VICTORY SPORTSWEAR X STEVEN ALAN SPEED SHOE

S15_NA_S15_RUNNER_100_PD1For the past five or so summers, I have started the season off on a quest to find the perfect, simple, non-in-your face logo trainer.  A trainer so versatile that allows me to wear it on the weekends and if I wanted to feel like a rebel, I could rock them with a sport jacket at the office or even better, with a suit when I am presenting to the board of directors. Each season I start this quest and end up having to chose from the normal cast of charters, the New Balance 574, the Converse Jack Purcell Signature, or the adidas Original Rod Laver.  I am happy to say this season, even thought we are 3/4 of the way through it, I found a new brand and style to choose from.

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CUTMAPS

USA_Grey_Wall_1024x1024Artist and mechanical engineer Dan Linden has taken an industrial laser cutter and is creating works of art out of the everyday map.  While working at a roller coaster company, Dan had an idea to make use of the laser cutter in this office to create a three dimensional replication of his Columbus neighborhood on a beverage coaster to be sold at the monthly art fair.

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THE BARISIEUR

We here at NCG are always about being efficient and using tools that allow us to get the most out of our day.  The Barisieur, designed by Joshua Renouf does just that.  It’s an alarm clock that also brews a cup of coffee!

The water is boiled by the movement of stainless steal ballbearings through induction heating.  The bearings also act as the alarm and wakes the sleeper up vs. the loud buzzing or morning zoo keeper on the radio we have all come accustomed too. The wake up is subtle, accompanied with the scent of fresh brewed coffee.

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SQUARE TRADE CANDLES

headerThere is a little company out of Richmond VA making some great things.  Square Trade Goods Co. was created by Alan Long, in his quest to find the perfect candle.  Having no luck with the off-the-shelf candle market, Alan took it upon himself to create the quintessential campfire scented candle this world has seen.

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It took a year of trial and error, but in the end he was able to find the perfect blend of pine, cedar, wood smoke and a subtle hint of amber.  He completes the scent with U.S. grown all natural soy wax, self trimming all natural cotton wick and to top it off, each candle is hand poured in either an amber glass jar or a reusable whiskey glass.  What comes out in the end is a strong, but not overwhelming sent that can burn up to 4 hours continually.(Note:  I have left mine burn for 6-8, but I like to break the rules)

Alan has expanded his candle offering to eight (8) scents as well as expanding into hand salve and some apparel and accessories.  He has started down the path to create a nice lifestyle brand that we here at NCG can get behind.