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Salemtown Board Company.




Woke up the other morning to an inbox of emails from Bearings. I should prolly only subscribe to one, but I get all three.

So then I click over to Salemtown Board Company, out of Nashville. Thought it would be the same old story: couple of hip fellas, making boards, making mountains of cash (or going into insane debt), giving Nashville another craft made feather to fly in their coolest-thing-going...

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The Academy.


I spent a week in Long Beach, CA in October for my day job. 14 hours a day, 7 days in a row. I did very little outside of work. Hardly saw the sun, while I was reading about fabulous autumn weather back East.

But, I did get out to a store around the corner from my hotel called The Academy. I was blown away. It's a little, simple place. They make things there. What they don't make in their store...

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America with a Vengeance.



I've only been to Waltham like one time. It was to drop off a fellow canvaser who'd driven up to New Hampshire on election day of '08 to make sure our man didn't lose the state due to a lack of wide eyed young people knocking on doors to get out the vote.

Anyways, Walthamis one of those real important American cities. Pretty much where the industrial revolution started. The Waltham-Lowell system of...

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Draplin


My buddy James Fox from 10 Engines brought in Aaron Draplin a few weeks ago to the Somerville Public Library. Draplin had been in town for the How Design Conference, and had extented his stay to bum around New England and speak to a sweaty room of 67 talented folks on the 28th of June.

I've not been so inspired in a long time.




Draplin is an honest man. A hard worker. A 'man of size.' A freaking top...

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Belted.


If there is anything tougher than shopping for a good belt, I don't know what it is. Which might be why I have 20 belts but only wear two of them. One is a simple, handsome leather piece I got at Sid Mashburn. The other is a thick old thing I got 15 or 16 years ago when I was in high school. It was from the Gap. It was made in China. It was tougher than nails. But it has been falling on hard times...

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