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Wine & Connections

Last month’s mixer hosted by The Foundation Mixer and Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars was inspiring. Conversation accompanied by good wine is always a good mix and I saw many new faces this time. Over the course of the last few months, I can personally say that the mixers have been collaborative and I have been able to meet many new people. The very premise of mixers is to connect with people outside of your realm of comfort, it allows you to step outside your box and find new venues for your personal entrepreneurial goals or just to meet new people. These mixers also promote local business and one thing I truly appreciate is the ability talk about what I do and hear what others do in these local settings. Tutto Bene was no exception; with a Sommelier on site talking to us about the different wines we were tasting and an incredible assortment of wines from all over the world it was the perfect spot for a mixer. We had Presceia Cooper, Director …

Lowell Folk Festival 2017

“Whatever is good for your soul, do that.” The festival vibes this year were incredible. The community, the small businesses, the performers and even the weather- everything just meshed together and created a beautiful atmosphere all weekend long. I have to say it was the best year yet and no I’m not just saying that because I finally got to try the Filipino food booth 🙂 My weekend started with Friday night- first day of the festival. While its a short night, the streets were closed downtown, food booths were set up and the festival hum had started. People were milling the streets checking everything out. My friends and I checked out the opening of Warp & Weft a new restaurant on Market street that will officially open later this fall, we went over to Boardinghouse Park to catch the sunset and had some yummy food and drinks. It was a beautiful evening filled with good times and almost every single downtown restaurant had something going on. It was great to see so many people …

Warlene Rene Made – Reimagine Fashion

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” — Coco Chanel I am honored to bring you a sneak peak of the clothing that Warlene Rene Made will be bringing into Mill No. 5. I met Warlene at a women’s event hosted by Humanity Boutique in downtown Lowell. I remember that she was wearing this long, high-waisted skirt that had an incredible uniqueness to it. I asked her where she got it and she said: “I made it, this morning.” I looked at the skirt again completely taken aback by the detail yet simple design of the skirt. That is what Warlene’s brand is all about, simple yet elegant design. She works with different fabrics, colors, and textures but in the end, the simplicity of every piece is what make them so unique. Bohemian in style, each piece can be worn with a simple pant or skirt because of how much her pieces …

Friday Nights!

Last Friday was the kickoff to the “Friday Nights!” (End 68 Hours of hunger) event hosted by Made in Lowell and it was filled with music, food, drinks and fun for the whole family. There were a variety of food trucks, live music, and vendors to kick off the event this year and boy did I have a blast! This event was held at the Mill Yard at Canal Street in Lowell which was a great location because of the openness of the space. I tried Let’s Roll Eggroll for the first time and they were incredible. Since I love egg rolls, it was only fair I try what they had to offer and went with the “Jamaican” which was beef, curry, hot peppers and came with a Queso dip and the “Mariachi” which was chicken, beans, Mexican mix cheese and came with a Avo Ranch dip. Both were incredible and addicting, the dips complimented the egg rolls well and gave them extra kicks of flavor. Let’s Roll Eggroll Truck Delicious & varied menu!   …

Cheese 101 – Mill City Cheesemongers

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love cheese; when I was a kid I would take blocks of cheddar and just eat them plain. If I could still get away with that I would still do it, but now I’ve grown up and realized there are so many kinds of cheese I cat eat many different varieties (to make up that block of cheese) and experience flavors and taste in a completely different way. Going to a class to learn about cheese seemed to be the next step I should take, and at Mill City Cheesemongers located at Mill No 5 on Jackson St. in Lowell I was able to do just that. When I arrived a cheese plate had been set up with seven cheeses, Meyer lemon infused honey, two wines (from our local winery Aaronap Cellars), water, crackers, and a plate with dried pineapple & salt. Next to that was a detailed sheet describing the cheeses and where they were from. There were three cheeses from Massachusetts! This class was more …

Afternoon Tea Delights

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” Catherine Douzel When I take a sip of tea I always feel like I am transported to another place where I can be peaceful and serene. So many cultures have tea as a focal point that it begs the question, “what is tea really about?” Whether its warm, calming Turkish tea after a nice meal or vibrant, energetic Matcha tea to get your day started, tea connects us to our inner joy. In taking part of this event, we all came together and experienced the joys of community and blissful moments. Collaborating and celebrating, this is what “Teacups &  Snowflakes” an event hosted by Made in Lowell was all about. Businesses came together to partner in this event and showcase what they had to offer. During this event, I had the pleasure of tasting all sorts of tea from different places while walking around this beautiful city I call home. First stop was Humanity Style, where Crose Nest Collective and Gormley’s Cafe had set up a wonderful “Afternoon tea”. Crose Nest had …

Holiday Cheer at Humanity Boutique

It’s that time of year again, when it gets cold, the Christmas trees are up and lights are all over the city. It’s that time of year where we can make a difference in people’s lives, that time of year when we can shop small, support families and its that time of year to just be together. Together as a community; a family  bigger than us all. The Holiday season for me is one of excitement and togetherness. I love dressing up and going to parties, getting together with friends for fancy dinners or hosting a New Year’s Party decked out in festive wear. This year I want to highlight a business that’s close to my heart. In everything, Ani does for her shop and her community she promotes love and acceptance. She provides a place, not only to shop but a place where other entrepreneurs and small businesses can come together and showcase their ideas. I was super excited to showcase her new holiday wear and had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with …

2nd Annual Gingerbread Trail

Last weekend I had the opportunity to walk the Gingerbread Trail in Lowell. This is the second year of the trail and it was wonderful to see the businesses come together and share the creativity with the community. Last year I walked the trail with my mother and I remember it as a wonderful memory. These types of activities make the holidays fun, and teach us more about the community we live in, I enjoyed learning new things, finding new places and exploring this great city even more. Each house had a theme,and  each business put their own twist on their houses. With details, colors, art and delicious treats I wanted to take a bite out of. Another great part of this trail was the ability to support local; I could walk into businesses and see what thy had to offer, from art galleries to boutiques. Take a look at these pictures from the trail and make sure to check these places out!   Made in Lowell/COOL – “Welcome Home” Humanity Boutique – “#loveforhumanity” Cobblestones – “Cozy …

Celebrating 32 Years in a Winter Wonderland

The CMAA is close to my heart for many reasons, what they do for the community , the people who work there and the wonderful events they have every year. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to collaborate with them on their annual fashion show and it was a night to remember. Please join them on December 8th for a wonderful Winter Gala and see all they have done for our community. Check out the official press release below as well as the links to buy the tickets 🙂 Lowell, MA – As we come to the close of an impactful 2016, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA) will hold its 32nd Annual Event with a special focus on community strengthening across all generations. The annual fundraising celebration will be held on Saturday December 3rd at Sompao Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford Street in Lowell at 6:00 p.m. and will feature community recognition, a five course meal, live entertainment by members of the youth programs and Angkor Dance Troupe. Since 1984, the …

Lowell: A melting pot of great tastes & diverse cultures

Lowell, Massachusetts is a city thriving in culinary diversity. You could name a place and we more than likely would have cuisine from there. From Cambodia to Venezuela, Lowell has got it all.  Lowell prides itself on creating a rich, cultural experience that is not only shown through its food but through its vibrant artists and lively city life. Imagine being able to live in a place where you can experience the world at your fingertips, Lowell does this and it thrives in this great environment that promotes and supports local businesses. Highlighting the different cuisines of Lowell has always been one of my favorite things to do and in reading this post I hope you will feel as drawn to this city as I do. With this article, I introduce you to five local, vibrant restaurants and their chefs/owners; showcasing their work and passion both on a culinary level but also their passion for the city. Please click the following links to learn more about each restaurant and all that they offer. Mill City BBQ …