For weeks, Pure Urban Lifestyle, Inc., The Gift Agency LLC and Big Picture Media made plans to bring UrbLife.com together with The Connectors, an amazing group of talented professionals in film, fashion, art, entertainment and media – some who even flew into town for the event!
As we prepared the space at 8 Bond Studio (8 Bond Street, NYC) to welcome our over 700 RSVP’d guests, DJ Furious set up on the music and all of our wonderful volunteers lined up the Dry Soda and Heineken at the bar! Admittedly, I was nervous about the very high amount of RSVP’s, yet so flattered that everyone wanted to celebrate with us!
But then we realized… there was something ELSE in the air that night… and it looked a little something like this:
Yes, it was a very real tornado in NY, and although it only lasted for around five minutes, the storm downed trees, stopped trains and stranded thousands of people in the Northeast for most of the night. (Someone told me this was a good omen, so I’m going with that!)
Despite the setback, we still got a perfect crowd in the door, filling 8 Bond Studio comfortably! Cosmopolitan Cool, Rule4080.com and photographer Jayme Thornton were all on hand to snap some great memories of those who braved the weather to celebrate with us!
Fortunately people came ready to eat, drink and be merry! Sonia Maldonado and her Food Trends Catering team laid out an amazing spread of bite-size goodies that surprised everyone in the best way possible! Wow!
Sonia even took time to pass plates around with her team and network!
Also on deck with a pyramid of sweet treats was Maritza Franck with her Ritzy Bitzy Delights! These cupcakes looked more like art than food, but barely lasted long enough to get a glimpse! Nothing wrong with being popular – and delicious!
The whole purpose of the UrbLife.com launch was to bring people together for real networking. There were a lot of new faces for everyone to mix with, and of course our gracious host and event partners Dayna Ghiraldi, the Big Picture Media team and The Connectors are all about that! Here are a few flicks of our guests mingling:
Dayna Ghiraldi (far right) talks to a few Heineken lovers at one time!
At the end of the night, guests were treated to a gift bag from Dr. Miracles hair care (with deep conditioning treatment!); fragrant bath salts from Tropical Salt Corp; coupons, drink menus and funky re-usable straws from Dry Soda; and special “Head Slick” shave cream from Head Blade!
Even though the launch party was technically over at 10:00pm, people still lingered and savored the Dry Soda, specialty drinks, more Heineken, an abundance of food and dope music from DJ Furious.
As we took out the last of the decorations, UrbLife.com‘s National Marketing Director Andrea Bernard was still smiling!
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Thanks again to Eki, Suzanne, Janelle, Wendy, Hakeem, Franchesca, Erin, Arabia and everyone else who assisted in making this a night to remember!