A few months ago I was asked if I wanted to be in a video for American Express that focused on small businesses, so I said of course. Little did I know was that what they were planning was a bit more intricate than that. I'm used to filming at Grado at this point, but for this I had to meet them at a studio in the city (NY). After the initial interview I was told to walk through to the next room thinking that was it. Nope. They had recorded video chats with close friends and family for the purpose of projecting them on the walls in front of me and messing with my emotions. It worked. Thanks Amex, I really do appreciate this.
Also thank you to John Grado, Richard Grado, Tia Meyers, Tara Feener, Dana Shaps, Eric Nielsen, Mike Macadaan, Andrew Kalicki, Eric Jones, Jordan Zimmerman, and Grace Clarke for willing to be projected on a wall in front of me and saying some of the nicest words strung together that I've ever heard.
Ashley Roberts, formally of the Pussycat Dolls and an all around kind person, visited us here in Brooklyn for NBCs 1st Look. They wanted to focus on American companies and found us sitting in the same spot for the last 99 years. Happy to have had the whole 1st Look team over. You can watch the episode above.
My dad has been an American Express card holder for decades, just shy of when the card first came out. It was enough to catch their attention, and they recently visited to profile us as one of their small businesses. You can read the full interview here.
La Colombe, a coffee roaster founded in Philly, it turns out has known about Grado and my family for awhile. I've known about them from their cafes in the city and have always thought they were Colombian (I couldn't be more off). They recently visited for a Makers story as well as to talk coffee. Did you know they have a latte on tap? Neither did I. You can read the story here.