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Borough by borough, day after day, seeking the little details that make NYC great.

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin’s Studio

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin doesn’t usually let other people into her studio. It’s her workspace, her secret hideout, a virtual reproduction of her college studio apartment. But I’m lucky, because Liz is my friend, so when I ask if I can profile her, she just says “Yes, ma’am!” and invites me right over to her Braddock Avenue studio “for visuals” even though I know that she’ll only look at the pictures I take of her through her fingers.

Yes, that’s right, my friend the self-portraitist hates being photographed.

Randyland in Pittsburgh: This isn’t Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, or CandyLand

Welcome to RANDYLAND, a place nestled in the depths of the residential North Shore of Pittsburgh in the midst of the famed Mexican War Streets.  The North Shore?  I know it as the North Side and to most Pittsburghers what else could it be.  After all, Three Rivers Stadium once stood here and its memory shimmers in pure glory. 

Major Ink in Atlanta

In a world of tattoos, you have a steady flow of ink, and a plethora of designs from which to choose.  Atlanta gives you a wide horizon of talented artists who showcase and brand their work in the most well known tattoo studios! Take a peek at a few suggested studios to visit if you’re thinking of adding a little art to your body.

Siblings Breaking Out with Musical and Artistic Talent

Typically in any family there is sibling rivalry at every turn but sometimes something magical happens. This would be the case with sisters Charlene and Liann Kaye who combined their talents for a lethal recipe. Charlene had the musical bug at a young age as Liann was touched by the angel of art. Their first attempt at meshing their work was when Charlene was jamming with local bands in Michigan. Liann, in her sophomore year took up a film class and gained some key pointers.

Michael McGovern in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, a city at once enigmatic, bold, beautiful and filled with promise.  So many of her sons and daughters have gone on to achieve fame and fortune.  Her children have had tremendous impact upon American culture.  Many of these stories we know, and still others have yet to be written, and still more have yet to unfold.  That being said, I wanted to introduce many of you to the unfolding tale of the local talent, Michael McGovern. 

Nashville’s Warm Weather Treats

As Nashville finally welcomes the spring weather, we now have an excuse to venture outside for picnics at the park and weekend strolls down 12South. And as the temperatures skyrocket, I’ve already started to crave cool treats to replace my winter staples of steaming lattes and hot slices of pie.

It just so happens that Nashville is home to a number of excellent dessert shops, any of which will exceed your expectations for warm weather goodies. Take a look at the list below, and if you don’t see your favorite, share your recommendation in the comments section below!

Jackalope Brewing Company

There’s no stopping the craft beer craze that has sprung up these past couple of years, but then, why would you want to? Nashville has over fifteen small breweries that provide the area with a broad selection of beer options. Yazoo, Black Abbey, and Jackalope are just a few of the widely known breweries that can be spotted at one of the twelve beer festivals scheduled for 2016. In Nashville, we listen to more than country music, and we drink more than Bud Light.

Places to Visit in the City of Atlanta!

Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the of the depth of the ocean? Maybe not, but if you have, Georgia Aquarium gives you a wide-open experience. The view of the blue calm waters makes it as if you’re floating with the dolphins. In all words, you get a sense of peacefulness and a refreshing perspective of what it feels like to be connected with animals in the infinite waters surrounded by their natural habitat.

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