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We all know how crazy hectic the holidays can be, especially with this upcoming week now that Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away. Whether you are hosting a party with family or doing a ‘Friends-giving” type situation, it is always important to keep the guests happy and one thing that keeps a smile on their faces is delicious drinks for them to devour and enjoy. Instapour, which launched only a couple of months ago here in NYC, is being touted as a premium, on demand cocktail delivery service, will be offering some great packages for customers both in our area, Los Angeles and nationwide to enjoy for this coming holiday weekend.
Instapour will be offering the Caliche Rum Spiced Apple Sour and Pomegansett Punch cocktail packages from November 25th to November 29th! If you are ordering nationwide outside of New York City or Los Angeles, it must be done 3-5 days beforehand, so get on that as soon as possible! For us Manhattanites and LA people, the free delivery will be available within the hour between 9am-8pm EST (for NYC) and PST (for LA). So in case you have a shortage, want to try something new or just enjoy a delicious cocktail, Instapour will guarantee delivery and yumminess in an hour and will add to the enjoyment you will be having.
Included in this article are recipes on what to make with the Caliche Rum package you will receive. I tried the Apple Sours with Caliche Rum over the weekend and it was simply divine and amazing. The perfect drink for this fall weather we are having. All of the detailed information is below. Have a safe and Happy Holiday and don’t forget Instapour when you want to enhance your party experience!
WHAT: Fall Caliche Rum Cocktail Packages by Instapour available nationwide for the holidays!
WHEN: Nationwide: Wednesday, November 25th – Sunday, November 29th (**limited cities may not be included
due to liquor delivery restrictions)
New York & LA: Available within the hour in NYC between 9am-8pm EST and LA between 9am-8pm PT
HOW: Order at www.Instapour.com (mobile friendly)
Nationwide: Pre-order cocktail packages 3-5 days in advance for nationwide delivery
New York & LA: Enjoy this unique cocktail experience and order cocktail hour for delivery within the hour
PRICE: FREE DELIVERY | | $39 – $59 Monthly Cocktail Box Subscription | $59 Start an Instaparty per-hour
SOCIAL MEDIA: @Instapour.Cocktails, @CalicheRum, #DrinksOnDemand, #InstapourFavor, #DaiquiriDelivery
Let’s face it. We all know how stressful the holidays can be, especially if you are the one hosting and the thought of cooking for a ton of people can add onto that stress a little more (cue in the tons of wine you’ll be drinking). Well stress be gone, because I have found the solution for you in craft grocer Foragers Market, which is located in the heart of Chelsea and DUMBO. Foragers is offering chef-quality Thanksgiving meals with fresh, seasonal fare pick-up so you can avoid the crowded supermarkets, restaurants and whatnot and have some amazing dishes prepared for you so by the time you pick it up it is ready to go!
Not familiar with Foragers Market? Here is a little more about them. Per the site– “At Foragers we choose the best, most carefully produced foods in the world. Since 2005 we have operated a busy neighborhood market in Brooklyn and in 2012 opened a market, restaurant and wine shop in Manhattan. We also own and work a small vegetable farm in upstate New York that grows exclusively for our stores. By growing our own produce and cultivating personal relationships with our producers we make certain that we are selling and creating good, clean food.”
For the holidays, Foragers sources quality, clean food for the house-made dishes including: GMO, antibiotic and hormone-free local heritage or whey-brined turkeys (available fully carved), seasonal sides from area farms, Cape Cod cranberries, NYS apples and pies from Brooklyn-based 4&20 Blackbirds.
The full Thanksgiving menu is available on their website and must be ordered by November 20th. Full dinners can be custom ordered a la carte or chosen from three themed dinner packages – Traditional Thanksgiving, Vegetarian Thanksgiving and Lighter Thanksgiving – with biodynamic, organic and natural wine pairings upon request. I would personally do the traditional Thanksgiving as that seems pretty par for the course with what I grew up with, however each of the themed packages seem full n plenty and will satisfy you regardless. If you are ordering a la carte, some things to consider would be their great line of cheeses, crudite and fresh cut fruit as well as delicious side dishes from fingerling potatoes to sausage & sage stuffing. Sounds delicious. The wine suggestions are quite impressive as well in the sparkling, white and red categories and seem to pair well with what they are presenting.
Don’t just take my word for it though! Check out their site and give them a call to make this year’s Thanksgiving the most memorable of all! Happy Holidays everyone!
300 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
Brooklyn (DUMBO) Location:
56 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Three of the biggest shopping days of the year is rapidly approaching this coming weekend. I am of course talking about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday! Many of us are waiting with anticipation to see what some of our favorite retailers will be marking on deep discounted sales for the masses to enjoy. Lucky for all of you, the staff at Manhattan Digest has found some pretty great deals for both Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Hopefully you will see the below deals and find some that pique your interest! Happy Shopping everyone!
Cyber Monday – Get Polished! Event: 11/28/14 – 12/1/14
With the code GETPOLISHED, JINsoon is offering 15% off JINsoon products on jinsoon.com from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. The code is only valid for nail polish, toppings, nail care and nail tools. Spa services and gift certificates are excluded from the promotion.
Black Friday – Great Hydration Event
Receive a 6 piece Intral and Hydraskin GWP + Free 2nd Day Shipping with your $125 purchase at Darphin.com. A $78 value! Enter code HOLIDAY at checkout. Offer valid 11/28/14 while supplies last.
Cyber Monday – Choose your Full Size Cleanser + Step Up Event
Choose from the Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily or Intral Cleansing Milk, plus Free 2nd Day Shipping with your $75 purchase on Darphin.com. Enter code FOAM for the Cleansing Foam Gel or MILK for the Intral Cleansing Milk.
Step up to a 4 piece gift with your $125 purchase. Choose your cleanser, plus receive Travel Sizes of Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream (15ml) and Tangerine Aromatic Care (1.4ml) along with a gray zippered cosmetics bag with your $125 purchase at Darphin.com Enter code FOAM2 or MILK2 at checkout. Offer valid 12/1/14.
Black Friday Sale: 11/27/14 – 11/30/14
- 20% off TODAY and for the next year (on everything shipped from the US store)! Every person that makes a qualifying purchase from the Memebox US store during the Black Fridaysale will get a permanent Friends & Family discount for a year!
- 20% off site wide and up to 50% off select items. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Nov. 30th.
- FREE gift samples with purchase (select merchandise)
EARLY BIRD PROMO (Regular Stores, outlets, accessories stores + online)
Start time: Thursday, November 27th 8 PM (store hours may vary from one another depending on location)
End time: Friday, November 28th 10 AM
Discount: 20% off regular price merchandise
What: Footwear, handbags and accessories
LEAD PROMOTION (Regular stores, outlets + online)
Start time: Friday, November 28th 10 AM
End time: Monday, December 1st 9 PM (closing time for stores) and 11:59 PM (online)
Discount: 50% off the original price on all reduced styles
What: Footwear, handbags and accessories
ACCESSORIES STORE PROMOTION (accessories stores only)
Start time: Friday, November 28th 10 AM
End time: Friday, November 28th 9 PM (closing time)
Discounts: 50% off the original price on all reduced styles + gift with purchase (while supplies last)
What: Handbags and accessories
When – Friday, November 28th – Monday, December 1st
What – 40% of Select Styles
Even with how warm the weather got for a hot second today, us New Yorkers have been in a constant reminder that summer is long and gone and the cold dreary months are here to stay for a while. Thus making the further realization that the holiday pounds are upon us, and the thought of squeezing into a pair of jeans that used to fit us so well during the hot months aren’t exactly what they used to me. Crunch Gym, however, plans to negate that whole thought process with a ton of fun classes that will get everyone’s heart rate up and keep the pounds off in the crucial Winter season. [Read more…] about Crunch Gym Unleashes Fun New Classes For Wintertime!
And so, as the bruised and battered shoppers from across the fifty holiday-engorged states made their way back to their homes and questionable leftovers, a new beast lay in waiting behind their inauspicious computer monitors and tablets. The Monday after the turkey and gravy fest, and after the menacing crowds and monsters of Black Friday, is the latest great opportunity to present consumers with yet more ridiculous sales and deals – all now available conveniently within the safety of their own homes. It was Cyber Monday. Shopping online was madness. At nightfall the internet sat in the corner of the shower and wept. One phrase surely graced more computer monitors than on any other given day throughout the year: This Site is Temporarily Down.
Cyber Monday is a fairly recent cultural phenomenon. It began in 2005. A press release was conducted by the company Shop.org, publicly stating that the Monday following Thanksgiving was quickly becoming one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. This was based on the numbers of the previous year: The monday following Thanksgiving had been in the top 12 busiest online shopping days of 2004. Shop.org decided to attempt throwing the e-commerce community on the Black Friday bandwagon. It worked. That Cyber Monday saw record numbers: numbers which have increased annually since.
This year broke a new record, pushing online sales over the 2 billion dollar mark in a single day. $2.29 billion dollars to be exact.
Cyber Monday Profits
2006 – $610,000,000
2007 – $730,000,000
2008 – $846,000,000
2009 – $887,000,000
2010 – $1,028,000,000
2011 – $1,251,000,000
2012 – $1,465,000,000
2013 – $2,290,000,000
In contrast, sales for the 2013 Black Friday weekend went down for the first time in seven years. Falling 2.9% from last year’s sales, this year saw 57.4 billion dollars in profits for the weekend. That is a significant pullback considering the numbers had been on the rise every year since 2006. Last year saw 59.1 billion dollars in sales.
The most evident thought-process to be reached by these numbers is right in front of us: everything is moving into the digital age. Cyber Monday was not only successful – it was phenomenal. It wasn’t just the computers either. A whopping 18.3% of online sales were found and processed using tablets and smart phones. Cyber Monday is becoming easier to do, so naturally the numbers are rising. Black Friday is a time-honored and kind of scary tradition, sure, but why chance being flattened to the ground by high-tops and pumps in front of a Walmart when you can sit in your pajamas and work those index-finger muscles?
It’s not perfect yet. There were, as there always are, some technical problems while dealing with the massive number of visitors on e-commerce sites. Several sites did crash due to an overload of volume, including Motorola, Toys’R’Us, Urban Outfitters, Brookstone, Nordstrom, and Barnes & Noble. While most of these companies were back online within a few minutes, they potentially lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in their absence.
If there is a moral to the story that was Black Cyber Weekend, it must be that, well, we’re all a bunch of greedy and impatient barbarians, and the machines will soon be taking over.
Sources: Wikipedia.org, Business Insider, Bloomberg News
When looked at from a business perspective, Black Friday is anything but negative. The fourth friday of November, specifically the day after the American Holiday of Thanksgiving, is easily and consistently the busiest and most profitable shopping day of the year. Where many retailers might be “in the red” (pertaining to sales, in-the-red refers to a business not turning a profit, but instead losing money), Black Friday serves as a jump-start to the season where these businesses can move their sales “into the black” (turning a profit) – and then some. It’s true – the deals and the steals are an attractive and magnetic aspect of bulb-flashing and glitzy persuasion, if not coercion. Yet at some point in the rise of the blackness of that single day we seem to have lost sight of what it’s all for. Sure, you can cry recession: We’re all trying to save as much money as we can nowadays, and Black Friday serves as the opportunity to do just that while expertly amassing the perfect collection of gifts for our loved ones. And yet, is it all worth it? The camping overnight, clamoring, clawing and bickering? The arguing, belligerence, and warmongering mobbing? Does the gift of giving hold its purpose when we lose ourselves to achieve it?
The origin of Black Friday is not completely known. It has been referenced on several different occasions throughout recent history. The earliest known coining of the term occurred in the late nineteenth century during the Financial Crisis of 1869. During the Grant Presidency, the event was named, quite aptly, “Black Friday” – imputing the somber darkness of the term with the desolation of such a crisis. The term was not used specifically as a description for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy until the year 1961, in which it can be argued that the current use of the phrase originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The police departments in Philadelphia began to call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” in regards to the terrifically obnoxious volume of overcrowding, traffic jams, chaos and crimes which did occur on that day every year. The Friday known as black held its title, and a gradual spread of the adjective quickly erupted. Soon it was a household date. Soon the department stores began to use it to their advantage.
It did not take long for major retailers to realize the full potential of what Black Friday could mean for business. There had been sales and deals on that friday long before the color graced its presence, but now there was power behind those two words. Instead of simply printing “50% off” on billboards and newspapers, retailers started to put “BLACK FRIDAY SALE” as their headline. People started paying attention. The words held a sort of ominous and dark-side implication. This drew in the crowds. Human nature took over. This wasn’t generosity-friday; this was Black Friday. This was no longer bargain shopping – this was war.
Black Friday is profitable. That much is certain. The numbers jump for consumers, small businesses, and big businesses alike. Yes, it is good for the economy. What is an economy, however, distributed among a commune of tyrants? Some may say it’s inhumane. Some may say that’s America. Both assumptions are quite correct.
Jumping back seven years, the profits from the Black Friday weekend have nearly doubled. The numbers are, in a word, astounding. Two-thousand six saw roughly 140 million shoppers grace the malls and department stores on Black Friday, each consumer spending an average of $360.00 dollars. Last year’s 2012 Black Friday saw about 247 million shoppers, each spending a much improved average of $423.00 dollars. Below are the total gross profits in billions, yes billions, each Black Friday weekend since 2006:
Black Friday weekend profits
2006 – $34.4 billion
2007 – $34.6 billion
2008 (U.S. Recession) – $41 billion
2009 – $41.2 billion
2010 – $45 billion
2011 – $52.5 billion
2012 – $59.1 billion
Clearly, the number rises significantly each year. It can be called astonishing that in the midst of a global recession period during 2008, the country as a whole still traveled in droves to spend money on the biggest friday of the year. Some may call this positive and patriotic; others might call it irresponsible and greedy.
The numbers for 2013’s Black Friday have not yet been accurately reviewed, but given the trend of the chart, it can be assumed that this year topped over 60 Billion dollars in sales.
Update: In fact, for 2013 the sales went down. Total in-store sales topped-off at 57.4 billion dollars, while cyber monday sales rose significantly.
Where there is Black Friday, there is violence. That has become the norm; that has come to be expected. Each year there seem to be more reports of growing violence and tragic accidents as a result of the mobbing crowds of the holiday weekend. Where there is an expectation of joy and giving, there is bloodshed.
Unruly shoppers charge into stores as soon as they are opened. They trample. People are injured. Stores present gimmicks, like dropping coupons from the ceiling once their doors open. And in moments like those, people seem to lose a piece of the humanity they claim to be shopping for. They charge at the idea of a discount without a second glance at what or who stands in their way.
In 2008, a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, New York opened its doors for business sharply at 5:00am. The crowd of over 2,000 people charged the doors like a stampede, killing a 34 year-old employee in the process. Two others were needlessly shot to death over a product altercation in California that same friday.
In 2011 there was a violent pepper spray incident pertaining to an altercation over the new Xbox 360. A man in California was shot.
In 2012 several people were shot, some over a parking space.
And this year was no exception to the curse of the friday known as black. On Thanksgiving evening, as it has become the beginning of the shopping frenzy recently, an alleged shoplifter dragged a police officer from his car while trying to escape in Illinois. The assailant was shot. In Las Vegas, a thief took a TV from a man who had just purchased it. While trying to retrieve the television, the victim was shot in the leg. There were multiple scuffles at stores across the country (especially Walmarts) involving several stabbings, fights and small crowd riots.
In Minnesota a man named Serge Vorobyov, who wanted to give cheer during Black Friday, dropped 1,000 one-dollar bills down to a crowd on the Rotunda of the Mall of America. It quite literally was snowing money. The crowd, in a disorderly fashion of course, went crazy for the money. Vorobyov was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
And in Philadelphia, where the entire Black Friday culture is thought to have originated, two women were caught on cell phone video fighting violently after an argument escalated. It seemed to be like any other Black Friday scuffle – one of many emerging amateur videos catching the instigators in the act – until one woman suddenly pulled out and began to use a taser gun. A security guard quickly broke up the fight – a potentially deadly fight which took place mere feet from a baby in a stroller.
So where do we stand? Where does society go from here? It can be said that the overall goal and purpose of Black Friday is to create a win-win circumstance for both the consumer and the nation’s economic well-being. And yet each year, as profits grow, so does the bloodshed. Are those who are injured or even killed simply “casualties of war” in the skirmishes that we create? No. That’s absurd. This isn’t a war. No bargain, whether it be a 20% or 100% discount, is worth the price of blood on our hands.
It is important to note that with each year, overcrowding and needless arguments are not the only problem on Black Friday. Robbery is an escalating trend. It’s not enough for some people to have the advantage of mega-deals and bargains for the items they seek. They want everything for nothing. Black Friday, with its growing reputation for irresponsibility and lack of morality, is becoming an open-door of opportunity to thieves and criminals. And rest assured – those things they do steal are not going under anybody’s tree as gifts.
It’s very simple. The only thing we still lack on Black Friday is patience. Nothing is worth violence or hatred toward another human. Nothing that comes in a box is worth letting yourself become a monster for a single day. You may not get that last big-screen TV for your husband, but you will be there on Christmas Day. And that still must be the most important gift we can give. And the good news – it’s completely free.