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  • I'm the creator of STORY in Chicago and the author of DREAM YEAR (in stores July 31st). My wife Ainsley and I live in Virginia Beach with our four kids Wyatt, Dylan, Cody & Annie

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Something is wrong in your paragraph about Bush/Clinton and the Oval Office.

Matt, the slogan of this blog is "this isn't the New York Times"

Ha! Ben!^^

When planning for the Tea shop we are going to open I decided that my daughter and I, who will be the only employees starting out, will wear retro or vintage dresses, to give it that "other world" feel, like your leaving current reality and stepping into a world of warm smells, tea stained linen's and clothing, a place where a child's tea party is hosted in Wonderland or Narnia. The entire building will feel different then the outside world. It wont be "just a tea shop" if you know what I mean.

I love that Carole! Do you happen to know what existed on the plot of ground where your tea shop is located?

Sense of place is everything. Im a huge fan of lighting to create environmental ambience. I love combining industrial minimalist with organic. Such a convergence of beautiful.

Experience happens in environments. They create experience. We live this from our office environments to the open air as people arrive on campus, to the smells they experience when they walk into one of our facilities.

Everything has a UX

when we ordered business cards for our non-profit, The Move Project, we went with thick, heavy, letterpressed business cards. Doing work in homelessness, food/clean water access, and modern-day slavery is heavy work, and our brand should reflect that. Also, we have both co-founders' email on the cards with tick boxes. We personally check our name when we hand it over. This reflects the personal, collaborative work we do. Moo cards wouldn't cut it... :)

We haven't found the perfect space for the tea shop yet, so no, I don't but I will look into that for sure once we have. :-)

We have photos of our property from the past 100 years framed and hanging in our entryway to continually remind us of the history of this special place. We've been grafted into an incredible legacy of live-giving ministry on these 15 acres.

We are moving our offices to mid-town Manhattan from downtown and the owner of our company wants no personalization in the space.
We are allowed one picture frame that will be chosen for us. For the past 18 years since I worked at this company I was free to customize my cubicle space. I am going to take a photograph of my old cubicle for the picture frame.

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