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Defining Luxury Before They’ve Opened the Box

Lisa Marie Todd knows a thing or two about packaging and reinvention. After graduating from the University of Santa Clara she pursued a career in Hollywood, landing on “In Living Color” in 1990 as one of the famed “Fly Girls” dancers for two seasons alongside...

Hip Chicks & the Hidden Value of a Makeover

Nobody wants to hear their baby is ugly. And when your baby happens to be a product your family’s worked their butts off to bring to market – uh uh. But that’s what the folks at Whole Foods told Hip Chick Farms co-founder Serafina Palandech in no uncertain terms...

1871 Dairy: Requiem for Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

Chicago brings to mind many things for many people; chances are milk is not one of them. You can thank Mrs. O’Leary’s cow for that. After touching off the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 by allegedly kicking over a lantern (hey, none of us was there), cows became...

Kickstarting the Habits of Highly Effective Cats

It’s no secret that cats are the most brilliant creatures on Earth. (Sorry Fido.) But who knew we can learn a lot from the habits of our kitties? Gail Johnston did. In her forthcoming book “Creative Cues from the Cat,” the co-founder of wine-and-spirits packaging...

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