun and most queer spaces in town. If you ever happen to be in Austin on a night that they’re having their Neon Rainbows event run by DJ Boi Orbison (a local queer/trans DJ), you are in for a 90’s country night you didn’t know you always needed. 

    • Pennybacker Bridge (360 Bridge) – Also known as the 360 bridge, this landmark is located atop a short hike with an overlook that is breathtaking. This is a very Austin-y place to get outdoors, take your pup, and snag a photo to show all your friends the endless Texas skies. 

  • Allie + Sam, Miami. Florida 

    • A Drag Show at The PalaceA Drag Show at the Palace is a must-see! You’ll be laughing until you cry! We loved going for dinner, too.

    • Biscayne Bay – There’s nothing like sailing along the waters, cruising by all the fancy homes, and sipping on some rosé at sunset! The perfect activity to relax and get a totally unique view of Miami. 

    • Holi Vegan Kitchen – This is a must-stop spot for any plant based travellers out there! Get ready to have the best lunch ever that could fool any meat-eater; I wish we could have ordered one of everything on the menu.