Elk Herd Strengthened By New Blood

From USA TODAY: There are signs of a small, silent social insurgency sweeping through medium-size boomtown cities and suburbs across the nation: young professionals joining the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a 138-year-old fraternal organization most commonly associated with charitable works, veterans’ causes and Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners. Like other fraternal organizations, the Elks have […]

No Break From The Corporate Come On

In a disturbing, but typical move, corporate America is shoving its wares in the face of drunken college students on break from their northern campuses. According to USA TODAY: Companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Paramount Pictures have stamped ads on hotel room staples, from pillow cases and shower curtains to room card keys and […]

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Sneakers Freakers

From Time: By 9:35 on a recent Friday night, Dominique Thomas had been camped outside the Niketown store in South Miami for two full days. Thomas, who goes by the street name DK the Line Pimp, had flown in from Denver and was first in line to buy the $100 Cowboy Air Max 180s, which […]

Sub Millionaires’ Row

The house above is a 827 sf shack in Cupertino, CA (the peninsula town that Apple Computer calls home). The asking price is $764,900. From San Francisco Chronicle: You’re not the only one dreaming of ditching the Bay Area for a Midwestern college town or a coastal city in the Southeast. Two out of five […]

A-B Peels Out

From Star-Telegram: Anheuser-Busch Cos., the United States’ biggest beer maker, next month plans to roll out Peels, a line of fizzy, alcoholic fruit drinks in such flavors as strawberry with passion fruit and cranberry with peach. The St. Louis company recently invited editors at some of the nation’s top women’s magazines for free manicures and […]

There’s No There There

Seth Godin hit a nerve with his anti-Vegas rant. I’ve never liked Vegas much. The place seems flimsy and unreal, like a Hollywood set that will be gone tomorrow, after a big dust storm blows it up into Utah. Las Vegas is an epicenter of a trend that is accelerating through every market and community […]

Where The Girls Are

Adweek: Maybelline is launching a Web site Tuesday for its new makeup line, Pure, that takes a novel approach to engaging teenage girls and young women. Instead of focusing on its products, the cosmetics company is taking a page from MySpace’s playbook and inviting visitors to create and share content. Built by aQuantive’s Avenue A/Razorfish, […]

Ikea Feeds The Needy

Der Spiegel: From Munich in the south to Kiel in the north, Ikea is increasingly turning into a welfare center for pensioners, young moms, low-earners and the unemployed. Many low-earners prefer eating in the familiar atmosphere of this temple to consumption to standing in line at the soup kitchen. Indeed, the stigma of poverty is […]

Refuge For The Officeless

Fast Company: There was a time when “working a hotel” meant fishnets and a miniskirt–now it’s a laptop and a cell. Hang out in a hotel lobby or bar, particularly a high-end one, and you’re sure to see more people than ever running their entire business operations from a table over in the corner. “With […]