Norman

The brainchild of Nordic culinary entrepreneurs, Claus Meyer and Frederik Berselius, and helmed by Chef Andrew Whitcomb, Norman is an all-day café, bar, and bakery that offers creative and healthy dishes with a Scandinavian twist.  Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the midst of the warehouse design store/exhibition space, A/D/O, it’s all open plan with communal tables and an earthy yet modern feel.  So, whether you’re stopping by to sip coffee or have a meal or drink at any time of day, you’re likely to catch the following tracks playing overhead: Alma “Chasing Highs,” Blond Ambition “Stupid Boy-Girl,” Blasko “Another Love,” Joe Goddard “Music Is the Answer,” and Kwaye “Cool Kids.”

Freehand – Los Angeles

With hotel properties popping up around the country, Freehand made its LA debut this summer.  Located Downtown in the former Commercial Exchange building, the lobby is striking in its newly revamped take on art deco with a touch of the American Southwest thrown in. The LA location builds upon the hostel-style hotel in Miami with a slew of shared rooms that are well appointed and reasonably priced along with private suites and rooms all decked out with textiles and art by local artists.  If you grab drink at the rooftop bar or hang out in the lobby you’ll be greeted by the following sampling of music: Nick Waterhouse “High Tiding,” Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators “Bad Viberations,” Shintaro Sakamoto “Let’s Dance Raw,” Grace Jones “Feel Up,” and Mark Ronson “Heavy and Rolling.”

Felix Trattoria

A new Italian restaurant in Los Angeles in the midst of Venice’s main hub – Abbot Kinney –offers up ingredients that are farm fresh with a regional and seasonal Italian focus.  This is the brainchild of Janet Zuccarini, the owner of inventive restaurant group, Gusto 54, and chef Evan Funke who studied under the tutelage of Alessandra Spinsi in Bologna, Italy.  Pastas are handmade and labored over lovingly and the hospitality is all warmth at this spot.  You’ll hear a mix of hip hop, R&B, soul and classic rock as you make your way through your meal with the following artists playing: Anderson .Paak “Come Down,” Kingswood “Golden,” “Minke “Gold Angel,” Lady Wray “Smiling,” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up.”

Plymouth Miami

The Plymouth Miami is situated right in the heart of South Beach’s Museum Historic District and is a stone’s throw away from the beach, making it perfectly suited to both cultural and leisure activities.  The architecture is Art Moderne and the room renovations combine luxurious amenities with a personal touch.  Luckily, Blue Ribbon Sushi is the main restaurant onsite meaning that you don’t have to go far for a top-notch meal.  Lounge poolside in a cabana or take a breather in the lobby as the following mix of music plays overhead: Yuna’s “Crush,” BJ the Chicago Kid’s “Turnin’ Me Up,” Kehlani’s “Keep On,” Céu’s “A Nave Vai,” and Natalia LaFourcade’s “Tú Sí Sabes Quererme.”

Catalyst International Women’s Day Awards Conference and Dinner

Redefining leadership is the theme of Catalyst’s Awards Conference and we couldn’t agree more with this central tenet and what the organization does as a whole. On a daily basis, Catalyst is working to promote gender equality by focusing on progress for women in the workplace through consulting, executive training sessions, workshops and other invaluable services. The fact that their conference is on International Women’s Day makes their message resonate even more and we’re thrilled to be involved in any way that we can by creating a playlist that complements the day’s schedule and the overall inspiring tone of the event.

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Eataly

Walk into an Eataly in New York, Boston or Chicago and the first impression you will have will be the grand scale of it all. This year marks the 10th anniversary when Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti opened the first Eataly in a former factory in Turin; the first location in the States followed in 2010 under Mario Batali’s tutelage to much acclaim. The stores are structured like markets with every kind of Italian delicacy and ingredient imaginable. You have towering rooms filled with foccacia, fresh pasta, biscotti, meats, olive oils and produce. You have gelato bars and restaurants such as Osteria Valentino, Il Pesce, Le Verdure nestled in the midst of the action at each location that specialize in pizzas or seafood or offer vegetarian fare. It is easy to get lost in the aisles as you ogle all the delicious looking options and hear the accompanying soundtrack with tracks like Ann Peebles’ “Love Played A Game,” Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Every Day I Write The Book,” Electric Guest’s “Back For Me,” Warpaint’s “New Song,” and Charles Bradley’s “Things We Do For Love.”

Outdoor Voices

Fitness apparel has always felt too obviously like workout gear.  There’s normally a healthy heaping of mesh, neon, and other loud garish colors and the clothes tend to be oversized or over-engineered and often scream ‘look at me, I’m clearly sweating over here’ – albeit not too stylishly.  Enter Outdoor Voices. Their stores in New York and Texas feel more like well-appointed boutiques with the likes of KAYTRANADA’s “You’re The One,” De La Soul’s “Pain,” Beck’s “Dreams,” Anderson .Paak’s “Am I Wrong,” and LÉON’s “Tired Of Talking” playing overhead.  The color palette and construction of their clothes is meant to tempt the customer in to wearing the items beyond the workout.  They bill their clothes as technical apparel for recreation and they offer up helpful details on the breathability and durability of the items along with the context of what level of activity it’s appropriate for.  In other words, it feels like you have a knowledgeable and stylish friend giving you advice as you upgrade your wardrobe and fitness level while you’re at it.

 

Ruschmeyer’s

Anyone who has ever been to camp has some version of the same experience where you’re hunkered down in creaky cabins with outhouse communal bathrooms a stone’s throw away from cavernous dining halls. Wooden shacks tend to dot the grounds housing everything from a potter’s studio to tie dye facilities to ominous sheds holding all sorts of musty 30-year-old water sport equipment. Enter Ruschmeyer’s. This is like the civilized adult fantasy land version of it. The décor is modern and airy and there’s even a bit of relaxed whimsy with a hammock in each room. The rooms ring a lawn with trees strung with lights and a teepee. The main dining area is spacious and cozy with gingham table cloths and mod architectural touches. The Magic Garden, the outdoor spot with picnic tables, really ratchets up the camp nostalgia and then there’s a sandy area where you can play a rousing game of ping pong all the while hearing the sounds of Night Moves’ “Leave Your Light On,” CAN’s “I’m So Green,” FIR’s “Summer Wasn’t There,” Escondido’s “Moon Child,” and Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul” wafting around.

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