“On the Double R Coffee House” Here may free souls forget the grind Of busy hour and bustling crowd And sparkling brightly mind to mind Display their inmost dreams aloud -H. P. Lovecraft In 1919, the children of former president Theodore Roosevelt went into business together. It was Kermit Roosevelt’s idea. Kermit, while exploring the Amazon Basin of Brazil with his father, had become fond of the local coffeehouses. Finding them lacking in New York City, he convinced his siblings to start one with him. And so, at 108 West 44th Street, they began the Brazilian Coffee House. This was by...
SEP 29, 2017 | BY: BERTRAM PROCTOR
"Hand Stretch" illustration by Julianna Brazill via Wellness for Makers This story is brought to you by our partner: About Wellness for Makers: The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed...
SEP 26, 2017 | BY: MISSY GRAFF BALLONE
Peter Shrope makes ceramic glazes by crushing rock of the Adirondack Mountains into fine powder. He uses these glazes to color his masterful, handmade Adirondack Rockware pottery.
SEP 26, 2017 | BY: BERTRAM PROCTOR
Nothing gets you back to the grind, in all of its essence, quite like bread. Bread Alone has built a (small-batch) empire using little more than fresh-ground grains and personal grit. Read about the man behind the brand, and what drove him to help create a sustainable path forward for artisanal grain growers and bakers across the country.
SEP 20, 2017 | BY: KATHLEEN WILLCOX
The “grind” is much easier with these four New York makers’ products at home and in the office or studio. Check out our “Back to the Grind” Shopping Guide: 1. COFFEE & TEA SET IN BLUE The daily grind receives a proper start in the morning with a hot beverage routine, accompanied by your favorite newspaper of course. 2. RON SKINNY TIE Suit up! The Ron Skinny Tie is professional and fashionable. The perfect compliment to every board meeting this fall. 3. HAND-FORGED STEEL BUSINESS CARD HOLDER Speaking of business cards, your desk -- and potential clients and partners --...
SEP 19, 2017 | BY: AMANDA DIROBELLA
A different kind of grind: Elizabeth Lyons makes beautiful and intricate jars, vases and art at her glassblowing workshop in Rochester, More Fire Glass Studio.
SEP 11, 2017 | BY: BERTRAM PROCTOR
Last night's Roger Federer upset at the U.S. Open. (We were in attendance.) As the summer trails off into fall, the days will start to dim and the nights will grow longer. There will be fewer possibilities for swims and walks along the beach. But not to despair about opportunities to get away from the grind. Our society, in its wisdom, has contrived a solution: sport. We have built vast arenas and trained heroes to compete in them, all for our own distraction. Fall begins and so does a different type of season for many — the sports season. Or...
SEP 07, 2017 | BY: BERTRAM PROCTOR