10 Things We’re Loving this January

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From end of season sales at Ellie, the Wilmington Country Store and Houppette to Jimmy Fallon hosting the Golden Globes, here are 10 Things We’re Loving in January:

1.) Shop the end of season sale at ELLIE Boutique starting Thursday, January 5th at 2pm. Shop the first hour and receive an extra 10% off your purchase! The store will be closed until 2pm on Thursday, January 5th.

2.) We’re really excited to watch Jimmy Fallon host the Golden Globes Sunday, January 8th. Plus, the fashion on the red carpet is guaranteed to be fabulous and our client, Lilliana Vazquez of The LV Guide, will be interviewing all the celebrities for the Today Show!

3.) Get ready to shop on Wednesday, January 11th at the Wilmington Country Store for their mega clearance sale. From 9:00-10:00 am, take an additional 10% off your purchase! They will be closed Tuesday, January 10th.

4.) Starting tomorrow, Thursday, January 5th, stock up on things beauty and style at Houppette during their sale!

5.) On Thursday, January 19th from 6-8pm, check out The Mill Space in Wilmington to hear Rich Roat, co-founder of the design studio, House Industries. The talk will feature their eclectic typeface collections and how their work is defined by their love of art, cultures and what inspires their craft.

6.) Stop by at No. 109 and take 50% off any single items in store (excludes jewelry and accessories)! The fun starts tomorrow, Thursday, January 5th from 3-6pm. Plus, sip on wine and enter to win a pair of Mignonne Gavigan Mini Madeline earrings (valued at $125)!

7.) Last week, Social Stylate co-founder, Lauren Golt, went ice skating at the Riverfront and said it was awesome. Now we all want to go! It’s supported by local business and goes through February. Plus, there’s food and drinks for purchase.

8.) Every Thursday in January, it’s Taco Thursday at Brew Haha in Greenville. We can’t wait to try their delicious sounding tacos and $5 margaritas! Starts at 3pm until last call.

9.) From Taverna to Grain, we’ve been wanting an excuse to head to Newark for lunch or dinner. So we can’t wait to take advantage of the 11th Annual Restaurant Week starting January 16th.

10.) Every month, Penn Cinema hosts a local brewery for tastings and a movie. Plus, each event donates the proceeds to a great charity. This month on Friday, January 27th at 6:30, the featured brewery is Bellefonte Brewing Company followed by a screening of The Princess Bride with proceeds going to Autism of Delaware.

 

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Passion for Coffee: Cafe MonteAgua

Cafe MontéAgua is grown in the Antigua coffee region of Guatemala, a secluded valley between three volcanoes is continuing a story that began thousands of years ago. From the times when ancient Mayans celebrated Chaak, the god of rain, thunder, and the harvest, the precious crop has been coffee. We sat down to chat with founder Alejandro Castañeda to learn more about the inside story of this luxury coffee brand.

Cafe MonteAgua 1. Why did you choose to start the Café MonteAgua brand?
“I decided to start the MonteAgua Brand because ever since I have been traveling to the US, I have felt that the coffee is pretty mediocre at best.  And coming from Guatemala, where some of the best coffees in the world are produced, that didn’t cut it.  So since I have been traveling to Wilmington for the last 25 yrs of my life, I started bringing coffee as gifts and so that I could drink this great coffee as well.  Shooting two birds with one stone if you will.  I started learning about the way coffee is commercialized in the US, statistics and processes.  Who the players are, and how the tendencies go as generations change.  So it became pretty obvious to me, that the time has come in which the US is now ready to enjoy the best coffees.  I am not competing against anybody, I just let my coffees do the talking themselves.  When people try them, invariably they notice the difference.  It is like a pleasant surprise to discover that coffee doesn’t have to be bitter.  That coffee doesn’t have to be cold brewed to take the bitterness away,  That MonteAgua coffees can be brewed, and if you like them cold, cool it and never come close to even wanting to use sugar on them, because they lack the bitterness.”

“You see coffee has a little bitterness to it, but is has to be a hint, not the predominant factor in it.  So I implemented the processes that reassure this.  Some of them are mentioned in an article written in the Delaware Today, Main Line Today, The Hunt and Westchester magazines.  But it is more of an art to me, then it is just a “get it out of the way” mentality. Most of the coffee out there doesn’t go thru such scrutiny.  And it is understandable because it makes it more expensive.  Pricier coffee, pricier processes and longer time to gently roast makes it a pricier option.  However, this is what a luxury item brings to the table. Also, the limited productions that are very carefully chosen gives you a wonderful raw material that exceeds all other.”

2. Can you briefly explain the steps involved in creating a single bag of Café MonteAgua Coffee?
The steps are simple, but flawless;
1. Very controlled and supervised milling process
2. Sun dried to perfection
3. Patient and vigilant rest of the raw beans
4. Careful transportation
5. Delicate roasting
6. Extreme tasting and development
7. Careful rest before packaging for immediate delivery

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3. What makes this brand more exclusive than other coffee brands out there?
The exclusivity of the brand I guess I explain in the no.1 bullet point.
-Limited production
-Super selected beans, more expensive
-Signature Premier Roasting
-Perfect timing in the fulfillment stage
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Café MonteAgua comes in three different varieties. No. 12 Premium Roast, No. 14 Premium Roast, and No. 23 Preminum Roast, all three with their own unique smooth and balanced taste for $24.99 a bag. These bags are available in single bag purchases or as a subscription plan where these fresh beans are delivered right to your doorstep. Cafe MonteAgua is available locally in Delaware at Janssens Market.
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What We’ve Been Up To

It’s been a busy (but fun) summer here at SS and we wanted to fill you in on what we’ve been up to. While new clients officially opened for business, others launched new endeavors and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them all!

jill martin

We’ve started working with the talented Jill Martin, a New York Times best selling author, TODAY show contributor, broadcaster for the Knicks and creative director of QVC’s G.I.L.I line.

blown away dry bar and salon

Kelly has been working hard in preparation for the grand opening of Blown Away, the first dry bar and salon in the Kennett Square area. It’s officially open and Sydney is already hooked!

happy cat farm website design

Happy Cat Farm, the sustainably operated farm and nursery, launched their new website and blog, which Lauren designed and developed.

west village, nyc

In New York, Lauren met with client Lilliana Vazquez to review and strategize for upcoming projects, including Lilliana’s debut on the Meredith Vieira Show (9/8/15). Lauren also went behind the scenes at the TODAY show for filming of Lilliana’s style segments.

challenges abroad

Carroll has teamed up with FutureSense Foundation to bring the Challenges Abroad program to the US. Challenges Abroad offers volunteer focused internships, study abroad programs and more in an effort to develop student’s skills and make a meaningful impact abroad.

jade retreat in costa rica

We’re are absolutely loving one of our newer clients Jade Retreat, but who wouldn’t when it’s located where the jungle meets the ocean in Costa Rica? It’s the perfect place for yoga, surfing and more.

beachside rehoboth

July was the opening month for our client, Beachside Rehoboth, a casual, fun beach restaurant focusing on fresh and local food. The idea for the place is brought to you by local favorites Dave Dietz and Jay Caputo.

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