In its monthly publication of world destinations and travel tips, Condé Nast Traveler introduces readers to the pleasures, pitfalls, and endless possibilities of travel. Readers can browse regular features such as Etiquette 101’s explanations of foreign behaviors unfamiliar to American wayfarers and Room With A View’s monthly gaze out a hotel window. Other articles explore every aspect of gallivanting, such a primer on vaccinations and in-depth surveys of iconic destinations—from the Mediterranean vistas of Provence to Germany’s majestic castles made of sturdy knackwurst. On every assignment, the magazine’s corps of reporters travels anonymously and on its own dime, ensuring an honest, independent perspective of the world’s hidden corners both delightful and dubious.
Raymond Frye, DMD, develops convenient at-home pearl-polishing devices to forge dentist-chair results. The Icing 30-Karats teeth-whitening system brightens beams with a professional-strength carbamide-peroxide concoction without the expense or hassle of in-office treatments. Specialized whitening trays, which shape to fit the mouth in an easy at-home molding session, contour to the gumline to keep the whitening solution focused on its pearly objectives, never veering off to burnish marble statues or someone else’s teeth. In as little as one 60–90 minute treatment, grins can flaunt dental gems that are noticeably whiter. The kit's full arsenal of four–six treatments continues to lavish teeth with enhanced brilliance for up to two years, depending on the severity of stains.
Each issue of Bon Appétit stuffs the hungry minds of more than 1.4 million subscribers with dozens of recipes as well as several feature-length morsels of food news and information about restaurants and entertaining. Plus, its glossy, full-color pages sparkle with advice from professional chefs and updates on culinary trends, such as macaroons made from turduckens stuffed with cupcakes.
Playworks organizes activities that motivate kids to stay active during recess and developmental afterschool programs such as volleyball. Its coed volleyball league encourages inclusive and invigorating play after school for fourth- and fifth-grade students in nine public and charter partner schools around Durham. Teams of 10–12 players incorporate social activity into their play while developing agility, teamwork skills, and spatial awareness in a safe environment. Playworks needs additional funding for registration fees for the volleyball players, which covers the costs of organization, staff time, and equipment.
Urban Earth introduces youth to the natural world through one-hour lessons such as Animals of the Garden and The Original Soil, which typically take place in classrooms or in the SEEDS Southside Garden. Teachers select one or more lesson topics based on their curricula and students' interests. Although SEEDS offers its educational program to public schools at a low cost, many underserved schools still cannot cover the costs of a field trip.
As a child, Ruth Warren learned to value creativity over consumption. Her parents—who grew up during the Great Depression—taught their children to make ornaments from magazines, matchbooks, and bottle caps, paper dolls from catalogs, and even their house from salvaged wood and nails. As an adult, Ruth still celebrates these values as an artist and the marketing coordinator for The Scrap Exchange. The nonprofit company collects materials from more than 250 industries within a 100-mile radius, looking to repurpose everything from foam, paper, zippers, test tubes, fabric, and vintage goods into art and craft supplies.
Staffers have aims beyond just reducing waste and promoting environmental awareness: they hope to create a vibrant community. Alongside merchandise, their shop makes room for craft classes, an art gallery, and an artists’ marketplace of items created with discarded materials. Everyone is welcome to work inside a 400-square-foot design center, outfitted with sewing machines, a serger, a die-cut machine, a button-making machine, T-shirt hot press, and more than 300 reference books. The inspirational space earned a feature on Apartment Therapy, as well as Santa's nice list.