Incredible news, Colorado stoners: You can now get your weed and Girl Scout cookie fix in just one stop.
On Friday, the Girls Scouts of Colorado announced they would allow its members to sell the beloved treats right outside the state’s various weed dispensaries. The Cannabist reports the organization had previously prohibited Girl Scouts to set up cookie booths near “adult-oriented” businesses; however, its officials decided to change the policy for the 2018 cookie season.
“(Potential cookie sales) sites are now all treated the same, and approval of those sites is contingent on whether they meet our guidelines and safety requirements,” said AnneMarie Harper, the Girl Scouts of Colorado spokesperson. “Safety is the biggest concern.”
To ensure the children’s safety, scout leaders are required to consider several factors, including the booth’s distance from the parking lot and roads. Harper explained that it was also necessary for the scouts to get proprietors’ permission before setting up a booth in front of a dispensary or any business, like bars, tattoo parlors, and grocery stores.
“Decisions regarding where, when, and under what circumstances girls can sell Girl Scout Cookies are made by troop leaders, with guidance and oversight from local Girl Scout councils,” Girl Scouts of the USA officials said in a statement. “Local councils and leaders are best situated to set safety parameters in keeping with the wellbeing of girls engaging in the cookie sale in their communities.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that a San Diego Girl Scout had sold more than 300 boxes of cookies outside of a local weed dispensary. Though the city’s Girl Scout council said they were trying to determine if the child had broken any rules, the kid supposedly found a loophole: Rather than set up a booth in front of the dispensary, she reportedly walked back and forth in front of the business with her wagon full of cookies. Really slick.
In wake of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, protesters in Durham, North Carolina took to the streets Monday night demanding the removal of a Confederate statue.
According to the Herald Sun, more than 100 people participated in the “emergency” protest, which took place outside the old Durham County Courthouse. Video posted on social media shows a group of activists holding picket signs and chanting “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” before toppling the Confederate Soldiers Monument. The publication reports several activists used a ladder to reach the statue and tie a rope around it to then pull it down. Protesters cheered after the nearly 100-year-old statue was smashed into the ground, with some spitting and kicking it.
“Charlottesville and racist monuments across the country are the result of centuries of white supremacy,” activist Alissa Ellis told the Sun. “But we cannot ignore the fact that the current Trump administration has emboldened more nazis, KKK, and white supremacists to target, brutalize, and kill our communities […] The White House and its elected white supremacists are just as responsible as hooded klansmen and racist vigilantes for what happened. They have blood on their hands.”
The statue, which was dedicated in 1924, depicts a Civil War soldier with the words “In memory of the boys who wore the gray” engraved on the front. It also features a seal that reads, “The Confederate States of America.”
If you've never had the misfortune of being subjected to Ann Coulter's way of thinking, consider yourself fortunate. The professional attention seeker has made a living off of saying ridiculous, hateful shit for shock value, under the guise of being a “conservative commentator,” and has even beefed with the king of shock rap himself, Eminem.
On Saturday, she had a different sort of complaint in mind than the usual riffs on immigration and forcing people to be Christian. Coulter registered a complaint that you may think would be sort of universal—she attacked an airline for what she felt was unfair treatment. In a lengthy rant from her Twitter page, Coulter whined about being bumped from her seat on a Delta flight, documenting the occasion with what she claimed was photo evidence.
On the surface, there's a real gripe to be had on Coulter's behalf, and no one likes to be inconvenienced when they fly. In recent months, we've even seen some passengers get outright assaulted because of issues on their flight.
But in Coulter's case, her past stances—and really, a lot of her “political” ideology is just thinly-veiled bigotry—came back to bite her. After listening to the pundit preach for years about personal responsibility and the free market to excuse a lot more insidious B.S., Twitter had a field day contrasting her stated beliefs with her complaint-fest.
Ann Coulter=”Blacks need to get over their victim mentality”
Ann Coulter has to change seats on Delta=”Oh my God, I'm being victimized!”
If we're being honest, it is past time for us as a society to get Coulter out the paint. Unfortunately, she's pretty entrenched in her lane, and television producers like to use her insane comments to drive a full day of programming when she really antes up on the prejudice.
Knowing this, you have to savor the moments like these when she's faced with her own hypocrisy. Nobody deserves to get bumped from their seat because of their view on taxes, but the only real justice here would be Coulter's hateful ass flying in cargo storage.
“If you want to start a footwear brand and compete with Nike or Adidas, you’ll need the funding of a small country and an army,” says No One founder and designer Mark Gainor sitting in a small studio lined with cobbler tools, shoe-making machines, and work benches in Venice, California.
The 38-year-old Gainor, who’s spent over a decade in the footwear industry working for Adidas, Gourmet, and Creative Recreation, knows a thing or two about designing, manufacturing, and marketing sneakers, and now he’s setting out on his own to bring handmade shoes to the public one pair at a time. But he’s not the only person who’s living the dream of owning their own sneaker brand. There’s been a rise in smaller footwear brands recently that straddle the line between sportswear and high fashion, including No One, Sonra, and John Geiger’s eponymous label. What’s it like launching your own sneaker brand? What are some of the challenges these upstart companies face? We spoke to the brains behind some of these rising companies to find out.
The thought of having your own shoe — designing it from start to finish — has likely crossed everyone’s mind who obsesses about sneakers, but it takes more than just a piqued interest in shoes to bring a piece of footwear to life. There’s sketching the design, sourcing the materials, creating the last (the mold that gives a shoe its shape), finding a place to manufacture the product, and then selling it to the public. And a lot of money.
“Sneakerheads think this is easy, but I was in the warehouses in Italy and they said, ‘If this was so easy, then everyone would do it,’” says 31-year-old John Geiger, who launched his own sneaker brand last year after working with Nike on Darrelle Revis’s first signature sneaker and creating a successful line of custom Air Force 1s with shoe customizer The Shoe Surgeon over the past few years.
Making shoes isn’t for everyone, even if they have an idea in their head that they’ve wanted to execute. “There might be 10,000 who can draw a really fresh sneaker, but only 10 people out of that bunch can go out and make that shoe,” Gainor says. “Doing that in the America, and it’s 10 times more difficult.”
For Geiger, getting his shoe off the ground financially took drastic measures, and it required him to unload his love for other brands’ sneakers to create his own pair. “I funded it, I designed it, and the sole took a year because I wanted an air bladder in it,” he says. “Right before I moved from Pittsburgh to Miami, I sold my whole sneaker collection in bulk to make the sole mold. The sole mold was almost $15,000. A lot of people use pre-manufactured soles. They buy them from Margom. That’s the easier route. I went through, like, a million soles, but they’d send them with no air bladder. That’s not what I wanted.”
Although he didn’t provide an exact number, Gainor says that creating your own brand is going to cost much more than you’ve set out to spend. “You should do your research, talk to as many industry people as possible, then multiply that number by four [to find out how much it’s going to cost],” he says. “It is so expensive and so many things that can wrong. There are so many details that you’re going to overlook.”
Gainor and Geiger have both chose to manufacture their sneakers in the USA, and while it’s a more expensive process than making them in Asia, it gives them the quality and control that they’re looking for in their product. “I want to do something and be known for doing it in the USA, but I want it to have the quality of being made in Italy,” Geiger says.
For Gainor, choosing to make his shoes domestically gave him the control and convenience that he didn’t have with previous companies. “I was flying [to China] 12 to 13 times a year. It got to the point where I was like, ‘Fuck this—if I could do this 10 minutes from my home, it would be a good thrill,’ he says. “You’re not going to get into high-quality facilities in Italy or China with the volume that we’re looking to create as a startup. If you’re able to produce your product domestically, it gives you the right amount of control. Unless you’re going to be a psycho and fly over to China to check on your shoes two times a month.”
Making shoes in the USA seems like a novel idea to some consumers, but they’ll also pay the price, literally, for buying domestically manufactured sneakers. “You’re going to pay so much to make a domestic product, you just have to make that back with marketing the product,” Gainor says. “It’s the only way you can justify making product here. It’s going to cost you two to five times more to make shoes domestically.”
Factories located outside of Asia, whether they’re in Europe or the U.S., aren’t able to pump out the same quantity of sneakers on a daily basis, which presents its own set of problems to those trying to start their own brand. Hikmet Sugoer, who founded German sneaker boutique Solebox and started his own brand after selling and leaving the business, has started his own sneaker line, Sonra, and makes premium running sneakers in Germany. “The biggest problem is dealing with a small factory, because they have a maximum that they can produce per year,” Sugoer, 44, says. “I forecasted a small quantity, and now there’s no possibility to [make more shoes]. You’re dependent on the factory, especially if you want to produce regionally, because there aren’t many factories around. If I were to produce in Asia, it would be much easier, but producing in Europe is much harder.”
Once the shoe is made, selling and marketing it is the next challenge that faces someone who starts their own sneaker company. And it can make or break the brand. The process, however, all starts with making a good shoe, as simple as it may seem. “Marketing and design impact each other. If you nail a design, it’s going to market itself. So the hard work is in developing or designing the shoe that’s truly innovative,” Gainor says. “There are so many silhouettes that look and feel the same that occupy the same space, so the marketing becomes much more difficult. If your product doesn’t stand out, then you’re going to have to put in a lot of work to make people notice it in today’s market, especially with big players like Nike and Adidas making shoes.”
Experience in the sneaker industry will help you launch your own sneaker brand, but having a recognizable name in that same space will get more people to pay attention at the start. Sugeor’s had his hand in some of the most coveted sneaker collaborations over the past decade and has built a cult-like following, where he’s applied his older colorways to his new shoes. The same people who craved his old sneakers wanted a pair of Sonras. “Without proving myself with my work in the past, this wouldn’t be possible,” he says. “It’s not easy to put your sneakers in top-tier stores. I sell my shoes at Hanon, 24 Kilates, and Patta. This wouldn’t be possible if people didn’t know me. It’s because they know me from my work that I did while I was at Solebox.”
Designing a great shoe, selecting the right materials, and finding the right marketing strategy are what it takes to make a successful shoe, as well as a little bit of luck, financial planning, and the right co-signs. But you’re not going to make it far within the footwear industry without hard work and, ultimately, a passion for sneakers. “If you work in this industry, it’s a given that you’re passionate about sneakers. To deal with everything that’s going to happen, you’re going to need a real love for footwear. The downside is that it might make you crazy, thinking you fucked up a colorway,” Gainor says. “I’ve learned to go through my design process and live with and accept my mistakes. I realize that we’ve made the very best shoe that we’ve made today. We can all make a better shoe tomorrow.”
Swedish duo Dada Life is known for going over the top for many of the their shows and experiences. As they bring back their “Dada Land Before Time” event to Red Rocks once again this May, one lucky fan will win the opportunity of a lifetime.
In celebration of the show, with support from Slander and Pegboard Nerds, Dada Life will be awarding one winner with the ultimate show package.
Dada Life will cover one round trip flight from anywhere in continental USA + hotel room for 1 night. You’ll also win two tickets to the event (but you’re responsible for getting your friend there and back).
Dada Life has fans all over the country, so this could be your shot at winning big – or, you could be the best friend ever and take a buddy along with you.
Dada Life will cover one round trip flight from anywhere in continental USA + hotel room for 1 night for a max of 2 people (no ground covered). Dada Life will provide 2 tickets to the event if winner wants to bring a guest (at their expense). Winner (and guest) must both be over 18.
One week after announcing the release of new song “Invisible” during Sunday’s Super Bowl U2 opened up about the song the accompanying commercial for Bank of America and the band’s partnership with non-profit organization (RED) Readers’ Poll The 10 Greatest U2 Albums According to USA Today the band will perform the track…
To most of us, music is life. We are constantly listening: on the commute to work, the walk to the gym, the drive home, whatever it may be. And now there is one more tool to get that music through our headphones and to our ears. This week, Beats Music launched a new streaming service on Apple phones, soon to be available for Android and Google Play. Mush like Spotify, for a mere $10 a month, subscribers have access to a massive library of 20 million songs to stream as they please.
And we were ready to listen. According to a USA Today article, the app was too successful. Due to an overwhelming demand, the Beats Music site was temporarily jammed and customers were unable to register. However, Beats Music expertly and quickly responded to the problem, allowing customers to extend their 7 day trial period to 14.