5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 2



In a big-time Boston venture capital boardroom in 2009, entrepreneur Jennifer Hyman was pitching her idea for Rent the Runway, an e-commerce company built solely to have 100% of its expensive inventory rented for a relatively small sum, worn, and returned.

In this Forbes magazine profile, Hyman recalls a not-so-subtle sexist comment by one of the venture capitalist fellows.

“(He) interrupted the presentation, cupped her hand in his and said, ‘You are just too cute. You get this big closet and get to play with all these dresses and can wear whatever you want. This must be so much fun!’ ”

Today Rent the Runway, which employs a brainy hive of data scientists, fashion stylists, app developers, and apparel merchandisers, is worth $50 million.

Take that, Mr. Venture Capitalist Man.


Perhaps you’ve seen our Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside pickup out and about at special events? Motorcar Portfolio sold that to us last year, and we drive it when the weather’s nice.

But even though we’re not in the market for another beautiful machine, we’re always checking in on Motorcar’s inventory.

Peruse the site if you love gorgeous vintage but (typically) easy-on-the-wallet used cars, trucks, and vans. Or, check out the place in person the next time you find yourself in Canton, Ohio. Motorcar Portfolio, in business for 10 years now, operates out of the lower level of the Canton McKinley Grand Hotel and is open to the public.


If for you the word liqueur evokes “sickly sweet” and syrupy alcohol, here’ the number one alternative: Root, an organic liqueur by the Philadelphia distillery Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

Their root tea, a throwback to a brew first concocted by American Indians and shared with settlers, is perfect on ice after a hearty meal or during the afternoon of a hot late summer day. It’s also dynamite poured over a scoop of Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean ice cream.


Steel bicycle frame builder Richard Sachs and House Industries‘ elegant collaboration bikes make us weak in the knees. All of Sachs’ bike decals, team apparel, and branding are done by the type foundry House Industries. What a beautiful union this is.

If you’re in or heading to New York before September 21, you can check out the bikes at Rapha Cycle Club, which is showcasing four decades of frame building and design. And for a sweet little feature on Sachs, see theradavist.


Streaming on Netflix, it’s The Battered Bastards of Baseball, one of the most entertaining documentaries out there, whether you like baseball or don’t.

The doc centers on the Portland Mavericks, a motley crew culled from America’s deep well of ball players looking for a second (and likely last) shot at glory. The single A Mavericks, unaffiliated with any pro baseball team, were truly an independent ball club. Owned by The Magnificent Seven and Bonanza actor Bing Russell (Kurt Russell’s dad), the Mavericks enthralled Portlanders from 1973 to 1977. They also were the first baseball team to hire a female general manager.

In the Bedroom and Little Children director and former Mavericks bat boy Todd Field says in the film that, “It was a time of no press handlers, no groomed image. It was just these furry, hairy, funny guys, and the things that happened on the field were absolutely insane.”

In MovieMaker magazine, Battered filmmaker Maclain Way, Bing Russell’s grandson, recalled the photo that sparked the idea for the film:

“I had trouble believing what I was seeing: baseball team photos are usually so stale and boring, but these Mavericks had their jerseys on backwards and they were drinking beers and smoking pot and had their mascot dog running around. In the upper right hand corner was Bing (Russell), the owner of this baseball team and our grandfather, hoisting his beer bottle up in the air and saluting his rag-tag group of has-beens, never-weres, and hopeless dreamers looking for a second chance.”