This Thursday, March 6, we’re working with our friends at Conscious Magazine to gather LA’s social entrepreneurs, innovators, and all those passionate about communities that make a difference. Conscious, based in New York, is visiting Los Angeles to prepare for its upcoming California issue, set to come out in the Spring.
This month we’ve been looking at how Hub LA members are innovating in the food sector. When we heard about Chris Maloney’s startup real foods farmacy, we were instantly excited. Real foods farmacy develops small healthy grocery stores in fitness centers. We sent Chris some questions to learn more about his interest in healthy lifestyles and doing socially conscious work.
Describe your company, real foods farmacy, and how you got the idea to start it up.
The idea for real foods farmacy came from my family’s (my wife, 3 kids & yours truly) not so easy transition to a healthy & sustainable lifestyle. The transition was really hard work, and at some point in the journey we realized that you can’t buy health in one location and thought it would be great if you could.
Given where we are as a society – global obesity epidemic, at least 60% of us in the U.S. are overweight, etc. – we thought there was value in making living, or transitioning to, a healthy lifestyle simple. So we set out to create a place that folks could go and buy health.
After looking at a few models, we decided to develop real foods farmacy, a small footprint natural & organic grocery store for fitness centers. The thought being that if real food and smart exercise are the major components of health, why don’t we just put them together and make living – or transitioning to – a healthy lifestyle simple.
Our beta store has been open over a year, has done exceptionally well and as a result, we are taking the concept to the next level and expanding. Read more on “Hub LA Member Real Foods Farmacy Makes One-Stop-Shops for Health” »
Last night, we hosted our third member meeting at Hub LA for members to hear about upcoming programs and initiatives, new partnerships as well as to offer a safe space for how we can improve the community.
We heard from a few of our member committees working on projects that our community has previously expressed interest in developing. Perhaps most importantly, our Rooftop Committee informed us that roof development is chugging along – they’re deep-diving into the LA building codes and working with the city and with contractors to ensure we can get permits in the coming weeks. In April, they will host an Open Forum for the community to envision how we will use our roof. According to Elizabeth, we will be able to use our roof by the end of our community building campaign (see below), in June. From your lips, to the roof-God’s ears, Elizabeth!
Gourmet food in DTLA’s Skid Row? Might seem crazy to many, but not to Hub LA member Hassan Nichols. Hassan and his business partners are opening Manifesto Cafe in April. The cafe is more than a food provider. Hassan envisions the cafe serving the community in a much more substantial way: by offering a gathering place, job opportunities, aesthetic brightness to the neighborhood, and healthy and affordable food options that also happen to be quite tasty. We wanted to learn more about Manifesto Cafe, so we asked Hassan a couple of questions about his project. Hope to see you all there soon!
What is Manifesto Cafe and how did you get the idea for it?
Manifesto Cafe is a social enterprise cafe and mini market in Skid Row that serves affordable healthy food, creates jobs and positive social impact. We align with socially-responsible businesses, community gardens, and local community organizations in an effort to create a safer, healthier, and progressive Skid Row.
In addition to the suite of Hub LA member office hours we announced in January, we’ve added new opportunities in conjunction with the Hub LA Media Lab.
These new Office Hours offer consultations for creative members who need business advice on their films or projects, as well as opportunities for other Hub LA members to seek creative consultations from our Media Lab members.
New February Hub LA Office Hours
Film Financing and Distribution, hosted by Hub LA member Adam Leipzig
February 17, 2014
Adam Leipzig is here to answer members’ questions about getting your film visibility, finding the right distribution options, and funding opportunities. Mr. Leipzig is the former President of National Geographic Films, former Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Studios, and current CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a film consultancy.
Email Phoebe to schedule an appointment with Adam.
Social Action Campaigns for Media, hosted by Hub LA member Wendy Cohen
February 18, 2014, and each third Tuesday thereafter
Want to ensure that your creative project is changing the world? Wendy Cohen, partner and principal of Picture Motion, answers questions about your project’s social media strategy, measuring impact, and raising awareness about issues that matter to you. Her previous work include the media campaigns for Lincoln, Food, Inc., Charlie Wilson’s War, and Waiting for Superman.
Email Phoebe to schedule an appointment with Wendy.
Yesterday, the magazine Fast Company launched a new resource on their website dedicated to following and covering the 1000 Most Creative People in Business. They’ll post updates, bios, track collaborations between these leaders, and keep readers aware of new developments coming from the group. We’re thrilled to announce that our very own CEO and co-founder Elizabeth Stewart was part of this group of innovators.
Here’s how FastCompany introduced MCP1000 yesterday:
Today Fast Company launches the Most Creative People in Business 1000, a new resource that defines an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe. This is more than just a list: It is a rising community, an explosion of creative inspiration, the spur for so much breaking news across the quickly changing industries that Fast Company covers.
The MCP1000 Network includes luminaries across all sectors, from all over the world. View the other 999 most creative people in business here. Check out Elizabeth’s profile, too! (Hint: she’s listed right next to another great Stewart, Jon!)
Great ideas are constantly a-brewin’ here at Hub LA, and we want to make sure that our members have the resources to turn their ideas into realities. One of the unique qualities of our community is that Hub LA members are always looking for opportunities to share their talents and expertise with other community members. Hub LAers want to help! Which is why we’ve created a slew of new programs in which some Hub LA members will be able to hold formalized “Office Hours” to work with other Hub LA members on their business, covering everything from marketing to finance to giving a great pitch. Members and Hub LA management have volunteered their time to make this programming possible and valuable to our members, and so we are can’t wait to launch these opportunities as early as this coming Thursday!
Move over Tony Hawk. There’s a new skateboarding talent in town: Thalente.
Thalente Biyela’s inspiring narrative is one that makes his skateboarding talent even more remarkable. The South African teenager was homeless since the age of nine. He was illiterate. He posted a video online asking for skateboarding sponsors. The video went viral. He moved to California and, through the support of pro-skater Kenny Anderson, became internationally recognized in the pro-skateboarding world.
Then there’s Natalie Johns. When Natalie heard Thalente’s story, she knew she had to document it. A native South African who started the film production company Dig For Fire and based out of Hub LA, Natalie was touched by the skateboarder’s trajectory.
“Growing up in South Africa I was acutely aware of the issue of street kids and other social issues relating to the self perpetuating cycle of poverty,” Natalie wrote us in an email from South Africa. “The idea that a boy who’d lived on the streets for most of his life could find a way to break this cycle through his passion and love of skateboarding was incredibly inspirational to me.”
Natalie’s film, I am Thalente, tells more than the story of Thalente’s professional development as a skateboarder. She also set out to show another side of Thalente’s journey: a personal one. Thalente, 18 years old at the time of the filming, was at a crucial point in his life and faced an opportunity to change the course of his life. Recognizing that the road to success as a pro-skateboarder is challenging and uncertain, Thalente went about overcoming some of his other obstacles. He learned to read, write, and do basic arithmetic. I am Thalente is a film about skateboarding. It also touches upon much more universal subjects: overcoming adversity, pursuing your dreams, and growing up. Read more on “Skateboarding Documentary “I am Thalente” Brings Two Hub LA Members Together” »
Hub LA staff and members came together last night at Angel City Brewery to celebrate the holidays over some Jenga, giant Connect 4, and, of course, kegs. It’s been a fantastic year here, made possible by the generous spirit of such a supportive and vibrant community, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what 2014 has in store for Hub LA and all of our members.
Here’s our holiday schedule for Christmas and New Years. Enjoy your break!
Monday, 12/23 – CLOSED
Tuesday, 12/24 – CLOSED
Wednesday, 12/25 – CLOSED
Thursday, 12/26 – CLOSED
Friday, 12/27 – OPEN
Saturday, 12/28 – OPEN
Monday, 12/30 – OPEN
Tuesday, 12/31 – CLOSED
Wednesday, 1/1 – CLOSED
Thursday, 1/2 – OPEN
Remember: Stay safe this holiday! If you’ve never taken Lyft before, use “HUBLA” as your code to receive $20 off your ride.
Download the app: http://www.lyft.me/
Go to ‘settings’ and put in our code. This applies to first-time users of Lyft only.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year!
You wouldn’t think that a squid sailing to the sun, a play-doh golem, and an 11-year old’s discovery of AOL Instant Messenger chat rooms have much to do with each other. Any of the 175 guests at Writing Pad LA’s holiday storytelling party at Hub LA, however, could tell you otherwise.
The Los Angeles writing school’s party featured live readings and performances from Ben Loory (“This American Life” contributor), DC Pierson (Community, Weeds), Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl), Taffy Brodesser-Akner (New York Times contributor), and Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Guests gathered to listen to this awesome lineup in Hub LA’s main space, which was filled to standing room only. Luckily (or perhaps unluckily), “standing room” for some meant standing under Ernest Hemingway themed mistletoe. Read more on “Writing Pad LA Storytelling Series Kicks off Hub LA Holidays” »