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Pergola X photo by Natalie Norcross for use by 360 Magazine

StruXure – Pergola X

Outdoor Details Worth Splurging On This Summer With Scott Selzer, CEO of StruXure

Site, function, and budget are all important factors to consider when designing an outdoor space: What can my property accommodate? What kind of space do I want/need? How much money am I willing to spend? However, it’s also important to think about outdoor upgrades in terms of return on investment. How can I create a space that can be used year-round? Will the upgrades increase my property value? The answers to all these questions will help inform choices well beyond furniture selection, like whether to add fixed structures, water features, or built-in appliances.

Adding an adjustable louvered pergola by StruXure to one’s home is not only a great idea for providing shade to an outdoor space, but it can also help reduce interior heat gain by protecting exterior walls.

Summer is synonymous with spending more time outdoors, but without proper planning it can also mean sunburns, bee stings, and heat exhaustion. We hear it all the time, “I’d spend a lot more time in my backyard if I could get some relief from the blazing sun.” A pergola with pivoting louvers, that can be adjusted at the touch of a button, gives you the protection you need from sun, wind, and rain showers, not only in the summer months, but all year long.

Thanks to social distancing protocols, it has become the norm rather than the exception to eat outdoors, and not only at restaurants. Recreating the al fresco dining experience at home is becoming increasingly popular. A pergola with automated pivoting louvers helps protect diners, whether in a commercial or residential setting, from direct sunlight and other weather conditions.

If we learned anything during the pandemic, it’s that everyone can use technology. From a dramatic increase in video calls to prolific smart hub use, people are no longer afraid of technology. Many who thought “smart gadgets” weren’t for them are now capable users. The Pergola X by StruXure uses a Somfy motor to activate its louvers, which can be operated by remote control or through use of an app on a personal device.

As with interior design, a well-designed outdoor space needs to offer both comfort and function. Without both, it won’t get used. In addition, an outdoor space must be designed to withstand the elements. Even the most well-curated outdoor lounge or kitchen will remain underutilized unless it can be protected from rain, sun, and extreme temperatures. StruXure pergolas offer protection and durability. The motorized pivoting louvers, which can be shifted at the touch of a button to let the warm sunshine through or to optimize shade, can be fully closed on rainy days. StruXure products are made from durable, powder-coated extruded aluminum, which makes them scratch-resistant, non-corrosive, and nearly maintenance-free. Pergolas can also serve as anchors, helping to define unique spaces within a larger, multi-purpose backyard design.

Treat your outdoor space as new-found square footage and look for ways to maximize the value of that space. One way is by adding a high-quality pergola that will stand the test of time—one that can be matched to your home’s architecture and color scheme—and then turning that protected space into any “room” your family desires: outdoor living room, theater, kitchen, spa. The benefit of a sturdy, fixed structure with pivoting louvers is that it can be utilized in every season, whether you want shade, airflow, sunlight, or rain protection (our products can even withstand snow loads). And as outdoor living continues to rise in popularity, statistics show that homes with comfortable outdoor spaces are increasingly attractive to buyers.

About StruXure

Founded in 2011 by CEO and Chief Product Architect Scott Selzer, StruXure has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America for six years in a row. Steady growth at- tracted top talent and led the company to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters just north of Atlanta, GA in 2016. A West Coast Fulfillment Center and Showroom, located just outside of Las Vegas, NV, was added in the Fall of 2017. With StruXure dealers from Canada to the Caribbean, the company is poised and ready to lead the way to more innovative outdoor living across North America and beyond.

Pergola X photo by Natalie Norcross for use by 360 Magazine

Pergola X photo by Natalie Norcross for use by 360 Magazine

illustration by Kaelen Felix for use by 360 Magazine

Benefits of Buying Tailbone Cushion Seat for Your Daily Use

Research shows that many people spend several hours sited. And so, are you among these individuals? Sitting for long periods can hurt you, including tiredness, severe back pain, or lower back pain. To avoid such complications, you should ensure you have an ergonomic seat. One way of having such a seat is by adding a cushion to it. These are the benefits of these cushions.

Helps with Better Digestion

Sitting in some office chairs compresses your abdomen and pelvis. When these areas experience compression, you may suffer digestion problems. This compression can further cause constipation or heartburn. You may develop other severe conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, whose symptoms include abdominal cramps, bloating to mention but a few.

After eating some heavy meal, you should not compress your digestive system by using an office cushion.

Better Concentration at Work

An office cushion gives you better blood circulation and posture. You will be more comfortable and concentrate better at your workplace. The buffer protects you from back pain that hinders your productivity.

Better Productivity

Comfortable employees are more focused and hence productive. The company will also have fewer workers going for sick leave due to back pains. Employees with good health translate to better business performance. The business will also not suffer lawsuits from staff demanding work-related compensation after they suffer injuries.

Available Variety

Do you have a specific office décor theme that you want to maintain? Worry not, for you will find a variety of office cushions that suits you. There are several designs you can select, such as jacquard, plain, or dobby cushions.

You have the option of choosing a gel one, a memorable one, or a mixed one. The gel one transfers heat better while the other lasts longer.

Affordability

Some people avoided seat cushions in the past because of their costs. However, that’s a thing in the past. Currently, the cushions are affordable, and you cannot miss one within your budget from a site like amazon.com/Seat-Cushion-Office-Chair-Desk/dp/B01EBDV9BU/.

More Comfort

Sitting exposes your tailbone to pressure. A good cushion relieves this pressure allowing you to sit longer without experiencing pain. When you are comfortable, you sit upright, thereby maintaining a good posture which translates to better health.

Versatility

Seat cushions are not only applicable at the office. However, you can use them anywhere. You can add cushions to your car seat to improve comfort. If you also love traveling, you can carry one to make your journey more comfortable and enjoyable.

Better Circulation

Sitting for extended periods strains your circulatory system. The blood that’s supposed to flow to your back and legs may also fail to reach such places. Therefore, what happens to your body?

The tissues and muscles located on your back and legs will not have sufficient oxygen, thereby slowing your metabolism. So, you will feel sluggish and regularly tired. You can avoid these by buying a tailbone cushion that improves blood flow to your legs, pelvis, and back.

A tailbone cushion has several benefits. By using it, you will streamline your spine, thereby avoiding many complications because of insufficient blood circulation and digestive problems as you enjoy maximum comfort. Today, you can buy them from platforms like amazon.com/Seat-Cushion-Office-Chair-Desk/dp/B01EBDV9BU/ since they are flexible enough that you can use them in other places, including when driving.

illustration by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

UNRL Founder Michael E. Jordan Entrepreneur of The Year® 2021 Finalist

From very humble beginnings, Michael E. Jordan has elevated the UNRL brand with core values, quality of product and a spirit of giving back to the community 

UNRL, an athletic apparel brand based in St. Paul, Minnesota specializing in creating functional athletic clothing, announced today that company founder and CEO Michael E. Jordan, has been selected as a finalist for prestigious Entrepreneur of The Year® Award, Heartland Region, presented by Ernst & Young.

After an intensive nomination and selection process, Jordan was identified as one of 36 finalists within the seven-state Heartland region. This award honors game-changing business leaders who rise above challenges using ingenuity, courage, and ambition. Nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation, and future plans.

Jordan founded UNRL in his mother’s basement seven years ago with a mere investment of $300 and has since grown the company exponentially year over year. Today, UNRL has 19 employees and is on track to reach 8 figures in annual sales. All of this was done with hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, without any outside investment or business loans.

UNRL products are sold in various retailers throughout the country including Scheels Sporting Goods, PGA Tour Superstore, various NHL, and NFL Pro Shops. One of their most notable apparel partnerships is with the social media powerhouse Barstool Sports. UNRL takes great pride in the quality of their product and their attention in how business is operated.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as a finalist for this award,” said Jordan. “I don’t view this as an individual achievement, this is a testament to my team. It’s been a collective effort with 100% buy-in from every member of our team. Without that we wouldn’t be here today. I believe we are growing this business the right way, and it is meaningful to be recognized for that. I’m very grateful for all the support Ernst & Young has provided throughout this process.”

Jordan said that he has high expectations for the UNRL brand in the future; articulating plans to surpass the $10 million annual revenue marker within 12 months and reach the $100 million milestone by 2029. In doing so, continuing to donate 15% of net proceeds to non-profits including the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

“I am very competitive by nature. I’ve been an athlete my whole life,” said Jordan. “I pride myself on continuous improvement and doing things the right way to leave a positive legacy on the industry. The Entrepreneur Of the Year® Award has my respect because it’s a challenge against the best in the business, and we have something to prove. I want to win this.”

Regional winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be announced in late July. The National Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be handed out on November 13.

ABOUT THE ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Entrepreneur Of the Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur of the Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur of The Year™ title.

About UNRL

UNRL is a clothing brand that bridges the gap between functional and casual. Our clothing is designed to take you from the office to the gym, or the airport to the golf course. We create all our products with three principles in mind: style, comfort, and versatility. Everything we make is crafted from scratch with premium hand-selected materials and tailored for a great fit. UNRL is here to instill confidence in the athlete that strives to do more.

business illustration by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

KILT VS TROUSERS – A LONG BATTLE

Are you confused about what you should wear at the next Scottish event you attend? Well, you are at the right place. Here, you will find everything that you need to know before the event regarding kilts for men and trousers. Many Scottish men point out that real men should put on kilts, but younger generations may be more flexible in their wardrobe choices. For example, Jaden Smith is known to rock a kilt on occasion. Of course, the choice differs from person to person–not all of us like the same food, do we? No! Similarly, some may like the kilt and others prefer trousers. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each, so that you can decide which is most appropriate to wear for your upcoming event.

Men’s Kilts

A kilt is among the earliest and most popular types of Scottish apparel. Men, and even kings, have worn kilts since hundreds of years ago; and they are still a popular part of Scottish culture today. Many men and women–even those who are not located in Scotland–wear kilts as they are a comfortable and versatile part of their wardrobe. So, let’s see exactly why they love wearing kilts so much.

Trousers/Pants

Everyone prefers wearing pants–until the first time they try wearing a kilt for a day. Pants are everywhere in modern fashion, because according to the modern generation, kilts are considered very girlish. We have simply accepted trousers, but the following discussion is going to make pant-wearers reconsider their thoughts.

Comparing Kilts & Trousers

1- Comfort

No matter if you’re wearing a traditional Scottish kilt or a modern utility kilt, it will make you feel pleasantly surprised by its comfortability. In comparison, trousers make you feel bunched up  and limit your movements. Compared to the limited movements trousers allow, your legs get complete freedom to move in kilts.

2- Keeps You Cool in Summer

Kilts keep you cool when the weather is hot, but you may not realize this until you compare wearing both kilts and trousers in the hot climate. You’ll feel your legs drenched in sweat in trousers, whereas kilts keep you unbelievably cool, if you choose the fabric accordingly. When it comes to choosing the most breathable and summer-friendly kilt fabric, you should avoid heavy wool that’s used for traditional Scottish or Irish kilts. Instead, try a sport utility kilt made from a lightweight cotton blend for the most breathable feel.

3. Time Limitation

You can’t wear the same pair of trousers you run errands in to go to a formal event, can you? No! Unlike trousers, there’s no such limitation with the kilts. You can wear kilts anywhere and anytime, as long as you pair it with the appropriate accessories and shoes.

4. In Terms of Health

According to the Scottish Medical Journal, men who wear kilts regularly show better sperm quality and fertility when they plan to have a child. Although there’s not a lot of research-based scientific evidence on the topic, it can be something to be considered.

5. Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Surprisingly, men’s kilts can have positive effects on men’s mental health, making them feel an improved sense of masculinity and pride. According to the Scottish Medical Journal, psychological benefits like these can help men feel more confident. Kilts give men the confidence they need to achieve their personal, as well as relationship, goals. Kilts may help men grow as a person. If you’re suffering from a lack of confidence, I’d suggest you try wearing a kilt–you may be surprised by the positive changes.

Benefits of the Kilt

●      Adjustable fit: kilts allow you to adjust their size according to natural body changes and/or preferred comfortability.

●      No bunching & bending: No more bunching and bending in clothing material will allow you to feel relaxed and free.

●      Keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter: Kilts can keep you cool in summer and maintain your body heat in winter, depending on the fabric. Especially in the summers, kilts can help make a hot summer’s day even more fun. Kilts are a perfect choice for any weather.

●      Health: The design of kilts provide the most breathable option for an outfit. The ventilation helps keep your private parts’ temperature regulated, which can lead to higher sperm counts and higher fertility. A kilt also looks attractive­­, which will keep your partners’ attention on you and, in turn, helps maintaining your relationship goals.

Benefits of Wearing Trousers

●      Trousers are appropriate in all situations. We cannot deny the fact that kilts can be inappropriate to wear in some specific places (usually due to religious or cultural differences,) so trousers come to the rescue.

●      Freedom of movement: Just in case you have to stand on your head, there is no risk of indecent exposure with your trousers, unlike kilts.

●      Keep your calves warm: Long pants cover your calves. We can’t deny the fact that trousers beat out kilts when it comes to keeping your calves warm.

●      Health: An advantage of trouser is that long pants can keep your legs safe from harmful UV rays.

Conclusion

No one can tell whether kilts or trousers are better, as it differs from person to person. In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter which you choose, but you should consider trying on both garments. If you haven’t at least tried a kilt before, you should give it a shot. Once you do, it is likely that you may never want to turn back. In the end, whichever makes you feel more comfortable, confident, and happy is what you should wear. 

AMERICAN-DREAM®-39RK illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

AMERICAN DREAM 39RK

AMERICAN COACH DEBUTS AMERICAN DREAM 39RK

FLOORPLAN INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE KITCHEN ISLAND LAYOUT

REV Recreation Group (RRG), a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc., introduces the all-new 2021 American Dream 39RK model with an innovative floorplan at the FMCA’s 102nd International Convention in Perry, GA (March 10-13, 2021). The 39RK is a Class A Diesel motor coach by the ultra-luxury American Coach brand.

At 40’ 2”, the American Dream 39RK layout provides easy livability and ultimate comfort. Signature elements include a stylish, industry-leading kitchen island, an Adap-table Dinette, a full master suite, and a split lavatory with an enclosed watering room. In the kitchen, the new 39RK floorplan features one of the first stationary islands in a Class A. The fixed island provides more countertop workspace and additional storage, accommodates an induction cooktop, and includes a wine chiller.

“Whenever you’re entertaining, guests naturally gravitate to the kitchen and congregate around the island,” says Doug Miller, Product Manager for REV Recreation Group. “The 39RK floorplan delivers that ‘at-home’ experience with the kitchen island and a number of other residential amenities.”

The island is made possible by an exclusive Adap-table Dinette that can serve as a convenient workstation or breakfast bar for two. By swinging the table out vertically, it easily hosts a dinner party for four. Additional high-end appointments in the kitchen include quartz countertops, two wireless charging stations, an optional Fisher Paykel dishwasher, and hand-made cabinetry with full-extension drawers. The bathroom suite features quartz countertops with a tile backsplash and a beautifully tiled shower with a glass enclosure, skylight, and teak bench. The master suite appointments include a king-sized articulating bed that’s flanked by quartz-topped nightstands, two wireless charging stations, a chest of deep drawers that can accommodate a full wardrobe of clothes, a stackable washer and dryer, and a 43” LED TV.

The American Dream 39RK is built on American Coach’s exclusive and robust Liberty Bridge chassis, boasts a Cummins L9 450 horsepower engine, and has a steerable tag axle for sharp turning and extra carrying capacity.

American Dream offers owners a plethora of choices to customize their motor coach – four exterior paint designs (Falling Ash, Nighthawk, South Beach, and Stone Washed), three stylish and refined décor packages (Club Navy, Luxe Truffle, and Rockport Greige), and four hardwood options that range from classic and rich to contemporary and bright (Cognac, Majestic Chestnut, Sandbar Grey, and Edgecomb).

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Coach is the most luxurious brand from RRG. The American Coach line includes three richly appointed models – American Dream, American Tradition, and American Eagle.

For more information on the new American Dream 39RK model, visit their website.

Yunizon Eyewear

Yunizon Eyewear Combines Innovative Fit Technology, Gender Neutral Styles, and Mental Health Awareness

Yunizon Eyewear, the pioneers behind Global Fit, is proud to launch their core line of innovative, gender neutral sunglasses. Co-Founded by eyewear industry vet Kimberly Van Schoyck-Riojas and corporate finance expert Rebecca Lay, the brand is positioned to become a top global, all-inclusive brand. The first to market Global Fit extends beyond the traditional one size fits all approach to address the issue of fit for every shape, size,and gender. Each retailing for $159, the core collection introduces hand-crafted silhouettes in three sizes that unify style and function to create eyewear that is built to be lived in and lasting. Built on the idea “Under One Sun,” Yunizon will donate a portion of all proceeds to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Traditional eyewear brands produce glasses by using general fit guidelines focused on Asian, Universal, Standard, and European fit. Yunizon’s unique Global Fit creates an enhanced, accurate and comfortable design that appeals to a diverse society. Mastering a tailored fit by having three distinct head widths in each style, slide prevention nose pads, modified temple design, ultra-lightweight premium materials, and reduced pantoscopic angle for cheekbone comfort create a perfect fitting pair of frames. Yunizon utilizes light weight, shatter proof, and premium quality CR-39 lenses in all sunglasses.

Yunizonco-founder, Kimberly Van Schoyck-Riojas states, “Having worked in the eyewear industry as a senior product designer for over 15 years, I’ve seen sunglasses go from fashion accessory to daily wear. When sunglasses were purely an accessory, comfort and fit didn’t matter as much. However, given how consumer behavior has changed, particularly with millennials, it is critically important that today’s sunglasses are both trendy and comfortable. Yunizon is uncompromising on style with an unmatched focus on fit.” 

In addition to being highly considerate of fit, all Yunizon products are gender neutral, aligning with the brand’s values of free expression and inclusivity. Yunizon Looks to go beyond the traditional approach and disrupt the eyewear industry with their universal designs, innovative fit and high-quality products that appeal to today’s diverse society.

To learn more about the brand, shop the styles, and find your fit visit:

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About Yunizon Eyewear:

Yunizon Eyewear is a New York City based company producing handcrafted eyewear with a focus on fit. Available in three distinct sizes (narrow, medium, and wide), each all – inclusive, gender neutral style is designed to fit and look great. The founders, Kimberly Van Schoyck-Riojas and Rebecca Lay, contribute years of experience in the eyewear industry as well as their values of free expression, unity and belonging to the brand.

About Kimberly Van Schoyck-Riojas:

Kimberly is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Yunizon. Before starting Yunizon, Kimberly gained over 15 years’ experience in the eyewear industry. As a designer, Kimberly is both creative and detail-oriented; paying attention to the overall construction and materials used. This results in products that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also technically superior. Kimberly has worked closely with counterparts across the US, Europe and Asia, helping her develop insight into fit issues. This has inspired her to create Yunizon’s Global Fit Technology which has resulted in better fitting sunglasses for all facial features.

About Rebecca Lay:

Rebecca is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yunizon. Before starting Yunizon, Rebecca worked in finance as an advisor for over 10 years in Sydney, London and New York, but her true passion is eyewear. The global nature of Rebecca’s work has helped her develop a tolerant attitude and a worldly mindset. This ethos was critical in establishing Yunizon’s brand values of free expression, unity and belonging

Pillow Pops by Shani Moran

By Cassandra Yany

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us confined to our houses or apartments, causing home improvements and redecorating to become a popular quarantine activity. Whether you’re reimagining a bedroom, living room or lounge space, throw pillows are a household essential.

The Pillow Pops by Shani Moran make a space cozy while introducing a sophisticated look. The curated collections from the Beverly Hills-based company make it easy for anyone to effortlessly redecorate their space. There are five pillows in each set that follow the same color scheme. Pillows are available in a variety of fabrics and shades to cater to everyone’s personal space and style. Each collection contains multiple textures and patterns. The pillows can be bought together or individually, as well as with or without trim based on your preference.

These pillow collections can enhance a room and serve as statement pieces, or can be understated to provide an extra bit of color and comfort. A hidden zip enclosure allows the pillow covers to be swapped for specific occasions or seasons, creating an affordable and versatile design. The pillows arrive in a luxurious box for a lavish experience while staying safe and shopping from home. The online store even has an interactive feature where you can customize the color of the sofa on which the pillows are displayed to see how they will appear in your home. 

According to the Pillow Pops website, the brand is committed to using ecological and hypoallergenic textiles. They are dedicated to fighting against child labor and human exploitation, and donate ten percent of their profits to dismpowered communities across the globe.

Sing Illustration by Mina Tocalini

Virtual Music Festival

Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G (CMF) won’t skip a beat in 2020. Through a marathon of new and previous music content, consumer engagement opportunities and digital presence, CMF is creating the #FEELSLIKECMF Virtual Weekend Experience, July 23-25. The innovative free event, to be available on cincymusicfestival.com, will focus on celebration, community and local impact and is also supported by AARP.   

“Music provides hope, comfort and determination during uncertain times,” said Joe Santangelo, producer of CMF. “Leading up to and during #FEELSLIKECMF Weekend, we will strategically work to uplift our neighbors, support local black artists and musicians and drive commerce to local Black owned businesses and restaurants. This event promises to grow awareness of regional organizations that support the African American community, and share the positivity and history of our Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G.” #FEELSLIKECMF.

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, JULY 23  

Triiibe recorded live at Corporate  

Aprina Johnson recorded live at Black Coffee 

 DJ Vader recorded live at Revel DJ Ellery    

Special appearance: The State of Black Culture featuring Rev. Al Sharpton from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

FRIDAY, JULY 24 

Lauren Eylise recorded live at Paul Brown Stadium 

Kathy Wade & Joe Santangelo 

DJ Baby Rome recorded live at Paul Brown Stadium 

Regina Belle   

Special attraction: Cincinnati Music Festival Outdoor Art Museum at Washington Park    

SATURDAY, JULY 25

DJ DNICE LIVE from Club Quarantine Additional weekend entertainment will include shout-outs from The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert, Biz Markie and more. 

The Cincinnati Music festival presented by P&G returns to Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium, July 22-24, 2021. The lineup features multi-talented singer-songwriter Janet Jackson and will also include an expanded and exciting Thursday lineup at the Andrew J. Brady ICON Music Center at The Banks. Tickets are on sale at CincyMusicFestival.com

Cincinnati Music Festival: Largest Tourism Weekend of the Year in Cincinnati A recent study conducted by the UC Economics Center and commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau shows the Cincinnati Music Festival presented by P&G provides a $107.5 million economic impact to the region, making it the largest annual driver of tourism in the tristate. 

Cincinnati Music Festival began in 1962 and is one of the largest music festivals in the United States attracting over 90,000+ people from around the country with its roster of leading R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop artists creating an economic impact of $107 million for Cincinnati. CMF is held at Paul Brown Stadium in partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals. Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor for the Cincinnati Music Festival. 

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Pets, Comfort, and COVID-19

New Survey Shows Pets Are Source of Comfort During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders but Concerns of Pet Infection on The Rise

More than 1,000 pet owners shared their concerns, habits, and reactions to sheltering in place with pets; 22% say pets have made an appearance on a video call with co-workers.

Pet care technology company VitusVet today shared results from a survey of more than 1,000 pet owners about experiences with their pet during the COVID-19 outbreak. The majority of pet owners said that pets provided a source of comfort during uncertain times, with many mentioning increased activity and social media appearances.

Questions dealt with three primary themes, including interactions with pets during the pandemic, concerns about COVID-19 and pets, and veterinary care-related topics. Results can be found at vitusvet.com/pets-and-covid.

Key findings include:

Pet Interactions
Fifty two percent (52%) said that they are feeling more loved or comforted than usual by their pet;

Exercise was a popular theme with 53% noting more playtime at home and 39% saying they took more frequent dog walks;

Pets also seem to be popular on social media with 36% taking many more photos or videos of pets and 22% revealing that their pets make regular appearances in video calls with co-workers.

COVID-19 Concerns
Thirty three percent (33%) are not at all concerned about COVID-19 affecting their pets, with 58% expressing some concern;

Twenty one percent (21%) asked whether their dogs can play with other dogs as long as owners practice safe social distance;

Forty six percent (46%) asked if coronavirus sticks to pet hair or fur;

Many respondents that completed the survey after news broke of the Bronx Zoo tiger that became infected added write-in comments asking about the danger to their own pets.

Veterinary Services and Pet Care
Pet care is still a reality, with 19% reporting they conducted a well check during the outbreak and 6% seeking emergency care;

Owners are prepared with 82% saying they have a copy of pet records, although 69% of owners do not have a pet first aid kit at home.

“It’s obvious that now more than ever, that pets can serve as a valuable source of connection and comfort for their human companions,” said VitusVet CEO Mark Olcott, DVM. “It’s also particularly heartwarming to have more than 900 of the respondents leave a ‘thank you’ note for their vet in the comments section of the survey.”

To learn more about VitusVet visit vitusvet.com.

About VitusVet
VitusVet strengthens the connection between pet care providers and pet owners to help practices run more efficiently and ensure the health and happiness of pets. Founded in 2013, VitusVet’s complete veterinary practice communication platform streamlines appointment requests, enables text and picture messaging with pet owners, simplifies digital medical record sharing, and monitors practice performance with an easy-to-use dashboard. Learn more at vitusvet.com.

360 MAGAZINE, SWOVERALL, KYLE BERGMAN, Sharktank

On Shark Tank, “SWOVERALLS” World’s Comfiest Apparel

“SWOVERALLS” THE COMFIEST THING YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED

Athletic Entrepreneur’s Sweatpant Overalls Prove Sharks Wrong with a 1,500% Sales Spike — Designed for All, in Time for Summer

Kyle Bergman, Founder & Chief Swoverall Officer of The Great Fantastic, the brand that created “Swoveralls,” and a member of the Israel Men’s National Lacrosse team, competed on Season 10 of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Sunday, April 21st at 10 p.m. EDT.  Designed for all, Swoveralls are cool, functional, and extremely comfortable.

“Our mission is to create the world’s comfiest apparel using sustainable resources and ethical manufacturing processes,” said Bergman. “As an athlete, I recognize comfort is a universal concept that everyone understands and experiences, and Swoveralls make that concept accessible, inclusive, and fun.”

Reasonably priced, for a product locally made with organic fabric, at $95, people can also purchase with AfterPay in four installments of $23.75. Neither masculine nor feminine, Swoveralls are available at The Phluid Project, the world’s first gender-free store. 

Since the show, at the time of this release, The Great Fantastic has now sold over $320,000 in Swoveralls, with more than 3,000 happy and comfy customers!

The Great Fantastic – Company Timeline:

•Launched a successful crowdfunding campaign in June 2018, raising $108,000

•Sold $320,000 in Swoveralls, with more than 3,000 comfy, lifetime customers

Product Details:

•Sustainable, organic cotton and recycled polyester – made locally with love in Los Angeles!

•Jogger-pant cuff with adjustable straps, and snap side-waist closures

•Deep front-bib and side pockets with hidden inside zipper pocket to store valuables safely

•Available online at www.swoveralls.com in gender-free styles and multiple colors & sizes — use code “SHARKTANK15” for 15% off the first order

Show Highlights:

“My god,” said Barbara Corcoran. “Overalls are so popular!”

Daymond John stressed the importance of having “one thing” as a key product to drive the business forward. “You have one thing…the Swoveralls!” responded Lori Greiner.

While the Sharks showed great enthusiasm for Swoveralls, Bergman and The Great Fantastic did not come to terms that night. “Since the show, we have had a 1,500% sales spike in Swoveralls, and are only taking preorders now as we rush to restock inventory — it’s clear there continues to be demand for our product,” said Bergman. “We’re just taking off, and I can’t wait to see where we go. I would have loved to have partnered with one of the Sharks, specifically Lori, Daymond, or Mark,  but they’re just going to have to watch from the sidelines.”

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Our mission is to create the world’s comfiest apparel using sustainable resources and ethical manufacturing processes. For the fearless who love to zig when others zag, the wise who love mother nature, and the brilliant who know comfort is king, we are The Great Fantastic. Our hero product, Swoveralls, combines two common apparel concepts into one glorious masterpiece. Designed for all, Swoveralls are cool, functional, and extremely comfortable. Engage with us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

“Initially, I was trying to solve a problem for myself. Sweatpant overalls didn’t exist, and I wanted a pair! So I created Swoveralls, and discovered along the way there was an opportunity for me to use all of the skills and connections I’ve developed over my career to create a unique brand and story as well. The Great Fantastic is an adventure and experience I’ve created for myself, and anyone who wants to join me, as all are invited to the party!” – Kyle Bergman, Founder & Chief Swoverall Officer

Community + Affiliations: The Great Fantastic is a proud partner and member of 1% for the Planet, Urban Pathways, and the Israel Lacrosse Association — Bergman is currently an active member of the men’s national team and played on the past three world-championship teams. Bergman is also an Orangetheory Coach and 2019 MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business.