Published quarterly, The Beer Connoisseur covers brew culture in a sophisticated, in-depth manner on par with wine or fine-dining periodicals. Glossy articles cover brewery news and prominent personalities, making the magazine ideal for expanding hoppy horizons or granting the ability to turn up one's nose in a drink debate and balance erudition on it. Past page-turners have profiled advances in green brewing techniques and delved into the rise of craft brewing. Shower unsuspecting taste buds with reviews of recently bottled domestic and international craft brews, or learn the latest tips on brewing, storage, and transforming pairs of bottles into fashionable earrings. Each subscription also includes access to The Beer Connoisseur online, giving perusers access to a comprehensive beer-learning center and the ability to unlock arcane knowledge on cooking with beer and achieving the most harmonious food-and-brew marriages. The Beer Connoisseur also keeps readers informed with a calendar of tastings, dinners, festivals, and grain and barley speed-dating sessions hosted by the magazine around the country.
The knowledge keepers at UniversalClass feed intrepid and curious minds alike through their exhaustive catalog of online continuing education courses. Students think their way through a curriculum of arts, accounting, cooking, or career-training courses, earning CEUs (continuing education units) as they go. In lieu of brick-and-mortar classrooms, classes meet in a virtual space constructed out of high-tech building blocks such as streaming videos, website avatars, instructor-crafted content, and social networks. The classes’ persistent online presence also allows busy students to learn at their own pace and still receive continual feedback from instructors. Students can bounce from subject to subject, preparing for a new career in proofreading, psychology, or statistics, or bone up on more esoteric topics such as metaphysics in case they get invited to tea inside the Large Hadron Collider.
With pieces that have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, hung in the White House, and chosen by Oprah to bestow upon Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to celebrate their joint invention of the cotton gin, Sticks and Stones has made one-of-a-kind art ubiquitous. The company's master photographers have compiled a gallery of black-and-white art photographs depicting natural and structural images that represent each letter of the alphabet, which customers can peruse to craft a framed heirloom up to 14 letters long. Once finished, a panel of judges approves the message masterpiece, which, regardless of semiotic weight, gets framed and shipped. Lauded by numerous other celebrity and media outlets, these letter-based and individually tailored decor concoctions make ideal housewarming, wedding, and new-baby gifts.
Each month, Hearst Magazines disseminates glossy periodicals packed with insightful columns, informative features, and vivid graphics to keep readers hip to trends in fashion, automotives, and the domestic sphere. Between the pages of Esquire, for example, gents scan celebrity interviews and glean cocktail recipes. Homeowners and hopeful homeowners find inspiration between the pages of ELLE Decor and House Beautiful, while car buffs ogle aerodynamic centerfolds in Road & Track. Lifestyle magazines such as Redbook deal advice on scores of quotidian topics, from work and parenting to clothes and health. Geared toward the younger set, magazines such as Cosmopolitan reveal tips on beauty and fashion.
CafePress is an online hub of inventive, humorous, and customizable clothing and gifts. Clients browse a galaxy of designs uploaded by users, whose most popular images rise to the site's front page. For a sense of scale, the online emporium posts an average of 135,000 new designs each week, keeping the selection fresh so no one has to buy an expired, sour-smelling shirt. Clients may also use CafePress's intuitive design tool to emblazon hoodies, jewelry, mugs, calendars, and museum-quality canvases with their own text or images. Thanks to an iron-clad guarantee of satisfaction, CafePress's clients can shop with the confidence of an invisible knight in a forest of giant eyeballs. Its smooth browsing system, simple design interface, and speedy shipping make the site an ideal destination for gift shopping.
"I have no idea how you managed to create something that beautiful... I love it, there are no other words."
That's a glowing review from a PhotoBarn customer, who took a chance on the company's unique photo prints and was more than pleased with the results. Instead of printing images on traditional photo paper, designers print them on high-quality plywood, burlap, or gift items such as ornaments, puzzles, and blocks. The hue of these materials lends finished products a beautifully vintage effect. In addition to being distinctive, PhotoBarn's products are also eco-friendly?most of the wood comes from sustainable North American tree farms, and the Barnwood frames are constructed from wood reclaimed in and around Knoxville, Tennessee.