Friday, November 21, 2014

ArtPalmBeach Announces Dates for 18th Edition(West Palm Beach, FL )


Waterloo's John Kunz to Receive Indie Spirit Award at Music Biz 2015


Rockit Bar & Grill is getting redesigned! (Chicago,IL)

 Rockit Ranch partners with designer Kara Mann

After 10 successful years as one of the iconic pioneers of the vibrant River North neighborhood, Rockit Bar & Grill is going back to its roots with a complete re-design that will once again cut against the grain and reveal a design that combines the past and future in an unprecedented way.  
Scheduled to debut Spring 2015, 11 years after its original opening, Billy Dec, Brad Young and Arturo Gomez are poised to revolutionize River North once again.
Looking to join the team? We're hiring. Click here for a list of current openings! 


The Conservation Center>Conserving an Elaborate Spanish Colonial Frame; Portrait of a Legendary Boxer; and More


Wednesday, November 19, 2014



 Downsize Fitness, an all-encompassing health and wellness organization providing a transformational program to help members lose 50+ pounds through fully integrated physical fitness, is launching a new workout program, Downsize @ Home. Downsize Fitness has locations in Texas, Illinois and Ottawa, Canada, but wants to provide health services for those who don’t have access to the Downsize Fitness facilities by bringing the workout online, to benefit members all over the world. 

“One-third of the U.S. population is overweight and another third is deemed medically obese,” said Francis Wisniewski, founder and chairman of Downsize Fitness. “Not everyone can access our physical facilities, so we are bringing the workout to them. If the obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, 44 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030. That’s unacceptable, and we knew that we had to come up with a way to provide people struggling with obesity with a supportive community to help them take control of their health.”

Downsize @ Home is a truly unique service, providing members with live-stream, instructional workout videos available online. Each workout created by Downsize Fitness’s team has been modified to ensure that anyone can participate, whether at home or in the gym. Each time a member clicks play on a Downsize @ Home video; they are coached through specialized workouts personalized to work for any fitness level. Each workout also provides explanations on how each exercise works the body, so members know the benefits of this impressive program.

Downsize Fitness was designed for individuals who are significantly overweight, and works to ensure that members lose 50+ pounds through fully customized physical fitness and personal training to fit the individual’s fitness level, an 18-month nutrition program and weight loss counseling. These three aspects foster a supportive environment where significantly overweight individuals can feel safe, without fear of shame or seclusion.

One of the most inspiring aspects of Downsize Fitness is 95 percent of the staff have personally experienced weight loss transformation, including the company’s leaders. As a member of Downsize @ Home, the Downsize Fitness community becomes a personal support system, providing advice and encouragement for each individual via email. Downsize Fitness members are given support by mentors who know the hardships of serious obesity and continually work towards a healthier lifestyle.

“Our vision is to help tackle the obesity crisis in the world,” says Wisniewski. “Most Americans don’t go to the gym for fear of ridicule, and I would know, I said the same thing. Every individual’s journey toward healthier living is different, and we want to help people find their path toward a healthy lifestyle, whether they’re coming to the gym or exercising from home. Every time you complete a workout, you are one step closer to changing your life!”

For more information on Downsize Fitness and how to get involved with the Downsize @ Home program, visit:

Downsize Fitness, Chicago, IL, is a fully integrated wellness program for weight loss, offering specialized fitness, customized nutrition programs and weight loss coaching to ensure customers weight loss success. Driven by employees and leaders who have experienced the same weight loss and health transformation’s, Downsize Fitness creates an environment that is rich with encouragement. With locations in Illinois, Texas and Canada, Downsize Fitness is poised for rapid expansion, combining a proven business model and unique concept with an unflinching commitment to supporting its growing franchise family, along with their customers.

Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift&Go will take you from found it, got it, gave it faster than you can say Happy Holidays!

Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift&Go will take you from found it, got it, gave it faster than you can say Happy Holidays
  Naughty, nice – neither? Don’t answer that. Launching for the holiday hustle on Friday, November 21st, Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift&Go has sleigh loads of ideas to cover your whole list. Pick it up in-store at one of our eight Pop-In@Nordstrom locations and we’ll even make sure it’s wrapped and ready – now tell me that won’t help keep your holidays merry and bright!
From the outside, the shop is designed to look like one giant opened box, with tops and bows strewn around the outside. Wrapping paper designs are incorporated throughout the shop, and since every item in-store comes pre-wrapped, stacks and stacks of gifts in alternating patterns can be found throughout. Olivia Kim, Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects, partnered with Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas//Architecture At Large on the shop design for Gift&Go as well as five custom wrapping paper designs that take inspiration from traditional holiday shapes.
How about a drone for the dad who has everything? Or sheets from Snurk that bring to life dreams of being a ballerina, firefighter, or astronaut for the niece or nephew on your list? Not sure what to get your little brother’s new girlfriend? Might we suggest the cutest bobby pins you’ve ever seen from Jane Tran (or so says Olivia Kim). While you’re at it, might as well add a few things to your wish list too – an exclusive swimsuit design from Lisa Marie Fernandez is perfect for that mid-winter getaway, and exclusive Topshop PJ’s are made for sipping eggnog by the fire.
For the ‘it’’ girl in your life, handmade harnesses and handbags from Zana Bayne (as seen on Cara Delevingne, Debbie Harry and Madonna) are the ultimate cool-girl accessory. If you find yourself on Olivia’s list, you might end up with a June by netatmo bracelet that will measure your exposure to the sun throughout the day, letting you know when it’s time to reapply sun protection. Also among her favorites is the Little Cloud Lamp, a functional art object by L.A. based artist collective FriendsWithYou, emoticon jewelry from Alison Lou (as seen on Olivia in Elle Magazine), and notebooks from Graphic Image with customized sayings such as “talk is cheap” and “light my fire.” Gift&Go also features exclusive items such as Bamford x Rolex watches (in different colors of the rainbow), Clare Vivier clutches, stockings from Faribault Woolen Mill Co., a custom-lined Perfecto leather jacket from Schott N.Y.C., and a holiday tote gift set from Dean & Deluca with tins full of goodies.
Your stockings might be hung with care, but if they are looking a little empty, we’ve got a solution: Q&Q solar-powered watches, Everyday Design Snowballs made in Finland that are convincingly real (there is even the small sound of a crunch), and the Polaroid CubeTM HD lifestyle action video camera are all suited for a sock.
For the first time, Nordstrom created an interactive online video game, where you can help a virtual Olivia bag up gifts as they fall from the sky. Visit the Pop-In@Nordstrom website at to play.  While you’re there, enter our Ultimate Gift&Go Giveaway to win the ultimate present – a 2015 1957 FIAT 500. Yes, we are seriously giving away a car.
Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift&Go will be found at and in the following Nordstrom locations:
  • Seattle, WA
  • Bellevue Square, WA
  • NorthPark Center, TX
  • San Francisco Centre, CA
  • Tysons Corner Center, VA
  • Oakbrook, IL
  • Garden State Plaza, NJ
  • King of Prussia, PA
Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift&Go Brands:
  • 3Doodler
  • Alison Lou
  • AJ’s Toy Boarders
  • Areaware
  • Ashkahn
  • Baleen
  • Bamford x Rolex
  • BAN.DO
  • Best Made
  • Billy Wolf
  • Biobu
  • Bodum
  • Clare Vivier
  • Mr. Maria
  • Conway Electric
  • Dci
  • Dean & Deluca
  • dip
  • Diptyque
  • DJI
  • Ellepi
  • Everyday Design
  • Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
  • FriendsWithYou
  • Finkelstein Toys
  • Go! Pet Design
  • Graphic Image
  • Hartland Brooklyn
  • Innova
  • Jane Tran
  • JUNE by netatmo
  • kidrobot
  • Knot & Bow
  • Le Feu De L’eau
  • Lisa Marie Fernandez
  • Marc Vidal
  • Maria Christofilis
  • Marshall Headphones
  • Master & Dynamic
  • Meadowlark
  • Meri Meri
  • Mujjo
  • Orbotix
  • Polaroid
  • Poketo
  • Pokket Mixer
  • Q&Q
  • Quelle Est Belle
  • Retro Super Future
  • Schott N.Y.C.
  • Seletti
  • Selfie On A Stick
  • Snurk
  • steezys
  • Sub Pop
  • Wary Meyers
  • Well-kept.
  • Zana Bayne
About Pop-In@Nordstrom
Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four-to-five weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of exclusive merchandise. Pop-In@Nordstrom is the brainchild of Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, who hand-picks merchandise spanning the high/low price range to match each new theme. Items featured in past Pop-In@Nordstrom shops have included home and gift items from legendary Paris-based retailer Merci (their U.S. debut), a custom black-on-black Rolex by Bamford, a private astrology reading by The Astro Twins, apparel from rapper Drake’s October’s Very Own (OVO) label, a Bob Hurley surfboard with painted graphics from famed artist and surfboard designer Craig Stecyk III, design-driven wares from Los Angeles based Poketo, the exclusive launch of FEED Projects first-ever leather bags, the Heritage Collection, and the U.S. debut of Hong Kong fashion collective I.T.