Camana Bay: The Ultimate Spring Break Vacation Spot

Thinking of what to do in the Cayman Islands? Think no further than Camana Bay–a lively waterfront community situated on Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands. It’s spread out over 500 acres and is just a short walk from Seven Mile Beach. With the vast amount of things to do and see, there’s something for everyone, which is why it’s the perfect place to spend spring break!

Camana Bay Town Centre
A continuous bustling of activities and family-friendly entertainment can always be found in the heart of Camana Bay. Shop at world-class boutiques and dine at fine cafes. There is an abundance of regular and annual events that take place in the town, not to mention the unique attractions, lush outdoor spaces, and various local happenings.

Things to Do and See in Camana Bay
● Climb the 75-foot Observation Tower for a breathtaking view, and enjoy the gorgeous underwater mosaics as you go up the steps.

● Shop the boutiques for genuine Camana Bay souvenirs made by the town locals.

● Ride a bike or walk along Camana Way while reconnecting with nature. This 30-foot wide boulevard begins near Seven Mile Beach and is lined with over 100 species of indigenous plants.

● Watch a movie at Grand Cayman’s only cinema. Afterwards, listen to live music as you dance the night away under the stars.

● Shop for and sample homegrown fruit and vegetables at the Farmers’ and Artisans Market. Caymanian art traditions and cultural demonstrations can also be found here.

● View the fountains at The Crescent where dancing water spouts are absolutely mesmerizing.

Camana Bay Activities for Young Children
● Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Imagination Playground offers giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates that allow kids to create their own individual play experience.

● Books & Books presents Story Time every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Babies and toddlers will enjoy colorful picture books, singing and dancing on Wednesdays, while kids ages four to seven can express their creativity making crafts on Saturdays.

● Located in Jasmine Court, the Interactive Fountains keep toddlers amused for hours as they run in the spurts of colorful water.

If a simple, relaxing spring break is your family’s jam, Camana Bay is for you as well. Grab a picnic lunch from one of the cafes and kickback on the waterfront lawns to watch the boats sail by. It’s easy to see why this town is one of the best holiday getaways. Without a doubt, Camana Bay is the ideal spring break destination.

New Lacrosse Coach in Maryland

The Loyola Greyhound’s lacrosse team were already looking forward to the new season with a sense of pride and optimism due to the ability of high quality players, such as Pat Spencer, but the arrival of a new offensive coordinator has added to the sense of excitement surrounding the team. Alumni players including Sean Hecker have led the team to past victories. For individuals like Pat Spencer the arrival of former Virginia associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale should provide a great deal of excitement as the experienced coach achieved some amazing things during his 15 years at with the Cavaliers.

Loyola have given themselves the chance to become one of the top teams with the hiring of Van Arsdale as the time he spent with the Virginia Cavaliers resulted in NCAA Division I Championships in 2003, 2006, and 2011; the wealth of experience the new coordinator brings will help the Greyhound’s as they look to make strides to become one of the top lacrosse teams in the upcoming season and beyond. Head Coach Charley Toomey was quick to release a statement praising the talents of Van Arsdale as he looks to take the team to bigger and better achievements in the coming seasons.

The statement released by Coach Toomey explained the team are hoping for a long and successful relationship with Coach Van Arsdale as he welcomed he and his family to the Loyola family. Not only did Coach Toomey welcome Marc Van Arsdale to the team, but he explained just how he can benefit the lacrosse program for many seasons to come; Coach Toomey took the chance to explain how important Van Arsdale will be in terms of recruitment and getting the best out of new and existing players.

The wealth of experience Marc Van Arsdale brings to the Loyola lacrosse program includes his own playing days at Hobart where he was part of a run of four consecutive NCAA Division III Championships, which was followed by a successful period as head coach of the Penn lacrosse program. Marc Van Arsdale will also bring a tradition of helping young players develop into award winners in the offensive third of the game after coaching three Tewaaraton Award winners to success during his time with Virginia.

New Malls Reaching New Heights

Westfield Corporation is reaching new heights with the new Lowy family leadership and the new mall openings including the recent World Trade Center Mall opening. After nearly fifteen years, the mall is reopening after the devastating 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil. The mall is owned by Port Authority but Westfield Corporation is responsible for all of the stores and retail operations.

On August 16th, people came out in record numbers to take a look at the new World Trade Center Mall, located in lower Manhattan and to start shopping. The mall boasts a 280-foot digital billboard, a performance area in the middle of the store (where one of the stars of Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr., performed for the public, and more than 60 stores. Store options for busy shoppers include Apple, Aldo, Cole Haan, Dior, Eataly, Kiko Milano, and Tumi. The World Trade Center Mall is also expected to grow in popularity as it is considered a transit hub and people will find themselves browsing or stopping for a bite to eat as they go about their busy day.

Other new Westfield Corporation projects include the redevelopment of Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, CA and the luxurious Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, CA. Westfield Century City’s transformation involved remodeling the entire three-story Bloomingdale’s and he addition of an Eataly as well as a Macy’s. The store will also include new retail space for more dining options and exciting new retail brands. The total square footage will total 1.2 million square feet.

Westfield Valley Fair is slated to end in 2019 and will feature a 150,000 square foot Bloomingdale’s department store along with Nordstrom, Macy’s, a dining district with outdoor lounge and promenade seating options, exciting events open to the public, and several dozen specialty stores.

The success of Westfield Corporation as well as the company’s latest improvements can be attributed to the Lowy family. In May 2016, Frank Lowly who co-founded the Westfield Group, stepped down from his role as chairman of Scentre. This move will give Lowy more time to focus on the Westfield Group. Furthermore, the Lowy family put $177.3 million dollars into the Westfield Corporation in order to ensure that the company could not be taken over by outsiders. The running of Westfield Corporation and the Westfield Group is a family affair with Frank Lowy’s son Peter Lowy, also a co-chief executive of Westfield in addition to being a direct beneficial holder. Several grandchildren are also working in various positions within the company. This dedication to the company has allowed it to continue to grow. Westfield Corporation is anticipating clearing approximately $1 billion each year in sales from their World Trade Center Mall alone.

Bucket Listed: 10 Places to Visit While in Miami’s Design District

Everyone knows that Miami is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. But did you know, it is also home to some of the most fabulous shopping you will find on earth. If you have a keen eye for design, want to people watch for celebrities, or just want a pair of Louboutin’s that you can admire in your closet then this is the list for you.

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT WHILE IN MIAMI’S DESIGN DISTRICT

01. Chrome Hearts
Chrome Hearts is a leather, furniture, and accessories store. It houses original designs with a contemporary flare. Each piece in the store is a handpicked design that was made exclusively for Chrome Hearts and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Psst. Kate Hudson was spotted at a party inside.

02. Christian Louboutin
Because every girl needs a pair of red soles right? Pro tip: There’s also a men’s store with an array of red soled men’s fashions as well.

03. Tiffany and Co.
Channel your inner Audrey and window shop unless you have a ton of cash to spend. If so this is the place to own your own piece of heaven. They will even package it up in a signature pastel blue box.

04. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink
Want to dine near Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Anniston or Craig Robins? Michael’s is a celebrity spotting and dining haven.

05. Ella
Ella is only around during spring and summer, but it is the place to go for fresh-baked breakfast treats. Grab a croissant and go over to Tiffany and Co. to kill 2 birds with one trip.

06. Crumb on Parchment
There are not many bakeries that make me say “Try the turkey chili”. But this is one where you definitely don’t want to miss it.

07. Maman Fine Art
Maman is a beautiful space to see modern and contemporary art. Weekends are by appointment only, so plan ahead.

08. Swampspace
This is a great venue for performance art. You are sure to see something you never expected here.

09. Tom Ford
This is where you can find decadence in the form of Menswear. The lighting alone will stop you from walking out the door. It’s also rumored to be a favorite pop-up spot for Kim and Kanye.

10. Versace
Another shopping venue that screams opulence. While the ladies are clamoring for their handbags, I suggest perusing the watches. Timepieces that are crafted that beautifully deserve and lingering look.

Artisanal Chocolate Has a Strong Foothold in Los Angeles

There has been a lot of buzz of late about the artisanal chocolate movement. In the last decade alone the number of bean-to-bar chocolate makers has grown tenfold with a large number of them setting up shop in the Great Los Angeles area.

What Exactly is Bean-to-Bar?
The first thing one needs to know about bean-to-bar is that it is more than a process, it is also a philosophy. Like craft beer, the driving force behind the bean-to-bar movement is the passion of the chocolate maker. As a process, it takes chocolate making back to its roots, using only a few hand selected ingredients and all is made under one roof. The result, some of the most refined and unique flavor profiles imaginable each delivered in a hand crafted piece of chocolate.

LA’s Finest
While you can order and then enjoy ChocoVivo chocolates from the privacy of your own home, if you happen to be in the Culver City area and are a true chocolate aficionado, you won’t be able to pass on the opportunity to visit their chocolate factory. Believed to be the first bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the LA area, what you will experience at ChocoVivo’s is chocolate made in the tradition of the Mayans and Aztecs of 2000 years ago.

A rising star in the artisanal chocolate movement is LetterePress Chocolate but you won’t find a brick and mortar storefront for them just yet. Made by a husband and wife team, in a converted section of their apartment, theirs has been some of the best bean-to-bar artisan chocolates to hit the streets of Los Angeles. They consider themselves a “small batch” craft chocolate makers, producing about 60 bars per day, which are distributed to over a dozen Los Angeles locations. Their chocolate can also be purchase through their website.

The Mast Brothers are one of the latest to bring their to artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate making craft to Los Angeles with their new factory on South Santa Fe Avenue. Their new location is well worth visiting, not just to enjoy the great flavors of their craft chocolates, but also to experience the unique architecture of their chocolate factory. Sheep’s milk, almond butter and sea salt are just a sample of over a dozen flavor profiles they offer to their patrons and can also be purchase through their website.

And this is only a small sampling of what the bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate movement has brought to Los Angeles.

An Inside Look at the Art of Miami’s Most Renowned Hotel

Miami is a southern Florida city that is full of history, tradition, and culture. Perhaps in no other area is this most reflected that that of the leisure and tourism industry. One of Miami’s most renowned hotels, the Fontainebleau, is famous around the globe. The interior and exterior design is a marvel of professionalism, as a great amount of thought has gone into every detail. This is evident by the extensive art collection on display throughout the property. For those who have not had the privilege of visiting this Miami landmark, here is an inside look to whet your appetite.

Dating back to 1954, the Fontainebleau gained its flare for the dramatic via a contemporary design put into effect by Morris Lapidus. It was a forward thinking project for its day, and the risk was well worth it. While many scoffed at the use of light and space, which set it apart from nearly any other hotel in America at that time, the fact that we are still here discussing the masterpiece is a testimony to it effectiveness.

Today, the curator of the Fontainebleau Art Program is Jackie Soffer. The team put together has revitalized the art collection with pieces from around the globe. Artists who have work on display at the hotel today include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, among others. Each of the pieces is worth of being in a museum, which certainly makes the Fontainebleau stand out among other hotels in its class.

The hotel itself is considered to be a work of art that has withstood the test of time. It continues to be considered one of the more recognizable pieces of art in all of Miami, and its modernist appeal is rather striking. The beauty of this property is that the indoor artwork continues to evolve with time. While the design of the building retains the look that made it so famous more than six decades ago, the collection inside is much more contemporary and comprehensive.

Art lovers everywhere will appreciate taking up accommodation in a property that takes on the look and feel of a world class art gallery. The displays are constantly changing, so annual visits are sure to bring a new and fresh look, while ensuring that the integrity and design that made the hotel so famous is always left intact.

Dani Levinas, collector and businessman, takes helm of expanded board at Phillips Collection

Entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Dani Levinas has been elected chairman of the board of trustees at the Phillips Collection, the private modern art museum near Dupont Circle in Washington.

Levinas, who is a D.C. resident, takes control of a dramatically expanded governing body. At the Monday meeting that elected him to the board as chairman, the board approved four other new members and added two vice chair positions. There are now 35 members on the board, up from 28 last year.

“I am excited. [Phillips Collection Director] Dorothy Kosinski has been incredible for the museum,” Levinas said in an interview. “She’s a force. She has done a lot in education and reaching people and showing contemporary art in different ways than was shown before.”

Two of the new board members represent the University of Maryland. Last October, the museum and university announced the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection, a collaboration that brings research and multi-disciplinary programs to the District and will eventually include new gallery and open storage space on or near the university’s College Park, Md., campus.

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A Trail to Miami’s Star-Studded Shores

Miami’s fantastic nightlife and sunny coasts have long been a draw for celebrities. While the coastal city is home to celebrities like Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez, and Craig Robins, it is also an unbeatable holiday destination among A-listers.

No weekend or holiday season goes without a celebrity sighting at one of Miami’s several nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, and shopping destinations. Here is a trail to the hottest celebrity haunts in Miami and when to hit them to “accidentally bump” into your favorite celeb –

Splurge at the Webster: The Webster draws hordes of celebs to its stores, being one of the only shopping destinations in America to stock European goods. The Webster is at its most star-studded during the Miami Fashion Week with most designers and top models hitting it after shows.

Go Luxury Dining: Restaurants like Prime One Twelve on Miami Beach boasts of regular customers like Lil Wayne, Kim and Kanye, and even former President Bill Clinton. For a more affordable but no less scrumptious option, hit up Cheeseburger Baby on South Beach, Beyonce’s regular hang out whenever she’s in the city.

Catch The Stars At Night Clubs: Miami’s nightlife is one of its biggest charms, and celebs are hardly immune to it. Fontainebleau’s LIV nightclub sees regular attendance from the likes of Chace Crawford, Drake, and Pharrell and performances from famous DJs Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris. President Obama is also known to host events in the area.
Turn Up The Heat During Basketball Season: Catching a Heat Match is the unwinding strategy of many, including Zac Efron and Rihanna. They are regulars at the American Airline Arena during championships.

Retreat Into The Safe Haven Of Luxury Hotels: The Setai Miami Beach is the high profile destination for fashion and entertainment events in the area, calling the likes of Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton and Hillary Duff to its premises. More private celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Kate Hudson choose to frequent Casa Tua, known for its tranquil ambience and authentic italian food.

Partying destinations aside, Miami is also home to several vintage neighborhoods, like the Buena Vista, one of oldest in the area. Buena Vista is a picture of old school charm with its wide palm-lined streets and Art Deco houses. Barely minutes from partying hotspot South Beach and downtown Miami, its locally owned cafes and quietude offer respite after a weekend of partying downtown. The area is set to become a desirable location for tourists, with plans to expand its residential complexes to villas and cottages underway.

Florida’s Top Fashion Spots

When visiting Miami for some, the best part about the whole trip is going shopping. Many of the biggest fashionistas go to Miami to shop because they have some of the greatest places to shop in the world. There are many different shops that you can go to in Miami. The top three that come to mind are Aventura Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, and Dadeland Mall.

Aventura Mall is by far the best place to shop while in Miami. Run by Turnberry Associates’ Jackie Soffer http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/print-edition/2015/11/13/jeffrey-and-jackie-soffer-are-still-building.html, Aventura Mall offers luxury shopping at its finest. Some stores you can find in Aventura Mall are Nordstrom, Bebe Sport, Bloomingdales, and 7 for All Mankind. Of course, there are many other stores, but these are some of the most visited stores in the mall. Along with a wide variety of retail options there are also quite a few restaurants you can sit to dine at. However, if you would rather grab some quick food to go there is also a food court in the mall.

When going to dine in the Aventura mall you have many options to go food you could go to the food court and get food from Five Guys Burgers and many other choose from. Just a couple are The Grill on the Alley and The Cheesecake Factory. As for the quick grab and places. If you are a fashionista who enjoys going on a shopping spree the Aventura mall is the perfect place for you.

The second best place to shop while in Miami is Bal Harbour shops. Bal Harbour Shops has many different shops to go to when you want to shop. With such a wide array of different shops you will be able to find everything you need and more. Some stores include Chanel and Gucci but these are just 2 of the many stores there. Along with stores there are restaurants in the Bal Harbour Shops. One of the restaurants is called Carpaccio which serves Italian food.

The final best place to shop in Miami is Dadeland Mall http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/things-to-do/shopping/shopping-malls. Dadeland Mall is known for not only how big it is but also the stores that are in it. Some stores in Dadeland Mall are Sephora, Apple, and Nordstrom. Dadeland Mall has also been used in a couple of Hollywood films.

So if you are a fashionista who needs to get a shopping fix don’t hesitate to go shopping at any of the three mentioned places because not only will you get your fix of shopping but you will also find very fashionable clothes to meet your Fashionista personality.

Miami Celebrity Birthday Parties

Miami celebrity birthday parties have become something like a legend in south Florida. Miami is the party capitol of America, and there is no reason to believe that that will slow down any time soon. The people who come to Florida to celebrate their birthdays are going to keep coming back because the weather is always nice, and there are celebrities who are getting paid to make appearances at clubs. These celebrities could even get paid to make an appearance on their birthday.

The People

The people in these clubs at the same time as a celebrities like Craig Robins are getting to see something that is pretty unique. The people that are in the club are going to see a sight that most people will never see. These celebrities are going to end up signing autographs on their birthday, but they are going to be partying all day among people who love them. It is a win-win for everyone. It just allows people to have fun with other people who love to party as much as they do.

The VIP Room

The VIP room in every club can host people who are going to be hidden from the action in the rest of the club. The alcohol can be brought into the VIP room, and the people in the VIP room are going to be away from the rest of the people that are sitting out in the club. They can even see these people in most cases, and they can hear the music. These celebs just get to stay away from everyone else who just comes to Miami Beach to party.

Many Clubs in Miami Are Ready

There are several clubs in Miami who are going to allow for the private rooms and nice birthday parties that these celebrities need. The people can rent out the whole club, or the club can hold the party in honor of the celebrity guest. This is going to be a lot of fun for people who are invited, or they might just get to walk through the door that night. Celebrities’ love Miami, and it is good for people to happen upon these birthday parties.

Every celebrity birthday party is going to be more fun than the last, and it is probably going to involve more champagne than before. These people can have a high time in good weather, and they can go there any time of the year.