Experience: University City

University City is about 20 minutes from uptown and has 160,000 residents. It’s not only a great area of town to live in, but to visit, too. In April, University City Partners hosted the first-time event University City Wine Fest that featured more than 100 wines from over 25 wineries. Attendees were able to sample wine as they strolled along the boardwalk, listening to live music and interactive entertainment. The event benefited literacy programs for the University City Regional Library. This event made me wonder what other events this neighborhood had to offer. I spoke with Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners, to get the scoop. Heater has

By |August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Summer Wine Picks From a Pro & Where to Find Them

Certified wine pro Janet Stone has worked at Vin Master wine shop in the past and conducted tastings in the retail environment along with informal wine tastings during gatherings with friends. Where her love of wine came from? Food. “I always selected wines to go with the wonderful dishes my husband was creating,” said Stone, who now works as a freelance producer and writer. “Our team effort started casually but then evolved. He eventually went to culinary school and I looked for something more than wine tastings to increase my knowledge.” It was six years ago that Stone began taking Wine & Spirit

By |July 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Shopping Tips from Coko Concierge

Eight out of 10 people are shopping online regularly, according to Pew Research Center. Consumers who do go to the mall spend an average of two hours on a shopping trip, according to Journal of Shopping Center Research. So one thing we can safely say is shopping is central to our everyday lives. We can’t get around it. With that being said, how do we shop smart? Courtney Kovacs, owner of Coko Concierge, uses her planning and organizational skills to help families, business professionals and companies “get stuff done.” She has been in business for two years this August and one of her focus areas includes seasonal services

By |June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Shopping Decisions and More with Generation Z & Millennial consumers

The younger crowd has upended retail PR as we know it, and they’re continuing to do so—more than 90 percent of Generation Z now say that a strong wi-fi signal is important to them and their overall shopping experience, according to a survey conducted by strategic firm HRC Retail Advisory. Emerging in-store technologies and positive social media feedback are among the top priorities for both Gen Z and Millennial consumers. The survey, which also revealed a generational shift in how these consumers shop for beauty products, represents the first in a series centered around Generation Z and Millennials’ attitudes, behaviors,

By |June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|