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Oscar Stone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Oscar Stone LTD

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

Oscar Stone LTD is a family-owned jewelry firm based in the Bronx, New York. Oscar Stone sells timeless jewelry, including customizable earrings, watches, bracelets, pendants, chains, and mouth grillz, which are all created from the beginning to the end internally. Oscar’s most popular article, baguette diamond earrings, dazzle his clients with their blinding beauty. Oscar Stone recognizes the value of using durable diamonds and jewelry from the Bronx community.

While lockdown created a lull for other companies, Oscar used the downtime to bolster his burgeoning business. His reach on social media via Instagram featured Oscar to many celebrity customers, including Jojo Simmons, Young Dirty Bastard, and Kid Capri, among others. Oscar Stone‘s jewelry exudes a true dedication to his craft, which is why his extensive list of clients keeps expanding.

The last authentic district of New York, the Bronx, houses the next largest jeweler in New York. Oscar Stone LTD stands apart from other jewelers such as Jacob the Jeweler, Greenwich Street Jewelers, and Martin Busch Jewelers because of its innovative approach to bespoke jewelry and sustainable practices and inspirational dedication to their craft. Oscar’s relentless pursuit of fine diamonds and customer satisfaction during the pandemic has allowed his business to flourish more than ever. Looking to the future, Oscar aims to continue creating custom designs for his customers and grow his business to become a familiar name.

We talked with Oscar about his background in gemology, his favorite custom orders, and his business expansion plans in the Bronx.

How did you get started in making jewelry and performing gemology for Oscar Stone?

I’m a G.I.A. accredited gemologist. Basically, growing up my whole life, [my] family– aunts, uncles, cousins– we all just did jewelry. So getting the jewelry was the easy part. It’s a family trade, really; it’s one of our best-kept secrets.

How did you build your clientele when you began in the jewelry business?

I knew about jewelry; gold wasn’t something crazy new to me. It’s like all your aunts and uncles own auto repair shops–you fix a couple of the tires, do a couple of oil changes, and you just kind of figure it out by yourself. When I had my own spot, building my clientele did really start from scratch. I didn’t have any celebrities or influencers, so I just had to open up shop and see what I could do. Before I did that, I actually did go to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) diamond school. I knew that GIA offered courses for this type of stuff. I spent a couple of months educating myself–[even] just [concerning] diamonds; there’s so many things about diamonds.

Once I finished the education, I decided to really bring in some clients. I was in business for about three years, and then I just started going heavy on social media. Once I started publishing my work on social media, the followers started coming. You know, not[hing] crazy yet, but I started getting a couple thousand [followers]. That’s when the business started taking off. I started hiring friends of mine and a lot of people, [and] my staff grew from four or five people to like twenty-five people. Business exploded when I started getting people who were verified on Instagram and had 300–400,000 followers. Once I started getting those clientele, the ball really started rolling. And that’s where we are now, about a year later.

What celebrities/notable clients have you done jewelry work for?

I would say the biggest guy that I’ve done work for would be, Jojo Simmons from RUN–D.M.C. I’ve done work for Young Dirty Bastard, who is the son of Old Dirty Bastard from the Wu Tang Clan. [Regarding] household names, I’ve done guys as big as Tonio Skits and Darius D.K. [Also,] I’ve done work for [Kid] Capri.

How do you source the best diamonds/gems for jeweling?

I don’t always get the same diamonds from the same supplier. The reason is, once you start working with somebody for diamonds and you guys get comfortable, then they start sending you lesser quality parcels. A parcel is basically like a bag of diamonds, [which come in] a lot of different sizes. They should all be the same clarity, and you sort through them to see that the quality is consistent.

I can buy 50 carats of diamonds this month [or] this week, and then I’ll run out by making all the jewelry. And so, I need to reorder. If the quality starts to become inconsistent with the price that I’m paying, I’ll switch over to another diamond supplier. Most of my diamond suppliers are in India, so I’ve had to fly out there a few times and look at some parcels, look at some factories, and see how they’re all doing it.

[Or, for example,] if I have to build a watch and do it three weeks, and [clients] don’t give me enough time, I have to get [diamonds] local[ly].

What is your favorite jewelry design you sell?

My favorite designs [are] always the custom pieces I make. I always love doing custom work, I just love like how intricate they are. I just did a piece for a client of mine–it’s this huge custom piece that spins when you spin it. I’ve had the most fun working on it, that’s my favorite piece right now. I’m working on another one that might top it, but we’re gonna keep it under wraps for now.

What is your jewelry specialty?

My signature I would say is the baguette earrings, that’s what most people know me for. Out of all my followers, I would say 20,000 of them might have been from the baguette earrings.

I do really, really good with the baguette diamond earrings that are on my website. I could sell as many as 20 pairs a day. A lot of people [who] are from out of state buy that. A lot of people [come] in store as well. The baguette diamonds are just such a popular thing for me right now. I have to make hundreds and hundreds of pairs just to keep up with demand.

What is the most popular order you receive from clients?

The baguette diamonds are just like something you really don’t see out of New York. And so, people love them. It’s also my bread and butter…It’s gonna go, it’s gonna sell, and sell classic.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to be moving to another location on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx–I’m true to the Bronx, I don’t wanna leave the Bronx. So, I’m moving to a store that is down the block from me. It has three times the retail space, and a basement attached to it. I’ll be able to really put a factory down there. As long as the people keep loving my jewelry and what I do, I’m going to keep delivering the best I can. To do that, and to give the best prices, you need to do things in-house. I’m going to have a 1500 sq ft basement where I’ll be able to put ten diamond setters down there and set diamonds all day. The second floor will be an office to do all the online [work]. On the floor-level will be retail and the showroom, so people who want to see things in-person, I can show them right there. That is my short-term goal in the next one or two years. Long term, I want to be a household name, but one thing at a time.

Photo Credit:  Anthony Duque

Oscar Stone LTD Baguette Diamond Earrings

ReverbNation winner Isabelle Dubroy image by Isabelle Dubroy for use by 360 Magazine

ReverbNation Winner – Isabelle Dubroy

Isabelle Dubroy is a 14 year-old singer/songwriter, actress, model, dancer, author and philanthropist from Greenville, North Carolina.

She began singing at the age of four, and by six, Isabelle wrote her first song, “Coconut Mama.” A YouTube channel was created for Isabelle at age seven so that she could share her music. Isabelle even stared in a web series, “Microchip Jones,” in which she wrote and performed all the featured songs.

Between filming a series, releasing music videos and hosting her own talk show, Isabelle found time to write a children’s book titled, “Stuffy The Lucky Puppy,” with special thanks to her second grade teacher, Ms. Shiva Salehpour. Isabelle has proven to be a multi-faceted talent at a very young age and her craft is continuing to evolve.

Isabelle has dedicated her life to being an inspiration for the younger generation and hopes to help stop bullying. She even started a foundation called Isabelle’s Heart Foundation where she has donates supplies to homeless shelters, hosts her own food drives and gives back to less fortunate children and families in her community. Isabelle’s passion to help others has no boundaries.

ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST

By Cassandra Yany × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 was able to spend some time with the newly reimagined Rolls-Royce Ghost at the illustrious Fairmont in Austin. Prior to our arrival, the staff and media representatives all tested negative for COVID-19.

Our room at the Fairmont was spacious and we had a gorgeous view of the city. The hotel was filled with modern art and had a number of amenities available for our enjoyment, including an outdoor pool which was fitted with chaise lounges alongside large cabanas which illuminated at night. The hotel compliments Austin’s identity as a city on the rise, and the Rolls Royce New Ghost is similarly ascendant. Both have been reimagined for an elevated, excellent future. Full of innovation and prosperity.
During this event, we were ecstatic to be in the presence of friends, colleagues and advanced automotive architecture, and to be doing so safely. It was gratifying to come together and experience the Ghost’s artistry during this prolonged time of uncertainty.



Design

The Rolls Royce New Ghost was designed with a client-centered approach and with technological advancements to drive with ease. It has been termed “future-focused with a minimal aesthetic.” CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös describes this model as “the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet.” It is offered in a variety of colors including Arctic White, Salamanca Blue, Tempest Gray and Gunmetal Gray. 360 had the experience driving Artic White, an electrifying yet brilliant shade certain to capture the attention of all.

360 Magazine President, Vaughn Lowery, said, “This vehicle is for an obsessive perfectionist, it’s a driver’s car – ergonomically fabricated for those who enjoy to drive or be driven.”

A team of specialists, engineers and craftsmen researched Ghost clients’ interests, opinions and taste patterns to meet drivers’ preferences. The style of the Ghost was created using the ‘Post Opulence’ philosophy, which designer Henry Cloke said is “about simplicity. [It’s] about something that doesn’t shout at you, but it whispers.”

Starting in the front, the bonnet has been lowered and tested for aerodynamics, which gives it a new look. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament can be lowered or raised using controls from the driver’s seat, perfect for that personalized touch. The New Ghost’s dashboard is lighter than that of the first model, giving the vehicle an overall more spacious feeling. It features hundreds of illuminated lights that resemble a constellation surrounding the Ghost nameplate, lighting up an evening like stars do a night sky.



The interior contains open-pore wood accents, which create a relaxing and serene experience. The headliner is adorned with celestial fiber optic lights, which can be dimmed or brightened from the driver and passenger seats. Occasionally, you might catch a streak of light that mimics a meteor. It is truly a one of a kind visual experience.



The trunk is power-operated, completely carpeted (even under the lid) and provides ample space to store any and all belongings.



Technology

The 2021 Ghost is a new and improved style of its 2010 predecessor. Engineers combined dynamic highlights from the portfolios of numerous types of cars into this edition. It was formulated to remove as much energy transfer as possible from the road into the body with the goal of creating a smooth ride.

The Ghost was built with sound absorbing materials which reduced the level of noise inside. Touch enabled media screens fold in and out automatically from behind the driver’s and passenger’s seats, providing entertainment for those sitting in the back. Wooden trays emerge as well, ones that can be used with or without screens.

A bespoke audio design allows passengers to use dials on the rear doors to control the stereo volume to their preference. Beyond this, the back seats have headrest pillows and individual controls that allow you to move forward or backward, and design the back of the seat to your desired level of comfort. There is also a refrigerator located behind the center console in the rear seats, perfect for storing beverages on the go and the definition of opulence behind the wheel.

The inclusion of USB-C ports is another phenomenal addition, as well as the wireless charger in the arm rest. Though there is no AI system such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the tech was on-demand and had a hands-free bluetooth function, a wireless hotspot, and Rolls-Royce Assist at your beck and call. Rolls-Royce Assist connects to an emergency services call center if necessary.These are the standard technical features for the New Ghost, but each Rolls Royce can be configured to its unique driver to make it “a motor car that is yours, and yours alone.”

Performance

The New Ghost’s all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering makes driving easy, regardless of road conditions. The car is planted firmly to the ground and corners very well. It was built on Rolls-Royce aluminum spaceframe architecture, which has been adapted to make way for advancements. The steering is much stiffer and more precise than that of the first Ghost, and the braking is more powerful.



The Planar system increases agility through the Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly, which creates a secure and effortless ride; the Flagbearer system, which uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension system for any upcoming changes in the road surface; and the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for approaching corners.



Furthermore, the New Ghost is equipped with a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine. The doors open and close electrically, which made for an easy entrance and exit. Engineering Lead Jonathan Simms, said the team “pushed [their] architecture even further and created a car even more dynamic, even more luxurious and, most of all, even more effortlessly usable.”



Additional Features

The iconic Rolls-Royce logo on the wheels is weighted so that it is always facing upright. Also, the key color is customized to match the accents of the car, a note that will be appreciated by any driver looking for a personal touch. Other notes in the interior include the inside of the doors being completely leather and having an embossment of the Spirit of Ecstasy. A button on the rear doors allows passengers to shut them automatically from the inside, and a tap of the door handle will close them from the outside. There is also a hidden umbrella that pops out from the rear doors when needed.




With so many refined and client-centered designs, it is no wonder celebrities like Beyoncé and Floyd Mayweather have strong connections to the moniker. Beyoncé has her own 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce convertible. In her most recent project, Black Is King — the musical film available on Disney+ for her 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift” — the artist sits atop the hood of a cheetah print Rolls Royce to match the catsuit she is wearing in the scene. The boxing legend similarly showed off his automobile collection earlier this year, which includes at least six Rolls Royce’s. The Rolls-Royce is undoubtedly the most iconic brand in pop culture, including being the most mentioned brand in top-charting songs. The Ghost edition is particularly bold amongst Rolls-Royce’s many stars, and anyone seeking to solidify their luxurious lifestyle need look no further for their ride.

Experiencing this sophisticated and sleek model awoken all of our senses during this challenging time of introspection. The presence of beauty and craftsmanship gave us a feeling of hope as well as pride. Rolls-Royce has long set the bar on lavish vehicles, and the 2021 edition of the Rolls Royce Ghost is no exception. For those interested in a slice of the high life, the Ghost is the very definition of it.

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Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2019

  1.  Morgan First, Founder, Rosè Mansion New York, New York.
  2. Shoshana Filene, Business Development Manager/Senior Wine Specialist, Zachys Wine Auctions White,  Plains, New York.
  3. Jack Hendler, Co-Owner/Head Brewer Jack’s Abby Brewing, LLC  (Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Springdale Beer) Framingham, Massachusetts.
  4. Todd Cavallo, Owner / Winemaker Wild Arc Farm Pine Bush, New York.
  5. Brian Polen, Co-Founder & President Brooklyn Kura Brooklyn, New York.
  6. Paul Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador New York Wine & Grape Foundation Brooklyn, New York.
  7. Leslie Merinoff, Co-Founder /Co-Distiller Matchbook Distilling Co., The Lin Beach House, Days Like These Matchbook Distilling Co.
  8. Tara Empson, CEO Empson&Co/ Empson USA/ Empson Canada  USA Alexandria VA/ IT Milano/ CAN Calgary.
  9. Sam Filler, Executive Director New York Wine and Grape Foundation Penn Yan, New York.
  10. Cha McCoy, Founder/ Event Sommelier Cha Squared Hospitality & Consulting, LLC and creator of the wine dinner event series ‘The Communion’ New York, New York & Lisbon, Portugal.
  11. Andrea Morris, Beverage Director Union Square Hospitality Group New York City, New York 
  12. Gabriel Urrutia, Author, Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City. Co-founder, DRINK Miami. Bacardi Single Malts Ambassador, TEAM Enterprises. self-employed, TEAM Enterprises Miami, Florida.
  13. Jamie Graves, Japanese Beverage Portfolio Manager Skurnik Wines & Spirits New York, New York.
  14. Álvarode la Viña, Importer Selections de la Viña Brooklyn, New York.
  15. Naomi Levy, Lead Bartender Better Sorts Social Club Boston, Massachusetts.  
  16. Day Bracey Host/Founder Drinking Partners/Fresh Fest Beer Fest Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
  17. Edward Bailey, Co Host Drinking Partners Podcast Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  18. Amanda Wittstrom, Higgins VP of Operations Ancient Peaks Winery Santa Margarita, California.
  19. Matthew Kaner, Wine Director & Partner Bar Covell | Augustine Wine Bar | Good Measure | AM/FM Wines | Solovin Wine Club Los Angeles, California.
  20. Maayan Koschitzky, Director of Winemaking/Partner Atelier Melka Napa Valley , California.
  21. Christine Clair, Winery Director Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner, Oregon.
  22. Andréa McBride -John, CEO and Co-Founder McBride Sisters Wines California.
  23. John House, Co-owner/winemaker @ OVUMOVUM, Les Caves PDX (co-owner), La Luz Selections (co-owner) Portland, Oregon.
  24. Geoffrey McFarlane, CEO Winc, Los Angeles, California. 
  25. Chip Forsythe, Winemaker & CEO Rebel Coast Winery Oakland, California.
  26. Jennifer Reichardt, owner and winemaker ( for the family business the COO) Raft Wines (family business, Liberty Ducks – it’s a food and wine extravaganza everyday) Santa Rosa, California (the ducks are in Petaluma).
  27. Kirk Wiles, CEO / Founder Paradise Springs Winery Clifton, Virginia and Santa Barbara, California.
  28. Sebastian Donoso, Winemaker,Fringe Collective Fringe Collective Wines Hopland, California
  29. Ksenija Kostic, HouseCo-Owner/winemaker at Ovum wines, assistant winemaker at Argyle winery Ovum wines, Argyle winery Newberg, Oregon.
  30. Elizabeth Bourcier, Assistant Vigneronne Cayuse Vineyards, Proprietor La Rata Wines Cayuse Vineyards Walla Walla, Washington.
  31. Sarah Cahn Bennett, Co-Owner / Navarro Vineyards & Winemaker / Pennyroyal Farm Navarro Vineyards & Pennyroyal Farm Boonville, California.
  32. Paul Gospodarczyk, Winemaking Professor & Director Napa Valley College Napa, California.
  33. Jamie Benziger, Winemaker, The Wine Group Glen Ellen, California.
  34. Carlin Karr, Wine Director, Frasca Food and Wine/ Tavernetta/ Pizzeria Locale,Boulder Frasca Food and Wine,Inc Boulder, CO & Denver, Colorado.
  35. Richard Hanauer, Partner & Wine Director,RPM Restaurants / Bar Ramone Chicago,Illinois.  
  36. Alex Negranza, Director of Operations, (Partner),Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Pastry War, Nightingale Room, (Penny Quarter- Opening June 2019),Houston, Texas.
  37. Alexandra Minton, Wine Director QED Hospitality New Orleans, Louisiana.
  38. Ashtin Berry, Hospitality Activist, Content Pioneer of Radical Xchange,myself, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  39. Alexis Brown, Co-Founder/Director Causing A Stir Chicago, Illinois.
  40. Erin James, Editor-in-chiefSip Publishing (publisher of Sip Northwest and Cidercraft magazines)Seattle, Washington.

Tambour Horizon The spirit of Louis Vuitton Travel

The new Tambour Horizon is a unique connected experience that fully encompasses Louis Vuitton’s spirit of travel, craftsmanship and creative values. Building on the success of previous models, this Tambour Horizon collection boasts a new element of design, new materials and new colours, taking user experience, functions and technical innovation further than ever before.

New exclusive options allow you to personalise the dial with your chosen watch face. In the spirit of connected technology, time display is essentially digital. The digital mode is embellished with emblematic motifs – Monogram, Damier, or even with the V for Gaston-Louis Vuitton. These have all been entirely reworked, deconstructed, and broken down to create transparent effects and contrasts with the Monogram Flowers. The new colour palette, the contrasting bands and the option of adding your initials mean that an almost infinite number of aesthetic combinations are possible all in the image of the House. Special watch faces have been added to the existing collection, featuring the same strong design aesthetic typical of a Louis Vuitton runway show.

Embodying Louis Vuitton’s art of travel, the Tambour Horizon watch enriches the “My Travel” experience by grouping all of your travel information together in one place. The dedicated watch faces sync with your hotel, flight or train bookings, as well as your departure and arrival times. Before, during and at the end of your journey, all of your essential travel information is displayed so that you have it constantly on hand.And finding the address of a hotel, restaurant or tourist site has never been so easy thanks to the exclusive City Guide function, featuring 30 international destinations.

Accompanying you throughout your day, at work and at play, the Tambour Horizon offers exclusive new functions, combined with watch faces devoted to guarantee perfect readability and clarity. Across the rim, a new 24-hour ring with day/night indicator, visible even when the watch is in ambient mode, lets you view all your data at a glance. With its own watch face, the “Agenda” function separates meeting times from free time with distinctive coloured segments.

The “Step counter” function lets travellers who like to visit cities on foot record the distance treked and the most intensive periods of movement. Again, the watch face has a detailed design with the LV Archlight, the iconic Louis Vuitton sneaker, pictured at the centre.

The “Pollution” function displays the air quality index on the watch face in real time. Air quality projections are displayed in coloured segments. Weather and temperature forecasts put the finishing touches to the Tambour Horizon’s functions.

While the unisex case retains the emblematic Tambour Horizon shape and inverted curved case, the watch is now available in polished white ceramic. The use of this material in craftsmanship smart watchmaking is a true feat of technical excellence. In addition to new versions in polished steel, matte black PVD, white ceramic and white ceramic with gem-set horns, there is also a matte brown PVD model. This colour has been an integral part of Louis Vuitton’s aesthetic since 1854, used most prominently in the emblematic Monogram design.

Complementing Louis Vuitton’s style and expressing the concept of personalisation, interchangeable straps are available in new versions with unique patterns, colours and materials.

Making the Tambour Horizon watch even more intuitive, the various functions are now accessed quickly and easily with a rotating crown that can be turned with a single finger. With the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 3100 Platform**, the watch is now boasting an extended battery life of one full day and up to 5 additional days in watch mode (time display only). It also has an improved screen with excellent definition. With the Wear OS by Google™ operating system, Tambour Horizon users enjoy a simple and improved navigation experience that gives them access their information faster.

In tune with your daily routine, the new Tambour Horizon watch is not just a useful everyday accessory, but a reflection of your style and personality.

About Louis Vuitton

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the House remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewellery and fragrance. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship.

For more information: louisvuitton.com

FitVine Wine

FitVine Wine Expands Distribution with Whole Foods Markets in Texas and Louisiana

Lower in sugar, calories, sulfites and free of flavor additives, FitVine is now available in an additional 38 Whole Foods locations.

FitVine Wine, makers of clean tasting wines that are low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sulfites, as well as free of flavor additives, has expanded their in-store distribution with Whole Foods Markets in Texas and Louisiana. This expansion will make FitVine wines available in 33 Whole Foods locations in Texas and 7 locations in Louisiana.

FitVine Wine was born when friends made a pact to craft amazing wines that would compliment their active lifestyles rather than compromising their health and fitness goals. FitVine is currently available in 47 states, soon to be 49, and over 5,300 retail locations, with new stores being added monthly. This expansion highlights the strengthening of the FitVine brand and growing consumer demands for clean tasting wines with robust flavor profiles and 13-14% alcohol content.

“Online sales have traditionally dominated a large portion of our business, but over the past two years we have accelerated our growth into brick and mortar locations,” said­­­­­­ Mark Warren, Co-Founder of FitVine Wine. “We are extremely thankful for our loyal online customer base, but by expanding our in-store availability with retailers who celebrate clean and wholesome ingredients, like Whole Foods, we are positioned better to reach new customers and simplify shopping for those who already love FitVine Wine.”

FitVine varietals include: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. The extended proprietary fermentation process sets FitVine apart. The results are wines that have no additives and less sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sulfites compared to competitors. The unique fermentation process also allows FitVine to craft rich and flavorful wines with the mouthfeel and alcohol content (13-14%) consumers expect from a high quality fine wines. FitVine wines are also gluten free and vegan.

Want to learn more about FitVine Wines, find a retailer near you or pop open your first bottle? Visit http://www.fitvinewine.com/ for more information.

About FitVine Wine:

FitVine Wine was born when friends made a pact to craft amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. FitVine wines are lower in sugar, calories, carbs and sulfites compared to other wines and have no flavor additives. To create clean and rich tasting wines with the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol content you expect from a fine wine, FitVine uses a proprietary malolactic fermentation process. The wine ferments to dry and lowers sugar levels. On average, all wines have less than 0.06 grams of sugar, 2.4g-3.9 grams of carbohydrates and 110-120 calories (per 5 oz glass). The ‘fun’ in the bottle remains intact with all wines ranging from 13.4 – 13.9% alcohol. FitVine crushes grapes, so you can crush life!

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT x MUSEUM GARAGE

The Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative art, design and architecture, is set to debut the most recent addition to the area’s latest phase of development, the highly anticipated Museum Garage. Featuring the work of five world-class architects, the seven-story mixed-use structure will house ground-floor retail spaces and maintain the capacity for 800 vehicles.

Miami Design District developer and CEO of Dacra, Craig Robins, along with L Catterton Real estate commissioned architect and curator Terence Riley to develop the concept of this project. In doing so, Riley curated the work of various participating international architects: WORKac, J. Mayer H., Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe and Riley’s own architectural firm K/R (Keenen/Riley).

SLO BREW LOFTS

SLO BREW ANNOUNCES NEW CITY-CENTRAL ACCOMMODATIONS IN DOWNTOWN SAN LUIS OBISPO

The SLO Brew Lofts Poised to Become SLO’s Most Coveted Address

Destined to become downtown San Luis Obispo’s most sought-after accommodations, SLO Brew Lofts will radiate a cool, contemporary vibe and are perfect for any type of getaway or celebration.

Located at the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo, SLO Brew Lofts are perched above the new SLO Brew on the second floor with their own private entrance. Each loft overlooks the lively downtown scene, featuring views of the bustling and historic Higuera Street, the famous Farmer’s Market and the picturesque San Luis Obispo Creek. SLO Brew Lofts enjoy a city-central location and a happy proximity to dozens of walking-distance restaurants, shops and pubs, putting guests in the middle of all the action.

The spacious SLO Brew Lofts will feature one, two or three bedrooms complete with kitchens, dining areas and living rooms with fireplaces. The tastefully furnished spaces are intended to be inspiring to their guests and provide a sense of chic, authentic comfort.

The SLO Brew Lofts are designed with clean lines, exposed brick walls and solid reclaimed Douglas fir floors throughout, creating spaces that project a modern urban aesthetic. To provide comfort with a sense of sophistication, “The Lofts” are furnished with custom designed, renewably-sourced hardwood furniture, with each loft featuring a different color story centered around large hand woven rugs in either neutral, blue/green, warm earth tones or green-tinged hues.  Every bedroom has either a California King or Queen bed, some with contemporary four posters, and all covered in white duvets with accent pillows and throws that echo the theme color.  The three-bedroom lofts each have spacious private balconies with outdoor seating for four with views of the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

In addition, each loft has its own kitchen and dining area, including high-end appliances and a dining table. Three-bedroom lofts also have seating for four at a countertop bar, and all kitchens have Moroccan patchwork pattern backsplashes and solid wood cabinetry that matches the custom hardwood furniture.  All SLO Brew Lofts guests also have access to room service, available from the SLO Brew restaurant below.

In the center of SLO Brew Lofts is a hidden space, dubbed the Carissa Club, accessed through a disguised, speakeasy-style bookcase. With its oversized “live edge” solid plank table, it lends itself equally to family gatherings, casual entertaining or for private meetings. The Carissa Club has its own private fireplace as well as a bar with SLO Brew beer on tap. Here, guests can make arrangements with the brewery for special tastings or dinners.

Another highlight of the SLO Brew Lofts is the large, 700 square foot private rooftop deck, overlooking San Luis Obispo Creek and the nearby Mission. Featuring a variety of seating options and multiple fire pits, the deck is available to the occupants of one of the three-bedroom lofts.  All five lofts, including The Carissa Club, may be reserved individually, in their entirety or in any combination.

“We wanted our guests to have the feeling that they were in their own well-appointed apartment,” explained Rod Cegelski, co-owner.  “Whether they are traveling as a couple, with a group of friends or family, or on a business trip, SLO Brew Lofts are designed to make everyone feel at home.”

With the intention of setting a new standard for modern accommodations, SLO Brew Lofts air a lively, upbeat atmosphere matched only by the SLO Brew downstairs and Downtown San Luis Obispo outside. Perfect for small get-togethers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, business gatherings or any type of celebration, SLO Brew Lofts are a place to take in and celebrate life’s important moments.

The interiors of “The Lofts”, as well as SLO Brew and the new brewing facility SLO Brew Rock, were all designed by Celadon House.   Based in San Luis Obispo, Celadon House will be available to work with our guests who would like more information about the design and process of the projects. Accommodations at SLO Brew Lofts can be reserved through the SLO Brew website or VRBO.com.

About SLO Brew

Since 1988, SLO Brew has been an integral part of the San Luis Obispo community, brewing award-winning craft beers, and regularly featuring live performances from local, national and internationally recognized artists. The restaurant, bar and intimate venue has made SLO Brew a popular hub for residents, music and beer lovers alike.  SLO Brew plans to continue to evolve as one of the major destinations for food, great craft beer, and music in the state, offering a unique and authentic atmosphere for their guests to enjoy.

About SLO Brew Rock

Scheduled to open in early 2016, SLO Brew Rock, is the SLO Brew’s new brew facility with over 10,000 square feet of floor space that will feature a tasting room, beer garden, and event space.  Located off Broad Street near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, this new brewery will expand SLO Brew’s production capacity. Featuring a 35-barrel brewing system with a goal of producing 2,500 to 3,000 barrels by the end of 2016, and 5,000 barrels the year after, SLOBrew plans to increase distribution of some of the most popular brews.

SLO BREW LOFTS

SLO BREW LOFTS TO OPEN LABOR DAY WEEKEND

San Luis Obispo’s Most Coveted Lodging Provides One-, Two- and Three-Bedroom Options

Downtown San Luis Obispo’s newest contemporary accommodations are now taking reservations for its five furnished suites, with availability beginning Labor Day Weekend.

Setting a new standard for modern accommodations, SLO Brew Lofts air a lively, upbeat atmosphere that is perfect for small get-togethers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, business gatherings or any type of celebration. Because of The Lofts’ downtown location, directly above the SLO Brew gastropub and music venue, The Lofts are great for accommodating groups of concert-goers and craft beer enthusiasts on “Beercations”.

SLO Brew Lofts radiate a cool, urban vibe.  They feature one, two or three bedrooms, and feature fully outfitted kitchens, dining areas and living rooms. Designed to provide its guests a sense of chic, authentic comfort, SLO Brew Lofts are located at the heart of Downtown, perched on the second story above the new SLO Brew. Overlooking the lively downtown scene, SLO Brew Lofts enjoy a city-central location and a happy proximity to dozens of walking-distance restaurants, shops and pubs, putting guests in the middle of all the action.

SLO Brew Lofts offers the following accommodation options:

The Castaway Suite

Sitting comfortably above SLO Brew, the one-bedroom “Castaway” loft features a contemporary four poster king bed, a large flat screen television, a kitchen and a seating area with exposed brick walls and wood floors.  Designed with a modern, urban aesthetic, the one-bedroom loft is fully furnished with custom renewably-sourced hardwood furniture centered around a large, hand-woven rug.

The Gypsy Suite and the Vagabond Suite

Each of the two-bedroom lofts features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area and a living room with a fireplace and a large flat screen television. With a sense of comfort and sophistication in mind, the space is designed with exposed brick walls, solid reclaimed Douglas fir floors throughout, and furnished with custom designed, renewably-sourced hardwood furniture. The bedrooms are outfitted with queen beds and the kitchen features high-end appliances and a Moroccan tile backsplash with solid wood cabinetry. Both the Gypsy and Vagabond Suits overlook San Luis Obispo’s iconic bubblegum alley and are the only rooms to overlook the famous Higuera Farmer’s Market.

The Voyager Suite and the Drifter Suite

The tasteful and inspiring three-bedroom units feature fully furnished spaces with custom-designed, renewably-sourced hardwood furniture. The Voyager and Drifter Suites radiate a contemporary urban vibe with its exposed brick walls and solid wood floors. Each unit is outfitted with one king and two queen beds. The three-bedroom loft includes two bathrooms, a fully outfitted kitchen with a Moroccan tile backsplash and high-end appliances, a dining area, a countertop bar with seating for four and living room with a fireplace and a large flat screen television. Each three-bedroom suites has its own private patio that overlooks the SLO Brew beer garden as well as the San Luis Obispo Creek and the nearby Mission De Tolosa.

The Voyager Suite has exclusive access to a private, 700 square foot rooftop deck, featuring spectacular views of the bustling and historic downtown district. With a variety of seating options and multiple fire pits, the deck is available exclusively to the occupants of this three-bedroom loft.

The Carissa Club

At the center of SLO Brew Lofts is the Carissa Club, a modern and flexible gathering space accessed through a pair of French doors. Inside, the boardroom features an oversized and solid live-edge plank table, lending itself equally to family gatherings, casual entertaining or for private meetings. The Carissa Club has its own private fireplace as well as a bar with SLO Brew beer on tap. Perfect for small meetings or private parties, guests can make arrangements with the brewery for special tastings or dinners.

The interiors of The Lofts, as well as SLO Brew and the new brewing facility SLO Brew Rock, were all designed by Celadon House. Accommodations at SLO Brew Lofts can be reserved through the SLO Brew website or by emailing Lofts@slobrewingco.com.

About SLO Brew

Since 1988, SLO Brew has been an integral part of San Luis Obispo’s cultural scene, brewing award-winning craft beers and regularly featuring performances from both local and internationally recognized artists. Today, SLO Brew is composed of three venues, The Brew, The Rock and The Lofts, giving the community more options for entertainment, accommodations, eating, drinking and hanging out. While The Brew will maintain its local spirit by serving up gastropub fare and intimate shows, The Rock offers expanded brewing and canning capacities as well as a tasting room, beer garden, restaurant and a concert and event space. The Lofts feature contemporary one-, two-and three-bedroom suites perched directly above The Brew.  Together, the three venues offer a complete experience that’s perfect for any type of night out or celebration.

SLO BREW × EXPANSION

SLO BREW ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MOVE AND EXPANSION

Popular Pub Will Maintain Authentic Spirit and Atmosphere After Relocation

After 27 memorable years in Downtown San Luis Obispo, SLO Brewing Company is happy to announce the expansion and relocation of its popular restaurant, bar and concert venue to a new space on Higuera Street this December.

Over the years, SLO Brew has become an iconic cultural and musical hot spot that features local and world famous bands and performers. The venue offers an intimate and authentic live music experience where fans are able to get up close to their favorite artists while enjoying SLO Brew’s award-winning craft beers. Together, all these elements create an atmosphere of good vibes, fun and accessibility that keep their following coming back.

The new SLO Brew is slated to open in December at 736 Higuera Street, just a few hundred feet away from the original Garden Street location and still in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. Located in the historic Carissa Building, the new space will feature new elements, including a wood-fired pizza oven, an outdoor, creek-side dining patio with fire pits, and four all-suite lofts designed with a modern urban aesthetic on the upper floor. The restaurant, bar, brewing tanks and “kettles”, and the concert stage will share the 6,500-square-foot first floor, while the Whiskey Lounge will overlook the main floor from the mezzanine, complete with reserved seating, bottle service and a private bar.

Destined to become downtown San Luis Obispo’s most coveted accommodations, the SLO Brew Lofts are spacious two-and three-bedroom self-contained units, complete with kitchens, dining areas and living rooms with fireplaces.  While located above The Brew, on the second floor, they will have a separate entrance and can be reserved through the SLO Brew website or VRBO.com.  The heart of The Lofts is the Carissa Club, featuring a gourmet kitchen, lounge area, fireplace and billiard table, as well as a meeting space, and a large private roof top deck overlooking picturesque San Luis Obispo Creek and the nearby Mission.  The Carissa Club is reserved separately.

SLO Brew co-owner Hamish Marshall is adamant that the quality of the musical performances will continue to be top-shelf when the doors open at the upgraded SLO Brew building and that the dance floor will remain.

“The upgraded SLO Brew will keep the local spirit it’s always had,” said Marshall. “The concert experience will still be intimate, but we will now be able to offer more dining options, an enhanced sound system and innovative design elements, along with fresh brews and pub-favorite food pairings.”

In addition to the SLO Brew move, SLO Brewing Co. is also constructing a second site, to be known as The Rock. Located off Broad Street, near the airport, this new brew facility will expand their production capacity, and will feature a tasting room, restaurant, and event space.   Already on tap at over 30 local restaurants and bars in San Luis Obispo County, SLO Brew has plans to ramp up beer production and their commercial distribution.  The Rock is scheduled to open early in 2016.

About SLO Brew

Since 1988, SLO Brew has been a vital part of the San Luis Obispo community, regularly featuring live performances from local, national and internationally recognized artists, alongside their award-winning craft beers. The restaurant, bar and intimate music venue has made SLO Brew a popular cultural hub for residents, music and beer lovers alike. SLO Brew plans to continue to evolve as one of the major destinations for music, food and great craft beer in the state, offering a unique and authentic atmosphere for their guests to enjoy.