Mar 24

Skis Out for Summer but Mountain-Top Adventures Continue in Banff & Lake Louise

Banff, Alberta (PRWEB) June 03, 2014

Banff National Park, a renowned powder paradise for skiers and riders, may have just wrapped up its seven-month snow season one of the longest in North America – but its three first-class ski resorts arent stopping the adrenalin there, inviting adventure-seekers, sightseeing-enthusiasts and even foodie-fanatics for a good dose of high-altitude experiences this Summer.

High Adventure & High Dining at Mount Norquay

This summer, Mount Norquay Ski Resort is keeping its North American Chairlift running throughout the season – opening up to sightseers some of the most impressive eagles-eye views of Banffs mountain ranges. Also, launching this June is Mount Norquays eagerly-anticipated Via Ferrata – a vertical, ultimate hiking experience that offers thrilling exposure and intimacy to the mountain face, usually reserved for rock climbers.

Literally translated from Italian as iron-road, Banff National Parks only Via Ferrata requires no pre-training or expertise just the ability to climb a ladder! Lead by a certified guide, climbers will take an unforgettable journey up the cliffs, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables and ladders.

Adventurers can venture across the 30m suspension bridge and feel the freedom of walking in mid-air at a height of 15m, with the dramatic views of Mount Rundle as their backdrop.

To see more of the Via Ferrata experience at Mount Norquay, view the interpretive video here.

Jan 05

Former Groupon VP Jayna Cooke Named CEO of EVENTup

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 03, 2014

Lightbank co-founder Brad Keywell, Chairman of EVENTup, an online marketplace that helps event planners and consumers find and book unique venues, today announced Jayna Cooke as the companys new CEO. The announcement is part of a new capitalization of the company, positioning it to further grow its dominant position in the event market.

“I am incredibly excited about the future of EVENTup the event space is extremely fragmented, and EVENTup provides a great solution for consumers and venues, said EVENTups new CEO Jayna Cooke. The new capital allows us to dramatically expand our market footprint, and extend our lead in the event industry. Our customers range from corporate retreats and weddings, to bar mitzvahs and photo shoots. With more than 10,000 venues nationwide, EVENTup has the perfect location for every occasion.

Cooke is distinguished as being one of the most successful sales and business development professionals in technology startups over the past decade. As the Vice President of National Sales at Groupon, Cooke was integral in executing the companys early sales and partnership strategies. Prior to Groupon, Jayna was the leading sales and business development professional at Echo Global Logistics, a company co-founded by Keywell.

Jaynas unique talents in disruptive business models make her an ideal CEO to further accelerate EVENTups growth, said Keywell. EVENTup is changing the way people book event spaces, and creating a marketplace that offers the broadest array of spaces and services for consumers, while enabling optimal utilization and monetization of venues for property owners.

EVENTup is a timesaving solution that helps event planners and consumers research and book venues easily. The EVENTup platform allows you to easily find what you are looking for by filtering by neighborhood, price, venue type, and much more, helping consumers book event spaces that fit their specific needs.

On the supply side, EVENTup allows property owners to list previously under-utilized and under-monetized assets so they can generate additional revenue. EVENTup has venues located in every major metropolitan city across the United States.

Some of the outstanding EVENTup venues include the house from the hit TV show Entourage, Marilyn Monroe’s former Los Angeles home, the famous Copacabana in NYC, the home from The Wedding Planner, the Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. Mansion seen in Martin Scorseses The Aviator, and many more.

For more information about booking a location, listing a venue or about EVENTup, visit

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Jun 13

Crystorama Provides Lighting Featuring Swarovski Elements for Henri Bendel Holiday Window Display

(PRWEB) November 25, 2013

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Crystorama, one of the nations leading providers of decorative lighting, has teamed up with Swarovski to provide 16 chandeliers for the famed Henri Bendel holiday window display at the Fifth Avenue flagship store. This years display, dubbed the Hirschfeld Spectacular, honors the late Al Hirschfeld, an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.

In conjunction with the installation, Crystorama and retailer Capitol Lighting/ are hosting a holiday sweepstakes for a Crystorama chandelier featuring Swarovski Elements.

We couldnt be more flattered to be asked to be part of this iconic installation, and were excited that our fans will get a chance to bring a piece of the Hirschfeld Spectacular into their own home through our sweepstakes with Capitol Lighting, said Brad Kleinberg, president of Crystorama.

Hirschfeld Spectacular at Henri Bendel

The main window of the Henri Bendel flagship store has been transformed into the formal dining room of a classic New York townhouse in the midst of a holiday party. The celebrated party guestsall Al Hirschfelds line drawings translated into three-dimensionsinclude: Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, and Woody Allen. At the center of the window hangs a large gold-plated Crystorama chandelier sparkling with Swarovski Elements.

The centerpiece of the atrium is Henri Bendels iconic two-story tree, covered in malachite. Atop the tree is Al Hirschfelds Charlie Chaplin, also sculpted in three dimensions, looking down at all who enter the store. Fifteen Crystorama chandeliers with Swarovski Elements adorn the trees many branches.

We are often inspired by fashion in designing our lighting collections, so it makes perfect sense to pair beautiful lighting with an upscale womens specialty store like Henri Bendel, Kleinberg said.

The display will be up through January 2, 2014 and can be seen at the Henri Bendel flagship store located at 712 5th Ave, New York, N.Y. 10019.

Chandelier Sweepstakes with Capitol Lighting

To celebrate the Henri Bendel window display, Crystorama has partnered with New Jersey-based retailer Capitol Lighting/ for a sweepstakes where one lucky entrant will get to bring the magic of the Hirschfeld Spectacular to their own home, just in time for the holidays.

During Capitol Lightings 12 Days of Giving social media campaign, the grand prize winner will receive a Crystorama chandelier from the Maria Theresa Collection featuring Swarovski Elements. Capitol Lighting will be announcing the contest on its Facebook page on December 12 with a photo featuring the chandelier prize. To enter, fans must like both the Crystorama and Capitol Lighting Facebook pages and share the announcement photo from Capitol Lighting on their own page and tag both companies; the winner will be announced on December 20.

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse product portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski Crystal Business designs, manufactures and markets crystals, natural and created gemstones, finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The companys film division, Swarovski Entertainment, produces artistically accomplished feature films with global box-office appeal. The Swarovski Foundation was set up to honour the philanthropic spirit of the company by supporting creativity and culture, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources.

Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach, with over 2 350 stores in about 170 countries, 25,135 employees and revenues of 2.38 billion Euros in 2012. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasive), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2012, the Group generated revenues of 3.08 billion Euros and employed 30 600 people.

About Capitol Lighting and

For more than 89 years, the lighting experts at the award-winning Capitol Lighting have helped customers find the perfect lighting fixture from the largest selection. Capitol Lighting showrooms and their website satisfy all lighting needs, from contemporary sconces and modern chandeliers to table lamps, outdoor and energy-efficient lighting all at guaranteed low prices. For more information, visit Capitol Lighting, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

About Crystorama

For more than 50 years, Crystorama has been a leader in the lighting industry, recognized for distinctive lighting creations that are exceptional in quality, design and craftsmanship. Drawing upon its depth of knowledge and expertise and inspired by fashion and art, Crystorama continues to innovate with modern shapes, materials and colors.

Crystorama chandeliers are featured in such prestigious institutions as the U.S. Supreme Court, Constitution Hall and the Palace Theatre, as well as hotels, resorts and homes that range from urban lofts and country estates to suburban neighborhoods. The family owned business is headquartered in Westbury, N.Y., and serves retailers and contract distributors nationwide. Crystorama is on the web at

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Feb 15

Hot Home News: Canada’s Marilyn Monroe Penthouse, $15 Million California Log Home, and Atlanta’s Zombieland Movie Set

Pompano Beach, Florida (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

This week, TopTenRealEstateDeals takes a look at a curvaceous skyscraper in Canada that is nicknamed the Marilyn Monroe Tower, Atlanta’s most expensive home that has been the backdrop for Zombieland and The Three Stooges movies, and what might be the most expensive log home in the world at $ 15 million it even has its own casino.

The Marilyn Monroe Penthouse

Winner of the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture for 2012, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, is the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada, a suburb of Toronto. Better known to locals as the Marilyn Monroe Towers because of their voluptuous curving shapes, theyre the first of their kind, designed by MAD and Burka Architects, and were chosen over 300 skyscrapers worldwide.

At 56 stories, 430 condo units and a six-level underground parking garage, the buildings twist by up to eight degrees per floor, which not only garners visual attention, but is also functional in climate control. No two floors are the same. The 50th-floor penthouses feature high-end design and panoramic views starting at $ 888,000 USD for 1,600 to 1,800 square feet.

Atlanta’s Movie Mansion

Buckhead, a suburb on the north side of Atlanta, is sometimes referred to as the Beverly Hills of the South due to its extreme concentration of wealth. Forbes lists it as the ninth wealthiest zip code in the United States, so it makes sense that Atlantas most expensive neighborhood should also contain Atlantas most expensive home at $ 19.9 million. Not only is it known and ogled by the locals, but has also drawn considerable interest as a movie and TV set. So far, it has been the backdrop in Zombieland and featured in the 2012 movie, The Three Stooges. It has also played a starring role in reality series such as MTV’s Teen Cribs and HGTVs Million Dollar Rooms, and soon will be featured in the new Eva Longoria produced television series Devious Maids.

Measuring in at a whopping 40,000 square feet of lavish interiors, the home consists of nine bedrooms, fifteen bathrooms, library, gym, main public rooms, media room and wine cellar. There is a guest house, pool, spa, hot tub and the extras of a music studio and hair-nail station. Notable are the highly crafted ceilings, many in 24-karat gold leaf. There are also seven kitchens and servants quarters. European artisans were brought in to lay the stonework around the pool that are worth over one million dollars.

$ 15 Million Log Home

Log cabins have evolved from the pioneer cabin near a river or spring where water had to be hauled by hand in buckets, food was hunted and cooked in pots or spits hanging in the fireplace and the winter winds leaked in through the mud chinking. Life was hard. But what happens when 21st century wealth that knows no limit on price turns its gaze on the log cabin concept? It evolves into a mammoth log cabin in the celebrity playground of Mammoth, California, hardly recognizable to the original pioneer – now for sale at $ 14.9 million.

Requiring at least a mid-sized forest of trees, this may well be the largest log cabin in the world, and likely the only log cabin with its own casino. This gargantuan 16,500 square foot, nine-bedroom, ten-bathroom estate on 3.22 acres overlooks June Lake. The main structure includes large living and entertaining spaces with high vaulted ceilings and glass walls overlooking the lake and mountains. There is a chefs kitchen, 11 fireplaces, sauna, two steam rooms, gym, sports court, theatre-media room, caretakers quarters, eight-car covered parking and the separately housed casino. Also included in the sale are unique furnishings and antiques estimated to be worth over $ 1 million.

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