I worked with two great retailers to find my wedding gear: RTH in LA and Ralph Lauren in New York. Two different shops, two great experiences. Both centered around customer service. There is still a great social experience to be had shopping in a brick and mortar store where service and knowledge about product are paramount. Granted the price point at both stores is high, but price shouldn't be the determining factor in the level of service. Knowledge and passion of the goods you are selling goes a long way, no matter what you sell. Big thanks to Rene and his staff at RTH and Robert and Mr. Pino (a classic) at Ralph Lauren.
Amazing show weaving art from Picasso and art from Africa and the Americas by various artists from ancient times to modern artists presented alongside another show about notions of blackness from a Canadian perspective. Everything seemed like an evolution from one era to another or from one culture to another. pretty powerful profound stuff from many different artists.
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It is incredible how quickly dogs go straight to your heart.
A recent trip to Portland, Oregon : Grey, Green, Inspiration and Fire.