Fresh scents for Fresh kicks

The funny thing is, this brought me back to my Jr High School days when my parents finally gave in to my pleads for fresh new ~$100 Nikes. Bo Jackson Air Trainer SC, Air Trainer SC II, Agassi Air Tech Challenge II... I'll never forget those first few "expensive" Nikes I rocked back then. I did everything I could to keep them clean and touch up the white soles to keep them nice and fresh.

That said, one of the issues I thought about back then and even more so today is keeping the funk out of the inside. Luckily, Kent Chen who I met years ago back when I was working in the automotive industry clued me in on a dope new product he was working on. Solscience Antidot, a fresh new fragrance made just for sneakers. Either to freshen up your current stock or those used kicks you just picked up. Check it out!

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008 - Flight of the Falconator

Taking the first sips of my freshly tapped 'Flight of the Falconator' Double IPA. OG was 1.069 with a malt bill of mostly pale with a touch of Munich and Carapils. This was my first experiment using hop extract for bittering and I'm quite pleased with the result. Other than the bittering addition and Cascade in hop back via Hoprocket this is all Falconer's Flight including the two dry hop additions. 

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Just a couple new pieces...

I've been dabbling a little here and there. Here's a couple light fixtures I whipped up this week:

 

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 ...and during my other free time have been sharpening my beer brewing skills with batches no. 1, 2 and 3 in addition to taking se beer brewing classes. 

 

 

 

 

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my latest addition being a water filtration system for better quality brews. 

#NCBrews

Word on the street... NC breweries are on the move. I had heard and since it's my old stomping grounds being a UNC Wilmington alumni and technically Eastern North Carolina my hometown I was curious to find out. Enduring the pains of travel delays due to the polar vortex, after an unplanned almost two day layover in Dallas, I finally arrived in Charlotte NC on a late Thursday night.

Once I woke up I hit up Mert's Heart and Soul in downtown Charlotte for some much needed breakfast and grabbed a Lyft to NoDa. This quaint little once run down area has now been turned into the 'East Village' of Charlotte. Upon searching Yelp! for a beer shop to stock up on NC brews to fly back with me to Southern California, I found Salud Beer Shop. These guys were super helpful and gave some great recommendations on the local brews. Being just blocks from   NoDa Brewing which these guys turned me onto, its a great spot to check out. The best part, other than the fact that they have an amazing craft beer selection, is that they have a few on tap for you to sip on while you browse. If it wasn't for these guys I wouldn't have thought to check out Hop Drop and Roll from NoDa Brewing which is a great West Coast Style IPA that I'm always in favor of. If you find yourself in the Charlotte NC area, be sure to head down to NoDa and check these guys out.

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Happy New Year!

Another great year has passed and onto the next. Great things are in the horizon for 2014, I'm excited to see the growth of the company and what's next. Happy New Year! -Justin N.

Another great year has passed and onto the next. Great things are in the horizon for 2014, I'm excited to see the growth of the company and what's next.

Happy New Year!

-Justin N.

Under the Palms

I've always had a deep appreciation for the homies with passion for their hobbies. I've been lucky enough to meet and be a part of the lives of some really creative people over the years. That being said, I've decided to showcase some of these through my blog on a regular basis.

Although I'm not a sneaker head, I can truly relate with the hobby and homie Billy is all about that life. He created a site dedicated to Vans and the finds that come to fruition through the 'hunt'.  We can all relate with that! Originally known as OTWS or 'Off The Wall' site it is now 'Under the Palms' www.underthepalmleaves.com. Peep it!

Stay tuned for the next!

 

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Barn pulley light

vintage picked barn pulley + red rayon twisted cord + matte black socket 

vintage picked barn pulley + red rayon twisted cord + matte black socket 

Here's a piece I've had for a little while that I just got the inspiration to finish. It'll be listed in our 'repurposed lighting' section shortly for $150 plus shipping but if you're interested in purchasing in the meantime you can contact me here.

Cheers!

-Justin N