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Santa Ynez Valley -- It's Happening

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 12:02 AM

Something exciting is happening in the Santa Ynez Valley. Beyond its rustic beauty, exceptional climate for growing fruit, steadily improving wines, and somewhat superlative location to Santa Barbara and to the metropolis of Los Angeles, it now appears to be poised on the launch pad of cultural relevance. Beyond the...

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Coachella Music Festival: Past the Point of Inflection but the Moment Remains

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:36 AM

The Coachella Music Festival, while still unquestionably culturally germane, reached its point of inflection this year when Golden Voice made the decision to run the festival two consecutive weekends. While a gift to local hotels and other businesses, the oxymoron of a unique cultural event set to rerun back to...

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Hotel Bel Air: The Swans Stay in the Picture

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 12:41 PM

If Robert Evans, the infamous Hollywood producer, were to have opined on the Sultan of Brunei's plans for a two year, $100 million renovation of the Hotel Bel Air, I imagine that his first demand would be that "the swans stay in the picture." He also would have likely made...

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Sean MacPherson -- A Creative Director

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 4:19 PM

Sean MacPherson is a bi-coastal creative director at the top of his game. His medium for expression is the commercial venture of restaurants, bars, and hotels. Los Angeles and New York are his turf. His latest restaurant to open in LA called Il Covo, from a creative's perspective, is nothing...

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Melrose Place: Almost Famous

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 1:15 PM

Melrose Place is an aesthetically charming high-end shopping street in Los Angeles with so much potential. With a few conscious tweaks, this striking stretch that runs quietly east from La Cienega Blvd and dead ends at Melrose Ave has the potential to be one of LA's most exciting luxury shopping...

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Where Should I Stay in Los Angeles?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 10:35 AM

As a hotelier, I am frequently asked, "where should I stay while visiting Los Angeles?" A challenging inquiry that deserves a number of qualifying questions before it can be addressed with any hope of satisfaction. If there is one thing I have learned from the hotel business it is that...

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Goldman Sachs -- It's About Bonuses

(30) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 2:12 PM

If you have pushed the revolving door at 85 Broad St at dawn enough times, Goldman Sachs just becomes a part of who you are.

As a professional who spent nearly a decade in the fixed income division at Goldman Sachs in both New York and London, it pains...

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Soho House, Los Angeles: A Game Changer

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 4:07 PM

Soho House, the London born members club, recently opened it's second North America location at 9200 Sunset Blvd, a location that represents the intersection of where anything-goes West Hollywood meets the refinement of Beverly Hills. Much like it's location, the Soho House concept represents a high-low paradigm of a traditional...

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New York Was the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 3:27 PM

After returning to Los Angeles after a month long visit to Manhattan, I pondered what about New York had changed since the time that I lived there for almost a decade in the 1990s. The answer is a lot.

The hedgefundification of Manhattan is visible everywhere. Neighborhoods have been...

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