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Thanks to soundbars and karaoke machines, home entertainment is a lot more advanced than what it used to be. Moment is enhancing that experience even more by creating the world’s first soundbar with essentially an unlimited karaoke song library. This is achieved by having direct integration with any of the music video apps, or online streaming sites that you usually use, such as Youtube or Smule. This soundbar is packed with a built-in mixer, a wireless microphone & subwoofer which will be a perfect addition to any modern home entertainment system. Be it your video games, movies or karaoke tracks, you will be able to enjoy every bit with a crystal clear sound quality. …


September 28, 2015

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Jonas Ketterle, founder of Firefly Chocolate

Jonas Ketterle has everything you could ask from a modern engineer but his passion lied somewhere else. Guess that one trip to Oaxaca, Mexico was the turning point of his career graph. It was during his stay in Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec town with strong chocolate traditions that Jonas got introduced to the art of chocolate making. Making chocolate in the traditional way became his new interest which later turned into Firefly Chocolate. …


By Madhurima Nag on September 22, 2015

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Alana Little, founder of Make Pie Not War

Life becomes fun and more enjoyable if you learn how to live like a free soul and Alana Little discovered her path to this side of life way back in 2007. Her degrees in accountancy and fashion design has blended well into a jewelry company that is truly one of its kind. Make Pie Not War with over 10K Etsy sales isn’t just a pack of handmade jewelries you come across every other day. …


By Peter Chang, September 20, 2015

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Nomiku CEO Lisa Fetterman demoing the Nomiku at the Nomiku HQ in San Francisco, CA

Want to cook like a pro but don’t want to spend the time to learn cooking? it may seem impossible but with the Nomiku immersion circulator it may be actually easy to do. Top chefs have long been keeping a secret in the professional kitchens with the “sous vide” cooking technique. Food is vacuum sealed in a plastic bag and immersed in a low-temperature water bath for an extensive amount of time. Low temperature prevents overcooking and cooks the food to perfection with the right tenderness and moisture. There are lots of health benefits to sous vide cooking as well. Low temperature preserves more nutrients, and the moisture kept within the vacuum bag keeps vitamins and minerals from getting evaporated. Furthermore, less or no oil is used for cooking. Sounds wonderful, but at what cost? …


by Peter Chang, September 7, 2015

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Michael Ammon (right) and fellow artist Julian Watts (left) at the workshop in the Dog Patch, San Francisco, CA

With his family originally in metalworking business, Michael Ammon picked up woodworking in his mid 20’s as an apprentice for Cottage Table, a San Francisco-based company that have been hand-making wooden dining tables for over 30 years. He hasn’t looked back and eventually became the owner. Now working out of his workshop in the Dog Patch neighborhood, Michael shares his space out with various other woodworking artisans and one can imagine scrap wood pieces from the various furniture projects are of abundance. That’s where Michael and colleague Dylan Hosey came up with the idea to take the once-scrap wood materials and turning them into beautiful, high-quality skateboards reminiscent of the early skateboard designs. …


by Peter Chang, August 20, 2015

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Tawny, owner of Sundrop Jewelry, stands by her giant magnifying glass on a bright sunny day in Berekley

This giant apparatus is not something used in a magic show, although some may say these sundrops are indeed magical! The process for creating the droplet shape that is the basis for these beautiful earring is truly amazing. It is done by using a giant magnifying glass to focus sunlight on glass pieces from used wine or beer bottles, and with the temperature reaching 3000 °F, the glass melts and drops down forming the sundrop shape after quickly solidifying. Tawny, the owner of Sundrop Jewelry, started the business in 2005 with a friend who at 14 discovered the technique of making sundrops while experimenting with the giant magnifying glass. …


By Peter Chang, August 13, 2015

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What happens when you want a particular painting that doesn’t fall into your budget? Paint it yourself, of course! that’s what Amanda Byrd did about a year ago when she couldn’t find a painting under $60. Impressively she taught herself to paint by tracing things and using templates, and ended up getting four paintings out of it by doing it herself. Then she made it into a business by opening an Etsy shop about three months ago. Byrdie’s Handmade Decor was born. Her work has strong associations with the TV/film series Hannibal and Harry Potter, as well as religious and military themes, since she has many family and friends in the military. …


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Wit & Whistle is an online store loaded with amazing paper goods. We couldn’t stop ourselves from interacting with founder Amanda Wright and here’s what the tete-a-tete was like.

1. What made you come up with an idea of starting up Wit and Whistle? Please share the story with us.

I started Wit & Whistle in 2009, because my job as a graphic designer wasn’t allowing me as much creative freedom as I had hoped for. I really missed working with my hands, drawing, and being able to incorporate humor into my work. I started making greeting cards on the side, and to my surprise people bought them! My husband encouraged me to quit my day job and focus on building my own business. …


by Peter Chang, July 31, 2015

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Design power-couple Dave and Cher at their studio in Oakland, CA

When I first saw the work of David and Cheryl, I was drawn right away into the simple yet naturally pleasant designs. We’ve talked to several ceramics artists as well as those in woodworking, but the combination of the two disciplines was a refreshing change that immediately clicked. Their serving spoons in various styles are representative in the marriage of wood and ceramics, where the handcrafted porcelain bowl is joined to a precisely formed tube made from reclaimed wood.

David and Cheryl are quite the lovely couple as well. Putting their corporate jobs in graphic design aside they moved to Oakland, CA from Connecticut last summer to create Neighbor Please, which is conceptualized as a design shop of handcrafted everyday products. We had a chance a couple weeks ago to interview them at their live-work loft studio which was impressively arranged and even had its own rooftop access. We were greeted with warm hospitality that included a tour of the space, complete with watermelon and tea served out of the wares they made themselves, of course. …

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