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Peek inside CosMc’s, McDonald’s glimmering challenge to Starbucks

We visited McDonald’s new spin-off restaurant, where everything is sweeter, saltier, and a little more in-your-face. The first car lined up at 3:30 a.m. Employees didn’t even show until 5, and food didn’t leave the drive-through window until 6.Read Full Story

Fri Dec 8, 2023 01:40
Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year is everything 2023 was not

Meet Peach Fuzz. It evokes comfort, kindness, and tenderness. Peach Fuzz has been crowned Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2024. A soft, warm shade that is nestled between pink and orange, Peach Fuzz is meant to be peaceful and cozy. It evokes comfort, kindness, and tenderness.Read Full Story

Thu Dec 7, 2023 16:36
This new coffin-size train cabin could be the future of overnight rail travel

Austria’s national railway company is betting that riders will embrace the cozy quarters. It’s the crossover innovation nobody quite expected. Like the offspring of a steam age sleeper car and a Japanese capsule hotel, new trains beginning service later this month in Europe contain what may be the most interesting new interior design railroads have...

Thu Dec 7, 2023 13:34
How Kendrick Lamar and Global Citizen are putting Africa on the map of touring musicians

Global music tours–and their economic benefits–tend to skip over Africa. The new Move Afrika concert series aims to change that. For a major artist like Kendrick Lamar, dropping a new album is an event in its own right—and where an artist chooses to do it can carry some weight. So when the L.A.-based rapper journeyed all the way to Accra, Ghana,...

Thu Dec 7, 2023 13:34
What is CosMc’s? McDonald’s shares first details about its new beverage-led store

CosMc’s has no dining room and no Big Macs. But it does have plenty of drinks and a whopping four-lane drive-through. After a week of growing hype and fuzzy shots posted on X, McDonald’s has announced the launch of CosMc’s. Located in the Chicago southwest suburb of Bolingbrook, it’s a spin-off “concept” from the famed burger chain that focuses on...

Thu Dec 7, 2023 00:08
America’s housing stock isn’t ready for aging boomers

Homes haven’t been designed for older adults, but that’s beginning to change. There’s a coming population boom in the United States that is going to put its housing stock—and maybe its entire housing system—to the test.Read Full Story

Wed Dec 6, 2023 13:38

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