During our recent visit to Seattle, WA we stopped by an unusual farmers market, where instead of tomatoes and tangerines, customers can purchase medical cannabis. The NW Cannabis Market, open seven days a week at two locations, hosts a variety of vendors who sell their products wholesale to anyone with a recommendation for medical marijuana in Washington state. The market fosters a conversation between farmers and patients about the process, ingredients and effect of the product—giving the patient more control over their medication, while offering insight into consumer demands for the growers. Though not completely unique (there are other similar markets in Washington) the model has enormous potential for the medical marijuana community.
During a recent visit to Maison&Objet 2012 in Paris we came across a neat and simple toy from the London based company All Lovely Stuff. Their super analog drawing machine uses a felt pen and simple tools that are assembled with a rubberband and can be configured to draw different forms. Available from their web store, they are sure to be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.
It's well known that hiding behind the facades of many buildings in Brooklyn, NY are an endless array of companies producing artisanal pickles and locally designed clothes but rarely can you wander down a street to find a product being made out on the concrete. DL Skateboards is a unique young company that makes custom, handmade skate decks on the sidewalk outside a Greenpoint apartment building and in a retrofitted box truck acquired in New Hampshire. The couple behind the brand, Lauren Andino and Derek Mabra, have been skateboarding most of their lives and their passion and love for the sport drive their small business forward, producing fantastic cruisers modeled after 60's classics. In our latest video we found the couple out on the street shaping decks for one of their final runs before moving to California.