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Until We See It Together

Until We See It Together

Aren’t we all looking for the same thing and just seeing it differently? Until we see it, until we get ...
The Sweet Round of Her Thumb

The Sweet Round of Her Thumb

  Riding a relentless conveyer belt of people on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, I had to stop and step aside to ...
Father’s Day Ride to Somewhere, Something Incredible

Father’s Day Ride to Somewhere, Something Incredible

I got a lot of my inspiration from my dad and his father, my Grampa Meyer. It often came in ...

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After his morning orange juice, hard-boiled eggs and pushups performed quietly on a small space of floor, my grandfather walked from his family’s apartment down the narrow, winding staircase that barely contained his broad Russian shoulders, pushed open the copper-framed door, flipped on the incandescent lights, and swept the sawdust at his eponymous Meyers Grocery in Washington, D.C.

He was ready for another day of greeting his customers, his neighbors, by their first names, already pretty much knowing what they needed, without them having to ask.

At the other end of the century, after graduating from Brown, I backpacked through Europe, ran the bulls in Pamplona and, with my grandfather’s inheritance, attended Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. I traveled west to my first job in Los Angeles, where I would meet an MG-roadster-driving Jersey girl and her Shepherd-Husky.

We obeyed a pull of gravity back east, where I attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and started a career in marketing. Working for small and large ad agencies before starting my own shop in the village of Tribeca in downtown New York,  I created campaigns for Business Week, I Love New York, BMW Motorcycles, and other brands.

Today, Jersey Girl and I love our top-down, country-road drives as much as we do the pace of New York, where our two sons live and work. And where I motor my Mini to every day, channeling the one-one-one customer stories of Meyers Grocery into every little and big thing I do.

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