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IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 5The Good Ones put on another power hour on Wednesday, fresh off the heels of a successful event the night before. See my recap of Tuesday’s event here. (From L to R) Giovanna Pasquariello, Evanilde Castro Duarte, Heloisa Fitzgerald wearing an original design from her collection (oh yes, that amazing necklace is convertible!!), Good One Kimberly Giardino with co-founders of the Good Ones, Carolyn and Jennifer.

The Good Ones Power Hour 34Brandon Bach might be one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. Oh, and he also makes small batch, hand infused tequila!

The Good Ones Power Hour 2You just have to taste this stuff for yourself – it’s delicious! I’m hoping to sit down one of these days and chat with Brandon to hear his story! In the meantime, check out his website here.

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour  19Guests JR Roy and Kelvin Ng enjoyed sampling the tequila. From the website: Infusion Diabolique Mixto is a silver tequila imported from Mexico and infused with Hawaiian pineapple, whole persian limes, peppermint, and cardamom. 100% of the sugar is extracted from the pineapple during the infusion process, imparting a delicious sweetness complemented by a citrusy, peppery finish. This is a very smooth and complex infusion that still very much highlights the tequila we infuse.

The Good Ones Power Hour 21Did you know that they also make a bourbon? Infusion Diabolique Kentucky is a four year-old bourbon from Kentucky, infused with whole Black Mission figs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and our blend of herbs and spices. 100% of the sugar in the infusion is extracted from the fruit during the infusion process imparting a soft sweetness to contrast with the slightly spicy finish. This is a very smooth and complex infusion that is still clearly Kentucky bourbon.


The Good Ones Power Hour 13Deep Eddy vodka was on site mixing up delicious cocktails – Marc Ellison was manning the bar!

The Good Ones Power Hour 4Deep Eddy is handmade in Austin, Texas by co-founders Clayton Christopher and Chad Auler. The premium vodka is distilled 10 times for a smooth flavor.

The Good Ones Power Hour 14The sweet tea vodka is pretty delicious on it’s own!

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 16Featured guest Chris Yim, Founder of Liberty Teller and Good One‘ Tau Zaman.

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Chris Yim is a Founder of Liberty Teller, a company raising awareness around digital currency education and access. Liberty Teller placed the first bitcoin ATM in the US in Boston in February and has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Boston Globe. Liberty Teller currently has 4 machines deployed throughout Boston/Cambridge. The machines educate and facilitate the purchasing of bitcoin from the complete beginner to bitcoin enthusiast.

Chris is passionate about digital currencies and their ability to lower costs for both consumers and merchants, lower the cost for international remittances, and allow people to transfer money instantly and cheaply. If you can track him down he will send you a few dollars in bitcoin to try out digital currencies and its promise for yourself.

Before founding Liberty Teller, Chris worked as a venture capitalist at the corporate venture arm of Siemens AG focusing on mid-late stage investments. Prior to Siemens, he worked as an investment banker at Centerview Partners. He graduated from MIT with a degree in Chemical-Biological Engineering.

When he is not daydreaming about digital currencies, he can be found wrestling with his two dogs, scuba diving, riding roller coasters or traveling around the world.

Good Ones Power Hour 1Krave Jerky was at the event, sampling a number of different flavors and varieties. See my dedicated post on them here.

The Good Ones Power Hour 20Guests enjoyed the interactive tasting bar, trying out all the options available.

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 8Check out this AMAZING speaker by Bang Olufsen – the beo play A9 has amazing sound quality and it can be completely customized – you pick the color of the speaker and the color of the legs for something that will fit perfectly in your home. (Retail price $2,768)

The Good Ones Power Hour 11The light fixtures here are beautiful – stop in and check out two floors of amazing pieces.

The Good Ones Power Hour 10Hint water was also at the event, sampling their hint water and hint fizz.

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 15Featured guest, Sam, Founder of UsTrendy with Carolyn, co-founder of The Good Ones.

Sam Sisakhti is the Founder and CEO of UsTrendy. UsTrendy is one of the world’s largest Independent Fashion Ecommerce Sites home to over 20,000 designers from 100 countries. UsTrendy is ranked as the Top 500 Retailers Online in Internet Retailer Guide Second Edition along with one of their 5 fastest growing E-Tailers. UsTrendy is also a Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in America.

Sam is Boston Magazine’s 2011 Most Promising Innovator Under 30 along with Mass High Tech’s Next Generation of Entrepreneur. Sam has been featured in publications such as the Boston Globe, Inc. Magazine, CBS morning News, ABC, The US News, Women’s Wear Daily, and Forbes.

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 18Mr. Opus himself, Graham Wright. Graham (Opus Affair) hosts a number of events throughout the year and you can request a membership here.

Graham Wright came to Boston to study chemistry at MIT, but soon found himself building a professional life in the arts—first as on opera singer, then as the founder and host of Opus Affair, a community of nearly 5,000 members interested in arts entrepreneurship and hospitality. He’s performed as a soloist at Symphony Hall and sung on stage with the Rolling Stones, while frequently serving as a member of various advisory boards, including for the MFA, Handel and Haydn Society, Huntington Theatre Company, Urbanity Dance Company, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Boston Opera Collaborative. Recently recognized by BostInno as an inaugural 50 on Fire winner and the Boston Dance Alliance as the first Top Hat award winner, Graham is currently engaged in expanding Odyssey Opera, Boston’s newest and most adventurous professional opera company. You may hear him on WBUR as a frequent on-air contributor to Radio Boston or as a Choral Scholar at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel.

The Good Ones Power Hour 12Featured guest Jennifer Glickman (right) with Brian Batchelder (left), VP of Recruiting at Weber Shandwick.

Jennifer Glickman’s Design Studio is a Boston based interior design firm that prides itself in creating spaces that are both unique while meeting the functional needs of each client. Her portfolio ranges from Todd English’s Curlycakes, Restaurant Dante renovations for Dante Demagistris, Paul O’Connell’s Chez Henri and residences throughout New England.

After studying art history and architecture at The University of Virginia, Jennifer went on to earn her Masters Degree in Interior Design at Boston’s Suffolk University New England School of Art and Design. She lead two Interior Design departments in Boston architecture firms before launching her own firm in 2010. Since then, her scope of projects has included high end residences from Boston to Nantucket to New York as well as restaurants throughout Boston.

Jennifer’s work can also be seen in local Boston media and HGTV. She also contributes design articles, as seen in Benjamin Moore, and guest lectures at local design schools.

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 17Tom Severo looking quite dashing in his top hat, chatting up Heloisa’s mom, Evanilde Castro Duarte, who was in from Brazil.

The Good Ones Power Hour 9Co-founder of the Good Ones, Carolyn, with one of the fun props of the evening. Fun things around the room give guests things to chat about and gets the conversations started.

The Good Ones Power Hour 3Miam Miam French macarons in bold colors and come in delicious flavors like cherry, salted caramel, white chocolate raspberry and pistachio.

IMG_The Good Ones Power Hour 22Heloisa Fitzgerald, owner and designer at Heloisa Fitzgerald Jewelry, Tom Severo and Heloisa’s mother.

The Good Ones Power Hour 25Even though the setting was the same as last night’s event, the party felt very different – different people bring a different dynamic to the event. Featured guest Jonathan Sheffi is cofounder of Curoverse, an early-stage startup building a platform for storing and processing genomic and biomedical big data. Based on the Arvados open source project, Curoverse will be the basis for precision medicine applications addressing everything from neonatal screening to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Before cofounding Curoverse, Jonathan spent several years in the biotech industry, including roles with Novartis Diagnostics, Amgen, and Accenture’s Health and Life Sciences Strategy practice. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MEng focused in computational molecular biology from MIT, and undergraduate degrees in mathematics & computer science, also from MIT. In 2007, he graduated from National Bartenders School.
Jonathan sings bass in Redline, Boston’s premier all-male a cappella group. He also CrossFits several times a week, and enjoys both meditation and competitive puzzle solving. He competed on winning Mystery Hunt teams in 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2010.

The Good Ones Power Hour 26Good One and actress/model Kimberly Giardino with founder of the New Chivalry Movement, the always well dressed James Michael Sama.

The Good Ones Power Hour 27Quite the pair, featured guest Neely Steinberg and James Michael Sama – two of the most fun (and best dressed) dating and relationship experts!

Neely Steinberg, Ed.M. (Counseling), is a nationally recognized dating coach and founder of her multi-service dating coaching company The Love TREP. Her goal is to teach smart, savvy, professional women how to be the CEO, founder, and enTREPreneur of their dating lives, so that they are actively building and shaping their love stories. No more waiting around or praying for some elusive Prince Charming to come and rescue you, says Neely!

Neely has been featured on/in Fox-25, Cosmopolitan, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Men’s Fitness, and the Huffington Post, to name just a few. Her book “Skin In the Game: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur to Find Love” (available on Amazon in paperback, ebook, and workbook formats) has been getting rave reviews from single women and fellow dating coaches. She has also enjoyed giving dating seminars for Sign up on her website for her email newsletter.

When she’s not coaching clients one-on-one or re-writing their online dating profiles, Neely can be found wandering Newbury Street looking for the perfect outfit or battling it out on the squash and tennis courts. She lives in Boston with her wonderful husband Dave.

The Good Ones Power Hour 29Featured guest Yuna Asiryan, personal clothier, makes amazing suits and shirts for men. You can see her works in person on the servers at Liquid Art House. Her attention to detail is impeccable. Yuna is pictured here with Jamie Marcus who is wearing one of the shirts Yuna designed.
Growing up, my parents cultivated my imagination and inspired my passion for style and fashion. As an adult, this passion blossomed into a love for creating clothes that accent and enhance the beauty of the individual.
By using a team of master tailors and the world’s best materials, Y/A can help any gentlemen look better than he ever imagined. We believe building the perfect suit goes beyond cloth, thread, and measurements. The way someone walks, their passions, and who they are as a person truly brings a suit to life.
By understanding our customer (getting to know you) we can make a man’s clothes look like an extension of himself. This is the approach Y/A brings beyond pins and stitches.

The Good Ones Power Hour 23Dave DiCicco, Design and Sales Manager at Marc Hall Design; Heloisa Fitzerald; owner and designer at Heloisa Fitzgerald Jewelry; Jennifer Brooke, Co-Founder of the Good Ones and Alanna Paiva.

The Good Ones Power Hour 24Giovanna Pasquariello of Neena’s Lighting Raj Dhanda, owner of Neena’s lighting, who was looking sharp in his preppy baby blue pants with embroidered bicycles on them.

The Good Ones Power Hour 30Featured guest, personal clothier Yuna Asyrian; Designer at Marc Hall design and artist, Sarah DiNardo; Sales and Design Manager at Marc Hall Design, Dave DiCicco.

The Good Ones Power Hour 31Popular fashion blogger, Allie Lochiatto of Allie Wears.

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Natalya Cappellini of Capp & Co. and Steven Moshe Baron.

A special thanks to Carolyn and Jennifer of the Good Ones for another amazing night! You don’t want to miss these events. To get an invite to the August events, send an email to Carolyn at

Neena’s Lighting 380 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


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