The Drinks You Need for the Ultimate New Year's Eve Party
Hendrick's gin is from across the pond, but rather than being produced in England, this one is out of Scotland. It's a unique small batch gin hand crafted with an unexpected infusion of cucumber and rose petals. Hendrick's makes for great martinis, and instead of garnishing it with a lime, opt for a slice of cucumber instead - you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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What We Heart
Limited Edition Stationery Collection
$20 (five-card set), available at Art in the Age, 116 N. Third St., 215-922-2600, artintheage.com
It's been a week since Jesus' birthday and you still owe your grandmother a thank-you note - even if she did buy your Christmas present at a garage sale. Head over to Old City's Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, where limited-edition five-piece stationery sets are nestled amid enviable-but-overpriced tees and old-timey perfume vessels. In collaboration with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (and its massive archives), Art in the Age is breathing new life into potentially boring artifacts and making history more user- and consumer-friendly. These cards - three of which are printed on substantial, creamy card stock and stamped with Civil War imagery, two of which are holiday-themed and showcase centuries-old chromolithography techniques - are available at $5 a pop or $20 for the set. Think of it as the perfect way to say, "Thanks for the slightly used steak knives, Gram.
For Gin, It's Hendricks!
We continue our libations posts with one on Christmas Eve--we hope it is not too late for you to find this gem. If you have ever tried a Martini and thought about drinking a fine Gin, then Hendricks should be on the list. For the price, this Gin is not too expensive (around $35), but the curious blend of cucumber makes this a tasty one for a martini.
While we like Tanqueray for martini fixes in a pinch, Hendricks is better, curiously delicious, and of a higher quality overall. Give it a try this holiday season, and do not mix it; this is a martini/straight drinking gin. As noted here, this is about more than style. What you drink says much about you as does your manner of dress.
From Philly to Paris, the Best Store Openings of 2008
By Karen Day, Sarah Moroz, & Xiyin Tang
In a year clouded with closings, foldings, lay-offs, and mergers, we're extra-glad that these innovative boutiques braved the odds and struck out on their own. Whether it's New York darling Steven Alan bringing his cool, classic goods to sunny Cali or beloved Swedish line Acne opening up their first U.S outpost, 2008 was a year for new beginnings despite the less-than-hot economic condition. Below, we've gathered the finest new boutiques so that you can put your hard-earned, cleverly saved pennies to good use.
An Open Call at Art in the Age for Lincoln's 200th Birthday
_Art in the Age, who released some great new tees last week, are celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday by asking you (yes, you) to send them artwok inspired by the great man that will be displayed in their store on 116 North 3rd Street, Philadeplhia, so hopefully I'll be able to go along and takes a few pictures if I ever get to Philly (visa issues, grrr!).
Take a look at this link to find out all the details, the last date for submissions is January 9th.