Palm Springs the new Downtown

Grit Development, formerly Wessman Development, announced its downtown Palm Springs revitalization project will open this fall with new experiences for vacationers, trendsetters and celebs alike.
The project complements Palm Springs comeback as Hollywood's playground by enhancing the city's already 350-plus days of sunshine, growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.
"After a decade of planning and hard work, we're thrilled to share the project is near completion and the line-up of tenants to date," said Grit Development President Michael Braun. "Dozens of tenants will open this summer with the Kimpton Rowan Hotel officially opening to the public in September. We are on track for a full grand opening in Mid-November."
West Elm opened as the first retailer in 2016 followed by Blaze Pizza March 24. New tenants include:
  • Kimpton Rowan Hotel, boutique hotel with design-forward guestrooms and suites, restaurants with chef-driven seasonal fare and city's only rooftop pool and bar.
  • H&M, one of the world's largest fashion retailers offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way.
  • Free People, a specialty clothing brand featuring the latest trends for women who live free through fashion, art, music, and travel. 
  • francesca's, a boutique that offers an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive.
  • Kiehl's, a brand retailer that specializes in skin, hair and body care products.
  • Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar, the island-inspired brand with stores and restaurants worldwide.
  • Starbuck's Reserve, an upscale version of the coffee chain.
  • Stout Burgers & Beers, a simple, upscale neighborhood restaurant that offers gourmet burgers and a vast selection of artisanal draft and bottled beers.
  • Il corso, a fine diner that offers genuine Italian hospitality, authentic Italian dishes including homemade pastas, gourmet wood oven pizza, seafood and roasted leg of veal.
"This line-up shows the quality and diversity of tenants to come," added Braun. "Once complete, this project will put Palm Springs back on the map as a top destination. Visitors can enjoy staying at luxurious accommodations, shopping eclectic brands and dining at incredible restaurants -- all within walking distance and surrounded by beautiful scenery and views few can match."

American Landscape

 By Mike Satterfield

I crisscrossing the country several times a year for stories, business meetings, and photo shoots, so I get to see a lot of amazing places as I take the long way around much of the time. From New York City to the Great Plains, each place has its own beauty. You may notice that there are a few regions not yet represented but later this year I will be headed to the East Coast and South adding more collecting more photos and stories along the way.

Check out the photos below and share your favorite place in the US or where you think we should go on our next road trip in the comments below.

The Great Plains, Eastern Colorado

Cold Southern Idaho

Ventura, California

Billings, Montana

Northern Wyoming

Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota

Torrance, California

Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota

El Mirage Dry Lake, California

Northern, New Mexico

Montana/Wyoming Border

Yellowstone National Park

El Mirage Dry Lake, California

Amboy, California

Southern, Colorado

Joshua Tree National Park

Manhattan Island, New York, New York 

Berdoo Canyon, California

Western Montana

Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado

Marfa, Texas

MCM Worldwide Fall/Winter 2017

I was recently invited out to the Los Angeles launch of MCM Worldwide's 2017 Fall/Winter Collection. The special event was held for just one day to see the latest from MCM Worldwide including their expanded menswear lineup and luggage collection.

The one of a kind display was built inside LA's Milk Studios and featured 10 capsule collections for the upcoming Fall/Winter seasons. While mostly known for their high fashion handbags, backpacks, and womenswear MCM has expanded their unisex and men's offerings with this collection.

My favorite items had to be the new men's shoes, luggage, and anything in the camo nylon. For the ladies MCM has some amazing collections coming, some featuring their signature timeless style and others that are edgier and will be setting trends later this year. The event in LA was amazing and the team from MCM were awesome.

Images of my favorite items from the collections are below for more information visit MCM Worldwide online HERE, these products will begin dropping in August 2017.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

More than two decades ago, City leaders were inspired by the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. They saw an opportunity to create a unique celebration of Santa Clarita’s own Western history – from art and music to film and television.  In 1994, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival made its debut, honoring the authentic Old West through music, poetry, cowboy gear, food and storytelling in a setting that was unique to the area. For more on the festival visit