A New LA Icon In The Making: The Shay Hotel

A New LA Icon In The Making: The Shay Hotel

Cowritten by Anthony Stafford

The Ingredients Of An Icon

There are some landmark hotels that are known in and outside of the state of California for their posh, chic, and luxurious experiences, from nightlife and dining to bustling with celebrities. And somehow there’s still room for yet another that has all the right ingredients for the “icon” status—and even more.

In the heart of Culver City’s Arts District, there’s a new promising icon on the block, The Shay Hotel. Opened officially in October 2021, this “Destination by Hyatt” hotel has swiftly become a mainstay, offering travelers and locals an enticing blend of posh accommodations, eclectic shopping experiences, and a dining scene that’s nothing short of extraordinary. Now, just coming off their second-year anniversary, this new gem has a strong presence that tells us it will be around for years to come, while hopefully becoming an LA icon known for generations.

We were invited for a weekend stay to experience all that the hotel and its conglomerate of small businesses had to offer during their Mercado y Más event and Art Walk & Roll Festival, and we’re providing all the details on why The Shay should be your next “Shay-cation” stay. In addition, you’ll find a sampling of small businesses you should support this upcoming Small Business Saturday (November 25, 2023).


Home Away From Home In A Prime Location

The Shay Hotel is more than just a luxurious retreat. Nestled in the Culver City Arts District, it’s perfectly positioned for exploration. The hotel is a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s hottest bars, the best restaurants, and a treasure trove of globally inspired art galleries and museums. As you explore the surrounding area, you’ll find yourself immersed in the vibrant cultural tapestry that defines Culver City. The hotel has even seen some incredible parties this year thanks to the presence of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé bringing their incredible summer concerts to Los Angeles.

Credit: The Shay Hotel

With the highly acclaimed etta anchored at its core and the glitzy Canopy Club as its crown, The Shay manages to purposefully and successfully integrate some of the community’s undiscovered and uniquely gifted businesses and artists throughout the inner workings of a hotel that feels more like a home, from the lobby’s gallery hall, which features the work of over a dozen artists and vendors, to the artfully adorned walls throughout the property. Some of these same artists and small businesses would grace the streets of Culver City and The Shay’s outdoor courtyard during our stay. The lobby isn’t your traditional kind, with a desk set front and center. Instead, you’re embraced by plentiful seating around a fireplace, a bar, a game room, a library/study, and the infatuating etta restaurant tucked subtly away, while the front desk is cleverly and stylishly hidden behind a wooden partition wall.

One of The Shay‘s standout features is its rooftop pool, an exclusive gem in the neighborhood. Guests can bask in the California sun and soak in breathtaking views while enjoying a refreshing swim, only steps from a decadent bite or refreshing sip from the enthralling Canopy Club. This idyllic setting adds to the allure of The Shay, making it a beacon for those seeking relaxation and luxury, or those who just want a delicious meal with fresh air and views.

When it comes to accommodations, the hotel offers 148 spacious rooms, including 19 suites, all designed with the utmost comfort in mind. The decor is sleek, modern, and functional, making each room a home away from home. The Shay’s commitment to guest comfort is evident in every detail, from the plush bedding to the thoughtfully designed interiors.

One historical tidbit about the hotel’s name and design worth knowing is that many of its decorations and furnishings present wooden and metallic surfaces, clean lines, and backlit circles. These touches are all reminiscent of the railroad industry and a particularly famous and successful steam locomotive’s creator, Ephraim Shay, from which its name is borrowed. We challenge you to find the trains throughout the lobby and the railroad-themed design references from the ground floor to the rooftop pool and everywhere in between!


Home-Cooked At The Hotel

When it comes to dining, The Shay shines brightly with its impressive on-property offerings. Award-winning chef Dan Perretta leads the way at “etta,” located at the lobby level. Here, guests can savor culinary delights that blend the best of local and global flavors. etta effortlessly delivers a gastronomic experience that rivals other hard-trying Michelin-starred restaurants—and it shows! etta was packed and lively, while making it quite clear that if you’re taking anyone out for an outstanding meal, this is the place to go. Creative and thought-provoking, it’s difficult to summarize the experience etta provides to anything less than a destination that every traveler and local should add to their bucket list of restaurants to try at least once.

And for those seeking another kind of elevated experience, the party-esque “Canopy Club by Mosaic” awaits on the rooftop. This is where culinary craftsmanship meets stunning panoramic views, creating a dining experience to remember. Our breakfast on the roof was nothing short of dazzling, as we enjoyed reimagined dishes under the October solar eclipse. Canopy Club’s version of French toast is by far superior to the thick-cut style we all think we love, while omelettes and even traditional breakfasts possess their own unique flair. Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are a staple in LA, and you’d commit a crime by thinking Canopy Club doesn’t know any better.

The best part about both restaurants is knowing that they are merely steps away if you’re staying at The Shay!


It Begins and Ends With Community

We stopped by Mercado y Más during the sunset of Latin and Hispanic Heritage Month, where we discovered just over a dozen noteworthy small Latin and Hispanic-owned businesses practically having a party in the outdoor courtyard. Complete with music and food, everyone welcomed visitors with samples, smiles, and answers to their questions. Each small business had a captain at the helm, bursting with passion, purpose, and a story worth knowing. We invite you to explore the small businesses we encountered at Mercado y Más and all that they have to offer as we approach Small Business Saturday on November 25:

While visiting Atabey Coffee, we learned the subtle and meaningful differences between each of their blends’ flavor profiles and preparation, along with the stark contrasts of color and natural flavor. Best enjoyed without the addition of sugar or cream, we found each of these coffee blends to be sharp, rich, smooth, and easy to drink—comparable to sitting down and enjoying a favorite tea.

Tasty Dulzuras indulged us with the unique cultural twist of their incredible arepa/torta (cornmeal and coconut cake) and dulce de leche cake. Moist, fulfilling, and full of fun texture, these Dominican cakes are the perfect desserts with a cultural twist for parties and events to broaden the horizons of what many think of when it comes to cakes.

We found a new love at Maya’s Brigadeiro—handmade Brazilian sweets that could replace our favorite candies with no complaints. Bite-sized and in their very own lane of sweets, we appreciate this Latina-owned business for coming to Los Angeles and exposing us to a cultural gift that more should know about. Now, we’ve picked up new vocabulary, and a new craving has been unlocked.

Finally, VAVICA, helmed by sisters Valentina, Victoria, and Camila, impressed us with their line of skin and body care products. The Único Hand + Body Wash, Oil Spray, and Hand + Body Lotion smell amazing and absorb quickly into the skin, leaving it deeply moisturized, soft, and glowing to last throughout the day.

In its short existence, The Shay has already witnessed remarkable events. With Taylor Swift and Beyoncé gracing the stage at nearby SoFi Stadium for unforgettable summer concerts, the hotel has become a multipurpose hub of entertainment, attracting diverse crowds and further solidifying its status as a cultural epicenter.

The Shay Hotel is more than just a place to stay; it’s a multifaceted experience that beautifully encapsulates the essence of Culver City. Whether you’re a traveler looking for a memorable vacation, a shopper in search of unique finds, or a food enthusiast ready to embark on a culinary journey, The Shay offers an all-encompassing destination that caters to your every desire. As it continues to flourish in the Culver City community, The Shay’s future as an LA icon for generations to come seems brighter than ever.

LA Music Darling Goldie Heart Releases First Single: ‘Golden’

LA Music Darling Goldie Heart Releases First Single: ‘Golden’

In the whirlwind of life’s chaos, sometimes all it takes is the perfect melody to whisk us away into a world where time stands still, and joy knows no bounds. Goldie Heart, the gifted singer-songwriter and performer, offers us just that with her anthemic debut single, “Golden.” This song is not just another tune in the vast ocean of music; it’s an invitation to step into Goldie Heart’s world, where the only thing that matters is dancing and celebrating the present moment.

“Golden” is a serendipitous celebration of dance, friendship, and the transformative power of music. Drawing inspiration from the iconic era of 90’s pop, the infectious groove of disco, and the smooth R&B vibes of the 2000s, Goldie Heart’s single is a sonic journey through time and an ode to the timeless joy found in letting go of inhibitions and embracing the here and now.

The song’s upbeat tempo, pulsating beats, and irresistible melodies make it impossible not to move to the rhythm. Goldie Heart’s sultry vocals infuse the track with an undeniable charisma that captivates the listener from the first note. It’s a reminder that music, at its core, is a vessel for emotions, and in this case, the emotion is pure, unadulterated bliss.

In the words of the artist herself, “This song is about living in the moment, enjoying life, and being present with the people you hold dear. Time seems like it is moving faster and faster these days, and with so much going on in the world, I really wanted to write a fun, joyful, uplifting song that inspires people to dance, and to celebrate the NOW.” It’s a testament to the incredible power of music to uplift spirits, inspire movement, and create unforgettable memories. With every beat, Goldie Heart invites us to revel in the beauty of the present, to connect with others through the universal language of dance, and to cherish every fleeting moment.

The seamless fusion of past and present in “Golden” is a reminder that joy is a timeless and universal language, understood by all who are fortunate enough to hear it. “Golden” is more than a song; it’s an experience. It’s an invitation to step onto the dance floor of life and savor every beat. So, let go of your inhibitions, surrender to the music, and celebrate the now with Goldie Heart. It’s her world, and we’re all dancing in it.


The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company Celebrates 30 Years of Empowering Youth Through the Arts

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company Celebrates 30 Years of Empowering Youth Through the Arts

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala, a significant milestone commemorating their dedication to transforming the lives of young individuals through the enchanting world of theater and storytelling. This gala extravaganza is scheduled for Friday, October 27, at the elegant venue of The Ebell Los Angeles, promising an unforgettable evening brimming with entertainment, inspiration, and a strong sense of community.

For a remarkable 30 years, The Unusual Suspects, founded by the talented actress Laura Leigh Hughes, has been unwavering in its commitment to providing a haven for underprivileged youth from underserved communities in Los Angeles. This space has allowed these young minds to explore their creativity, foster self-confidence, and develop essential life skills. Through the medium of theater and storytelling, the organization has empowered thousands of young people to find their unique voices and share their compelling stories. The Unusual Suspects introduces these youngsters to the art of writing, directing, acting, and producing original content, all while granting them access to live theater performances.

The 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala will roll out the red carpet and treat attendees to an exciting auction, live musical performances, and, most importantly, a spectacular play featuring celebrity actors like Paola Lázaro (known for her role in The Walking Dead), Shakira Barrera (from Glow), Gabriela Ortega (star of Huella), and Jorge Diaz (known for Paranormal Activity). This play is composed of four monologues written by The Unusual Suspects Theater Company’s own students and will be masterfully directed by Academy Award nominee Carlos Lopez Estrada, acclaimed for his work on Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.

In addition to the captivating performances, the event will unveil The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s latest endeavor, DEVISE, a magazine produced in collaboration with Stage Raw. DEVISE will showcase a diverse array of articles, interviews, and advertisements aimed at nurturing and supporting the next generation of artists. With an estimated circulation exceeding 30,000 copies in both digital and print formats, DEVISE aims to bridge the generational gap between theater enthusiasts and creators, distributing the magazine free of charge in spaces accessible to all young individuals interested in Los Angeles’s vibrant theater scene.

The gala evening will be hosted by the talented actress and comedian Veronica Osorio, recognized for her work in The Laundromat, and actor and comedian Erik Escobar, who made a mark on Last Comic Standing. The 30th Anniversary Gala is a collective effort, with The Unusual Suspects Theater at the helm and guidance from their dedicated Board of Directors. The production of this remarkable event is entrusted to Edward Enriquez-Cohen of Olive Productions and Publicity.

The gala will also shine a spotlight on some distinguished honorees, including actor and activist Diego Tinoco, famous for his roles in On My Block on Netflix and Knight of the Zodiac from Sony. He will receive the esteemed Future Generation Impact Award. Power couple Olga Segura, co-founder of The Latinx House and Poderistas, and Ryan Gall, co-founder of Global Citizen Festival, will be honored with The Humanitarian Impact Award. Sara Scott, Chair of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s Board of Directors, will be celebrated with the Outstanding Community Advocate Award.

Abiram Brizuela, the Executive Director of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I’m truly so honored as the new executive director of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company to come together with our USTC family and board of directors as we celebrate this extraordinary 30-year milestone. This is not just a celebration of our organization’s legacy, but an exciting look into our ambitious future through the lens of our young artists’ work.”

The proceeds from the 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala will be directed towards supporting The Unusual Suspects’ programs, enabling them to reach even more young individuals and make a lasting impact.

For further information about The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and to purchase tickets for the 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala, visit their website at https://theunusualsuspects.org.

About The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth through the transformative power of theater and storytelling. For 30 years, The Unusual Suspects has provided a creative outlet for young people, helping them build self-confidence, communication skills, and resilience. The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company embraces theatre as a vehicle for social empowerment. Providing free access to dozens of year-long youth theatre residencies focused on the creation and performance of original plays as well as exposure to professional theatre performances, The Unusual Suspects has evolved from a local program serving roughly 50 participants in Van Nuys in 1993 into a robust program that served over 3,500 youth in over 20 communities of Los Angeles in 2023 alone.
Langers Launches New Blue Zones-Inspired Teas Alongside Netflix Series ‘Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones’

Langers Launches New Blue Zones-Inspired Teas Alongside Netflix Series ‘Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones’

At Langers, the legacy of joie de vivre and longevity intertwines with the brand’s second-generation family-owned heritage. Founded by Nathan Langer, a man whose life was dedicated to purpose, community, and a deep connection to the earth, Langers transcends the realm of providing pure fruit juices to American households. Instead, it embodies the lifestyle practices of the world’s healthiest and longest-living people in the renowned Blue Zones, or longevity hotspots. These practices include moving naturally, discovering one’s purpose, relishing an abundance of fruits and vegetables, and indulging in the age-old tradition of tea. In celebration of these unique regions, Langers proudly introduces two exceptional unsweetened teas: Bergamot Black and Green & Jasmine. These teas are infused with nourishing ingredients historically enjoyed by the centenarians of Ikaria, Greece, and Okinawa, Japan, two of the world’s Blue Zones.

Credit: Langers

Bruce Langer, the President of Langers, encapsulates the brand’s essence, stating “Langers Juice is a family brand, and it’s always been about just that: family and juice.” He goes on to explain the family’s unwavering commitment to crafting more than just juices; they are cultivating a legacy, a journey through flavors and traditions that extends beyond pure fruit juices. Langers embodies a dedication to moving naturally, knowing one’s purpose, savoring fruits, and sipping tea. These beverages reflect the vitality of centenarians in the Blue Zones, offering a sip of life’s most precious moments from nature’s finest gifts.

This exciting launch of Langers Blue Zones-inspired products coincides with the release of the Netflix docuseries, “Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones,” hosted by National Geographic Explorer and Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner. The series identifies the world’s healthiest, longest-living populations in various Blue Zones, including Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California, where the Langer family’s farms and headquarters are located.

Langers’ latest venture represents a flavorful odyssey with no added sugars or sweeteners, epitomizing longevity and vitality. Each sip transports you to the extraordinary regions of the Blue Zones, inviting you to explore and savor their culinary secrets.

Easy To Drink Teas With Blue Zones-Inspired Ingredients

Green & Jasmine Tea inspired by Okinawa, Japan: Inspired by Okinawans’ practice of enjoying anti-inflammatory green tea with jasmine flowers and turmeric called “shan-pien,” Langers’ tea infuses real juices such as pineapple, mango, ginger, and dragon fruit. With the addition of turmeric, this tea offers a gentle lift in energy and mood restoration.

Credit: Langers

Bergamot Black Tea inspired by Ikaria, Greece: Bergamot, a fragrant citrus fruit that thrives in Ikaria, is at the heart of this antioxidant-rich blend. Combined with the juices of stone fruits, watermelon, and strawberry, this tea is designed to restore and renew.

For more information on Langers’ Blue Zones-inspired teas, visit their website and follow @langersjuice on Instagram.

To learn more about Blue Zones and the proven ways to increase longevity, visit the Blue Zones official website and watch “Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones” on Netflix.

Langers’ Blue Zones Teas are available now at WinCo Foods, shoplangers.com, and Amazon.

About Blue Zones®

Blue Zones employs evidence-based ways to help people live better, longer. The company’s work is rooted in explorations and research done by National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner in blue zones regions around the world, where people live extraordinarily long and/or happy lives. The original research and findings were released in Buettner’s bestselling books The Blue Zones Solution, The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones, Thrive, Blue Zones Kitchen, Blue Zones American Kitchen, and the Blue Zones Challenge – all published by National Geographic books. Using original Blue Zones research, Blue Zones works with individuals, organizations, cities, counties, regions, and states to make healthy choices easier through permanent and semi-permanent changes to our human-made surroundings. Participating communities have experienced double-digit drops in obesity and tobacco use and have saved millions of dollars in health care costs. For more information, visit bluezones.com.

Huxleys Makes A Case For The Medicine Cabinet Treatment

Huxleys Makes A Case For The Medicine Cabinet Treatment

We are at a critical point when it seems that everyone is after products that are friendlier to them and their bodies. Many are avoiding vitamins and supplements that are overly processed, questionably sourced, and side effect-inducing, while trading them out for more natural alternatives. With a wave of new cannabis products being introduced that focus on enhancing or treating our various moods and ailments, there’s one company who wants you to know it’s time to upgrade your CBD stash’s status from the kitchen drawer to the medicine cabinet.

On August 14, Huxleys, a premiere cannabis brand, officially made its debut in the California market. What sets Huxleys apart from others is its unique approach to crafting cannabis products that focus on minor cannabinoids to deliver specific effects – happiness, energy, sex, and sleep. In a groundbreaking move, Huxleys aims to transform your medicine cabinet with meticulously formulated, science-backed products that cater to distinct sensations, providing an unmatched experience.

Huxleys firmly believes in the potential of discreet solutions that enhance various aspects of life. To realize this vision, the brand specializes in creating safe, discreet, and effective infused gel-caps and gummies. These products are expertly designed with a combination of THC, CBG, CBN, CBD, and THCV, all complemented by tailored terpenes. The result is a range of effects-based, targeted solutions for everyday life, addressing four areas of our lives that we crave some additional assistance in at some point or another.

At launch, Huxleys introduced four distinct collections of effects-based products, available in both gel-cap and gummy forms. Each product within these collections boasts a unique flavor profile and a range of cannabinoid concentrations, with servings varying from 5mg to 20mg. Notably, all Huxleys products are readily accessible at dispensaries across California, making the pursuit of enhanced well-being accessible with a uniform price of $40. Huxleys is ushering in a new era of cannabis products, where precision and tailored experiences are at the forefront of wellness.

We had the opportunity to try them, and the results were absolutely medicine cabinet-worthy! One point to note for anyone who is a micro-doser, depending on your limitations Huxleys’ current lineup can be outside of your range of comfort, so consider this before buying. As mentioned, the gummies and gel-caps do differ in dosage, so it’s worth checking between the two for what’s right for you. We had the opportunity to try out the gel-cap lineup, and were honestly surprise at how powerful and effective these are.

Energy, Without The Punishment

Who needs coffee when you’ve god THC? That’s basically what it comes down to with Energy, except in this case there’s no crash! Accompanied by an enhanced feeling of focus, Huxleys’ Energy gel-caps give a great mental boost, helping with productivity and even physical activity. The lightest dosage of all four offerings, I was able to test these out and loved how sharp I felt mentally, and without the munchies!

Energy features a blend of cannabinoids and a proprietary terpene mix—but most notably includes THCV, a key component renowned for its capacity to boost motivation, enhance alertness, and suppress appetite. At 5 mg THC and 1 mg THCV, even the lightest of micro-dosers can give this one a shot.

Happiness In A Bottle

I was happy to tap into a friend’s assistance for the remaining three blends, because the last thing you want is for a fun ride to turn into a nightmare. And if there’s one thing marijuana’s going to do, it’s most likely going to make you feel all fluffy inside with the potential to go way south if you overdo it. Happiness in a capsule is exactly what this is, with laughs, smiles, and pure joyousness emanating from within. At 20 mg THC, it’s almost no surprise that the euphoric feelings are to come, but this little yellow bundle of joy even enhanced creativity for story telling, art, and expression. Happy was a mood elevator indeed, and I’d almost argue that I’ve never seen this friend happier.

Sleep Like A Baby

For those restless nights, Sleep was an intense opponent to fight against—but it is possible to prevail in that fight. It’s important to be mindful of when you’re taking this one, due to the fact that if you find yourself too awake and outlasting the sleep-inducing transition, then you’ll just feel yourself sinking into a lazy, bed-ridden hole. On the other hand, if you catch that sleep wave, it has the potential to be some of the best Z’s you’ve experienced. 5 mg CBN, 5 mg CBD, and 5 mg THC make this formula the perfect mix to throw on your ocean sounds, slide on your eye mask, and count the stars.

Sex, Party, Euphoria

You know what it feels like to party? Well, that’s basically what it feels like is going on inside of you here. In fact, besides date nights, parties and music festivals might be a suitable setting to enjoy these as well. This gel-cap had a rhythm to it from beginning to end, and lasted for hours from the initial gentle kick in, all the way through the rush of its peak and recurring waves of the cool down.

Euphoric, tantalizing, and heightened senses are a few of the descriptors I got about the Sex blend, and mention of it feeling like being “in a nightclub.” Sex comes in at 5 mg CBD, 10 mg CBG, and 20 mg THC, which means it’s quite the powerful formula. Experts only!

Just like the pain relief we reach for, Huxleys proved to us that there is indeed a place for them in the medicine cabinet for at least four different potential needs. We’re excited to imagine what will join the lineup next!

Why Fogo De Chão Should Be On Your Lunchtime Radar

Why Fogo De Chão Should Be On Your Lunchtime Radar

Cowriter: Anthony C. Stafford

To many, they’re known as the premium, luxury dinner destination for romantic date nights, family celebrations, and business meetings. To others, they’re a top Brazilian steakhouse with an endless assortment of exquisite meats—a place only reserved for special occasions. And then there are those who swing by to indulge in a varied selection of iconic weekend specialty drinks. However, everyone should know that there’s so much more to Fogo de Chão, making them worthy of being a daily destination that doesn’t break the bank, and they’ll be the first to say it.

The Warmest Welcome Home

We had the opportunity to visit one of the newest Fogo locations to open this year in Woodland Hills, and whatever you thought you knew about Fogo de Chão before, we’re here to tell you that it’s even better and more accessible than you imagined! Our experience centered around the coveted Bar Fogo, which is arguably an unrealized gem staring us all in the face, but we’d like to start with the amazing people who completed this experience and made it possible in the first place.

If you happen to stop by Fogo de Chão Woodland Hills, rest assured that the team here will take great care of you! Restaurant Manager Steven Marshall and General Manager Stephany Rodarte are incredibly warm and welcoming, making rounds to ask firsthand how patrons are enjoying their visits. Stephany was available during our visit and ensured the comfort of guests while also providing us with some history behind Fogo de Chão, answering our questions, and even teaching us Portuguese! In fact, we learned that everyone you see at Fogo locations across the country is promoted in-house, rather than being pulled from other companies. This helps instill the values that Fogo believes in and maintains the very reputation they have earned today.

In addition, the gaucho chefs, waiters, and servers are some of the nicest and most personable people you can meet, and we can only recommend asking for them by name. Alfredo Cruze, Gabriel De La Cruz, and Ray will take great care of you and have smiles that light up the room! Bartender Tori will also be more than happy to turn those cocktails into mock-tails for your lunchtime needs.

Like Having Lunch Abroad

To start, All Day Happy Hour is the headliner, and it’s never a bad time to stop by ahead of dinner to indulge in the many affordable and filling options. Bar Fogo is available at all Fogo de Chão locations, but at the Woodland Hills location, you’ll sit on the patio and bar area, which also feature slightly more secluded and intimate tables for your bar experience.

The Bar Bites are not only offerings of a few of the delicious items the brand is known for, but they come at just $6, making for a lunchtime snack that doesn’t break the wallet. The $6 Bar Bites are smaller, irresistible servings of some of Fogo’s most popular menu items at an equally smaller price tag while maintaining their big flavor. This includes the unforgettable quiejo assado (fire-roasted Brazilian cheese topped with Malagueta honey), Brazilian empanadas (pillows of flaky pastry, seasoned picanha, onions, and chimichurri aioli), and crispy parmesan polenta fries. In addition, the bites include some items that may be more filling than you bargained for, like Saucy Legs (fire-roasted chicken, hot Brazilian BBQ, Pão de Queijo crispies (cheese stuffed bread), dedo de moca peppers), Spiced Chicken Sliders (marinated chicken breast, arugula, tomato, pickled onion, mango aioli, brioche bun), and Seasonal Hummus (house-made seasonal hummus with crisp toasts).

Next up, Fogo’s Shareable Plates add even more bang to your buck, with almost all offerings at or below $15. Shareable plates range from meat-focused to plant-based dishes for a selection of proteins and veggies that don’t skimp on flavor. The Shareable Plates include:

  • Lobster & Shrimp Tacos: Napa cabbage wrap, citrus aioli, shredded slaw, and dedo de moca peppers
  • Warm Hearts of Palm and Spinach Dip: Steamed spinach, hearts of palm, and crispy toasts
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers: Served with chimichurri salsa
  • Gaucho-Style Hummus: Topped with seasoned picanha
  • Braised Beef Rib Sliders: Xingu-beer braised, caramelized onions, and smoked provolone on a brioche bun
  • The Bone Churrasco Board: Large beef rib, served with chimichurri sauce
  • Cordeiro Churrasco Board: Three double lamb chops, served with mintchurri sauce
  • BPQ Churrasco Board: Brazilian Sausage, crispy pork belly, and BBQ sauce

The Lobster & Shrimp Tacos are a must-try, as they’re a perfect appetizer to your full lunch meal. Light, fresh, and crunchy, bold flavors unite for this reimagined “seafood salad.” Hints of citrus aioli mesh with the spicy kick of dedo de moça peppers to deliver balanced and transformative bites through and through. Share them, or keep them all to yourself!

Finally, the big star of the lunch menu is the Picanha Burger. Where else can you get a burger and fries (that are actually worth it) for less than $10 these days? Well, Fogo de Chão. Not even fast food has deals like this anymore! The Picanha Burger is fresh ground in-house and dressed with smoked provolone, Bibb lettuce, tomato, onion, chimichurri aioli, and a brioche bun, while served alongside crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside parmesan polenta fries. The best fries around, with the thickest, juiciest, and most decadent burger you’ll ever get, probably shouldn’t cost $9, but they do here. Fulfilled is an understatement if you’re wondering how the meal will leave you feeling.

While the Woodland Hills location has been very popular for lunch, don’t pass up the opportunity for luxury-level deliciousness at a fraction of the cost at your own local Fogo de Chão. And yes, the meats that they’re so famous for are still available at lunch. It’s time to forget about the occasional trips to Fogo and celebrate what they’ve got to offer on a more frequent basis, especially during these times when the dollar is getting us less and less.

Sprayground Introduces Miami Vice Collection

Sprayground Introduces Miami Vice Collection

There are some brands that just give you California vibes, and Sprayground is one of them—even when their latest collection pays tribute to captivating 80s TV sensation, “Miami Vice.”

Miami Vice Wings Up Backpack

It’s a blast from the past, as the ultimate fusion of fashion and nostalgia arrived from Sprayground earlier this month. The iconic travel fashion brand, is taking us on a thrilling journey back to the ’80s to reimagine the cultural phenomenon that was “Miami Vice.” The Sprayground x Miami Vice Collection pays homage to this legendary TV sensation that left an indelible mark on fashion and pop culture. With meticulously crafted pieces inspired by the show’s iconic detectives, Sonny and Ricco, this collection offers a unique celebration of the glitz, glam, and adrenaline rush of the Miami Vice era.

Miami Vice White Hoodie, Cellphone & South Beach Backpacks

Featuring three full-sized backpacks, including an ultra-exclusive vintage cellphone backpack, two game-changing hoodies, and a graphic tee, the collection transforms wearers into instant pop-culture legends. With an ’80s retro vibe meeting contemporary style, each piece is adorned with baby blue accents, graffiti-inspired art, lightning-fast cars, iconic palm trees, and the cool pastel hues that defined an era. Sprayground’s signature elements, including money signs, money bears, and the famous shark mouth, add an extra dose of attitude to the collection — and this collection doesn’t fall short! From the adjustable antenna of the Cellphone Backpack, to the open “wings” of the Wings Up backpack Sprayground continues their trademark signatures with special twists. If you’re not on the market for bags, you can still join in on the “Miami Vice” celebration with a tee or hoodie from the collection.

Miami Vice Vibes & Wings Up Backpacks

Sprayground, known for its creative designs, emerged as a global sensation over a decade ago with the introduction of the ‘Hello My Name Is’ backpack. Founded by David BenDavid (DBD), the brand captures the essence of streetwear, art, and diverse cultural influences. The Miami Vice collection is now available online at www.sprayground.com and in exclusive boutiques nationwide. Get ready to channel the spirit of ’80s Miami and make a bold fashion statement.

About Sprayground

Our passion is to bring thought-provoking, innovative and dynamic accessories and backpacks that are easily identifiable but difficult to recreate in the global marketplace. Our mission is to be the top global backpack and accessories company. Expressing rebellion, individuality and creativity are the foundations of Sprayground and of our customer base. Overlaying those foundations with qualities of excellence, style and an emphasis on being the
innovator for the next wave of design is what we do & who we are. Today, Sprayground has evolved into a global brand that has high brand awareness, dedicated fans, and a fanbase that will go to extreme measures to get their hands on our highly sought after limited designs. Sprayground strives to keep pushing the envelope of creativity. Sprayground is focused on creating, designing and selling rebellious, edgy, and innovative trendsetting products to the streetwear fashion and lifestyle market.

Sea Level At The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach: A Fresh Take on California Coastal Cuisine

Sea Level At The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach: A Fresh Take on California Coastal Cuisine

Cowriter: Anthony C. Stafford

Sea Level at The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach has been a go-to destination for Californian coastal cuisine with a modern twist since its inception in 2016. This year, the restaurant has undergone a culinary transformation with the introduction of a refreshed menu for harmonious flavors and revamped land and sea offerings.

To complement this gastronomic journey, Sea Level has welcomed Martin Herrera as the new General Manager. An acclaimed sommelier, named South Bay’s 2023 sommelier of the year, Herrera is overseeing the transformation of Sea Level’s wine and beverage programs, ensuring they stand out as top choices in the Los Angeles and South Bay areas. With a refreshed menu and an expert in charge, Sea Level continues to offer an exceptional dining experience that celebrates the bountiful offerings of Southern California.

Drawing inspiration from Southern California’s abundant fresh seafood and locally sourced produce, the refreshed menu is a feast for the senses. Diners can indulge in delectable dishes, like:

  • Australian Swordfish served with blistered heirloom tomato and Nardello peppers, forbidden rice, mint and lemon oil;
  • Ora King Salmon paired with charred yellow peaches from Regier Family Farms, lemon yogurt, Israeli couscous, cucumber, red onion, basil and tomatillo jus;
  • Sun Golds & Burrata featuring sun gold tomatoes from Munak Farms, toasted sourdough bread, confit leek, white balsamic vinegar, picked pearl onion and melon cucumber from Coleman Farms and wild rock arugula from Colman Farms;
  • and Charred Brentwood Corn made with grilled corn from Dwelley Farms, harissa butter, coriander, citrus, radish and puffed wild rice.

These culinary creations showcase the finest flavors of the region while maintaining a modern and intimate dining experience right on the waterfront, solidifying Sea Level’s position as a premier dining destination in the South Bay. The best part? There are even more options to choose from!

Dinner & Cake by The Ocean

During our recent visit, we had the opportunity to try out a few of the new menu items, plus some of the popular classics that Sea Level is known for. On this particularly windy evening, manager Edwin and waiter Daniel took care of us. Greeted with smiles and their warm personalities, both were knowledgable and had plenty to recommend, while also delivering the most perfect pairings. Our dining experience included a personal in-table fire pit to combat the chill of the sea breeze, and a perfect view of the sunset.

First up, Daniel brought out a dozen oysters and a few cocktails: Milo’s Quittin’ Time (Junipero gin, cucumber, mint, fresh lime, agave), a Blood Orange Margarita (Mico Blanco, Blood Orange Puree, Lime, Agave, Tajin Salt Rim), and a show stealing Golden Hour (Woodford Reserve, Apple Cider, Acai, Cinnamon, Simple). Flavorful, sweet, and refreshing, these drinks set the mood for what we were preparing to experience while complementing the various meats and veggies on their way.

Appetizers and entrees followed soon after the cocktails, with the new Sun Golds & Burrata, addicting Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice (ginger wasabi aioli, avocado, jalapeño, sweet soy reduction), and Roasted Tri-Colored Carrots (topped with honey & yogurt), then Ora King Salmon and 40 Day Dry Aged New York Strip (featuring Green Garlic Cauliflower Purée, Demi Glaze, Hen of the Woods, and Pickled Horseradish).

The Sun Golds & Barrata are reminiscent of mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad, yet elevated into a unique and seemingly lighter dish that suits Sea Level’s appeal. A popular plate, it really feels like it’s not enough to order just one Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice. This dish is everything one can love about freshly sliced and glazed fish, plus the addictiveness that is anything crunchy. These textures and flavors challenge you to eat just one, but not even four pieces are enough.

Sweet, salty, and creamy, the Roasted Carrots were not only beautiful to look at, but also eat! Bathed in an unexpected combination of honey and yogurt, we found the carrots be an excellent and seemingly simple dish that may need to be copied at home! With a flavor profile so flexible, they could go with anything the chef threw our way.

Arugula and sour dough, change the game when paired with confit leek and white balsamic vinegar. Their Ora King Salmon danced atop the fun texture of light and delicate couscous, while the green garlic flower purée created a soft blanket of flavor beneath the New York Strip for what we dubbed Sea Level’s King & Queen entrees for their incredible land and sea offerings.

To finish things off, we sipped cappuccinos alongside the Caramelized Peach Cake, with vanilla bean ice cream, and bourbon Caramel. It can’t be explained how much everyone should experience this creation, as this cake deserves the full-sized, 9-inch diameter treatment. Imagine the two southern favorites, peach cobbler and pineapple upside down cake, had a baby and you’d probably be left with this stunning creation. A hot cake accompanied by a cold scoop of ice cream is blissful, and this one in particular should always finish out your Sea Level outing.

There’s no better time to visit Sea Level at The Shade Hotel Redondo Beach. With the arrival of fall, the new menu celebrates the rich flavors of the season, using locally sourced, hearty fruits and vegetables, and aromatic spices to create dishes that capture the essence of land and sea. All of this, while enjoying the restaurant’s stunning waterfront views, promises a culinary adventure that beautifully complements the season and makes it an unforgettable autumn dining experience.


goop Partners With Alto for 15th Anniversary Milestone

goop Partners With Alto for 15th Anniversary Milestone

In celebration of goop’s remarkable 15-year journey, an exclusive collaboration has taken shape, fusing the worlds of Alto’s luxury rideshare with holistic wellness. Launched on October 8th, this exceptional partnership between goop and Alto brings forth an innovative travel experience. Specialized vehicles, adorned with a unique goop x Fromental-inspired wallpaper design custom-crafted for this occasion, will traverse all of Alto’s markets to celebrate the milestone.

Credit: Alto, goop

As Alto continues to be the gold standard of seamless travel experiences, it only made sense to team up with a fellow trailblazer that never settles for ordinary. The goop x Alto vehicle is not just any old vehicle; it’s a sanctuary on wheels, meticulously curated to immerse you in the world of holistic wellness and unparalleled luxury.

Credit: Alto, goop

Like all of Alto’s Art Cars, this limited-edition SUV will pick up passengers at random, so you never know if you might be the lucky traveler who wins the goop golden ticket! Each passenger will receive an exclusive goop gift bag, brimming with a selection of goop’s finest beauty and wellness products, including the coveted Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk, a beloved favorite from goop Beauty.

This remarkable collaboration between goop and Alto promises to redefine the very essence of travel, blending luxury and wellness into an extraordinary journey that you won’t want to miss.

Credit: Alto, goop

Solento Organic Tequila Launches Extra Añejo

Solento Organic Tequila Launches Extra Añejo

The limited-edition Solento Extra Añejo is perfectly sip-able and expertly aged 40 months.

On October 9th, Solento, the award-winning USDA-certified organic tequila, today announces the limited-edition release of Solento Extra Añejo. Made in small batches from 100% USDA-certified organic blue weber agave and expertly aged for 40 months in American oak barrels, Solento Extra Añejo is a deliciously smooth and sip-able libation that proves that good things take time.

Inspired by the tequila’s extraordinary smoothness and exquisite flavor, Solento Extra Añejo comes in a limited-edition box set for the ultimate sipping experience. With only 480 in existence, the box set includes a hand-labeled bottle of Solento Extra Añejo, two ribbed rocking glasses, and a unique, hand-selected, vinyl to elevate the sipping experience – each with a different record. The sleek black bottle with grooves that mimic a vinyl record is an eye-catching twist on Solento’s existing bottle design and the box set is an elevated collaboration between Solento and Studio Ethur Ethur resulting in a premium gifting experience for moments that matter.

“Producing quality tequila is already a long process that cannot be rushed. Solento Extra Añejo has a 40-month aging time that requires patience, but the end result is worth the wait,” said Taylor Steele, founder of Solento Organic Tequila. “My hope is that each sip is an experience – one that inspires you to savor the moment. Reach for this limited run when you’re looking to sip, share, enjoy a quality record, and take it slow.”

The Solento Extra Añejo features smooth butterscotch, vanilla, oak and fresh pepper aromas with tastes of cinnamon, warm caramel and a touch of tobacco. The limited-edition box set retails for $299 at siptequila.com.

About Solento Organic Tequila

Made for those who appreciate the ritual of slowing down and being present, Solento is an award-winning, USDA certified organic tequila range. The name Solento is based on the Spanish translation of the words “slow sun”. We celebrate slow. Our certified organic agave grows slowly under the Mexican sun for seven years and is harvested in small batches from a single estate in Jalisco.

Championing field-to-sip organic craft, Solento’s award-winning team has been producing tequila for over 60 years. They practice a production process that respects the environment and favors quality over quantity. Harvesting in small batches from a single estate, our jimadors are meticulous in their technique; they carefully remove the bitter stem leaving behind only the naturally sweet parts of the agave.

Chris Holmes and Cosm Unveil a Mesmerizing Kaleidoscopic Audiovisual Adventure

Chris Holmes and Cosm Unveil a Mesmerizing Kaleidoscopic Audiovisual Adventure

The Journey Within: A Mind-Bending Cosmic Experience

Brace yourselves for a sensory odyssey like no other! Cosm, the visionary immersive technology company, has teamed up with eclectic DJ, artist, and founder of Fascinated by Everything, Chris Holmes, to unveil “The Journey Within.” This mind-bending audiovisual experience is set to take center stage in Cosm’s cutting-edge 87-foot diameter 12K LED domes, slated for release in Spring 2024.

The Ultimate Sensory Mixtape

“The Journey Within,” a Cosm Studios Original, is a meticulously crafted, multi-sensory mixtape that weaves together the musical genius of David Bowie, Radiohead, Joseph Campbell, Matthew Dear, and more. Holmes combines these sonic masterpieces with a mesmerizing visual landscape. Imagine hand-built LED kaleidoscopes, laser sculptures, and awe-inspiring footage of nature’s wonders, from Antarctica’s icy giants to Malibu’s sandy shores and Minnesota’s pristine lakes, hyper-detailed in all their expansiveness. Prepare to be transported from the mundane to a realm of wonder, fascination, and pure awe.

Photo Credit: Cosm

With decades of DJing and remixing expertise under his belt, Chris Holmes has crafted a magical world of light and color that promises to captivate your senses. His mixtape takes you on a multi-sensory voyage, guided by an expertly curated selection of tracks from iconic artists, avant-garde writers, and revolutionary thinkers who have profoundly influenced Holmes’ artistic journey. “The Journey Within” fosters an appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things by merging light, sound, technology, artistry, and the sheer marvels of Earth. Chris Holmes joins a prestigious lineup of artists in Cosm Studios’ Creator Program, alongside new media artist Nancy Baker Cahill and filmmaker Guy Reid. Together, they push the boundaries of immersive storytelling and design.

Inspired by the likes of Yayoi Kusama, James Turrell, and Dan Flavin, as well as Thomas Wilfred’s Clavilux and Laserium laser light shows, Holmes’ work unfolds as a journey into a transformative state of wonder and fascination. Each kaleidoscope in the experience reimagines the natural world, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of colors, patterns, and infinite possibilities on an unprecedented medium.

The Future is Round

You may have noticed a certain sphere getting quite the attention lately, but it just goes to show that the future of entertainment is indeed very round. Cosm’s 12K LED domes provide the ideal canvas for this breathtaking masterpiece, showing the leaps and bounds technology has made over the years. Holmes envisions Cosm as a “cathedral of light, color, and sound” where the community can gather for a transformative social experience that transcends the digital screens that dominate our lives.

Photo Credit: Cosm

Cosm’s venues are set to redefine fan experiences, blending crowd energy, gourmet food and drinks, exclusive merchandise, and cutting-edge visuals backed by state-of-the-art technology. In addition to “The Journey Within” and “SEEK” by Nancy Baker Cahill, Cosm’s programming will feature live sports events, including NBA games and UFC fights.

Coming Soon to a City Near You

Cosm’s first venue in Los Angeles and its second venue in Dallas are currently under construction, with plans for expansion into other key markets. Stay tuned for more information on the schedule of events when these venues open their doors, and prepare to embark on “The Journey Within,” where sound and vision unite in a breathtaking symphony of wonder and awe. Chris Holmes and Cosm invite you to experience art on a grand scale, transcending boundaries and redefining entertainment as we know it.

About Cosm

Cosm is the leading experiential media and immersive technology company redefining the way the world experiences content. With a storied history of building some of the most innovative experience technology in the world, Cosm provides sensorial experiences for every type of fan, from sports and entertainment to immersive art and education. Its immersive venues bridge the virtual and physical worlds through pioneered technology that expands the realm of what’s possible, connecting people and bringing them together in, what is called, Shared Reality. As the company continues to expand to new cities and countries, Cosm is sparking shared passions and providing guests across the globe with experiences they need to feel to believe. To learn more about Cosm, visit www.cosm.com and follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Threads, and TikTok.

About Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes is an artist, musician and tech alchemist who is constantly learning and endlessly fascinated. For the past 14 years Chris has toured the world as the opening act for Paul McCartney, remixing The Beatles, McCartney, and Wings songs. An accomplished remixer and DJ who has been instrumental in shaping the LA nightlife scene for almost two decades, Chris has remixed, DJed and toured with McCartney, Prince, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Spike Jonze, Edgar Wright, Jon Favreau, Banksy, Questlove, Radiohead and Daft Punk. As a producer, his credits include artists from house music legend Felix Da Housecat to beloved icon Sinead O’Connor. Chris has brought his invaluable vision and creativity to events and campaigns for Google, Sundance Labs, Sonos, Shinola, Nissan, Dos Hombres, Comedy Central, and Rockstar Games to name a few.  He has served as music director for the LA based charity The Art of Elysium.

Photo Credit: Cosm


SoCal Fall Essentials Roundup: Events, Activities, and Shopping

SoCal Fall Essentials Roundup: Events, Activities, and Shopping

This summer was an interesting one, but now we’re no to cooler and crisper things as fall sets in. If you enjoyed our essentials roundup that covered everything from events to brands and special deals, prepare for deja vu! We’re doing it all over again with a curated selection of events, activities, and brands that capture the essence of the seasonal transition.

From cozy drinks to musical delights, here’s everything that will have you falling head over heels for this season. The best part? We’ll be updating this roundup throughout the season with new updates, so you won’t run out of things to do or shopping ideas for the upcoming holiday season!



Celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Urban Press Winery – November 16

If you like to wine and dine, there’s a great celebration on the way, taking place at Urban Press Winery.

Join in the jubilation as Urban Press Winery & Restaurant marks its 7th Anniversary! To commemorate this significant milestone, you’re invited to revel in a gastronomic experience featuring a specially curated menu boasting delectable $7 food items and exquisite wine selections by the glass.

Indulge in a culinary journey with their Anniversary specials, including tantalizing options, like their signature Beet Salad, UP Burger, Arrabbiata, Truffle Pizza, Margherita Pizza, and the divine Golden Cannoli. Elevate your experience further with select glasses of UPW Wines, perfectly paired to enhance your celebration.

This exclusive event unfolds at the enchanting Urban Press Winery & Restaurant, nestled at 316 North San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502. Immerse yourself in the festivities every Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Additionally, don’t miss out on the all-day and night celebration on Thursday, November 16.

Make reservations here.

Visit Fargo’s “Pillow Talk” Activation at Smorgasburg – November 19

Embark on an exhilarating journey as FX’s acclaimed series, Fargo, kicks off its Season 5 premiere with the mobile pop-up experience known as “Pillow Talk!” This innovative venture takes the form of a specially branded truck, making a noteworthy stop in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 19, at the bustling Smorgasburg. Prior to its LA appearance, the truck mesmerized the crowd in New York City.

This dynamic pop-up promises an immersive experience for the public, featuring enticing opportunities to score exclusive limited-edition merchandise. From stylish koozies to cozy pillows, and even a taste of premium coffee courtesy of Be Bright, attendees are in for a treat. Don’t miss out on the chance to engage with the Fargo universe in a whole new way and walk away with coveted collectibles from this unique mobile celebration.

The event takes place on Sunday, November 19, from 10 AM – 4 PM at Smorgasburg (777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021).

Visit “Here: Arts & Culture Along the K” Metro Art Exhibition – Oct. 8 – Dec. 30

Metro Art presents “Here: Arts & Culture Along the K,” a multimedia art exhibition at the Museum of African American Art showcasing the Metro Art K Line art program. The exhibition is a celebration of people and places along the K Line and marks the first anniversary of the opening of Metro’s K Line service through the Crenshaw corridor.

Along with the exhibition, a companion publication celebrates arts and culture along the K Line through Metro Art commissions and collaborations shaped by over 150 arts and cultural organizations, artists and creatives responding to distinct neighborhoods with bold imagination. Together, the contributions to Here contemplate the power of place, storied histories, collective joy and deep neighborhood pride.

You can visit the exhibit at Museum of African American Art /Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza: 3650 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 2nd Floor, Suite 283 Los Angeles, CA 90008. Go Metro to MLK Jr. Station. Hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn more about Metro art programs and exhibitions here.


Wellness From the Inside: Remedy Organics

It’s purple, rich, and bold, and it’s taking the world by storm! If you didn’t know, the name for this viral veggie is Ube — a vibrant purple yam. The deliciously sweet and nutty purple vegetable is typically grown in the Philippines, packed with benefits and is rich in phytonutrients, Vitamin C, and potassium (so yes, you should be adding this to your wellness & beauty routines).

The good news is that Remedy Organics has made it easy, launching their newest and first-of-its-kind Super Ube Glow wellness shake, which spotlights this highly effective ingredient to boost your wellness routine. Ube enhances your overall wellness, nourishes your gut and encourages inner radiance. Combine this with all the other nutritional benefits from Remedy Organics line of smoothie blends, and you’ve got yourself a flavorful range of health and wellness boosting goodness!

You can see from social media that this veggie is all the rave and has coined the term the “new collagen” in the wellness world because of its benefits including:

          • Promoting gut health

          • Rich in antioxidants

          • Promoting natural collagen production

          • Enhancing brain health

          • Improving blood circulation

          • And more!

Remedy Organics‘ other wellness centered nutrition-packed flavors include Matcha Fuel, Berry Immunity, Super Chai Fuel, and Golden Mind just to name a few! Even still, there is more to explore with their Immunity+ Shots and Keto Wellness blends for those who have more focused wellness goals.


Where Tradition Meets Sustainable Fashion: City Threads

Got Halloween costume plans or just need updated threads for the kids? Here, the options are nearly endless!

Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, City Threads stands as a shining beacon of sustainable children’s apparel, with a remarkable twist – every garment they offer is locally knit and dyed right in the vibrant city they call home. Beyond the cozy comfort and eco-conscious design lies a captivating narrative that weaves together the rich history of a family of immigrants deeply rooted in the Los Angeles community and a generational legacy of local manufacturing.

The story begins with Joe Willis and Shayna Samuel, who fatefully crossed paths during their high school days at Santa Monica High School back in 1994. Little did they know that their journey together would culminate in the creation and triumphant growth of City Threads, a brand steeped in the traditions of their shared European-Jewish heritage. Fast forward over two decades, and City Threads has not only made its mark in the sustainable clothing industry but has taken it by storm. Their impressive collections of timeless styles stand as a resolute antidote to the fast fashion epidemic, proving that sustainability, heritage, and exceptional quality can coexist harmoniously in the world of children’s fashion.

Shop their Fall Essentials or their costume-completing Halloween collection to get your little ones fitted for the season!


PAIGE at Fashion Island

PAIGE, a leading fashion brand celebrated for its premium denim and contemporary apparel, earlier announced the opening of its newest retail location at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. Located at 567 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660, the boutique opened its doors to the public in mid-August, showcasing the brand’s highly anticipated Summer/Fall 2023 lifestyle collection.

PAIGE’s Fashion Island store offers a comprehensive selection of meticulously crafted pieces, including denim, knits, wovens, outerwear, leather goods, accessories, and much more. Paige Adams-Geller, PAIGE’s Co-Founder and Creative Director designed the space with her creative team who executed her vision. The boutique embodies the brand’s signature aesthetic, with a blend of white, slate blue, and black metal accents complemented by hints of warm wood elements. Inspired by Mediterranean design, the store features arched doorways in black metal, adding architectural interest reminiscent of the brand’s other locations.

Infusing the space with organic materials and an ethereal ambiance, the store boasts a chandelier inspired by the Heracleum plant, creating a captivating visual centerpiece. The illuminated Heracleum leaves provide a warm glow, while wood-like porcelain tiles on the accent wall contribute a modern touch to the overall design.

Spanning 1,450 square feet, this location enables PAIGE to showcase the full breadth of its lifestyle brand, catering to a loyal customer base in Newport Beach and beyond. With equal emphasis on the women’s and men’s collections, customers can expect an immersive shopping experience that highlights the brand’s exceptional denim craftsmanship and extended categories, such as footwear, sunglasses, and upcoming new additions.


Pretend It’s Summer Year-Round with Sprayground’s Miami Vice Collection

Sprayground, the globe-trotting travel fashion powerhouse, has taken an exciting leap into the past to reimagine the legacy of the legendary ’80s TV sensation, “Miami Vice”! With the Miami Vice collection, Sprayground has designed a unique celebration of ’80s pop culture, meticulously crafted for those who crave the glitz, the glam, and the adrenaline rush of Miami’s iconic detectives, Sonny and Ricco.

This electrifying collaboration pays a stylish tribute to the everlasting impact this iconic show had on the world of fashion.

Dive into the adventure with three full-sized backpacks that encapsulate the essence of Sonny and Ricco themselves, including an ultra-exclusive vintage cellphone backpack that’s sure to turn heads. And that’s not all – there are two game-changing hoodies that channel the spirit of Crockett and Tubbs, along with a graphic tee that’ll have you feeling like an instant pop-culture legend.

The Miami Vice Collection isn’t just a blast from the past; it’s available online and in exclusive boutiques worldwide, so you can rock that ’80s swagger no matter where or when you are.


Savor the Magic of Whiskey with Flaviar’s 2023 Advent Calendar

Prepare to embark on a captivating whiskey journey this holiday season with Flaviar’s highly anticipated 2023 The Lost Art of Distillation Advent calendar.

Crafted for whiskey enthusiasts and connoisseurs, this calendar is a true delight, offering 24 expertly chosen, 50mL glass vials of award-winning whiskeys sourced from eight different countries. Each day holds a new adventure, from the rich and robust flavors of Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey to the exceptional taste profiles of J.J. Corry The Hanson Whiskey, and the historical charm of Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey.

To ensure you don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to elevate your holiday season order now! Orders placed by October 20 will be received by Thanksgiving, and orders placed by November 12 will be set for delivery by December 1! The countdown to extraordinary whiskey experiences is set to begin, promising to make your holiday season truly unforgettable.

Order your Lost Art of Distillation Advent Calendar today and unlock the enchantment of whiskey, one sip at a time.


Fun & Activities

Westfield Topanga: Pinstripes Set To Open – September 23

Pinstripes, the best in class experiential dining and entertainment concept, is opening at Westfield Topanga Saturday, September 23! The new location is a part of Westfield Topanga’s expansion, which transformed a former department store space into a bespoke luxury retail, dining and entertainment district.

Pinstripes Westfield Topanga will offer welcoming and memorable experiences for all guests, featuring 12 bowling lanes, 4 bocce courts, a full-service bistro, and elegant and spacious event spaces accommodating 20 to 1,200 people. The venue also features an intimate outdoor patio and a stunning outdoor terrace on the upper level with sliding glass doors, offering indoor/outdoor space for groups of up to 80 people.

Built from a passion to gather, celebrate and experience sophisticated fun, Pinstripes Westfield Topanga will offer guests lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as happy hour, a late-night menu, and weekend brunches.

Born in the Midwest, Pinstripes’ best-in-class venues offer a combination of made-from-scratch dining, bowling and bocce and flexible private event space. From its full-service Italian-American food and beverage menu to its gaming array of bowling and bocce, Pinstripes offers multi-generational activities seven days a week.

Its elegant and spacious 25,000 – 38,000 square foot venues can accommodate groups of 20 to 1,500 people for private events, parties, and celebrations. For more information on Pinstripes, visit www.pinstripes.com.

Events & Activities You’ve Missed


Chamberlain Coffee x DEUX Take Over La La Land Kind Cafe – Oct. 20 – Oct. 22

Donuts and coffee never go out of style — even with the changing seasons! Gen Z coffee brand Chamberlain Coffee and DEUXthe functional sweets brand known for their vegan, gluten-free, clean ingredient enhanced snacks, are taking over upbeat, LA hotspot La La Land Kind Cafe (1426 Montana Ave #1, Santa Monica, CA 90403) from October 20 – 22 to celebrate the launch of Chamberlain Coffee x DEUX’s Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, which are available now!

During the weekend-long pop-up, customers can try out the limited-edition Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, which are vegan, gluten-free, and made with better-for-you, clean ingredients like B12 and L-Theanine for energy and metabolism support, as well as custom beverages featuring Chamberlain Coffee’s signature coffee blends. There will also be custom merch available for sale powered by Pietra, along with plenty of other goodies to enjoy.

WHENOctober 20 – 22 I 10am – 7pm

WHERELa La Land Kind Cafe I 1426 Montana Ave #1, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Find The Perfect Halloween-Themed Event, Courtesy of Eventbrite! – All October

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, costume connoisseur, or candy enthusiast, look no further than Eventbrite, the global platform for unique and local events. This year, they’ve curated a special collection of Halloween events in Los Angeles bringing all of your favorite haunts and thrills straight to your fingertips. 

From spooky movie nights to Halloween bar crawls to family festivals, Eventbrite has scoured the eerie corners of LA to provide consumers with the ultimate Halloween experiences, so they don’t have to settle for the same old house party. The best part is that you don’t have to look far for LA’s full collection of Halloween-themed events, or you can pick from some stand-outs the Eventbrite team has highlighted below:


Cutwater Distillery Offers Speakeasy Experience & Spooky Cocktails – Sept. 30 – Oct. 31

Cutwater’s Tasting Room and Kitchen will be transformed from September 30th to October 31st as Halloween makes its return. Serving up a series of chilling cocktails carefully curated for the season, offering exclusive limited-edition merchandise, and opening of their fermentation room for an illuminating LaBARatory Speakeasy Experience, showcasing radiant and molecular delights every Wednesday through Sunday throughout the month of October.

Tickets for the LaBARatory are $25. Each ticket includes:

🧪 Welcome cocktail in a specialty take-home glass

🔮 Access to an exclusive cocktail menu updating weekly from our very own Mad Scientists

🧪 Radioactive cocktails

🔮 Mystery test tube R&D spirit samples


Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness with a Mezcal Happy Hour at Chulita – All October

Artisanal Mezcal brand, Convite — which happens to be the best-selling Mezcal in Oaxaca — is teaming up with Venice’s very own Chulita to give back to the community, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Throughout October, Chulita will be serving up a special pink margarita featuring Convite Una’, the brand’s pink, naturally tinted Mezcal. For every Convite Una’ Pink Margarita sold, Chulita and Convite’s US importer, Hotaling & Co. will donate $2 to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research in Los Angeles.

Convite Una’ offers year-round support to those affected by breast cancer through the brand’s partnership with FUCAM, the only private non-profit institution in Mexico that offers comprehensive treatment of breast cancer. They are excited to amplify support by partnering with the beloved women-owned, authentic local staple, Chulita, and support the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. You can enjoy this opportunity all October long.


Attend Dr. Martens’ Limited-Time Pop Up At The Grove & More – October 13, and throughout October

From October 4th through October 29th, the iconic shoe brand has teamed up with Nordstrom to host a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at Nordstrom’s “The Glass Box” in the heart of The Grove.
Dr. Martens’ Limited-Time Pop-Up at The Grove will debut the brand’s newest visual identity, and showcases a curated selection of AW23 products with select styles only available at Nordstrom. The assortment includes styles from the Dr. Martens Archive collection as well as the Audrick Chelsea Hi Boot and Audrick 10 Eyelet Boot that are exclusively available at Nordstrom. Check out the specific dates and days below for the separate events taking place throughout the month:
October 4 – October 29
Yeah It’s Jewelry, founded by Chloe Weitman will curate an exclusive shoe charm bar, where consumers can customize their DMs purchase with a sterling silver shoe charm. A new charm will be released each week and only at The Dr. Martens Glass Box.
Every Thursday & Saturday in October
Bespoke Monogramming will take place every Thursday and Saturday in October, where consumers can personalize their own Dr. Martens with contemporary monogram letters hand painted by artist Sharnae Cáceres of With Vivid Color.  
Friday, October 13

Lastly, on Friday the 13th, Dr. Martens will host a Tarot Card + Tote event with Rachel Howe of Small Spells.Customers can participate in tarot card reading and receive a free canvas tote bag custom designed by Small Spells.


West Edge Hosts Wags and Walks Adoption Event – September 23

LA’s newest mixed-use development, West Edge, is teaming up with Wags & Walks for the ultimate dog adoption event on Saturday, September 23rd! 

If you’re looking to adopt a new adorable furry companion, stop by for a day of ‘puppy therapy’, while enjoying light bites & beverages, and hanging with adorable, adoptable dogs to support a good cause!

Wags & Walks is a dog-adoption agency focused on advocating for all dogs who are often overlooked and at-risk due to overcrowding. Since 2011, Wags and Walks has collectively saved more than 10,500 dogs. 

Wags and Walks Dog Adoption Event
When: Saturday, September 23rd from 1-3pm
Address: 12101 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Endless Summer Cocktail Event from Off Hours Bourbon

The Endless Summer cocktail event featuring Off Hours Bourbon (founded by Jake Ireland) and  Saint Spritz (founded by JoJo Fletcher & Mallory Patton) took place at the end of September, and it was the perfect send off for the season.
The entrepreneurs teamed up to celebrate taking the essence of summer into the rest of the year – warm sunshine, a cool ocean breeze, a glass of something refreshing to cool you down. Together, they showed guests how to make the most of these moments, demo their favorite cocktail, and more!

Pictured above, Off Hours Bourbon Founder  Jake Ireland and Saint Spritz founders JoJo Fletcher & Mallory Patton, hosted a cocktail making experience at Little Beach House Malibu where they shared their favorite bourbon spritz recipe. Guests toasted and sipped on their delicious cocktails throughout the evening celebrating an endless summer. 

And the kind folks at Off Hours were kind enough to send us a cocktail recipe in case you wanted to indulge yourself:

Saint Spritz x Off Hours Bourbon Spritz


1 oz. Off Hours Bourbon
1/2 can of Saint Spritz
Ginger Beer
2 Maraschino Cherries


Fill your glass with ice.
Pour 1 oz of Off Hours Bourbon into your glass.
Pour 1/2 can of Saint Spritz into your glass.
Top it off with Ginger Beer.
Garnish with 2 Maraschino Cherries.

Solento Organic Tequila’s Solento Surf Festival – September 16 – 23

Solento Organic Tequila, the award-winning USDA-certified organic tequila, is kicking the season off with their third annual Solento Surf Festival from 9/16 – 9/23! The award-winning USDA-certified organic tequila, announced the Solento Surf Festival (SSF) featuring a seaside beach takeover, community activations and film festival taking place Sept. 16-23.
Curated by Solento founder and filmmaker Taylor Steele for a third year in a row, the weeklong celebration embraces Solento’s “take it slow” mindset of living in the present and unites the community around surf culture. Solento invites all members of the community to immerse themselves in the various festivities, including:
  • Seaside Beach Takeover: Solento will take over Seaside on Sept. 16 for a family-friendly day featuring surf contests, live music, food, drinks and partner activations including complimentary massages from Alila Marea Beach Resort and Dark Arts Board demos. The event is open to the community and free of charge.
  • Film festival: The historic La Paloma theater will serve as a hub for surf films, panel discussions, raffles and live music. Tickets are limited and available online for purchase. Film showings include: The world premiere of “Trilogy: New Wave” and panel with director Andrew Mackenzie ○ The U.S. premiere of “Corners of the Earth” and panel with director Spencer Frost ○ Untold stories and unseen footage with award-winning filmmaker Michael Oblowitz.
  • Community activations: An art show open to the community will take place at Four Moons Spa featuring Todd DiCiurcio, Todd Glaser, + Ivana Bajic, as well as a complimentary pre-screen happy hour at ALOHA Collection.

Tickets to the Solento Surf Festival are available for purchase at www.solentosurffestival.com. And if you can’t make it to the festivities, the kind folks at Solento were nice enough to provide a recipe to get you into the season!

  • 1 1/2 oz Solento Blanco Tequila
  • Honey
  • Water
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 5 Sage Leaves
  • Ice
Directions1. Create honey syrup by combining 1 part honey with 1 part hot water.
2. Combine 1 1/2 oz Solento Blanco, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 5 sage leaves, and 1/2 oz honey syrup. Shake with ice.
3. Strain into a coupe and garnish with sage leaves.
Servings1 glass


Celebrate 30+ years of the Legend of Zelda at Candlelight Concerts – September 27

Looking for an event that combines live music, awe-inspiring local venues, and the Legend of Zelda? You may have found your missing link

While you’ve listened to the magical sounds of the Nintendo game, get ready to experience the Zelda soundtrack like never before with Candlelight Concert’s The Best of Zelda.

Hosted at historic locations in both New York City and Los Angeles, this hylian-ticipatednight of fun features a localstring quartet and reimagines iconic themes from the franchise, including Ocarina of TimeThe Wind WakerandSkyward Sword

Under the glow of thousands of candles, you can enjoy your favorite Zelda melodies, and rediscover the magic that has charmed audiences since the 1980s, with tickets starting at $30. 

Los Angeles: Hosted at The Immanuel Presbyterian Church at 6:30 PM and 9 PM on Wednesday, September 27th.


Charlotte de Witte’s First Ever All-Night-Long Show In LA – September 29

If music is on your mind, techno powerhouse Charlotte de Witte will be kicking off her first ever, ALL-NIGHT-LONG show in Los Angeles on September 29th at the iconic Shrine Expo Hall.

The culmination of her stacked Overdrive tour and campaign – which kicked off this Spring with a VIRAL New York City takeover featuring two sold out shows at Brooklyn Mirage as well as a guerilla-style, surprise set that closed down Orchard street for thousands – de Witte is poised to take the West Coast by storm with this epic, final stop. Charlotte de Witte’s second, turbo-charged US takeover will be her first set of this length since her 10-hour performance at Flanders Expo in 2021.

Performers: Charlotte de Witte
Location: Shrine Expo Hall (665 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007)
Date: Friday, September 29th
TimingDoors Open at 8:30 PM PST; Show Start Time 9:00 PM PST

Relax With Lunya – October 5 – 8

This week only, luxury rest-wear brand, Lunya, is celebrating the launch of their newest fabric, Slumberknit! Lunya will be popping things off (or slowing things down) with some ultra-relaxing experiences in the Parachute store in Pasadena.

From October 5th to October 8th, Lunya will host guests for 3-minute ASMR meditation in Parachute’s stores to celebrate the launch of Slumberknit. In addition, Lunya and Parachute are hosting private activations on Saturday, October 7th. For just $15, guests will receive their money back in a $15 Lunya credit, plus access to a 45-minute sound healing from Altha with Lunya’s sleep masks and socks! Guests in the private event sessions will also receive a VIP Swag Bag with offerings from Lunya, Parachute, and more!

Swing by to save, catch up on meditation, and secure some much-needed rest this weekend!

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