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Tuesday
Aug242010

our neighborhoods: sobe

Since 1870 when 165 acres sold for 75¢/acre to grow cocoanuts, or when a plot of land was deeded to anyone willing to build a home on it in 1916, South Beach hasn’t changed so much as it’s evolved. In the southernmost section of Miami Beach and bordered on the north end by Indian Creek and Dade Boulevard, SoBe is rich with living history.

In the early 1900s, a 12-hour overnight cruise to Havana could be booked for as little as $2.00 one-way. Residents and developers brought back the Latin flavor to cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, casinos— all of the above, combined with a carnival spirit, earned Miami the title ‘The American Riviera’ and Lincoln Road became known as the ‘Fifth Avenue of the South’.

photo courtesy of: phillip pessarConsidering its link with the past and present, time capsules seem fitting for SoBe. So to mark the world premiere of “The Glenn Miller Story” —which opened in 3 theatres including the Miracle—it’s rumored one was buried as a publicity stunt by the lead actor, Jimmy Stewart, in front of a theatre on Lincoln Road.

And this past December during Art Basel, guests were invited to share anything reflecting Miami Beach life—from photos to original works of art, vintage menus or classic souvenirs—for the The Time Capsule 2029 project.

Not only did Miami Vice give us Don Johnson’s memorable fashion trends, it’s somewhat credited with a revitalization of the Art Deco area having been filmed on-location in the late 80s. Today the neighborhood’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America.

It all started in the early 30s when Brooklyn educated architect Henry Hohauser, best known for his work in the Nautical Moderne style, became one of the most prominent architects in the area. Strongly influenced by the 1933 World’s Fair and the Chrysler Building, some of his projects included the Cordozo, Colony, Century, Park Central and Essex House hotels.

photo courtesy of: phillip pessar photo courtesy of: totalAldophoto courtesy of: schuey

photo courtesy of: marcin wichary

In 1964 Jackie Gleason moved his television show to 1700 Washington Avenue and every week the show opened with these now famous words: “From the sun and fun capital of the world, Miami Beach, it’s The Jackie Gleason Show!”. For over 50 years The Jackie Gleason Theater has been a performance hall for contemporary entertainers and its Broadway series, and home to the city ballet— it even features a “walk of stars” outside the box office.

SoBe is famous for attracting sun-worshipers from all over the world and nightlife that’s a mix of Spanish, Cuban—and Hollywood. For today’s cuisine, check out Doraku Sushi and Ice Box Cafe where they serve on CB2 dinnerware.

Friday
Aug132010

our neighborhoods: midtown atlanta

photo courtesy of: Nolenpics

Railroads have played a tremendous role in the life of Atlanta—even its name was shortened from “Atlantica-Pacifica” since just before the Civil War when rails created a link to both oceans. Growth came to the area once it became a major hub, which also made it a strategic target during the war.

photo courtesy of: kevindooleySince Atlanta played such a key role in the Civil War, it was a central character and host to the 1939 premiere of ‘Gone with the Wind’, based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pullitzer Prize winning novel. Held at Lowe’s Grand Theatre, since demolished, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel attended with producer David O. Selznick.

In 1868 the city became Georgia’s 5th state capital and to promote it as the “New South”—based on a less agricultural economy—The Georgia Institute of Technology was created in 1885 and later, builder of the first supersonic aircarft, the Bell Aircraft Company opened a factory in Marietta.

photo courtesy of: medium as museIn the 60s, the Civil Rights Movement was mainly organized within the Atlanta headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—led primarily by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and local college students.

In 1996, Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics and today Centennial Olympic Park features concerts and festivals—and the world’s largest Olympic Ring fountain.

Today Atlanta’s the world headquarters for Delta Airlines, AT&T Mobility, Home Depot, UPS, the CDC—moved from New York in 1942 in response to widespread malaria cases in the Southeast—and it’s the birthplace of Coca-Cola and Turner Broadcasting which includes CNN and the Cartoon Network.

While the greater area of Atlanta is home to three Fortune 100 companies, Midtown is the place for arts in the city. Within this 4-square-mile area, it’s home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, and the High Museum of Art.

Monday
Aug092010

update: midtown atlanta 

What: CB2 Midtown Atlanta
Where: 1080 Peachtree NE
When: Friday, August 13, 2010

Come Friday, August 13th—yes, lucky Friday the 13th!—these Midtown Atlanta doors will become signature CB2 orange and open for business.

Store manager Jake and his team are getting everything taken care of on our end—sign up for twitter or facebook so you’re good to go!

hint: anyone in Atlanta can snap a photo of a specific item in several pop-up windows strategically positioned around town, and present it at our new Midtown location to receive $10 off a purchase of $50 or more—valid August 13-30.

terms and conditions. This offer is valid August 13, 2010 through August 30, 2010 for $10 off a single purchase of $50 or more, in person only at the CB2 Midtown store. Limit one photo per transaction. This offer is not valid toward purchases at Crate and Barrel, Crate and Barrel Outlet, Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel Canada, crateandbarrel.com, cb2.com or phone orders. Cannot be redeemed for cash or the purchase of CB2 Gift Cards. No cash back. Not applicable toward past purchases, Gift Card purchases, employee purchases or purchases at store charity shopping events.

Friday
Aug062010

our neighborhoods: santa monica

Bordered by the Pacific, 26th Street, Montana and Colorado Avenues, when Santa Monica was incorporated in 1886, businesses boomed around the Third Street Promenade.

Across the nation as the country grew during the industrial revolution, amusement parks were of greater interest as lower and middle classes grew more prosperous and leisure time increased. Five piers were built in the area and each commissioned a wooden roller coaster to rival the others. Most were destroyed by fires including the Ocean Park Pier, the Blue Streak Racer roller coaster, the Sea Serpent, and the Whirlwind Dipper. But Santa Monica Pier, the lone survivor, includes the Santa Monica Hippodrome—a national historic landmark whose carousel was featured in the 1973 film,“The Sting”—the Pacific Park amusement park, and the more recent West Coaster roller coaster.

photo courtesy of: kewl

The roaring 20s was a great time for the area—in 1921 the Douglas Aircraft Company built its first plant at Clover Field, now the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. In 1928, William Randolph Hearst gifted his mistress Marion Davies with beachfront property for Ocean House. It eventually became the Sand and Sea Club and then a public beach facility where ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ filmed on location. The Gold Coast developed in the area surrounding Ocean House and became home to J. Paul Getty, Louis B. Mayer, Harold Lloyd, Norma Talmadge, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford— and later, Peter Lawford, Sean Penn, Tobey Maguire, Robert Redford, Jeff Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, and the fictional cast of ‘Three’s Company’ and ‘Baywatch’ were also Santa Monica residents.

While elegant luxury resorts were forced to close during the Great Depression, gymnasts and body builders gained popularity as inexpensive entertainment south of the Pier at Muscle Beach. WPA projects in the 30s provided jobs then and architecture that still stands now—including the main Art Deco style post office and the Santa Monica HS auditorium, Barnum Hall.

Redevelopment continued over the decades—Sears built a moderne-style store in 1947 and  Papermate opened a pen factory in 1957. Between 1960 and ‘69, The Cheetah Club featured The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Alice Cooper, and Pink Floyd. Lawrence Welk broke ground for a Union Bank and built the appropriately named ‘Champagne Towers’ apartments and plaza—known as 100 Wilshire, it’s still the tallest building in the city.

Since the 20s when beach volleyball started, health and fitness have continued to be of importance and the Santa Monica Steps are a hotspot for outdoor workouts today. National businesses that started here include Supergo, Gold’s Gym, World Gym—and when the Z-boys had little else to do, free-style skateboarding grew out of empty Dogtown swimming pools.

During renovation of the Santa Monica Pier, the La Monica Ballroom—once the largest in the States—hosted “Save the Pier Week” in 1983 sparking the first annual “Twilight Dance Series” concerts. And Santa Monica Place, originally an indoor mall designed by Frank Gehry, opened in 1980. Redevelopment projects were completed in 1991, 1996 and in 2010 it’s being converted to an open-air mall—including home to the newest CB2!

photo courtesy of: Oscalito

Thursday
Aug052010

update: santa monica

What: CB2 Santa Monica
Where: 395 Santa Monica Place
When: Friday, August 6, 2010  

We’ve been hard at work getting our newest store ready to open its orange doors tomorrow in Santa Monica. Check out the 10 essentials of the new store manager, Ashley, then get out and watch for our ground team.

hint: anyone in the LA area can snap a photo of our food truck, on the road August 5-8th, and present it at our Santa Monica Place location to receive $10 off a purchase of $50 or more from August 6-30. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CB2 santa monica for breaking news and its current location!

terms and conditions. This offer is valid August 6, 2010 through August 31, 2010 for up to $10.00 off a single purchase of $50 or more. In person only at the CB2 Santa Monica Place store. Limit one photo per transaction. This offer is not valid toward purchases at Crate and Barrel, Crate and Barrel Outlet, Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel Canada, crateandbarrel.com, CB2.com or phone orders. Cannot be redeemed for cash or the purchase of CB2 gift cards. No cash back. Not applicable toward past purchases, gift card purchases, employee purchases or purchases at store charity shopping events. See store for details.