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Batch Nashville’s Carefully Curated Bundles

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Batch Nashville cultivates some of the finest confections and ingredients, organizing them into thoughtful, useful collections that are sure to impress.

Living

Keepin’ it Cool with IZOLA

In 2005, Neil Rasmus (one of the men behind New York City’s biggest full service photo companies – Billy Farrell Agency) and Richard Brandt decided to bring some life to otherwise mundane objects by...
incorporating good quality with great design – thus began IZOLA. In 2010, the company started collaborating with Aesthetic Movement’s design team...

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Fashion & Style, Living

GM Makes A Custom Suit For Your Car

It seems that even cars want a sharp suit for spring. We know that clothes and four-wheelers don’t exactly go hand in hand (coordinating your sunglasses to your convertible doesn’t count), so...
consider us thrown for a loop when we heard the news that GM had basically hired a tailor to dress certain of its’...

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Living

This slick wireless speaker catches eyes and ears wherever you take it

There are certainly no lack of options to choose from as you shop for a wireless speaker, but it can be tough to find a portable sonic companion that both catches the eye, and offers the power and...
performance your ears crave. For an intriguing and attractive new take on old design, we suggest checking...

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Living

Electronic Music Cranks Up At Moogfest

Lovers of electronic music are headed to Asheville, N.C. for the annual Moogfest. a five-day festival featuring such artists as Kraftwerk, Zed’s Dead, Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Moderat, Riff...
Raff and dozens of others. It runs April 23 to April 27, 2014. View the full schedule here. Why Asheville? Well it’s the place...

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Living

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover has long been the off-road standard of the world. And even though its most famous model, the Defender, wildly lacks in tech, the British carmaker just might lead the world in automotive tech...
– from this moment forward. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is perhaps one of the most important and impressive...

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Living

Here’s The Only Stationary You Need

In the age of selfies, Snapchat, and constant Instagramming, it’s easy to lose sight of the institution known as USPS. If you’ve completely forgotten that acronym — after all there are a lot to keep...
up with (NSFW, SMH, HMU, and of course, our trusty standby, FML) — it stands for the United States Postal Service. Or,...

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Living, Travel

Write Au Naturale with Field Notes’ Shelterwood Notebook

An idea isn't worth much if you can't capture it. Field Notes' notebooks pose a solution — one reveling in American Cherry and 70-pound stock paper.

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Living

New Music Monday: Free Sampler from ATO Records

This week on New Music Monday we are excited to offer up a free sampler from ATO Records. ATO is one of the most eclectic independent record labels in the world today and features an outstanding and...
diverse roster which includes several of this year’s breakthrough artists. The compilation will appeal to fans of many...

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Living

Talking Shop with Six & Sons Founder Alexander Six

We love an awesome concept store, but we especially love happening upon one while on a European mini break. Strolling the streets of Amsterdam early one Sunday morning in March, we came across Six &...
Sons, which quickly became the find of the trip. The two-storey store houses a coffee house upstairs and all kinds...

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Living

Tubecore’s Duo warms up your digital media with the glow of vacuum tubes

Here’s a little nugget of knowledge professional  musicians, recording engineers and audiofiles have known for decades: When it comes to amazing sound, nothing beats tubes. Sure, modern technology...
has lead to amazing advancements in digital amplification, but nothing sounds smoother and richer than tube-based audio gear. Now, a brand-new company out of Maryland is marrying...

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Living

Brew an Awesome Cup of Coffee With the Canadiano

We’re big fans of interesting coffee makers here at The Manual, and we’ve found a new one that is pretty cool. It’s called the Canadiano. What makes this coffee maker so special? The Canadiano is a...
locally manufactured coffee maker that is crafted from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. All manufacturing is done...

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Living

Know Your Knife: A Guide to Good Steel

There is no tool as versatile, handy, and long lasting as a well-made knife. The only problem, however, is that telling a good knife from a bad one can be nearly impossible if you weren’t raised by a...
blacksmith. The biggest factor is the quality of the steel, and since steel is an alloy that’s...

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