Woman-owned clothing store on Court Street: Lily

Lily is a woman-owned clothing store in NYC’s Cobble Hill on Court Street. Benchmark has printed labels for their bags. Jennifer Gerien runs the place, which was established in 1999. Their shelves are brimming with plenty of cute gear, from dresses to jumpsuits to PJ’s and more. Benchmark printed labels for their paper bags and their jewelry boxes. Back to all Power of Print featured clients Target 5.5. Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for ...
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La Masseria, the Italian farmhouse a block from Broadway

You may have the universe if I may have Italy. --Giuseppe Verdi Benchmark prints La Masseria's menus. Their name means "farmhouse," and their cuisine is inspired by the owners' upbringing in Capri and Puglia. The menu includes the signature simplicity of Southern Italian farm fare, with organic grains and vegetables accompanied by fish, shellfish and crustaceans. Look at the asparagus and tomatoes around that burrata (above) – that will have your theater-night crew singing...
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Wonderland Home sources good ingredients

Here’s a local entrepreneur for our woman-owned business series: Audrey Hilfiger. This model/florist New Yorker ordered promotional materials from Benchmark for her Wonderland Home line of environmentally friendly candles. Also, we printed the stylish wrappers for her Wonderland Body line of soaps (see above). The wrap is on earth-tone paper with visible fibers that reinforces her natural, sustainable ingredient sourcing. Here are the delicious scents that go into the Daydream ...
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Slurpin’ it up with Ivan Ramen

“Anything can wait, except ramen.” That’s right, Benchmark client Ivan Ramen’s owner, Ivan Orkin, advises customers to eat it IMMEDIATELY. Piping hot, just-tender rye-blend noodles, anointed with a 6½-minute boiled egg, all with a clump of fresh scallions on top. That steaming first slurp takes on a certain zen, but Ivan’s signature roasted tomatoes taste still powers through as a dynamite take-out item. Orkin, otaku New Yorker, channeled his love of Japanese culture into a Tokyo ...
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Quando, quando, quando will we eat at Fresco by Scotto®?

Fresco by Scotto® is an Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Established in 1993, it is operated by the Scotto Family—Marion, Rosanna, and Elaina Scotto. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Benjamin Kacmarcik. Their menu is “Tuscan cuisine and regional Italian cooking with a modern flair” – spectacular plates of veal, salmon, seared scallops, and steak. For over four years, Benchmark has printed for them, including laminated menus, reservation sheets, and business cards. ...
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Woman-owned AuH20 bolsters sustainable shopping

Kate Goldwater runs AuH2O Goldwater Thriftique, located in Manhattan’s East Village. What is packed into this woman-owned business’s rebus name? Think chemistry class: “Au” for “Gold-” and “H2O” for “-water.” “Thriftique,” as they explain, is “a boutique with often thrift store prices … we want vintage, secondhand, and recycled clothing to be for everyone.” They have permanent $5 and $10 racks. Benchmark printed round labels with their logo and business cards. Back to all Power ...
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Poetry and prose shed light on borderlands of Mexico, Texas, Puerto Rico, Cuba and more: the Hostos Review

“[B]lind man at the border / exchanging quetzales for dollars / we could not do that math” Sheila Maldonado, “Shotgun: Road to Guatemala from Honduras,” photo essay, Hostos Review, No. 18 Editor Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla has just rolled out a new issue of Hostos Review / Revista Hortosiana!  This journal features poetry and prose by eighteen Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latina/o writers in Spanish, English, and other languages.  The Latin American Writers Institute (LAWI),...
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Tito Murphy’s feeds Latin delights to theater crowds

Churro french toast Benchmark client Tito Murphy’s is a Latin restaurant in Hell's Kitchen, on Restaurant Row by the Theater District. As we roll into Hispanic Heritage Month and chillier months, their heated street cafe and heated rooftop patio will keep us warm to take in the neighborhood ambience. The Hell's Kitchen neighborhood was traditionally an Irish neighborhood. The origin of the name is disputed, but in 1835 Davy Crockett reprehensibly commented about a different Irish ...
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Find the deeper meaning of “tortilla” at Huertas

Northern Spain-style restaurant Huertas has been in Manhattan's East Village since 2014. This Benchmark client specializes in pintxos ("PIN-chos"), meaning “little bites.” Their pintxos include tantalizing toothpicked morsels such as olives, egg, pickles, and chickpea churros. Servers circulate among the dining tables, and the guests point out the pintxos they want, served dim sum-style, but accompanied by Huertas’ homemade vermouth. Since it is Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s investiga...
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La Flor de Izucar blooms with birria, bakery, breakfast & more

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and Mexican Independence Day is on September 16, so let’s check out some really chido Mexican food! Alfredo Torres runs La Flor de Izucar Cafe with his sister Yasmeen and brother Javier. Established in 1990, this minority-owned business was founded by his father, Mariano Torres, after immigrating to NY from Puebla, México, with his mother, Silvia Torres. The cafe is in Sunset Park, an industrial area known most of all for its flourishing community of firs...
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