Shinola in Chicago

Shinola’s store on Damen Avenue in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is an absolute gem. Upon entering the store, we were warmly greeted by the sales staff and invited to peruse through their beautifully curated mostly US manufactured goods – watches, bicycles, clothing and leather goods.

Our nominal purchase of an Exto extension cord by Conway Electric came with some freebies from the staff – Mediterranean popcorn, Shinola Cola and gourmet treats for our pooch. Great service, amazing products. Thank you Shinola!


The Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop

Want a serious space to get your creative juices flowing?  Head to the Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop in downtown Anaheim.  Dark wood furniture, funky lamps, vintage typewriters, fountain pens and of course great coffee!



IMG_9175 IMG_9178 IMG_9182A cool space without good coffee would be of course be meaningless.  At Ink & Bean – they brew Stumptown Roasters coffee based out of Portland Oregon.  Stumptown coffee ranks right up with Intelligensia, Blue Bottle, Ritual or name your favorite local spot.

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Definitely a cool little spot in Anaheim!




Analog Vinyl in Costa Mesa

As a vinyl enthusiast I often get the question “You can still buy records? who sells them”  Here is a fact – Vinyl records sales are up 745 percent since 2008!  Digital music is a great advancement but if you want a holistic and immersive music experience – get a turntable and then head to Analog – a tiny little store located inside the OC Mart Mix – 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA.  They carry a nice little collection of select new and used vinyl across many genres along with a small mix of vintage audio gear.


The Major Loafer – Louis Vuitton

Indigo and inky blues are big for spring mens fashion.  The Major Loafer from Louis Vuitton is a solid choice in beautiful suede – dark blue with a contemporary look, beechwood color sole, contrast lining and an elegant buckle with the LV initials.