With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
In their urban kitchens from San Diego to Seattle, Hipcooks trains budding culinarians to build their own gourmet dishes from scratch. With more regard for cooks' instincts about taste than exacting recipe measurements, the classes are meant to be social learning experiences capped with a shared dinner. And the meals students learn to make are designed with a practical purpose in mind: an attempt to conjure up romance could feature a dinner of mushroom turnovers, pan-seared steak with polenta, and chocolate souffl?, and surprise guests may provoke an emergency menu of honey-pear salad and pistachio-crusted fish. Like a discriminating competitive eater, other courses focus on a specific cuisine. In Una Noche en Espa?a, for example, the chefs produce a wide variety of tapas, while students in Shortcut to Nirvana set the table with spicy curry and vegetarian samosas from the Indian subcontinent.
With retail locations in more than 50 countries around the world, BoConcept crafts unique and modern Danish furnishings that can be customized to suit one's home. BoConcept's stylish staff embraces a holistic-design approach and offers interior-design services to pair customers with ideal accent pieces of modular floor-art. Host games of Connect Four around a walnut-and-chrome coffee table ($449) or accessorize offices with a pearly white-lacquer table desk ($579). Through its modular design structure, many design elements can be customized to tailor the color, height, handles, and shelving to the client’s preferences. Peruse BoConcept’s menagerie of modular offerings and stock up on sleek and slender floor lamps or other reading prerequisites like armchairs, bookcases, and espresso cups that can fuel hours of late-night studying or mornings spent copying the encyclopedia word for word.
Certified yoga instructor Mary sees the same crisp alignment in a clean room that she does in a well-executed tree pose. Her philosophy links the two practices—neatness and yoga—by relating them to the idea of letting go of one's inefficiencies. She believes that purging the body and mind of disorganized energy can also help people clear their homes of clutter.
Mary's appointments typically begin with an asana yoga routine. After they've identified and rejected stagnant energies within themselves, she and her clients set to work tidying the area in question, whether it's a large living room, a small closet, or the kitchen pantry that houses your bronzed broom collection. At the end of the session, she conducts a visualization meditation exercise to further encourage the streamlining process. Mary applies similar methods when helping clients move or manage their time.