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Brain gyms to replace yoga studios?

January 29, 2009
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In the past 5-8 years there has been an escalating movement towards holistic health. Physical fitness is still important in culture, don’t get me wrong. Especially this culture. But, as yoga, retreats, meditation, acupuncture and organic foods boom I think it’s already old news to say we are moving beyond the mere physical side of wellness.

Well, it looks like the next area of health to exploit is our mental agility. Our brain is a muscle too. So vibrantBrain, a San Fransisco start-up, wants to help people exercise it. They have built a complete workout center for the brain with classes such as neurobics, computer software programs and more.

These clubs are aimed at Boomers, but I think they might do well for strategic planners.

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How (and where) to shop online, part 1

January 28, 2009

20×200 (Art)


I love this site. Love. They sell original art, curated by Jen Beckman who owns a great gallery on the Lower East Side. Each piece comes in three sizes at three price points. The smallest size is printed in batches of 200 (hence the name) and run $20 a pop. The largest size is an original and can go for $2,000. They introduce two new pieces a month and each comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist. I just ordered this guy:


Craigslist (Furniture)

I know this is not rocket science, and it’s not new. But it is my favorite place to find mid-century pieces. It is the best scavenger hunt. Try these search terms “mid century” “vintage modern” “danish” “danish modern” “french deco.” Here are some finds from just today:


Etsy (Home decor, art, furniture, accessories)

Etsy can be a joy. It can also be scary Christmas sweaters. That is what happens when everything is handmade and anyone can set up their own store. But if you know your style or which sellers are good it’s a great place to find art, decor, furniture and handbags. My favorite sellers for the home are Spruce Home and Highstreet Market; for art, luludee and JennSki; for accessories Valhalla Brooklyn. Here are some of my favorite pieces:



More than a gift card

November 13, 2008
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One of Target’s gift cards is a digital camera. I’ll put that on my list please.

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Redefining the retail space

October 2, 2008
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The Experience Manifesto wrote a really provocative article about the purpose of the physical retail space back in 2006.

“…what is the value of real estate for retailers today? Does a record store really need to exist as it’s been for the past 40+ years? Or banks, grocery stores, fashion retailers? (more…)