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Sneakers, Exhibitions, and Oleo

Stories Aaron H. Bible, Doug Schnitzspahn and Stephanie Wilson
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  • A new book explores the evolution, style, and intrigue of the running shoe. Read
  • The Prairie State becomes the first state to legalize recreational marijuana by state legislation. Read
  • The newly opened Bar Botanico in Lawrenceville is a hip new spot. Read
  • Pittsburgh’s blossoming Sharpsburg neighborhood has a hip new gallery called Zynka. Read
  • Our editor-in-chief’s hottest hits of the month. Read
  • Seattle-based OLEO offers a variety of delicious powdered CBD drink mixes that are 100 percent THC-free. Read
  • Indulge your sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day at Pittsburgh’s first Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Fest. Read
  • Backes discusses the crucial differences between unregulated and medical marijuana. Read

Calling All Sneakerheads

A new book explores the evolution, style, and intrigue of the running shoe.

In Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture & Cool of Running Shoes, author Brian Metzler delves deep into the stories and hype of shoes and brands that have made running cool—and certain kicks that are collectible-worthy. He examines every facet of this lucrative, innovative, and massively popular industry with insider access, following the rise and innovation of running shoes through major cultural fads, attempts at injury prevention, and techy experiments done in the name of speed and performance.

To research the book, Metzler went overseas to factories where shoes are built and into brick-and-mortar shops facing extinction. Adding to the wealth of shoe intrigue, he interviewed Olympians, ultrarunners, and other celebrities of the sport like Kara Goucher, Scott Jurek, and Deena Kastor, who add personal anecdotes around their own favorites. Metzler is a sports journalist who has tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes and has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles.


Illinois Goes Legal

The Prairie State becomes the first state to legalize recreational marijuana by state legislation.

The state legislature of Illinois rang in the new year and made history as the first state in the US voting to pass a cannabis regulation and tax act as a piece of state legislation. All other sales legalizations have been passed in their respective states through voter initiatives, so the Illinois state legislature has distinguished itself by being the first to legally support and organize the cannabis industry in such a way. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act will help to support the 96,000 and counting Illinois residents who rely on medical marijuana programs, as well as offer an organized atmosphere for recreational users. The act will also provide the state of Illinois with billions of dollars in cannabis sales funds and set a precedent for other states.


Chef’s Pick

The newly opened Bar Botanico in Lawrenceville is a hip new spot on Butler Street that takes “chef’s choice” to a whole new level. The eatery has no set menu. Diners discuss their likes, dislikes, and dietary needs with their server, and then the chef prepares a custom meal based on those preferences. When the plate arrives, it’s a surprise. For foodies looking for fresh meals and craft cocktails, check out this inventive new hot spot.

Debut Exhibition Sizzles

Pittsburgh’s blossoming Sharpsburg neighborhood has a hip new gallery called Zynka, owned and operated by Jeffrey Jarzynka. The success of the opening exhibit Current: The Art of Now in Pittsburgh, a collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, was so successful that it was extended into early January.


Sensibilities

By Stephanie Wilson, Editor in Chief

1. Primary Focus
A New Hampshire law requires the Granite State to be the first presidential primary in the nation. This election cycle, that goes down on February 11, after which my home state becomes irrelevant for another four years.

2. Leap of Faith
While the calendar year is 365 days, it takes the Earth 365.24 days to orbit the sun. Every four years, we add an extra day to the month of February because without it, the calendar would be misaligned with the seasons by 25 days after just 100 years.

3. Born This Way
The odds of being a “leapling”—a person born on a leap day—is 1 in 1,461.

4. Right On
On February 29, some places celebrate Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day—both a nod to the old Irish tradition that gave women the right to propose marriage to a man on leap day. If he declined, he was required by law to pay a penalty, often in the form of gloves so she could hide the shame of her bare ring finger.

5. Modern Love
Since we’re not all Irish, but we are all feminists (because we all believe in the equality of the sexes, of course), any of us can propose to whomever our heart desires whenever we want. Except Valentine’s Day. There’s no law prohibiting it but, sweetie, pay-as-you-go forced romance is anything but romantic.

6. PETA Violation
The origins of the canned-love holiday are as cruel as a red rose delivery in February is clichéd. According to NPR, V-day traces back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a brutal fete during which naked men sacrificed dogs and goats—and whipped women with the animal hides. Stop, in the name of love.


Oleo CBD Brand Plays to the Active Lifestyle

Ideal for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and anyone enjoying an active lifestyle, Seattle-based OLEO offers a variety of delicious powdered CBD drink mixes that are 100 percent THC-free and are designed to help support total body recovery and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle on-the-go. OLEO is the only CBD company using proprietary and patent-pending micro-encapsulation technology that converts 100 percent THC-free, pure CBD oil into a water-soluble powder known as OleoCBDTM. OleoCBD powdered beverage mix offers double the bioaccessibility in comparison to regular CBD and CBD oil. That means that your body can absorb the highest possible amount of the active ingredient because this proprietary powdered CBD is twice as absorbable. The micro-encapsulation process also removes any bitter aftertaste, allowing OLEO to offer a variety of drink mixes that range from completely flavorless to delicious and rejuvenating flavors.

Available in single-serving, on-the-go packets or multi-serving jars, OLEO drink mixes combine the benefits of 25 mg of OleoCBDTM per serving with the power of functional ingredients such as freeze-dried coconut water and real rooibos and black tea, available with or without caffeine to either energize or unwind. All of OLEO’s drink mixes dissolve quickly into cold or hot water (or even in your post-workout smoothie), making it easy to consume at any point throughout the day to help support full body recovery after physical activity. The entire product line not only offers consistent made-in-the-USA quality, but it’s also guaranteed to consistently be 100 percent THC-free with zero intoxicating effects.


Trifecta of Worldly Pleasures

Indulge your sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day at Pittsburgh’s first Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Fest, slated for February 15 at Rivers Casino. A celebration of all things rich and decadent, this festival boasts unlimited tastings of luxury chocolates, fine wines, and smooth whiskeys alongside treats like a fondue fountain and savory bites to balance it all out.

Tickets now available at chocolatewinewhiskey.com with both General Admission and VIP options.


Celebrated Cannabis Author Speaks

Solevo Wellness hosted author Michael Backes in Pittsburgh with a full house on December 16 to discuss medical marijuana and his book, Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijauna. Backes lays claim to founding the country’s first evidence-based dispensary over a decade ago, and he remains a leader in the medical marijuana industry. In his book, Backes discusses the crucial differences between unregulated and medical marijuana, how research into the character of the marijuana plant has helped establish safe and specific treatment strategies, and the rumors versus realities of proper medical marijuana practices. Solevo Wellness itself represents a slice of the cannabis industry dedicated to intensive medical marijuana care, and the brand welcomed Michael Backes as a valued partner in the community.

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