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  1. “Collecting rare, colored diamonds is like building an art collection,” says Thierry Chaunu, president and chief operating officer of Leviev. “One incredible painting on the wall is not enough, just...
  2. San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford once vowed he never would open a store in any location where he could not be accessible in person to his clientele. So when he took over the former Saks Fifth...
  3. Window seats at the Seattle Art Museum’s new Taste restaurant afford views, directly across First Avenue, of the pink-lettered marquee of the Lusty Lady. “We’re open, not clothed,” the sign sometimes...
  4. The next best thing to exploring the wreck of Titanic might be visiting Peter Boyd-Smith’s antiques shop, Cobwebs, in Southampton, England. Titanic items remain especially popular with his clients...
  5. In mid-march, during the 20th Maine Boatbuilders Show, a late-winter storm pummeled the Maine coast. The blizzard dropped 7 inches of snow on Portland, the city hosting the event, and whipped its...
  6. Rod Browne Mitchell sometimes rises early to go fishing aboard his 23-foot powerboat before heading to his office in Portland, Maine. For Mitchell, the founder and owner of Browne Trading Co., a...
  7. “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche. Whether the gratitude in question is that of the artist toward the forces that created him, or that of the...
  8. According to local folklore, a woman named Old Meg resided at the Strathisla distillery in Speyside for several decades during the 19th century. She lived in a dingy room where the spent ale was...
  9. The new CAO Gold Maduro cigar originated as part of CAO’s Concept Series, a group of experimental blends available only to those who visited the company’s Nashville, Tenn., headquarters. Guests’...
  10. Ardbeg ( www­.ardbeg.com ), the maker of what is considered the smokiest of Islay whiskies, has released examples of its 1974 vintage in a forceful package: a rifle case designed by the London-based...

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