by Dennis Richardson | Apr 26, 2023
If you love art and need something to do on an upcoming weekend, there’s a new gallery worth checking out!
On April 20th, Tappan Collective opened their doors to their second show, APEIRON, at their brick and mortar gallery on Melrose Ave — the perfect weekend activity for lovers of all things art and design! The gallery is noteworthy — not just for its location — but due to the unique and memorable pieces that are available for purchase. Ranging in value, Tappan Collective offers $300 shipping credit for first time orders, as well.
Chelsea Neman Nassib at Tappan Collective
Ultimately designed as a re-imagined alternative to the typical “white cube” gallery, the space emulates a sense of comfort and discovery like no other before.
As an artist and a storyteller herself, founder Chelsea Neman Nassib’s goal of taking her online gallery to brick-and-mortar was to help customers visualize how and why the creators make what they do through a story of their own. Their newest show ‘Apeiron’ – Greek for ‘that which is unlimited’ – features a diverse range of works that express the energy of life and the importance of uninhibited creativity.
Tappan Collective invites everyone to immerse themselves in this collection that celebrates optimism, creativity and artistic expression.
Located at 8200 Melrose Ave, participating artists in this exhibition include, Ali Beletic, Brian Merriam, Brianna Lance, Bryce Wymer, Georgia Elrod, Hannah Carrick, Helen Rebekah Garber, Michael Wall, Michael DeSutter, Qhamanande Maswana, and Tyler Guinn. The Apeiron Collection is available for viewing until June 10, 2023.
by Randy Dunbar | Apr 24, 2023
The view is one from the eyes of a crane operator—high above the construction of the new LACMA new building, bridging the North & South campuses over Wilshire Blvd , construction well underway.” A job not for all, but the views are spectacular.
by Dennis Richardson | Apr 21, 2023
As an expert in all things Italy, Patty’s Civalleri’s travel books are a must-have for any traveler looking to experience the hidden gems of Italy beyond the typical tourist destinations. If you’re prepping to secure your tickets to travel abroad, here’s an opportunity to learn why Florence, Rome, and Venice should not just be on your list of places to see, but why Italy is the premiere destination of 2023!
Unlike any other travel books, Patty’s books go deep into must-see places that the average tour guide may not know about or may not have much knowledge of. Even better, her books don’t just tell you to “go to see the Colosseum in Rome” — instead, they provide an immersive experience that allows travelers to journey off the beaten path and discover the miracles of the Italian landscape. Patty believes that you, the traveler, should lay claim to your favorite site, so you’ll never read about her mentioning her own favorites in any of her books. The reality is that Patty’s deep love for these places in Italy makes each entry in the collection a favorites list from beginning to end.
As an archaeologist, historian, and photographer, Patty offers a unique perspective that takes your discovery of Italy to the next level. Her collection features includes a Spinicity Board, an easy spin board that makes travel easier by removing the indecisiveness that may occur when deciding what to visit and experience in over 100 cities. Gone are the days of boring old travel reading, as we embrace Patty Civalleri’s modern take on learning, discovering, and falling in love with destinations abroad!
Below, you’ll learn a ton about Patty and what makes Italy such a highlight destination, while also having a few laughs, and falling in love with her charm as she schools us in all things Italy!
Q&A With Patty Civalleri
Q: Hi Patty! Let’s dive in with some details about you. Where are you from, and what made you want to become an author?
P.C.: I am a California girl raised on a ranch in Livermore, California. My dad was a writer for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and of us 5 kids, I was the only one that took to writing. I’ve been writing all of my life in one form or another. I began my adult life in what was later to become Silicon Valley. Whether my job was tech support or marketing, I was always asked to write.
Many of my pieces were published in some of the (long bygone) early technology mags & rags. I held columns in a variety of specialty magazines over the years as well. Later when I joined the Director’s Council of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, I had already added photography to my bag of skills. I spent nearly two decades traveling the world with renowned archaeologists in search of lost and ancient cultures, photographing and writing for their needs. So by the time I began writing books, I was no stranger to the world of writing. Book publishing, however, was a completely different story. My, how the world of book publishing has changed since my dad taught me about it when I was a girl!
Q: What was the most important thing for you to capture in your books: educating readers, not missing the magic of any location, or something else?
P.C.: With the institute, we traveled the globe many times over. For each destination we explored, I would hunt and search out books that would give me a running start in understanding the local culture, and the history, to learn what makes the local people the way they are. I didn’t have the luxury of plodding through heavy academic texts before each trip, I merely wanted something that a mere mortal could get through. In the world of travel, these kinds of books are pretty much non-existent.
Sure, there are plenty of travel books that tell you about where to stay, where to eat, where to shop, and where to stop. But I wanted something deeper: something that would take me beneath the modern surface of the local culture, and send me careening back into their deep past: where did they originally come from? Who were their historical leaders? How did the climate and location affect their food & dwellings? What were their major historical plights that have carved the scars on the souls of who they are today? We all have those historical/cultural scars, and I wanted to know what made the people in each destination unique. So why couldn’t I find books that were created for the consumer market that filled the gaping hole between surface consumerism and academic depth?
This is precisely what I wanted to capture in my books. UCLA taught me to grasp a history, take it apart, and put it back together in a way that is digestible for eager, curious consumers. I wanted to write the kind of travel books for the curious mind that wants a deeper and more fulfilling experience with their destination than the typical travel books will take them. And as a big portion of the consuming market is asking for deeper experiences, I see many of the other books trying to give it to them, but they are missing the mark – lacking a key ingredient. What is it? Well now, I can’t tell you that, as that is my secret sauce!
Q: You were very clever in providing different ways to consume the information within each book — each varying in the volume of detail, photographic visuals, and somewhere in-between. How did you come up with this ingenious way of ensuring even the most time-pressed readers could have a method to take it all in?
P.C.: Wow… it sounds like you really read my books! Without giving too much of my recipe away, it was obvious to me that everyone absorbs information in different ways. Especially when they are in a ‘casual’ vacation mode. Some want a deep dive, and some simply want to skim. I simply stitched the information together to accommodate three different ways of getting to the heart of each topic.
Q: What inspired you to write about Italy and specifically, Florence, Rome, and Venice?
P.C.: Truly, it was unintentional. I love ancient countries. Egypt, the Middle East, Asia, etc. But of the hundreds of places that I have visited, the one place that continued to be difficult to leave was Florence. I have no clue as to why. No other place tugged at me to return like Florence did. I had been back to visit her a couple of times, but I always had that same ‘heartbreak’ each time I left to go home. So one day, I packed my stuff, got an Airbnb, and headed off to Florence for a couple of months. And boy, did I fall in love! I called my husband and said, I don’t know what it is, but this city has such a compelling story. Get on a plane and get here as fast as you can.
The two of us proceeded to do the deep dive in this little town, and didn’t come up until it was time once again to go home. When I got back to California, I organized my photos and notes, threw in some graphic design and common sense, and added all of the things that I couldn’t ever find in other travel books, and — Voilà — I had a wonderful product in my hands. And it felt SO GOOD! As you know, when something feels so good, you can’t just stop at one, right? (Wink!)
Q: Can you share your favorite hidden gem in each city that most tourists might not know about?
P.C.: One of the things that I think about when I travel is what is interesting to one person may not be very important to the next. That is why I do not put myself into my books. Your journey has to be your own, not mine. Has a friend ever raved about a fantastic experience or place they ate on their trip? Then when you got there, it just wasn’t the same for you? I don’t really point out favs in my books – each book is actually cram-packed with my favs. Travelers must decide their [favorites] for themselves.
So given that… in Venice, it’s hard to imagine going underground in a city that was built up from floating marshes. But there are a couple of churches with tombs underneath them. How, you ask? And all throughout the Venetian streets are symbols left over from a thousand years ago, when people couldn’t read or write. What do they say? All I can say is that you have to read the book. (Especially page 118. LOL!)
In Florence, there is a small carving of a man’s face right out in the open. It was scratched into the wall by Michelangelo one day when he was bored. In a major Piazza, there is a plaque in the ground in the exact spot where a religious zealot was hanged then burned because his perspective angered the Pope in Rome. Among other things, the plaque says (in Latin) “We shall never forget.” You may have heard of “The Bonfire of the Vanities?” This is that original chilling story, and it is nicely covered in my Florence book.
In Rome, they have some incredibly cool things inside many of their archaeological and historical sites. They use technology to catapult visitors back a couple of thousand years. And it’s really good! For example, in the Forum, there is a little door that you can go down underground. Yes, underneath the Forum. You descend into Emperor Nero’s home. Remember the guy that supposedly ‘fiddled while Rome burned’? (By the way, that never happened.) His living room is an underground cave-like space with rocks, boulders, and remnants of broken painted tiles around you. You sit on a rock and don 3D Virtual Reality glasses and boom! Suddenly, the room around comes to life: the gorgeous walls rise up, fabulous mosaics cover the floor, you can hear water as fountains appear all around you. You are now in Nero’s living room! Today’s technology actually puts the visitors smack dab into the middle of ancient history! The biggest section of my Rome book is on these incredible ancient sites, many of which utilize technology to tell their stories. So in Rome, forget the “Top 10” sites. My books will show you a Rome that is far more interesting than a mere fountain or a staircase!
Q: How exactly did you determine which destinations to write about?
P.C.: If you are asking about how I chose each site? That’s easy. I chose them all. I began with the top sites in each city and was left feeling unsatisfied. So I kept going. I found over 100 sites in each of the cities, most of which are more interesting or exciting than most of the typical top 10 sites.
Take Rome, for example. It’s important to remember how those sites were defined. They were defined by Hollywood movies in the 20th century: “3 Coins in a Fountain,” “Ben Hur,” “Spartacus,” “Cleopatra,” “The God Father,” “Roman Holiday,” etc. Some are popular because a starlet fell in love or made a wish. And some are popular because they are truly incredible. That is why I was left feeling unsatisfied after seeing the top sites. Many didn’t have much depth outside of the movies. I figured that Rome has been around for 2,700 years. Surely they must have left behind more than a few sites. And boy, was I right! Rome has left behind a whole trove of incredible sites. And more are being excavated by today’s top archaeologists today. So, to simply see an arena, a fountain, a church, a staircase and call it a trip is doing Rome – and yourself – a huge injustice.
Q: What do you think sets Florence, Rome, and Venice apart from other cities in Italy, in terms of their cultural and historical significance?
P.C.: Rome: Well, we know all about her Emperors – or at least a few. And the fact that they conquered most of Western Europe, including France, Spain, and England. Also Turkey, and Egypt and all of the little countries around the Mediterranean. They had a high level of literacy, they hugely supported art, music, philosophy and architecture… The Gladiators and Chariot races, Caesar and Cleopatra. The Romans brought Catholicism to the Empire. And when those Romans fell, they fell hard, plunking the West into the ‘Dark Ages.’ That meant that hundreds of thousands of pieces of great writings, paintings and sculptures were buried deep under the soil. Gorgeous buildings were torn down, and literacy was no more. Speaking of Catholicism, what about all those Popes? OMG – their stories will curl your toes! Much of what they built is still seeable today.
Venice was a major power of Western Europe for over 800 years! They lived on islands and therefore made the best fleet of ships than any other power in Europe. They had the biggest and strongest naval fleet on the water, and they controlled all trade going into and out of Europe. Which included ALL trade between Africa and Europe. They created the Silk Road and collected taxes for every thing that was traded between Europe and China. If a country wanted to fight another country on the water, they would hire Venetian boats and crew to assist. Even the Crusades hired Venetian boats when they (France) wanted to attack Turkey in the name of the Church. Venice owned the entire coastline of Northern Italy all around the Dalmatian Coastline and even all of Greece, Crete and in towards Istanbul. It was considered the chic-est place to be seen in all of Europe. The place to own property. The place from which to receive a party invitation. Their language is different – it is not Italian, and their food is not Italian. It is seafood (they’re an island, remember?) mixed with some French and Austrian, just to name a few culinary influences. Venice was truly her own country for nearly 1,300 years. So why weren’t we taught this in school?!? And why do we expect her to be ‘Italian-like’ when we go to visit her? Whew, what a cool story! We have so much to learn, eh?
Now, Florence is ALL ABOUT the Renaissance. The story of the Renaissance is one of the most compelling – and important – stories in all of Western Europe. Period. Because if it never happened, we might all still be living in the tremendously scary ‘Dark Ages.’ A bunch of artists and writers, funded by the Medici family, created a movement with their art that was so powerful that it became the voice of a population that had no voice of their own. This population was what we know as Western Europe, and that movement became known as The Renaissance. It was this ‘freedom of thinking’ movement that dragged the West out of the ‘Dark Ages’ and into the light of Freedom. So, if you think you are uncomfortable and unhappy living in today’s cushy-comfy time, think again. Because those Medieval ‘Dark Ages’ were so frightening that I don’t believe many Americans would have survived well at all. It’s all about perspective. Get some.
Q: What are some common misconceptions that travelers have about Italy?
P.C.: There are many, but the one that is the most common has to do with food. You see, Americans think that we know all about Italian food. But we know all about Americanized Italian food, and food created based on Italian preferences, but I am aghast when I am in Italy and I overhear how Americans order food. For example, there is no such thing as Fettuccine Alfredo. That was invented in the US. If someone serves it to you in Italy, know that you are in a tourist venue, not an Italian restaurant. Italians do not put meat on their pizzas. But some places may do it for Americans. We do understand that Italians are very proud of their recipes. So why do we get obnoxious when they refuse to put meat on our pizza? How about pasta in general? In Italy, pasta is an early course. We serve our whole meal on one plate, Italians enjoy breaking up each thing on a plate into a course.
So pasta would be what we consider to be a little side dish, like perhaps mashed potatoes. The main course always includes a meat or fish, and fresh-picked veggies, either cooked or raw. What do Americans do? We have taken that little side dish, tripled its amount, and made it into the whole meal. Carbs. Then we throw in a bunch of bread and butter with it. Super carbs. (Is there a wonder that we are the most obese country in the world?) Just like in America, food is regional. You know how we have Southern food, New York food, New England food, etc? Italy is no different. So much of Tuscany is inland farming areas. Pork/boar is huge in Tuscany, and beef. Sicily is all about farming, so all of their meals include a healthy amount of vegetables. They have also been owned in the past by Spain, Turkey, you name it. So their food is heavily influenced by these other countries. Venice is an island, so seafood is huge. They were also conquered by France and Austria back in the day, so you will find their food is more by the North than by Italy in the South.
The best way to eat in Italy is to find a nice dark, probably un-windowed little restaurant, and go in. Keeping your voice at a polite volume (Americans have a reputation of being way too loud in public), ask the waiter to recommend what the cook would like to serve today. Period. Try it. If you don’t love it, don’t go back. If you love it, stay and sit and stay and enjoy. Italians are so happy that you chose their restaurant and so flattered that you love their food, that they are happy to host you for hours. Unlike the tourist traps that give you the check immediately, and begin pushing you out as soon as it appears that you have taken your last bite. Contrarily, that little dark Italian family restaurant will NEVER bring the check to you. You must ask for it. Sometimes repeatedly. Because giving you the check is tantamount to them asking you to leave. This would be horribly rude to ask you to leave if you are enjoying your meal and their ambience. I could go on about eating in Italy and how different it is to everything we have been taught. But I’ve been told that this is an article – not a book! (LOL!)
Q: How have Venice’s struggles with sea level rise, overcrowding due to tourism, and recently, drought, affected your outlook of the city personally?
P.C.: Let me separate that into two different questions:
1. Sea Level: Venice has been struggling with sea level issues since the 1970s because they dredged the bottom of the entrance lagoon to make it much deeper and wider to accommodate the entry of Cruise Ships. The many tiny islands that make up Venice were man-made on top of swampy marshy areas in the lagoon. By their very nature, they are fragile. Allowing so much more water to flow into the lagoon filled it too high, bringing the surrounding waters up into the streets of the islands. They eventually brought in an outside company to create sets of underwater ‘gates’ that would open and close based on the tides, thereby not allowing waters from high tides to flood their streets. That hasn’t worked very well yet, and it is quite controversial as to whether it ever will.
Additionally, the December monsoon conditions bring huge winds up from Africa in the South which pushes the waters of the Adriatic Sea to the North. And what is at the north end of the Adriatic? Venice. These monsoons have occurred annually forever, so the locals are quite used to it. The media makes an unusually big deal out of it every single year because frankly, it sells. And each year, they get a jaw-dropping photo that gets boosted all around the world. The ‘draught’ thing is the exact same situation: the waters in the lagoon recede all the time. Just like the California coastline, sometimes more than other times. They didn’t experience a ‘drought’ like it said in the papers. That condition lasted about a day, then the waters returned, and Venice was normal again. Yes, indeed they have water issues that will forever plague them. But people must stop believing that Venice is doomed to sink any minute now.
2. Overcrowding: This is such a huge issue in Venice that most of the locals have moved away from Venice. In the 1950’s, the population was approximately 175,000. Today, a mere 51,000 people still reside in Venice. And the number is still declining every single year. The island is now primarily made up of retail stores, tourist restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals. Most of the restaurants are large brass-and-glass places that do not cook traditional Venetian food, and they have also gained the reputation of severely over-charging customers. By and large, the gift shops on the beaten path sell cheap knock-offs of Venetian treasures. Visitors don’t really understand that the soul of Venice includes a deep pride in their artisanal goods, such as hand-blown glass items, carved wood items, and such. The cheap knock-offs have become so normal as take-home souvenirs that the tolerance for the higher prices for the authentic Venetian goods are not well accepted by tourists.
Visitors to the floating city are not taught much about Venice. In fact, when I went there to research the city, I was shocked at the lack of depth of widely available materials. Giant cruise ships would pile into the port, sometimes 15 – 20 in a single day, unloading thousands of passengers per ship. The passengers would have around 3-5 hours to visit the city, then they would have to reboard the ship to leave the Island. Sadly, tens of thousands of people would flood the island, go straight to St. Mark’s Square, pass through the miles of shopping storefronts, get to the top of the Rialto Bridge, grab a quick bite then make their way back to the ship.
The damage caused (litter, wear and tear, petty crimes) by this exorbitant number of visitors every single day is extremely costly to the city. It might be better if people would stay longer and spend money, but the cruise industry doesn’t often allow long stops in these port cities. The damage far outweighs the benefits to the city. Since I was there, the city has restricted large cruise ships from docking directly on the island. They must dock on the mainland and passengers must take extra transportation to get to the island. This was enacted during Covid, so it is still early to understand the ramifications if any.
With all of that said… Venice is a fabulous piece of history that sits patiently in a glistening lagoon. Her buildings are still beautiful, managing to keep the unique mixture of Moorish, Roman and Venetian architecture. Graffiti covers the outsides of the buildings, but the Venetians never took the outside of their buildings very seriously. This is because outside building maintenance requires equipment over water which has always been tremendously expensive. But the insides? Palaces!!! I will forever harbor a special love for Venice and will always know that she allowed me in, to gain a rare inside knowledge of her past and her secrets, and to teach me her whispered language. Why people aren’t taught to take a closer, slower look through Venice is something I will never get. Alas…
Q: How has tourism changed the experience of visiting these cities in recent years — especially since COVID — and how do you see it evolving in the future?
P.C.: As I write this, Covid is still going on in most parts of Europe. But I think that the nearly 3-year break in travel has been a golden opportunity to re-imagine travel. How to go slower, rather than speed traveling. How to go deeper to connect better with the culture, rather than merely eating & drinking one’s way through their vacation, then leaving. This mindful way of approaching travel is good at so many levels, both for us as well as the destinations. We have been taught that speeding through as many cities as we can cram into a few days is a way to save money. But I disagree. I think that because there is no time to make a connection, we come away with prematurely formed decisions about these places, judgements.
To me, that is counter intuitive to the reasons why we travel to begin with. My generation is the very first generation to have the freedom to roam the world at our whim. The first humans to be able to visit other times, places, and cultures whenever we want to. EVER, in the history of humankind. It seems wasteful that we wouldn’t want to take it slowly, absorb all that is new and different, and gain a glorious perspective of our place on this Earth and in history. And return home with a newborn love and gratitude for this place in this country where we are now. Perspective.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who is visiting Italy for the first time and feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of things to see and do in these three cities?
P.C.: Take the time to do a little bit of research before your trip. If you are the person just described in this question, you will surely get swept up in the mobs, and get dragged into every tourist trap, speed through, and over-pay for everything. If you don’t believe me, try to estimate the number of people in those crowded places, cities, and sites. Most of those people are part of the crowd because they too did not do a little research before their trip either, and are now in it with you.
Q: What are some other cities you’d like to cover in future books?
P.C.: Stay tuned. 😉
And there you have it! You can get your hands on Patty Civalleri’s travel books here!
by Dennis Richardson | Apr 20, 2023
Co-Writer: Anthony C. Stafford
Update (4/26/23): Story has been updated after trying Fogo de Chão’s new Dry-Aged Meat Cabinet offerings.
If you’re near Woodland Hills, get ready to amp up the date night routine! Recently, Fogo de Chão celebrated their grand opening, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and words from all of the incredible team members who make the Brazilian dining experience what it is today: esteemed, transcendent, and irresistible.
We had the pleasure of visiting Fogo de Chão Woodland Hills, where we were treated to far more than our stomachs could realistically handle in one evening, but what our minds are sure to never forget. The new Woodland Hills location captures the modernity of today’s interior standards, while somehow accomplishing the exposed-yet-sheltered feeling of a covered outdoor feeling. The high ceilings and large windows gave the restaurant an airy and spacious feel, allowing plenty of natural light to flow in and create an inviting atmosphere. Meanwhile, in the middle of the restaurant, complementing the bar, was the signature Market Table overflowing with top-quality fresh produce, seafood, greens, and charcuterie.
The hot menu side options included Pão de Queijo, soft and cheesy rolls that melt in the mouth; Queijo Assado, a fire-roasted Brazilian cheese topped with Malagueta honey — adding a sweet and tangy twist to the dish; Farofa, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Caramelized Bananas. The meat offerings featured a seemingly endless variety, including Lamb Picanha (Cordeiro), Pork Ribs (Costela de Porco), Chicken (Frango), Double Bone-in Pork (Bisteca de Porco), Pork Loin (Lombo), and more.
If you’ve ever been to a Fogo location, you may be familiar with the red/green card system, which indicates that you would not like to receive more, or would like to receive more cuts of meat, respectively. Juicy, flavorful, and tender are the default here, while the servers are your best friends — knowledgeable about each cut of meat, its preparation, and adding a personal touch to the dining experience.
Dessert options were all enticing, with Molten Chocolate Cake, Tres Leches Cake, and Crème Brûlée – a vanilla bean custard with caramelized sugar topping and fresh berries – yet, the full menu offers even more, complete with Açaí Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, and Papaya Cream. All perfectly divine ways to end an exquisite meal!
This month, Fogo de Chão is introducing their new Dry-Aged Meat Cabinets, which feature premium cuts that are dry-aged for a minimum of 42 days, creating the tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. While most other steakhouses purchase meat already dry-aged, everything served at Fogo is the only one that dry-ages in-house for a minimum of 21 days for wet-aged meat cuts, and a minimum of 42 days for their dry-aged premium cuts, creating that tender and delicious flavor Fogo is known for.
We also had the opportunity to give these new offerings a try, and it’s incredible to think that Fogo continues to elevate the bar even higher! The 21-day wet-aged meats that many may be accustomed to from Fogo de Chão are known for their tender, juicy signatures. But the 42-day dry-aged meats deliver even more robust flavor profiles – all while maintaining the signature expectations. A delicate balance of expectation meets familiarity as Fogo shines in what they do best, coupled with their house wines that have a pairing for every palate’s favorites.
It’s always a good time for Fogo de Chão, even if you’re on the most limiting of diets. A fun tidbit for those who don’t know, we were also informed that you can come into Fogo and shop their cuts of meat! Add friendly neighborhood butcher to the growing list of amazing things you can get from here! From vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan options, to everything in-between, Fogo remains one of the restaurant industry’s leading examples of what makes this Brazilian dining experience stand out and above others, as they continuously make donations to feed local communities in need.
by Dennis Richardson | Apr 19, 2023
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● $12-$25 (price varies by market)
Monogram OG Handroll
The first product of its kind, The OG Handroll takes inspiration from the smoke experience of a premium cigar, but implements a proprietary roll technique allowing the flower to burn slowly and evenly for multiple sessions. Highly trained artisan rollers break the flower down by hand, and roll using a time-honored process that was specially architected by MONOGRAM’s Culture & Cultivation Ambassador, DeAndre Watson. A complex blend of tropical fruit with a skunky finish. A smooth high allowing you to move throughout your day.
● Price: $50.00
The Hemper Box (Subscription)
Hemper is your all-in-one destination for all things cannabis! Discover new premium smoking products, name brand collab items, and exclusive celebrity collaboration products found only in our monthly boxes. You can choose between our classic month-to-month, prepaid 3, 6, or 12 month subscription plans, or fully customize your delivery frequency. Each box comes with core monthly essentials, a few surprise items, and a brand new glass piece, and limited edition collaborations with the best brands on the market and celebrities helps to keep things fresh.
● Hand curated 10+ items every month to pack in your Hemper Boxes, worth $125+ dollars
● Price: $39.99 / shipment
Hemper Quick Hitter
The Quick Hitter is the perfect solution for the avid user who cannot always travel with their coveted glass pieces. Available in packs of 2, Quick Hitters are multipurpose one hitters that have a squeeze activated flavor with real fruit terpenes ranging from banana, blueberry, mango, watermelon and grape. Just squeeze the end until you hear a pop to release the flavor.
● Price: $15.99
Edie Parker Ice Pipes
BRR, BABY, BRR! Meet the Chillest Collection yet! Whether you’re hitting the slopes or taking it on the rocks, these pipes are a flawless way to break the ice. Cut from borosilicate glass in bold geometric shapes and striking colors, the Ice Collection stands cool on a bar or fresh in your hand.
● Ice Pipe: $115
● Ice Pipe, Baby: $85
Sackville Signature Grinder
Remember that grinder your ex had in college? Well, this is not that. The 4-Tier Signature Grinder in radiant silver makes a statement – with four tiers including a mesh kief screen, kief bowl and diamond-sharp teeth for the perfect fluffy ground flower, it will outperform all others too. Get a grinder who can do both, you deserve it.
● Price: $40.00
Dogwalkers Show Dog Infused Cannabis Pre-Rolls
Made with wholehearted affection, Dogwalkers are cannabis pre-rolls inspired by the simple pleasure of leisurely strolls with our special four-legged friend, Bailey. Much like any award-worthy doggo, Dogwalkers Show Dog infused pre-rolls are top-of-the-class companions. We start with premium flower harvested at peak freshness, then infuse each Show Dog with best-in-show crumble, raising these pups to another level of potency. Power and portability make a Show Dog perfect for elevated journeys that are all about new experiences and new heights. With .45g Mini Dogs (for a total of 2.25g per 5-pack) and 1g Big Dogs, you can grab the ideal size for that next elevated adventure.
● Price (at RISE IL Stores): $30 1g Big Dogs; and $50 5pk 2.25g Mini Dogs
Goody Glass– Cupcake Sprinkle Bubbler
It may not be for eating, but it looks delicious! Spice up your glass collection with something unique and collectible! Goody Glass presents Goody Goodies — a series of food and emoji inspired glass pipes made to add some fun and color into your routine. Sure to spark up an appetite!
● Price: $59.99
1988 Pre-Rolled Cannabis Blunts
The 1988 pre-rolled 1 gram blunts are packed full of 4Front Ventures’ choice nugs, rolled into Futurola tobacco-free cones and are available in single dube tubes. The filterless, slow-burning blunts are available in a variety of strains and flavors designed to enhance each flavor profile and user experience.
● Price: $16.00
Kind Tree Candy Store Pre-Rolls
Rich earth, clean water and pure air come together to make Kind Tree a unique and memorable cannabis experience. Candy Store is a super rare and evenly balanced hybrid strain known for its flavor, created through crossing the delicious Lemon Berry Candy OG and Ethos Cookies #16 strains. Yum!
Kind Tree Rosebud Pre-Rolls
This isn’t your typical bouquet. Whether you’re paired up or dancing alone, these rosebud pre-rolls make the perfect gift for that special someone who lights you up. Each pre-roll is hand rolled with 1g of Kind Tree flower, hand-picked and selected to be perfectly enveloped in a smooth and velvety rose petal. Our rosebuds are 100% organic with no synthetic colors or dyes. Available at all 3 New Jersey Apothecarium Dispensaries starting Saturday 2/11. Only while supplies last.
● Price: $25
Rhythm Queen Cola Flower
Rythm is letting the cannabis community know that size DOES matter with a limited drop of its Queen Cola this 4/20. The “Cola” refers to the top of the cannabis plant where the biggest and baddest bud clusters can be found – and because only the female cannabis plant yields smokable flower, it was only fitting that we crowned this jewel our queen. Available only at Rise stores, the Queen Cola is intended to deliver about 14g of majestic green goodness packed up into one very “Instagrammable” package.
● Price: $115 – $125 (varies by market)
Sackville Playboy 70th Anniversary Platinum Smoking Collection
Launching on the high holiday of 4/20, contemporary cannabis accessories brand Sackville & Co. has created a Platinum Smoking Collection for Playboy in celebration of its 70th ‘platinum’ anniversary. The two-piece collection includes Sackville’s best-selling Crystal Ball Pipe in an exclusive chrome colorway with Playboy icon, as well as a super limited-edition Playboy x Sackville branded Silver Charm Case inspired by retro cigarette cases. The collection will be available on 4/20 via sackville.co – collaborations are known to sell out quickly so mark your calendars!
● Chrome Crystal Ball Pipes – $112
● Silver Charm Cases – $200
Founded by Amber Senter, Disco Jays are rolled with hash-infused indoor-grown cannabis flower and coated with THCA diamonds to pack a potent punch, an uplifting effect, and a beautiful shiny shimmer on the exterior. Available in single 1 gram and 5-0.5gram packs, Disco Jays are perfect for solo smoking or sharing at a party.
Grassroots Diamond Infused Pre-Rolls
For the cannasseur looking to kick up their high with an added level of ease, these boosted pre-rolls feature our finely ground Grassroots bud with a dusting of THCA Diamonds for a higher shine. No need for a dab rig or to roll your own. We got you. Available as 1g singles or a 5pk of 0.4g short rolls, they’re ideal for the more seasoned cannabis user.
● Price: $50 (5pk)
Dime Bag Liquid Infused Pre-Rolls
Introducing Dime Bag’s new 3 Pack Infused Liquid Diamonds Pre-rolls to provide an elevated experience through higher potency, still at an affordable price! Natural, true to flower flavor experience 3 Pack makes it shareable and pocket size makes it a great on-the-go option. Difference from Distillate to Diamonds: Whole bud cannabis is flash frozen at its peak and live resin is extracted. This live resin, which maintains the closest expression of the flower’s terpenes, smell and strain’s entourage effect is converted to THCa as it begins to crystallize.
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These crystals are known as diamonds. THCa diamond, which typically contains 96-99% pure THCa; giving the resulting product the name Liquid Diamonds. The infused pre rolls are great for anyone looking for super potent, pure and flavorful joints. If you like cannabis oil (distillate) infused pre-rolls for their tasty flavor and high THC percentages, liquid diamond infused Dime Bag prerolls will elevate experience without breaking the bank. They’re cannabis for the people, for the people who just want to get high and have fun.
“All of Dime Bag’s flower is grown in sunny California using organic nutrients and soil. It’s brought to you at an affordable price because paying too much is lame. So spark it, smoke it, pass it, and let’s get high!”
Drinks & Edibles
MXXN Non-Alcoholic, THC-infused Spirits
Prefer to sip your cannabis, rather than smoke it? Breaking up with alcohol? MXXN (pronounced ‘moon’) is the cannabis industry’s first 1:1 non-alcoholic replacement for gin, tequila and bourbon, making it the perfect sub for a 420 twist on your favorite cocktails. MXXN’s Kentucky Oak can take the place of bourbon, London Dry for gin or the Jalisco Agave for tequila.
● Price: $79.99/750 mL bottle
With a microdose of 2mg of THC and 4mg of CBD, Cann is designed for you to easily consume more than one without hitting that ‘too high’ feeling you may get with smoking pure flower or consuming an edible. No more uncomfortable experiences, electrolyte depletions, poor sleep, or headaches – just a controlled buzz! Even better, Cann comes in both a cannabis-derived and hemp-derived offering. The hemp-derived offering falls below 0.3% of THC, making it legal to ship directly to a plethora of states!
● For 420, Cann has expanded their starter pack to include their seasonal favorite Ginger Lemongrass offering.
Landrace Origins Coffee
How about a little pick-me-up with that flower? Landrace Origins offers a unique pairing experience matching tasting notes of coffee to full cannabis flower, and is founded by Amber Senter, an industry activist working to make the space more inclusive to Black and queer entrepreneurs.
● Price: $20 – $22
With Mother’s Day also around the corner, if you’re looking for the perfect wine swap / purse addition for the chill mom and don’t know what to get, look no further than Petra Mints! These mints are the radically refreshing edible that sparked a micro-dosing revolution. These highly portable, decidedly poppable, and precisely-dosed mints boast rich flavors ranging from spicy to sour to sweet.
Each mint contains just 2.5 mg of THC or less per serving, making it easy to find the optimal dose and enhance every experience. Available in a variety of flavors, there is no doubt a mint for every type of mom. With their low-dose level of THC, and strictly CBD option available, these make the perfect starter edible for the chill mom looking to become even more mellow.
Petra Mints are available in the following flavors:
- Citrus CBD Petra: Tart and subtly sweety, the fresh citrus flavor of our Citrus CBD Petra comines notes of lemon and lime for a zesty, sharp, and fruity flavor
- Pineapple Petra: Exercise your willpower with our sweetest Petra flavor yet. Each morsel tastes like ripe, juicy pineapple and will leave you craving more.
- Tart Cherry Petra: The robust, delectable flavor is like picking a ripe, tart cherry straight off the vine.
- Moroccan Mint Perta: A surprising combination of green tea matcha and peppermint extract, our sugar-free plant-based Moroccan Mint Petra soothes with a hint of peppermint with light notes of Tahitian vanilla.
- Cinnamon CBD 1:1 Petra: Sweet and spicy with just a touch of heat, Petra Cinnamon CBD freshens your breath, warms your senses, and chills you out. With a perfect balance of CBD and THC, you’ll wonder where these sugar-free, plant-based pick-me-ups have been your whole life.
- Blackberry CBN Petra: Sweet dreams now come in small packages. Petra Blackberry CBN is Kiva’s first mood-targeting mint. Fresh blackberry and vanilla flavors are blended with sugar-free, plant-based ingredients and a calming combination of 2 MG of THC and 1 MG of CBN to create our most tranquil Petra yet. Whether it’s a power nap or a full night’s rest you need, Petra has you covered.
The Botanist Fast Acting Gummies
Unlike traditional edibles, these fast-acting gummies take effect in 5-15 minutes, and are easily dosable, making them perfect for enjoying with friends this 4/20. The Botanists Fast Acting Gummies come in a variety of delicious fruit flavors, in addition to being vegan and gluten-free. There’s something for everyone here!
Beboe Cloud 9 Gummies
Socially-dosed at 5mg THC and 5mg CBG per gummy, Beboe products deliver sophisticated, sleek, 100% natural cannabis experience that enhances your day without losing your cool. These gummies come in an irresistible Sparkling Pear flavor, and are artfully blended for bliss while 100% natural.
● Price: $25.00
Tasteology Fruit Chews are made with the finest real fruit purées by Ponthier, and crafted by Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts finalist and Jushi’s Director of Manufacturing, Matthew Petersen, Tasteology Chews are now available in Blood Orange Boost, Blueberry Calm and Passion Raspberry Balance, always vegan and gluten free. Each Tarot card-themed package includes 20 chews, each with 5mg of THC, unique terpene blends and minor cannabinoids like CBD and CBN for specific experiences.
● Price: $20.00
Incredibles Sour Blue Razzberry Gummies
Chase The Blues Away. Bright lights, juicy sour blue razzberries, and the feeling of getting hugged by a fluffy cloud. Buh-bye bad mood, hello Blue Razzberry. Incredibles are made with 100% pure cannabis oil, and Sour Blue Razzberry gummies offer 10mg THC and 10mg CBG per gummy.
● Price: $20.00
Hi-Burst Cannabis sed Fruit Chews
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Hi-Burst infused fruit chews melt in your mouth. Ranging from sweet to sour, they are designed to delight with their taste and reliability so you can celebrate your sweet tooth in an uplifting way.
*Gluten-free and vegetarian flavors include: Berries & Cream; Blue Raspberry; Green Apple; Oranges & Cream; Peaches & Cream; Pineapple Orange; Raspberry Lemonade; 1:1 Raspberry Lemonade; Strawberry; Sour Cherry; and Tropical Papaya Punch.
“Always vegan and gluten-free, always reliable, and always delicious.” Born in the Pacific Northwest, Marmas quickly grew into one of the most popular edibles in Washington state and they’ve been delighting cannabis enthusiasts ever since.
Top Flavors Nationwide include:
● Blue Raspberry
● Blue Raspberry CBD
● Blue Raspberry 1:1
● Georgia Peach (awarded 2nd place at the High Times SoCal Cannabis Cup)
● Watermelon 1:1.
● Price: $25.00
Handcrafted by one of Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts finalists, Tasteology’s 100% gourmet chocolates are made with responsibly sourced cocoa beans from gourmet French chocolatier, Valrhona. Each variety is carefully created with otherworldly flavors and premium ingredients, using high quality cannabis oil and cannabinoids like THC, CBD and CBN as well as effect-specific terpenes. These 18-piece bars feature 90mg of THC [5mg per piece], and are currently available in Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Blonde Chocolate. If you’re in Massachusetts, stop by Nature’s Remedy in Tyngsborough or Millbury and explore your fate.
● Price: $18.00
PlusCBD Reserve Collection (Gummies)
CV Sciences, the makers of +PlusCBD and the No. 1 top-selling brand of hemp-derived CBD in the U.S., launched the popular Reserve Collection gummies for those curious about using cannabis to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. These gummies come in delicous flavors and deliver on the superior quality that +PlusCBD is know for. The low-dose form factor are perfect to kick start or end your day. The Reserve Gummies are discreet, easy to consume, and can provide the perfect low-dose onset for 4/20 celebrations.
● Price: $54.99
Select X Bites
Made for the “seasoned explorers” out there, this formula features Select’s award-winning oil and introduces a proprietary encapsulation technology that mimics the body’s natural lipid barrier which optimizes the absorption of THC into the body at a steady, prolonged rate, resulting in a stronger and longer high. Each serving size of Select X Bites contains 10mg of THC.
Select X Bites
Available in three flavors:
● STRAWBERRY SPACEWALK (Hybrid): As sweet and light as it is a walk on the wild side.
● ORANGE MATTER (Sativa): A dreamy stroll through the citrusy orchards between space and time.
● RAINBOW UPLOAD (Indica): An interstellar bending of light produces this puckering prism of lime, orange, and raspberry.
● Price: $18.00
Joshua Tree Candles
Savour the earth-inspired scents and other worldly plant life of one of the world’s most legendary travel destinations. BEYOND / HELLO’s luxurious signature scent, created in exclusive collaboration with Joshua Tree Candle Co. captures the scents and sentiment of California’s Joshua Tree with a nod to the legendary travel destination. Each candle is made with local, premium eco-friendly blended soy wax, fine fragrance oils and cotton-core wicks. The 7.5-ounce candle burns cleaner than paraffin wax alternatives and delivers 40 to 50 hours of burn time.
● Price: $20.00
Teapot x Peace Collective: ‘Stop The Stigma’ Clothing Capsule
Peace Collective & TeaPot Join Forces On ‘Stop the Stigma’ Capsule for Pardons Canada
The Stop the Stigma capsule collection features limited edition co-branded merchandise, including a hoodie, a t-shirt and a tote bag with TeaPot and Peace Collective tags. Stop the Stigma profits will be donated to Pardons Canada to help individuals with cannabis convictions obtain pardons, record suspensions, U.S. entry waivers and file destructions. For every $1,000 raised, Pardons Canada will have the means to remove a cannabis offense from one individual’s file.
by Randy Dunbar | Apr 19, 2023
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s contributions to the history of art and his explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena––including music, the Black experience, pop culture, Black American sports figures, literature, and other sources––will be showcased through immersive environments providing unique insight into the late artist’s creative life and his singular voice that propelled a social and cultural narrative that continues to this day.
Organized and curated by the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this exhibition of over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and artifacts tell the story of Jean-Michel from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived.
Tickets sell out fast! We suggest purchasing tickets well in advance of your visit.
Monday, Wednesday – Friday
Adult – $32
Seniors, Students, Military – $28
Children (ages 3-13) – $25
VIP – $65 (Arrive any time you like, get 3 hours of free parking and a complimentary gift.)
Adult – $35
Seniors, Students, Military – $28
Children (ages 3-13) – $25
VIP – $65 (Arrive any time you like, get 3 hours of free parking and a complimentary gift.)
by Randy Dunbar | Apr 19, 2023
With Mother’s Day around the corner, Burke Williams luxury day spa is featuring some specials.
Beginning Thursday, April 13, Burke Williams is offering an assortment of expertly assembled Mother’s Day gift card packages. Packages include an array of signature luxurious and rejuvenating Burke Williams treatments, including massage therapy, facials, manicures and spa baths. The all-new Tranquility Massage, included in the “Mom’s Day Off” package, integrates massage therapy with the healing effects of sound from Nepalese singing bowls for a uniquely calming experience.
LOS ANGELES, CA — California’s premier luxury day spa, Burke Williams, is pleased to introduce three customized Mother’s Day gift card packages to honor mothers this holiday with the quintessential gift of relaxation and self-care. Mother’s Day packages will launch on Thursday, April 13, welcoming mothers and mothers-to-be to partake in a luxurious and rejuvenating experience at ten Burke Williams locations statewide.
Custom-tailored gift card packages feature a variety of signature and innovative wellness treatments including massage therapy, facials and spa baths, plus spa passes that never expire. The “Mom’s Day Off” package includes Burke Williams’ all-new Tranquility Massage treatment which integrates massage therapy and the healing effects of sound to create a one-of-a-kind calming experience.
Burke Williams celebrates expectant mothers, providing a complimentary exchange for any of the packages to be utilized towards a specialty Pregnancy Massage.
Mother’s Day Gift Cards (Available Starting April 13)
Do Not Disturb – $180 (gift card value: $240)
• 80-min. Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Facial
• Enhancement of Choice
• 1-Day Spa Pass
Out Of Office – $290 (gift card value: $390)
• 80-min. Pure Relaxation Massage
• 50-min. Spa Style Facial
• Enhancement of Choice
• 3-Day Spa Pass
Mom’s Day Off – $495 (gift card value: $675)
• 80-min. Tranquility or Vitality Massage
• 80-min. Regenerate Facial
• 20-min. Spa Bath
• 3-Day Spa Pass
Prices and services for gift card packages may vary at the San Francisco and San Jose locations. For more information on all of Burke Williams’ Mother’s Day gift card packages, please visit burkewilliams.com.
ABOUT BURKE WILLIAMS
Burke Williams created the original urban day spa in 1984, elevating the spa experience to a new art form. Drawing inspiration from world-class European day spas, the destination worked to combine the finest traditions with nourishing innovations to transport guests from the stress of everyday life. Today, with 11 locations across California, Burke Williams is a luxurious sanctuary, a place for wellness and beauty, inspiration and optimism. For more information, please visit burkewilliams.com.
by Dennis Richardson | Apr 18, 2023
What’s better than food, community, and a little March Madness? Maybe the unveiling of a newly refurbished basketball court thrown in the mix?
On April 4th, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse gave back to the local Southern California community, celebrating the love of basketball by revitalizing Portola Park’s public basketball court and featuring a vibrant, large-scale original mural for all to enjoy.
Inspired by the excitement around March Madness and to foster creativity and community participation in its own backyard, BJ’s partnered with non-profit Project Backboard and the Santa Ana Parks & Recreation team to fully refurbish the existing basketball court with new blacktop, nets, and backboards. Complete with an unveiling ceremony and city all-star game to a slam dunk exhibition, and a Santa Ana girls youth basketball practice, fans had a a game day they will never forget!
Included at the event were BJ’s signature dishes, including their world-famous Pizookies®, giveaways and shooting hoops with free BJ’s branded basketballs. Local OC community members enjoyed special performances by the LA Clippers Dunk Team, mingled with athletes from the Special Olympics Southern California Chapter, ate delicious BJ’s signatures, and embraced the local community through a city all-star game and a Santa Ana girl’s youth basketball practice!
“BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is all about giving our guests a memorable, magical experience,” said Heidi Rogers, Senior Vice President of Marketing at BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.® “This March Madness season, we are excited to bring that same passion and love of sports to our local community by creating an inspiring, inclusive community hub for locals to enjoy for years to come.”
About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (“BJ’s”)® is a national brand with brewhouse roots where craft matters. BJ’s broad menu has something for everyone: slow-roasted entrees, like prime rib, BJ’s EnLIGHTened Entrees® including Cherry Chipotle Glazed Salmon, signature deep-dish pizza and the often imitated, but never replicated world-famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s has been a pioneer in the craft brewing world since 1996 and takes pride in serving BJ’s award-winning handcrafted beers, brewed at its brewing operations in four states and by independent third-party craft brewers. The BJ’s experience offers high-quality ingredients, bold flavors, moderate prices, sincere service, and a cool, contemporary atmosphere. Founded in 1978, BJ’s owns and operates over 200 casual dining restaurants in 30 states. All restaurants offer dine in, take out, delivery, and large-party catering. For more information on BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, visit http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.
About Project Backboard
Project Backboard is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2015, whose mission is to renovate public basketball courts and install large scale works of site-specific art on the surface in order to strengthen communities, improve park safety, encourage multi-generational play, and inspire people to think more critically and creatively about their environment. For more information on Project Backboard, visit projectbackboard.org.
About Santa Ana
Santa Ana is downtown for the world-famous Orange County, California. It is the County Seat, the second-most populous city in Orange County, and is home to a vibrant evening scene and arts community. Over 1,400 City employees work hard every day to deliver efficient public services in partnership with our community to ensure public safety, a prosperous economic environment, opportunities for our youth, and a high quality of life for residents. Learn more at www.santa-ana.org.
by Dennis Richardson | Apr 18, 2023
Spring is here, and it’s that lovely time when we switch up the wardrobe!
If you’re looking for new sneakers to match your fits, we’d like to introduce you to CROSTY, the cult-favorite designer sneaker brand founded by Georgian-born brothers, Shota and George Mikaia. Sure to stand out from the crowd, what makes CROSTY an irresistible buy is not only the love that the brothers pour into their brand, but the exclusive rarity included with just wearing a pair of the sneakers.
CROSTY Onda Azure Closeup
Beloved by VIPS like Sofia Richie, Stephen Curry, Lilly Singh, and D’Angelo Russel the brand has officially launched their US ecommerce storefront as of March 15th. CROSTY’s first US drop features the Onda sneaker collection, available in 11 signature styles and colorways. With premium materials and an exquisite profile, CROSTY outshines even the most popular brands by default, and is only going to grow in popularity as their exposure expands among high-profile and low-profile people alike.
The debut Onda US collection hones in on the “a little nostalgic, a little sporty, and a lot of cool” design, by fusing bold colors with a sleek and a forward-thinking approach. Even though launching in the US, CROSTY materials are still sourced from Italy, and only the finest leathers from the best suppliers. Starting with a limited number of pairs available, this launch is one to get your hands on soon, before it sells out in the US market.
The brothers undeniably understand the love of sneakers with a fondness that even shows in their flagship store, located in Tbilisi, Georgia. Complete with the exclusive, VIP feel familiar in big name brand shops around Los Angeles, CROSTY has everything that die-hard fans have come to love about sneaker brands and more. The flagship store features an enchanting blue “showroom,” clean and minimal design, and a welcoming facade that surely feels like transcending into a hidden oasis when entering the store.
Growing up in Georgia, a wild landscape famed for its beautiful scripts and dramatic landscape, bold mountains and winding rivers, life wasn’t always filled with freedom. To be Georgian, was to know struggle and hardship, as a consequence of years of wars and conflict. Still proud of their heritage, George and Shota wanted to write their own script, one that allowed them to express themselves through their values of creativity, acceptance, and progress, while simultaneously honoring those who fought for freedom before them.
CROSTY Founders, Shota and George Mikaia
Inevitably, CROSTY was born, for those who also aspire to walk their own path. Combining traditional Georgian shoemaking with modern design and forward-thinking energy CROSTY speaks to creativity, perseverance, and above all, freedom.
And now for the very first time, CROSTY forges a path in the US! Shop the limited supply ONDA collection here.
by Dennis Richardson | Apr 17, 2023
With 4/20 approaching, here’s something worth celebrating!
On March 15th, Timeless Vapes (“Timeless” or the “Company”), a lifestyle brand leading the way in cannabis culture, announced its latest Artist Legacy collaboration with Tati Suarez, a world-renowned artist and muralist based in Miami, Florida.
The Timeless Artist Legacy program provides artists, musicians and creatives with a platform to share their unique stories through the lens of cannabis culture. In celebration of International Women’s Month, Timeless has partnered with Miami native Tati Suarez on a special-edition flip case and vaporizer battery inspired by the typography and palette of Art Nouveau. Produced in limited quantities, Suarez’s flip case and battery combo will be available in Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri.
“We are thrilled to continue our Artist Legacy program with new work from Tati Suarez,” said Kyle Webb, VP of Marketing. “Tati is an extremely dynamic artist with a singular perspective of the world that is displayed through each piece of her special-edition collaboration. Her Miami roots coupled with her appreciation of art history came together beautifully, we’re very proud to be partnering with Tati on this project for International Women’s Month.”
Tati Suarez is a world-renowned musician who earned her BFA in illustration and design from the University of Miami in 2005. Raised by a Brazilian mother and El Salvadorian father, she uses her art as a vessel to tell stories that are heavily influenced by folklore and rich with symbolism. From Japan to Jamaica, she has had her work featured in countless galleries and showcases around the world. Along the way, she has collaborated with brands such as Netflix, L’Oreal, Reebok and Jansport.
“This has been one of my favorite brand collaborations to date. Timeless gave me complete creative freedom—not only in commissioning my artwork, but in allowing me full creative control of the entire package design. As an artist, you can’t really ask for more. So proud of the final product and thankful for the opportunity,” said Tati Suarez. “Cannabis helps fuel my creativity and manage my anxiety, so extending my work into this category felt like a no-brainer.”
In addition, a limited edition piece from this collaboration is currently available for just $100! Available in extremely quantities while supplies last, the Tati Suarez Artist Legacy Machete is built to perform:
The thick, hardwood handle provides a solid grip, allowing you to take on even the toughest tasks with ease. And with its sharp, fine, beveled edge, you’ll never have to worry about dullness slowing you down – just sharpen as needed and keep on going! Its convenient and durable nylon sheath can be easily fastened to your belt, ensuring that your machete is always within reach when you need it most.
Tati Suarez’s special-edition flip case and battery combo is produced through Timeless’ Artist Legacy program, which is in its fifth year of existence. Previously, the Company has worked alongside artists like Yai Vila, Skinner, and Sheryo of Yok and Sheryo among other accomplished creatives to drive cannabis culture forward through art. For more information regarding the Timeless Artist Legacy program and upcoming collaborations, please visit https://www.timelessvapes.com/legacy/.
Timeless was founded in 2011 with the vision of creating a leading lifestyle brand around high-quality cannabis products and unique engagement through our pillars of “Community, Culture, and Legacy.” Timeless Vapes began making cannabis products in 2013 and is celebrating their 10th anniversary. Their passion for innovation, unique brand building, and customer engagement has led Timeless to be a leading national House of Brands in the industry. Today, Timeless operates in Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Missouri and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.