The nightlife industry caters to only one type of audience: the alcoholic. For those who like to get jiggy with it under a sober conscious, your options are limited. From high sugary drinks to soda water with bitters in a boring glass, the bartender might as well give you a dunce hat to wear (hi everyone, it’s me, yup, not drinking tonight, don’t I seem fun?). It was this exact mindset that led Jen Batchelor to start Kin, a euphoric beverage company.
America runs on Dunkin, or caffeine as most folks would refer to it as. In a sleep deprived world, 75% of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis and resort to caffeine instead of water when they experience a headache, tiredness or need a mood boost. However, this is not the best solution for your body. We met up with our homeboys, John Sherwin and Jai Kim to discuss their journey leading up to the launch of Hydrant, an electrolyte powder for everyday use when water alone is not enough.
As consumers, we tend to trust the government to protect us and value our health. However, they don’t always do the best job. Did you know that just like the beauty industry, the vitamin industry is also extremely under-regulated? Yup, you can really get away with low-quality products these days. That is why it is so important to know the story behind brands and the authenticity behind the Maker. We got lucky to be introduced to Gem, a bite-size daily nutrient made with real food ingredients minus the fluff and synthetic fillers.
We all have that one friend, whom, when asked what product they can’t live without, say hot sauce! In a post Spice Girls world, consumers are often left to the big retailers when searching for the perfect hot sauce, but rarely stumble upon Grandma’s infamous recipe! Alas, meet the Heatonist, a curated natural hot sauce store, located in Brooklyn, New York, where small farmers and consumer interests intersect.
As an avid popcorn lover, there is nothing worse than getting one stuck in your teeth. We have all been there when the search for the toothpick is on! Alas, a pioneer is discovered. He who believes that no kernel shall get caught in the traps of the dentine. He goes by the name of Jeff Martin, and sails the entrepreneurial sea “salt” by the name of Pipcorn.
In an age of technology, never-ending plans and hard hustle, we are constantly looking to get away from the everyday madness. While some of us find this escape in running or reading a book or picnicking in the park, others find it within balsamic braised brussel sprouts. Yes, that is a dish and a former financier turned into a culinary entrepreneur after finding her mind, body and soul alignment through it. Meet the founder of Harvest & Revel and co-founder of Blind Seed, Sara Elise!
We live in a world full of innovation. Yet, certain categories have remained undisrupted since the early 1900’s. You might be wondering where this innovation could lie? Sometimes, it’s within a beating heart inside your stomach, waiting to be born. Co-Founder of Little Spoon, Lisa Barnett is disrupting the baby food industry by reinventing its ingredients because, well, your baby’s food shouldn't be older than your baby.
Besides Thai iced tea, delicious pad Thai and lavish destination weddings, there is a whole lot of Thai-ism that us, Westerners, are deprived of. To expose our taste buds to South East Asia and transport us worlds away, Vincent Kitirattragarn created Dang Foods, based on his mother’s recipe and love for one key ingredient: coconut. Best known for their tasty chips backed by Thai recipes and concocted with globally-inspired goodness, Dang Foods can be found everywhere.
There is something magical in meeting individuals who find their calling at an early age. While most of us experiment with different paths, these folks are the ones sprinting down the finish line, checking off their bucket lists and inspiring everyone around them, or as we like to say #radiching. We were lucky to be introduced to a chocolate maven and Founder of Tache Artisan Chocolate, Aditi Malhotra, who was not only listed on Forbes 30 Under 30, but was also the winner of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 Award. If you like spices and chocolate, then this story is for you. #Foodies
As a pet owner, you will notice certain buzzwords when it comes to choosing a good source of protein for your furry friend. Healthy coat, strong bones, and real chicken are phrases us, pet parents, are familiar with but do we really know the fluff behind them? On a mission to save pets nationwide and bring back the pro in protein, Jonathan Regev, co-founded The Farmer’s Dog to provide a clean, healthy way of eating for your pet, hassle-free.
Let’s make America healthy again! With obesity and diabetes on the rise, consumers have become victims of unhealthy snack options. On the flip side, what if healthy snacking could help you by introducing you to the fifth flavor, umami? Or as Karsten Ch’ien spices it up by saying Yumami.
Co-Founder Daniel Yaghoubi is one of the masterminds behind the ever-so-famous Pop Bar or as we like to call it, magical goodness on a stick, located in the West Village of NYC. The joint was opened in May of 2010 and has been in the spotlight of ice-cream lovers ever since.
Red or white? In a world with so many liquor options, customers often find themselves confused and overwhelmed. Lo and behold, brands such as Glassful are making it easier for us to pick our favorite flavors and open new corks, through e-commerce and technology.
A New Yorker brought up in a family of restauranteurs, Kirsten Schimoler, is a Flavor Guru at Ben & Jerry's. She is the creative food scientist behind some of our favorite flavors and the newly launched non-dairy line.
What if we told you that there was a way for you to explore the best city in the world one bar at a time? The trio, Catie Cole, Dae Lim and Harry Lee founded a new app called FROTH, First Round On The House.