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Even in the world’s most modern metropoles, public toilets are often difficult to find. And once…
Have you ever been to an IKEA concept store? If you’ve ever visited one, you were part of one big experiment. The Swedish company has been using these concept centers for something you wouldn’t expect.
Not long ago, I visited one near my hometown. Yours truly naively thought they’d be selling ‘concept’ furniture…
Nothing could be further from the truth. All your movements and actions are meticulously monitored while you think you’re just browsing the store.
Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in the tiny town of Cherokee, North Carolina, attending Western Carolina University on a football scholarship. He was the first member of his family to go to college.
McCoy’s father had ruined his body as a miner, digging tunnels underneath lakes and riverbeds, and his son had developed a faith that college would lead him in a better direction. So McCoy was determined to stay in school when Spencer came along. Between fatherhood, football practice, and classes, though, he couldn’t squeeze in much part-time work. Michelle had taken an entry-level job as a teacher’s aide at a local childcare center right out of high school, but her salary wasn’t enough to support the three of them.
Someone’s spotted the new generation of pay toilets in Silicon Valley: namely, bathrooms that can be unlocked by downloading an app. There is such a thing as being too civilized, and I think making a bathroom break in your business depend on an app might just take the proverbial cake.
Set on a hilltop above the Chateau la Coste winery, Villa la Coste boasts views of gorgeous stone farm buildings, endless rows of neatly planted vines, and bushy olive groves—all perpetually bathed in warm orange sunlight. The views alone would be enough to recommend it but as it also boasts restaurants from Michelin-starred chefs and enough world-famous artists to fill a gallery, it’s no wonder Villa la Coste has been hailed as Europe’s most exciting new hotel.