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Weekend Guide: Black History Month Parade, Discover the Dinosaurs, Mardi Gras Fest and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Black History Month Parade

Keep reading for more information about the Black History Month Parade, Discover the Dinosaurs, Mardi Gras Fest and other exciting weekend events!

Quadriginoctuple Frap (in a promotional mug?)

Last year, we did a post about the most expensive Starbucks drink.  $23.60 drinks are sooooo 2012 though.  In 2013, the most expensive Starbucks drink came out to a whopping $47.30.

The infamous drink is a Quadriginoctuple Frap, and the main contributor to the phenomenal cost is the 48 shots of espresso.  48 shots?  I’ve had a triple shot latte before and thought I was going to have a heart attack.  Adding to the cost was also soy milk, mocha drizzle, matcha powder, protein powder, caramel brulee topping, strawberries, two bananas, caramel drizzle, frappuccino chips, vanilla bean and whipped cream.

According to the man who ordered the drink, Beau Chevassus, he actually put a lot of thought and research into finding the perfect combination to get such an expensive drink.  The baristas at his local Starbucks were excited to help out.

Yup, it’s $47.30, but he did save ten cents by bringing in his own travel mug.

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Weekend Guide: Scoutmob Broken Hearts Ball, Wedding Day Hooray, Polar Plunge and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Scoutmob Broken Hearts Ball

Keep reading for more information about the Scoutmob Broken Hearts Ball, Wedding Day Hooray, Polar Plunge and other exciting weekend events!

Upcycling Your Promotional Products

According to Wikipedia, the term “upcycle” was coined in 1994 and is defined as “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality for better environmental value.”   The thought was that instead of taking old products and breaking them down, a more environmentally advantageous thing to do would be to build them up into better products that have more value than their originals.

I think that any company who uses promotional products is, at some point, faced with an overflow of products that they don’t need anymore.  Whether it’s because their logo has changed or the product is out of date (like a calendar) or brands are just looking for something new, there are many reasons why older products don’t get used anymore.  So, instead of throwing them away, why not get a little crafty and make those products into something new?

Larabar had a great example of upcycling old promotional products on their facebook page.

Larabar Upcycles

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Larabar worked with Western Carolina Sewing Company to turn some of their outdated promotional material, like t-shirts, into totes and pouches.  Not only does this create fun new products, but it promotes an eco-friendly message at the same time.

This idea applies not only to the companies who want to do the upcycling themselves, like Larabar, but also to people who have received promotional products in the past.  I’m a runner.  I can’t tell you how many race t-shirts I’ve received.  And while I don’t want to necessarily throw them away since they hold memories, I don’t always wear all of them either.  This would be the perfect thing to upcycle.  Just a quick Pinterest search led me to all of these great ideas of what I could do with my shirts.

Turn a shirt into a tote bag:

Turn a shirt into a baby bib:

 

Turn a shirt into a scarf:

Source: etsy.com via Megan on Pinterest

 Have you ever upcycled any promotional products before?  Let us know what you did with them in the comments!

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

 

Weekend Guide: Oysterfest 2013, Atlanta Ballet’s Dracula, Winter Beer Carnival and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Oysterfest 2013

Keep reading for more information about Oysterfest 2013, Atlanta Ballet’s Dracula, Winter Beer Carnival and other exciting weekend events!

Merrell: The Pack

It all began in 1981 when Backpacker Magazine called Randy Merrell’s boots, “the most comfortable and functional boots in North America.” In the past 30 years, Merrell has become one of the top names in outdoor footwear and apparel.

Besides having great shoes and clothing, Merrell also has some great programs, including The Pack.

When you join The Pack, you join a virtual community of like-minded athletes who enjoy the outdoors as much as you do. According to their Facebook page, when you join The Pack, you get expert training tips, are able to upload your own pictures and videos, get how-to advice from Pack leaders, download healthy recipes, compete in challenges and lots more. In addition, members of The Pack also receive special promotional products.

By joining The Pack, you’re committing to a healthy and active lifestyle and by donning The Pack promotional products, you’re showing others that they too can be part of this awesome community (and get a cool shirt!)

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Weekend Guide: Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival

Keep reading for more information about the Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta and other exciting weekend events!

Pantone’s Color of the Year – Emerald Green

If you work as as graphic designer or with graphic designers in any capacity, no doubt you are familiar with the Pantone Matching System, which is the standard color matching system across pretty much all industries.

Each year, Pantone chooses a “Color of the Year.” The color is decided upon at a secret Pantone meeting held in a European capital each year. The color is reportedly chosen in conjunction with many of the cultural influences that Pantone believes are relevant in our present lives. The color is meant to capture the spirit of the year.

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013 is Emerald Green.

Emerald Green
 

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Read more about Emerald Green!

Weekend Guide: Sip, Swirl & Twirl, Atlanta Winter Beerfest, Honda Battle of the Bands and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Sip, Swirl and Twirl

Keep reading for more information about Sip, Swirl & Twirl, the Atlanta Winter Beerfest, Honda Battle of the Bands and other exciting weekend events!

PPAI Expo Preview!

Five members of the Pinnacle team headed to Las Vegas on Tuesday to attend the PPAI Expo.  It’s one of the largest promotional product tradeshows, with tons of vendors showing off their new 2013 products.  Megan and Heather will be back next week to blog about what they saw, but I thought I’d give you a little preview of some cool new stuff that will be making its way to our website shortly.

PPAI Expo

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