At Samovar, a tea bar on Valencia Street in San Francisco, white ceramic mugs line white walls, and the seating is one long bench, also white. Behind the counter, attractive men sport bespoke canvas aprons while tending to elegant glass contraptions that look like tall, thin French presses. Heaps of scones and croissants sit under glass domes in front of the tablet registers. It has the reverential air of many neighboring third-wave cafes in the Mission: Four Barrel, Ritual, Sightglass. advertisement advertisement People often come into Samovar looking for a cup of pour over coffee (although none is available–only tea). That it’s frequently mistaken for a place that sells a particular grade of coffee is no accident. Jesse Jacobs, who has a tiny tea empire that spans three locations throughout San Francisco, calls his six month old Valencia Street spot the “Blue Bottle of tea.” “Coffee has become cool,” says Jacobs, at a quick clip for … [Read more...] about Giving Tea The Blue Bottle Treatment
For a certain substrata of Twitter, Tuesday afternoon felt a lot like Schadenfreude Christmas. advertisement advertisement First came the news that Jacob Wohl, an atonal Trump rally chant made flesh, created a fake company with the hilarious moniker “Surefire Intelligence” to launch a smear campaign against Robert Mueller, and got caught in part because the company’s contact number went to his mom’s voicemail. (The Coen Brothers would be hard-pressed to invent a more inept scammer.) The cross-section of Twitter resigned to seeing Wohl’s increasingly bizarre and shrill defenses of the president broke out into swift celebration. “Jacob Wohl” became the top trending topic, a peak he had likely long aspired to reach, if perhaps not in the way he finally did. As if all this weren’t enough comeuppance for one day, then came these tweets from Kanye West. I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want … [Read more...] about Kanye’s done with MAGA and Twitter is done with Kanye. A eulogy for the former artist.
It’s just before 9 a.m. on an overcast February morning. About 60 fifth graders at a Harlem charter school have just filed into a multipurpose room to hear architect Phil Freelon talk about his career-defining work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or NMAAHC, in Washington, D.C., the universally celebrated newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution. But before he gets to his lesson about the design—a brilliant, bronze-hued building that alights the Mall like a shining crown—he warms up the crowd by letting them in on a secret: He once played drums in a band with his brother, Gregory Freelon, a teacher at the school. The room’s energy perks up as students whisper; Phil has instantly connected to each of them. Now it’s time for the meatier part of his talk. advertisement advertisement Eager hands shoot into the air. “Art is a subject of creativity,” a boy says. “It’s expressing … [Read more...] about America’s Humanitarian Architect
advertisement advertisement It’s true: We, like many others, were all over the Facebook IPO. Which is why when Facebook’s stock tumbled from $42 to $31 in less than a week after it began trading, we started looking for explanations. So did everyone else–from investors, to analysts, to the SEC to more pundits than anyone could count. What is clear is that Facebook and its underwriters fumbled several aspects of the IPO. What’s still unclear to even the loudest pontificators is what all this will mean for the way Wall Street and Facebook do business in the future. Even more importantly, how could it all matter to you? Here’s a timeline to help you navigate the news. The Blame Game: What Happened? Date: May 7What Happened: Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, kick off the road show, a series of presentations a company makes in front of potential investors in order to stoke high desire for its stock. If Facebook were an ad … [Read more...] about Confused About Facebook’s IPO Flap? Here’s What It Means To You