EAT | Otherside Deli
Austinites may remember the food truck before Otherside Deli opened its brick and mortar on 34th Street, but if you haven't tried their New England style pastrami and corned beef, we would highly suggest it. Our friend Conor Mack co-owns the spot with Derrick Smith, and these two (along with their awesome staff) churn out amazing sandwiches from their deli for breakfast and lunch. Not a fan of beef? Their Rowdy Roddy, Barbarella and Veggie sandwich are well worth the visit.
STAY | Kinley Chattanooga
There are hotels that are accommodating and welcoming, and then there's the Kinley. Located in downtown Chattanooga, it's pet-friendly, beautifully designed, and with a staff that puts Southern hospitality to shame. The rooms are modern, clean, and feature local artists and details, while downstairs they offer coffee, great dining, cocktails and local craft beers. At times it was hard to step out of the comfort that the Kinley offered, but when we did it was a great home away from home to return to at the end of the day.
DISCOVER | BookPeople In A Box
Book lovers know the excitement that comes from discovering a new and interesting title. BookPeoplehere in Austin features Blind Date with a Book, a display of mystery titles wrapped in brown paper for the adventurous reader, but for people from out of town or anyone looking for an individualized experience, they also offer BookPeople in a Box. Just tell them a bit about yourself, name some of your favorite titles, and choose how many books you would like to receive - the rest is up to them. They'll handpick paperbacks based on your reading habits and send you over a few they think you'll love, plus they offer a box for young readers. So go ahead and discover something new.
DRINK | SommSelect
Drinking wine can be a serious experience, but it can also be just enjoyable and relaxing. SommSelectbrings together talented sommeliers to choose some of the best wines from around the world so that those of us who haven't immersed ourselves in the world of tasting can still enjoy a great bottle. Offering single purchases, club subscriptions and cases, they make the process of finding your next favorite wine a breeze while telling the story of each bottle to ensure you know the details of what goes into your glass.
LISTEN | Japanese Breakfast "Jubilee"
After the loss of her mother in 2014, Michelle Zauner wrote songs about loss, heartache and the complexity of family along with her memoir, Crying in H Mart. Now the singer of Japanese Breakfastreturns with their latest release, Jubilee, as a contrasting collection of relief, release and love. There is joy that builds behind the synth and 80's vibes of this album, even in its moodier and darker tracks like In Hell. Want to experience the full range of her story? Start with the album Psychopomp and see the progression for yourself.
SUPPORT | Guide Dog Foundation
75 years ago, five community leaders in NY came together with the idea to provide guide dogs at no cost to the visually impaired. Over the years the Guide Dog Foundation worked hard to find the best techniques in training to ensure anyone who needed a highly capable working canine companion was able to find theirs here. Today they still pair those in need with their guide dog free of charge, and with thanks to you they can continue to do so for another 75 years. With events, sponsorships, fundraising, and donations, there are plenty of ways to take part in an amazing opportunity that continues to grow and be of service in such a valuable way.