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Fast Food Gets Boozy

Want a rich bottle of Pinot with that burger? A smooth Sauvignon Blanc with that Protein Bistro Box? Just like that, fast food and fast coffee joints are crossing traditional barriers and tapping our growing thirst for wine and beer….

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Summer’s Siren Call

Mary Margaret Stewart skipped math and history for art classes, and upon graduation from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, couldn’t get to Europe fast enough. She fell hard for Paris, and for her first love, and that summer abroad became…

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Dean Potter’s Gift

Celebrated climber Dean Potter’s death from a tragically failed wingsuit BASE jump this past May hit me harder than I expected, and maybe understandably, since I had met the legendary man himself at a Reel Rock movie screening (a movie…

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Startup to ShutDown: What’s Next?

Sarah M. was not the typical candidate for a startup. Until a few months ago, she’d worked extensively in property management, specializing in relocating professional athletes. But then she read about Campus Coliving, a new-fangled housing startup for Millennials (think…

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