Archive for January, 2016

JS1I love the fine folks at JnrlStr – which is just a super cool modern word for General Store and a place that offers some really cool modern products.

About JnrlStr:

“At JnrlStr (pronounced “general store”) we look for efficiency, function and beauty in the everyday. Curating products that are minimally designed and relevant to everyday needs, we see opportunity in making even small moments special.”

Great items like the Paul Frances Magic White Buffalo Head (above right)…

…or things like Dustless Chalk – which I wish they had back in the day when it seems like I always had to clap erasers at school because I talked too much in class, but that’s another story.

Learn more about JnrlStr and see all their fine products here.

billI have a dear friend and lifelong Bill Murray fan who shared some disturbing news with me recently. She told me that her love affair with the greatest comedic talent and personality of the last half century was waning. Oh no, what to do? Well, I am going to rush The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg to her stat. In this fun book, which reminds us all of what is so great about Mr. Murray, Mr. Schnakenberg balances his fanboy enthusiasm with a truly considered appreciation of the man.

About The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg: “The man. The movies. The life. The legend. He’s played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James ‘Bill’ Murray, America’s greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on Saturday Night Live, from his starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters to his reinvention as a hipster icon for the twenty-first century, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every aspect of his extraordinary life and career. He’s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie’s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents, and he once agreed to voice the lead in Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen Brothers film. He’s famous for crashing house parties all over New York City—and if he keeps photobombing random strangers, he might just break the Internet. Part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, this enormous full-color volume, packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography, chronicles every Murray performance in loving detail, recounting all the milestones, legendary ‘Murray stories,’ and controversies in the life of this enigmatic performer.”

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray may not necessarily win Mr. Murray new fans, but most certainly for someone like my friend whose fandom is fading, it will certainly turn that ship around.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

fishGenerally men don’t get to wear a lot of jewelry and show off bling without looking over the top. Which is why I like a nice watch or set of cufflinks.

That is why I also love the fine folks at Thompson London who offer some great ways to add a little touch to your style – like their great Wiggly Fish Gunmetal Lapel Pin.

About the Wiggly Fish Gunmetal Pin from Thompson London:

“A quirky gunmetal fish pin with a wiggly tail. Perfect to give your jacket a funky touch.”

Find the Wiggly Fish Gunmetal Pin from Thompson London here.

See all the great accessories for gentlemen from Thompson London here.

watsI love everything about Seattle’s Watson Kennedy, “purveryors of fine goods.”

Just check out this selection of Watson Kennedy’s fine goods aimed at making you “feel.”

Including thing like these Camera Pencil Sharpeners, and these Horn Tea Scoops.

And then there are Watson Kennedy’s “to Taste” goods…

Like the Pickled Apricots from Seattle’s Boat Street Café, and this Blue Cheese & Mission Fig Dipping Oil.

Seriously a great collection of products. I regret I did not know about Watson Kennedy when I visited Seattle last summer. But lucky for us, Watson Kennedy has an online shop.

Visit Watson Kennedy’s online shop here.

FossThe fine folks at Fossil Farms offer many cool meat products, but none as cool as their Berkshire Pork Burger.

About the Berkshire Pork Burger from Fossil Farms:

“Our Berkshire Pork Burger is no sausage patty! This burger has the sweet taste of the Berkshire meat along with a hint of flavor from the sea salt that just makes your taste buds burst with the silky buttery taste. This burger is the perfect size of 8 ounces and can be served up with a nice red beet salad.”

Find the Berkshire Pork Burger from Fossil Farms here.

See all the unique meat products from Fossil Farms here.

gddBringing food to people too sick to shop or cook for themselves is truly God’s work. God’s Love We Deliver, a group in the New York City metropolitan area, is doing just that. You can support God’s Love We Deliver or find a similar organization in your own back yard.

About God’s Love We Deliver:

“God’s Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of “food as medicine.” To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client’s specific medical requirements. God’s Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of 8,000 volunteers annually.”

Learn more about God’s Love We Deliver and how you can help here.

FF: The Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set from Tree Hopper Toys

ff3If you have a kid that you want to groom to be part of the next generation of hipsters, then the Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set I found from the fine folks at Tree Hopper Toys is just what you need.

About The Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set from Tree Hopper Toys: “We are SUPER excited to share this with you!! The perfect primer for any hip kid in the making, this fun and eclectic Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set is a unique way for kids to learn and for parents to teach the ABCs. The large pieces are easy to hold, the vibrant patterns are fun to look at, and the set contains each and every building block of the English language. Come on people, if we don’t teach these kids the Hipster ABCs, who will?”

Find The Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set from Tree Hopper Toys here.

See all the cool toys from Tree Hopper Toys here.

FF: The VSSL Flask

ff4What’s not to love about the VSSL Flask? Dude, it’s a flashlight designed to hold your booze!

About the VSSL Flask:

“Contains your beverage of choice plus a flashlight to help guide you in the dark. While VSSL Flask pays tribute to the end of prohibition, its compact form was created with portability (not concealment) in mind. It was designed to be easy to take on your adventures, like our other VSSL products.”

Find the VSSL Flask here.

See all the “outdoor utility tools” from VSSL here.

CarveWhen I was a kid we used to make ink stamps from potatoes. We would cut the potato in half and then carve out a design in the flat white of the middle – just dip it on an ink pad, press to paper, and you have your very own custom stamp.

Now I can carry on this tradition (without wasting a perfectly fine potato) with the Carve a Stamp Kit I found from the fine folks at Maker Shed.

About the Carve a Stamp Kit from Maker Shed: “Create your own unique stamps with this all-in-one stamp carving kit. From stamping blocks to carving blades, this kit has it all. What’s unique about this kit is that the stamping block is two sided allowing for different designs. Finished with the carving and need a place to store your stamping block? Simply place it in the included muslin keepsake bag for safekeeping. The included ink comes in a vibrant red color allowing your designs to stand out.”

Find the Carve a Stamp Kit from Maker Shed here.

See all the super cool DIY project available from Marker Shed here.

wr2There is nothing like a great true-life tale of a shady character in early 20th century Chicago. Seriously, Chicago in the 1920s has been a captivating era for books and movies for decades. From the iconic gangster stories to the growth of the great Second City. In his wonderful book, Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation, author Dean Jobb provides us with a relatively untold story that in many ways encapsulates the era and the place. The story of con man Leo Koretz is incredible and hugely entertaining, and serves as a reminder that history is full of these characters – even today.

About Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb: “It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million—upward of $400 million today—in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. This rip-roaring tale of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man on the town, then on the lam, is not only a rich and detailed account of a man and an era; it’s a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. As Model Ts rumbled down Michigan Avenue, gang-war shootings announced Al Capone’s rise to underworld domination. As bedecked partygoers thronged to the Drake Hotel’s opulent banquet rooms, corrupt politicians held court in thriving speakeasies and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the American dream of easy wealth is a timeless commodity.”

Empire of Deception has all the elements of a good book – a true story, a dynamic location, and most of all real people who did incredible things.

Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

m1The fine folks at Skeem make a wonderful collection of candles and other fine scents for the home. But it is their great collection of Match Bottles that really caught my eye.

About the Match Bottles from Skeem:

“These square, apothecary match bottles store 60, 4″ matches, each with colorful tips. Safe from water splashes and pretty enough to showcase on your mantel. The strike-on-bottle design is truly unique and is great for camping, kitchen and bathroom.”

I can’t tell you how much I love Skeem’s Orange Bike Match Bottle (above right).

See the entire collection of Match Bottles from Skeem here.


Check out all the fine products from Skeem here.