As one of the UK’s most respected event videographers, Bloomsbury Films have attended a wide range of wedding venues both here and abroad. They share their vast experience by offering essential points for consideration to help couples find the ideal location to celebrate their nuptials.
The vital starting point advises Bloomsbury Films is for the couple to thoroughly discuss their individual vision for the perfect wedding venue and reach an agreement on the idea that both parties are happy with – this ensures there will no unhappy compromises or silent disappointments darkening the Big Day. After all, on one of the most important occasions of a person’s life, they would not want be in setting on anything less than delightful. It’s best to begin with general perspectives rather than getting overly granular, such as deciding on the mood both people are after e.g. elegant country manor or contemporary banquet hall in a city.
Another crucial factor to finding the most suitable wedding venue is to settle on a budget and stick to it. This will narrow down the hunt tremendously, as well as help the couple avoid getting stressed when they fall in love with a location that overstretches their pockets.
Giving thought to the important people a couple wants at their wedding is also highly helpful in narrowing down a venue shortlist. If the majority of their loved ones are located in a particular area, then it would be best to find a venue close-by to avoid expensive transport costs.
Secondly, the number of guests attending will impact greatly on the wedding venue. Obviously if a couple intends to invite only an intimate gathering, then likewise the reception will need an equally intimate, cosy venue.
Church or Civil Ceremony
If a couple wants to get married in a church, they will need their wedding venue to be close-by i.e. maximum 25 minute drive.
Bloomsbury advises the couple decide on whether their desired wedding date is flexible or not before starting their location hunt. The reason this is important is because certain wedding venues might be booked up and therefore not an option if the couple have a specific date in mind. There’s no point finding a stunning location only to realise when it comes to the booking that it is unavailable.
Director of Bloomsbury Films, Andrew Cussens, concluded: “There is an inexhaustible wealth of superb wedding venues to choose from both in Britain and abroad. Finding the most suitable one that a couple will remember for all the right reasons however comes down to a balance between personal taste and reasonable practicality. To get the right balance, a couple must discuss the key deciding factors at length – the points I’ve outlined will narrow down the list nicely so that making a final choice does not become overwhelming.”
Nestled into a cobblestone square just off Austin Street, Jade Eatery & Lounges’ address hints at why Jade is said to be “Forest Hills hidden gem”. The space integrates a zen-like atmosphere with inspirational quotes that adorn the walls and a serene koi pond presenting a large Buddha statue smiling benevolently on guests guiding them to a choice entree.
Jade Eatery and Lounge philosophy was to combine music, aroma and aesthetics to capture a unique gastronomic experience, hence the motto, “Indulge Your Senses”.
As a neighborhood Asian restaurant catering to local and visiting patrons, Jade strives to maintain quality and consistency. The concept provides favorite Pan-Asian and southeast Asian dishes, as well as creative culinary innovations that have become neighborhood favorites. With signature dishes like Sushi Pizza and Calcutta Chicken, the group focuses on optimizing select ingredients and transforming them into exotic flavor profiles. That is Jade Eatery and Lounges’ committed culinary mission.
Guests can choose to dine in the main dining room or the copper bar, which offers more seating options and cabana beds. The area is illuminated with a warm glow, while draped silk separates it from the main dining area, creating an intimate lounge space. Guests can also enjoy the al fresco dining experience tucked away in the Tudor-style, cobble stoned village that is Station Square.
Designed to accommodate large groups, the Dharma Lounge provides a private venue with an open floor plan that offers flexibility in the layout, perfect for special events such as wedding receptions, commitment ceremonies, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate dinners. It has been elegantly furnished with Moroccan imports to offer a cultural haven for guests seeking something extraordinarily special.
Connecting the copper bar to the Dharma lounge, Jades’ Art Gallery and World Shop combines art and culture with a distinct culinary experience. Supporting neighborhood artists, the Art Gallery hosts bi-monthly exhibits showcasing a variety of local talent. Private and public previews of the art installations are hosted regularly. The World Shop features collectibles from around the globe such as custom jewelry, hookahs and Buddhas.
Located directly across the LIRR station, the 8,000 sq ft restaurant has become a popular destination spot since its opening in 2006. Just one block separates it from the crowds and boutiques on Austin Street.
“Something of the terraced garden effect of the northern section of Italy. Station Square is one of the most successful public spaces in New York City, certainly equal or superior in design and effect to something like the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan” -House Beautiful magazine (1914)
Photo booth rental company, Capture POD, was featured as a wedding “ingredient” in The Knot Florida magazine’s Fall/Winter 2013 issue in the real weddings cover story. The feature showcases the destination wedding of Jess and Ben, which took place at The Seagate Beach Club in Delray Beach on June 2, 2012. The Knot magazine describes the “beach chic” summer wedding as one of “18 inspiring florida weddings.”
The real wedding feature includes Capture POD photo booth rental as one of the couple’s wedding ingredients. “Our modern, all-white design fit perfectly with Jess and Ben’s contemporary style, and our professional picture quality was one of the top reasons they chose to hire us,” explains Carlos Pacheco, CEO of Capture POD. Other South Florida wedding vendors recognized on the list include Ozzy Garcia Photography, Jackie Bressler Events, Erica Keuter Designs, Creations Production, The Party Pros Inc., and Crepes By The Sea. Capture POD Photo Booths is also featured on The Knot website’s resource guide for the best wedding photo booths across the country.
Capture POD offers photo booth rentals for weddings, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, galas, fundraisers, and other celebrations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Key West. Capture POD Photo Booths also services New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas.
On June 1st & 2nd, tens of thousands of Sunset fans will join the magazine’s editors, celebrity chefs and renowned experts in Menlo Park for Sunset Celebration Weekend 2013: Why We Love the West. At what has become one of the region’s most anticipated summertime traditions, Sunset, the leading lifestyle brand in the West, will open its beautiful seven-acre Menlo Park campus to celebrate the freshest flavors, home and garden ideas, and travel inspiration that the West has to offer.
Join Sunset editors, celebrity chefs, such as Fabio Viviani and Susan Feniger, and other featured presenters from the worlds of food, wine, travel, garden and home as they share tips, tastings, demonstrations and inspiration that show off “why we love the West.” Complete stage schedules can be found at http://www.sunset.com/cw.
“This will be my first Celebration Weekend as editor-in-chief and I am so excited to have the chance to meet our readers face-to-face while celebrating all the reasons we love the West,” said Peggy Northrop, who joined Sunset as editor-in-chief on April 22. “This is an amazing opportunity to see, taste and experience the magic that Sunset packs into its pages all year long. It really is like walking into a Sunset story.”
Featured exhibits include:
Design Destination: Reimagining the Sunset Home
Every year Sunset creates a destination devoted entirely to design lovers, who make the annual pilgrimage to discover the latest trends in home. This year’s special feature Reimagining the Sunset Home draws inspiration from the vintage pages of Sunset, where the West’s warm modern design aesthetic was born more than a half century ago. Join in as “5-under-35” up-and-coming designers from around the West create trendsetting spaces inspired by actual Sunset home pictorials from the 1940s through 1980s. Walk through the living, dining, kitchen, master bedroom and play room that will make up the 4,000-square-foot exhibit space to discover inspiring ideas for today’s homes. The Reimagining the Sunset Home team of designers includes:
For the fifth year in a row, Celebration Weekend sponsor Honda will be giving away a new car to one lucky winner! This year’s sweepstakes features a 2013 Honda Accord Sedan EX. Enter to win at the event, or enter online starting May 10. Visit http://www.sunset.com/cw for more information or to enter.
Top Chefs Fabio Viviani and Susan Feniger Headline Two Days of Cooking Demos on Two Outdoor Cooking Stages
With 13 culinary stars presenting over 20 seminars on two stages, food lovers are guaranteed to leave Celebration Weekend full of fresh ideas for the kitchen. Both the GE Monogram® Cooking Stage and Safeway Outdoor Kitchen will be lit up with culinary star power and fans of Bravo’s Top Chef will find plenty of familiar faces:
Season five fan favorite Fabio Viviani’s passion and skill will be front and center on Saturday and Sunday as he whips up Fresh Egg Pasta and Lazy Meatballs.
Top Chef Masters contestant, star of Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales” and restaurateur Susan Feniger will wow the crowd with her infectious energy and recipes for Malaysian Black Pepper Clams and Burmese Gin Thoke Melon Salad.
Other Top Chef talent includes “pop up” restaurant pioneer and restaurateur Ludovic “Ludo” Lefebvre (Top Chef Masters, season two) and Top Chef Just Desserts: Season 1 winner Yigit Pura, who recently opened the high-end pastry shop, Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Sunset is also happy to present:
o Tanya Holland, chef/owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ
o Jamie Purviance, corporate chef, Weber Grills and author, Weber’s New Real Grilling™
o Kevin Kolman, grill master, Weber Grills
o Maria Hines, chef/owner, Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce
o Jeffrey Anderson, executive chef, Safeway
o Ryan Scott, chef/owner, Ryan Scott 2 Go Catering
o Steve Samson & Zach Pollack, chefs/owners, Sotto Restaurant
o Matt Cohen, founder, Off the Grid
o Sunset editors Margo True and Elaine Johnson will also share favorite recipes from the Sunset kitchen.
Catch favorite culinary stars at the GE Monogram® Cooking Stage then tour the kitchen for a behind the scenes look. Or, grab a complimentary Lea & Perrins Bloody Mary sample and check out the Safeway Outdoor Kitchen, Sunset’s dream outdoor entertaining area. Sunset’s legendary test kitchen can also be toured during the event.
For the fourth year in a row, Sunset is welcoming some of the West’s most popular food trucks to park on-site, giving festival-goers the opportunity to experience—and enjoy—one of the biggest culinary trends of the last few years. This year for the first time Sunset has partnered with Off the Grid to create Off the Grid: Celebration Weekend, a cluster of some of the area’s best food trucks and San Francisco restaurants. The original organizer and promoter of street food markets, Off the Grid operates 19 weekly markets in the greater Bay Area, and works with nearly 150+ vendors every week. Stay tuned for more information about the specific food trucks and restaurants that will be attending the first-ever Off the Grid: Celebration Weekend.
Wine Seminars and Pouring Lounge
One of the most popular features year after year, Celebration Weekend wine seminars consistently sell out, so be sure to register upon arrival. Join Sara Schneider, Sunset’s wine editor, in an exciting new location as she takes participants on a wine-lover’s journey through the West’s freshest wine regions, including Santa Cruz, Washington, and Lodi. Sara will also highlight medal-winning wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition, which is in its second year. A seminar devoted to Western craft beers will introduce sippers to the West’s main styles from artisan breweries and pair each with the right cheese.
Celebration Weekend attendees will also get a chance to sample medal-winning wines from the recently completed 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition in a special pouring lounge presented by Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Cost per seminar: $ 15.00 per person. Wine Seminars have limited seating and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will be taken on-site. The wine seminar schedule can be found at http://www.sunset.com/cw.
Garden and Outdoor Living Stage
Sunset garden gurus Kathy Brenzel and Johanna Silver will be joined by some of the leading experts in landscaping, backyard farming, and horticulture at this perennially popular area of Celebration Weekend. From aquaponics to “the new citrus” and designing with succulents, Sunset has assembled two full days of programming dedicated to the garden. Garden lovers can also stroll the Sunset test garden, where the editors show off favorite plants, projects, garden gadgets and their very own chickens.
This year’s home stage line up is jam packed with ideas that will spark the designer, decorator and DIYer in everyone. From incorporating vintage finds into home decor and designing an outdoor space perfect for entertaining to how to build a remodeling team and make the most of a small space, find fresh ideas that are as practical as they are inspiring.
Whether planning an epic road trip or car camping for the weekend, the Celebration Weekend Travel Stage’s experts will demonstrate new ways to travel in style and comfort—from camp gear for a posh campsite to discovering the best wine while on the road. Plus, learn secrets to taking great travel photography on smart phones and whipping up the most satisfying campsite recipes.
“2012 was a record breaking year for Celebration Weekend with 23,000 attendees and 17 national sponsors,” said Barb Newton, president of Sunset publishing. “With 18 sponsors joining us in 2013, this year’s celebration is shaping up to be one of the best to date. We are so pleased to welcome new sponsors and thank returning sponsors for their ongoing support.”
Sunset would like to thank all of the sponsors of Celebration Weekend 2013: Belgard Hardscapes, Benjamin Moore Paints, Blue Bunny, California Avocado Commission, GE Monogram®, The Hawaiian Islands, Heinz, Honda, Kettle Brand, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Safeway, Sunbrella, Tillamook, Torani, Transitions, Trex and Weber. Celebration Weekend’s community partner is the Children’s Health Council.
Celebration Weekend 2013 Event Information:
A complete schedule of presenters and events, event information, and online tickets can be found at http://www.sunset.com/cw.
What: Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend: Why We Love the West
Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd
Time: 10am to 5pm
Prices: $ 18 General Admission, $ 16 Seniors (60+, no other discounts allowed)
Sunset (http://www.sunset.com) is the leading lifestyle brand in the West. Through magazines and books, events and experiences, and digital and social media, Sunset covers the West’s best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over five million educated, active and affluent consumers every month through its five regional print editions—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest and Mountain—as well as via all tablet devices and its website. In addition to its print and digital publication, Sunset showcases the region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations through its flagship events, established home programs, licensing partnerships, books and International Wine Competition. Sunset is part of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group.
The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap in San Rafael, one of Northern California’s premier venues for golf and special events, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mariell Rahmani as Director of Catering Sales.
Ms. Rahmani is charged with setting a new standard of excellence and creativity for weddings, business meetings and events at the newly-constructed, 19,400-square-foot Clubhouse.
“I am delighted to be working in such a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate any event that I can imagine,” commented Ms. Rahmani. “I envision spectacular events here with Peacock Gap’s world-class cuisine against the stunning backdrop of the Peacock Gap nature preserve and our pristine golf course.”
Ms. Rahmani has been working in sales and hospitality management since settling in the Bay Area in 1998. Her event-planning experience, spanning 12 years, includes a ten year stint at Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco, where she helped more than 300 couples realize their dream weddings and extravagant special events. Although Ms. Rahmani specializes in weddings, her diverse event planning repertoire also includes birthday parties, celebrations of life, bar/bat mitzvahs, family reunions, and much more.
About The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap
The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap is Marin County’s newest and most complete special event venue, with state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities and outdoor entertainment and ceremony areas that take full advantage of the beautiful setting. Views include the championship 18-hole golf course, scenic views of the Peacock Gap nature preserve and Mt. Tamalpais.
The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap caters to a variety of clientele, offering a full range of services and amenities to please both corporate clients and those planning weddings and social events. With numerous rooms that can be reconfigured according to the size and scope of the event, it can equally accommodate intimate gatherings or extravagant galas serving up to 1,300 guests. A wraparound deck and expansive rooftop patio also allow for outdoor events and al fresco dining.
Guests of the Clubhouse at Peacock Gap also benefit from the expertise of the in-house catering professionals and culinary team, who provide service and cuisine unparalleled to any other special event venue in the Bay Area.
There is a new wave of trends slowly creeping into wedding, sweet 16, bar/bat mitzvah and corporate event market. It is a throwback to the days of the photo booths in malls.
The difference is today the photo booth is portable, fit into the back of a small SUV, and can easily make rounds to various events.
Social Shots makes, repairs and sells photo booths. They have recently created yet another great product for this booming industry, on open-air photo booth kiosk.
Sleek and stylish, it features quality U.S. materials and is made in the U.S. as well. This means high craftsmanship, durability for long lasting use and built to handle the wear and tear that comes with life on the road going from one event to another.
“This is one of the best ways to expand a current business with little to no overhead. Those in the photography business, DJ’s, and any business owner who wants to add something different to their current line of products and services would do well to look into our photo booths for sale,” said Dennis Carrion, CEO of Social Shots.
The new units come standard with a high quality dye sublimating printer for amazing quality pictures. The software behind the kiosk is the best part.
“The software is capable of social media sharing to Facebook, twitter, email, SMS text messaging, green screen, surveys and data collection, high definition video messages, and an amazing ability to completely customize the printed photos as well as the user interface,” said Dennis.
The units for event rental operators will be ready for worldwide shipping on March 1st. Customers who want to add privacy to the booth or to enclose it will find the optional stretch fabric enclosure the perfect choice.
“The enclosure and booth will still fit in a standard vehicle,” said Dennis.
Baoburg, a modernist French cuisine in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, starts serving Brunch weekdays on May 1st, 2014. The brunch menu is available 7 days a week from Noon until 4pm (Note: All dinner menu items are also available during Brunch hours). The restaurant accommodates up to 18 people.
Executive Chef Suchanan Aksornnan, nicknamed Chef Bao Bao, has designed a menu that features not only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients but also demonstrates her understanding of multi-cultural cooking traditions with added playful twists.
In addition to Baoburg’s weekend-brunch staples such as “Signature Bao” (eggs in a skillet with sausage bacon, Habanero pepper, cheddar cheese and pommes frites served with toasts $ 12) and “Sober Bao Benedict” (Poached egg, pulled pork and sautéed spinach with pine nuts all served atop a fried Asian bun with spicy hollandaise sauce served with a side of home fries $ 12), Chef Bao Bao added several new items to the brunch list. One of highlights is “Baoburg Burger” (Pan fried Chorizo Burger with avocado, tomatoes, bacon, cheese, sunny-side up egg and chipotle mayonnaise on a brioche bun served with a side of fries and pickles $ 16).
“This handmade patty uses both finest minced veil and beef, then add a variety of spices that used in chorizo. So once you bite you would notice the difference. it’s super-juicy and much sweeter than regular meat patty, but you can feel the kicks from spices,” Chef Bao Bao added.
Brunch guests will also have the opportunity to experience new desserts including “Caramel Flan” (Vanilla caramel custard served with Dulce de leche, shaved almonds, whipped cream and tortilla cinnamon stick $ 7) and Chef Bao Bao’s signature “Grilled Banana Tamales” (Served with sweet sticky rice and coconut milk Dulce de leche with vanilla ice-cream $ 7)
“This dessert (Grilled Banana Tamales) is a unique yet personal one. This reflects the fact that I was born and raised in Thailand and from the inspirations I usually get when I travel and eat. I use sticky rice instead of corn-based dough. This idea came to me almost naturally,” explained Chef Bao Bao.
For a better dining experience, Baoburg recently removed all counters and stools and installed tables and chairs. Baoburg also started accepting reservations via ‘OpenTable’, an online reservation program, and now offers private party options (up to18 people) for weekday events.
“If you are tired of the ordinary, why don’t you try something extraordinary? I will give you a surprise!” Chef Bao Bao said playfully and flashed a bright smile.
Baoburg serves up a modern twist on French cuisine by adding multicultural influences from Spanish & Asian – most notably Thai – culinary traditions. The menus at Baoburg will be fun, distinctive and dynamic, and most importantly – incredibly tasty.”
“When I first arrived to New York, I brought with me my traditional Thai family recipes” Chef Bao Bao states.
Chef Suchanan Aksornnan, nicknamed Chef Bao Bao, was born in the northernmost province of Thailand – Chiang Rai. After graduating from The French Culinary Institute in NY, Chef Bao Bao began training at L’ecole in NYC. Soon after, she landed her first job at the Mercer Kitchen working with renowned Michelin star chef, Jean Georges. In addition, she also got an amazing opportunity to work with Daniel Boulud at Bar Boulud.
Following this, Chef Bao Bao became the lead line cook at Soho House Hotel; she worked as a personal chef assistant for Marc Ecko in NYC and as starch cook at Social Private with Top chef Tiffany Derry. She also cooked as a personal chef for the Princess of Saudi Arabia and many celebrities including, to name a few: Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson, Lucy Lu, Marc Jacobs.
“Some might say my food is not authentic because it’s fusion. I’ve been always wondering this, what does authentic mean?” she asks, ” I spent a lot of time to craft my art without compromising. Food is not about classification; it’s about taste (laughter). Come to Baoburg and I will prove it!”
Any inquiry, contact Hiroshi Kishiro 646 456 7098 or email to info(at)baoburgnyc(dot)com.
Photo booths, once common in malls, have begun to spring up in various non-traditional locations such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties and the like. These booths provide fun for all ages and are a great source of income for the entrepreneur looking to buy a photo booth.
Most people assume the booths to be large, bulky and impractical for anything but a stationary location. This is no longer the case.
Technology has caught up to the photo booth industry and portability has increased significantly. This is an ideal situation for the right minded individual looking to start a new photo booth rental business or add photo booth rentals to an already existing business.
Social Shots manufacturers social media photo booths for event rentals, but they have taken this art to an additional level. Instead of shooting photos just for print, users can now post their pictures to personal social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. They may also email themselves the photos or even share them via SMS text message. The custom photo booth software uses amazing Instagram style filters and even captures full HD video messages!
Each unit is sleek, professionally designed and easily portable. This means moving the unit from one location to another is very quick and easy.The photo booth is also commercial grade so the rigors of the road will be a non-issue.
“This booth is designed for one person to move easily. Set up is quick and simple. Combine that with amazing photo booth software and you have a real WOW effect. It really is an amazing product in both form and function,” said Dennis, owner of Social Shots.
Forward thinkers will also appreciate the marketing potential of the photo booth’s proprietary software. Each photo booth is able to store certain data for corporate clients – things like date of birth, zip code, emails and cell phone numbers. You can even ask survey questions or record video testimonials.
“The data alone is worth the investment cost,” said Dennis of Social Shots, “and as the technology continues to advance, the power of what we can do will just be amazing.”
Around this time each year, a fresh group of college graduates eagerly seek to begin a new phase in life – trading student status for professional titles. The National Center for Education Statistics projects more than 1.6 million students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in the Class of 2014. Setting their sights on jobs across the country, recent grads must weigh whether to stay in their current college town versus moving to a new city to begin planting roots.
In a still-recovering economy, where the job market remains uncertain and the repayment of student loans is a daunting reality for many recent grads, the ideal place for many may be wherever that first job is landed. Nonetheless, some cities are more promising than others, providing college grads exceptional opportunities for growing careers and affordable housing.
Homes.com has teamed up with sister site, ForRentUniversity.com, to comprise a list of the ten most favorable cities for new college graduates. The best cities to live, work and play were all chosen based on mean entry-level income, average price of a one-bedroom apartment, proximity to postgraduate institutions as well as number of social opportunities. The list also analyzes unemployment rates and the percentage of the population identified as millennials (ages 25 to 34). For more information, please view this shareable infographic.
Homes.com Top 10 Cities for New Grads
Mean entry level income: $ 43,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 800
Unemployment Rate: 6.9 percent
19 nearby colleges/universities
Average salary for recent college grads in Atlanta is 21 percent higher than the national average. Tied with Raleigh and Houston for the lowest average rent, this city is extremely friendly to recent grads with minimal savings. The city is also home to a number of post-secondary educational institutions including Clark Atlanta University and Georgia Institute of Technology, among others—perfect for grads wishing to attain additional degrees. According to Busy Travelers, Atlanta holds the country’s third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies and is the global headquarters of corporations including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines and UPS.
2. Dallas, Texas
Mean entry level income: $ 38,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 900
Unemployment Rate: 5.8 percent
17 nearby colleges/universities
Well above the national average, Dallas’ 8.67 percent rental vacancy rate results in notably affordable rent in relation to most comparable metros. With more money for leisure opportunities, renters can enjoy the many attractions and activities Dallas has to offer. Home to five professional sports teams, one for every major American team sport, Dallas offers an abundance of athletic events, entertainment and professional options to residents.
3. Houston, Texas
Mean entry level income: $ 41,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 800
Unemployment Rate: 5.7 percent
14 nearby colleges/universities
Houston boasts one of the highest average incomes for entry-level jobs and is home to 24 Fortune 500 companies. Coupled with a relatively low cost of living, commuter-friendly transportation and a promising job market, Houston is ideal for young people looking to launch their careers.
4. St. Louis, Missouri
Mean entry level income: $ 38,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 960
Unemployment Rate: 8.2 percent
7 nearby colleges/universities
St. Louis topped Forbes’ 2012 list of happiest places for post-graduates, earning accolades based on overall career happiness among those with jobs requiring less than two years of work experience as well as the average cost of living-adjusted salary in each city. Encouraging the enjoyment of public attractions of all residents, St. Louis offers free entry into the majority of the city’s art institutions, science exhibits, museums, theatres and zoos – making it the perfect entertainment location for cash-strapped college graduates.
5. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Mean entry level income: $ 32,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 900
Unemployment Rate: 5.0 percent
10 nearby colleges/universities
With more than 50 percent of homes in Minneapolis listed as rentals and roughly 5 percent of them currently unoccupied, finding “home sweet home” is relatively easy. A city with a dynamic music scene, a physically fit mantra, professional sports teams and a vibrant art, theater and literary culture, Minneapolis is worth a second look for college grads. More than 82,000 Minneapolis residents are between the ages of 25 and 34, making it easy for recent grads to find and fit into social circles. Home to large company headquarters, including PepsiCo, Target and General Mills, Minneapolis offers a variety of job opportunities for young career seekers.
6. Raleigh, North Carolina
Mean entry level income: $ 35,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 800
Unemployment Rate: 6.2 percent
10 nearby colleges/universities
Raleigh prides itself on having a “small town” feel, which can be alluring to many new college grads trying to escape the city. As the location of three universities, Raleigh’s cost of living is one of the lowest on the list. Combining Raleigh’s vibrant social, sports, cultural and arts scenes with its abundant career opportunities and mild year-round climate, it’s hard to imagine a more desirable place to launch into the professional world.
7. Denver, Colorado
Mean entry level income: $ 35,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 970
Unemployment Rate: 6.5 percent
9 nearby colleges/universities
Denver’s moderate unemployment rate makes it more easy to find a job than most metro areas. Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rugby – Denver’s got it all when it comes to professional sports teams, supplying residents with ample career and entertainment opportunities to choose from. The city also houses the most bars per capita, as well as an energetic and affordable social scene for recent college grads to enjoy.
8. Seattle, Washington
Mean entry level income: $ 39,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 1,300
Unemployment Rate: 6.0 percent
10 nearby colleges/universities
College graduates are flocking to Seattle in favor of the enticing combination of work and social possibilities. Home to prominent corporate headquarters — including Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft and Amazon.com — Seattle has endless entry-level job opportunities for young college grads. This coastal seaport city prides itself on its efforts to provide residents with a clean and green environment. From lush forests and sparkling lakes to manicured parks and untouched wildlife preserves, there are always new gorgeous views and sites to uncover and explore.
9. Boston, Massachusetts
Mean entry level income: $ 46,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 1,590
Unemployment Rate: 5.9 percent
21 nearby colleges/universities
Massachusetts is a vibrant city full of fun activities and things to explore. As such, Boston boasts one of the largest populations of 18 to 24 year olds, making it an excellent choice for new college graduates. Whether spending the day taking in Boston’s prominent museums and parks or unwinding for the evening at one of the city’s exclusive rooftop lounges or underground clubs, there is always something for everyone. Although Boston’s average rent is nearly double that of other cities on the list, it does tie for the highest average entry-level income.
10. Washington, District of Columbia
Mean entry level income: $ 46,000
Median price for a one-bedroom apartment: $ 1,600
Unemployment Rate: 5.1 percent
6 nearby colleges/universities
Holding the second lowest unemployment rates and boasting one of the highest entry-level salaries on the list, the nation’s capital is of strong appeal to new young professionals. While the federal government is the city’s top employer, there are an abundance of promising career prospects in technology, international business and hospitality. From vivacious nightlife and world-class dining to world-renowned museums and cultural attractions, there are endless forms of entertainment options for 20-somethings.
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DisasterTalk is a texting app which allows users to communicate with teams of people where cell phone masts or other transmitters are down. The app can transmit messages to other iPhones up to 100 feet away without the need for any Wi-Fi, and can also use a meshworth of iPhones to target longer ranges.
The new app has launched as a housing report finds that approximately 8% of US homes are at very high risk of being affected by natural disasters. With the risk hitting such heights and affecting so many homes, it’s crucial that those residing within these areas download this app, should their hometown be hit by a flood, a hurricane or an earthquake.
Ms Nwe, the developer of DisasterTalk says, “The new housing report by RealtyTrac has shown that 10.6 million homes in the US are at very high risk of being ravaged or ruined by a natural disaster. Many of these people’s lives will also be endangered when a tornado or earthquake hits – so we’ve released our DisasterTalk app which allows communication between various parties in any form of rescue scenario. The app is fantastic for deciphering whether people are alive under rubble, or whether there are people still inside a building which has caught fire. We’d like to encourage all those who are in the ‘very high risk’ band to download the app now and protect themselves against the threat of natural disaster.”
Many municipalities already use innovations like Facebook and Twitter to keep residents informed of weather warnings and potential natural disasters heading their way. Safety advice is imparted over the internet, and social media can help to boost search parties in the event of disaster. But many towns have found that their cell reception and Wi-Fi are often out in the wake of a large disaster, and DisasterTalk helps to fill the gap by allowing people to communicate even when phone masts and internet hubs have been destroyed.
DisasterTalk users are encouraging to make a coordinated effort to keep rescue team members within reasonable distance of up to 100 feet of another member, running the app in the foreground to ensure that there is a meshwork of devices in place. These can carry important messages to those who need to hear them, allowing them to adjust their plans and rescue operations accordingly.
The DisasterTalk app has launched on the App Store and is currently only available for iPhone and iPad devices. It is in the work for Android phones too.