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Au Bon Pain Caffeinates National Coffee Day with $1 Coffee for Three Days

Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain is raising the bar for National Coffee Day with a THREE-day pay-it-forward celebration. From Wednesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 1, the bakery-cafe chain is offering freshly brewed drip coffees for just $1 and encouraging guests to pick up two coffees — one for themselves and one (or two or three) to treat someone else. This inclusive promotion is open to any guest from National Coffee Day on Wednesday, Sept. 29, through International Coffee Day on Friday, Oct. 1. Participating restaurants include locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami and Philadelphia. “What’s better than brightening someone’s day?” said Au Bon Pain Chief Marketing Officer Beth Collins. “We extended our National Coffee Day celebration to three days so our guests have more opportunities to enjoy $1 coffee and spread joy to someone else.” Ampex Brands, a Yum! Brands Inc. and 7-Eleven franchisee with more than 400 restaurants and convenience stores, acquired Au Bon Pain from ABP Corporation, a subsidiary of Panera Bread, in June 2021. “Au Bon Pain’s greatest asset is its loyal guests,” said Au Bon Pain President Ericka Garza. “We are reminded of it every day while we’re in our cafes, and this is our way of giving back.” Au Bon Pain (translated “from good bread”) offers gourmet convenience to travelers, students, commuters and friends. Its quality products made from simple ingredients are served in locations including transportation hubs, airports, urban office buildings, universities and hospitals. Read its full menu of fresh and flavorful sandwiches, bread, pastries, salads, soups and coffee or order online at aubonpain.com. Founded in Boston in 1978, the company was acquired by Dallas-based Ampex Brands in 2021, catapulting the company into the franchisor role and expanding its footprint internationally. Contact Details Center Reach Communication Ashley Clontz ashley@centerreachcommunication.com Center Reach Communications Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 tracy@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://www.aubonpain.com/

September 27, 2021 07:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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D8.co to Launch 1-Hour Delivery for Delta-8 THC Products

D8 Holdings, Inc.

D8.co the market leader in hemp-derived Delta-8 THC —today announced it is launching 1-hour delivery for consumer orders throughout the United States. D8.co will deliver their award winning Delta-8 carts, Delta-8 disposables, and Delta-8 gummies to any customer within 1-hour in a 25-mile radius of any professional NFL team. Outside that radius customers will receive next day packages at the latest. “The largest problem we have is fulfillment and delivery,” said Chris Duffield, CEO of D8.co. “Anyone shipping consumer goods knows that all the carriers are a current nightmare. We have shipped thousands of packages priority and the majority show up two or three days late, with far too many getting lost or stolen. If a customer places an order after cutoff on Friday, they have to wait an additional three days. Customers want our products, and they want them immediately.” The first six states D8.co will integrate into their program are Texas, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, and North Carolina. The company will expand into the rest of the U.S immediately, with full integration expected to take approximately 45 days. “We have more than 50 major fulfillment centers locked in that are centrally managed from our cloud technology. Once an order is placed, our customers will receive an email and text where they can track our drivers all the way to delivery,” said Hugh McPherson, EVP of D8.co. D8.co expects to immediately double online sales with the new integration. “We are extremely excited to launch 1-hour delivery,” said Duffield. “We just became the largest cannabis company in the United States, which makes us a prime acquisition target. I’m very proud of our core team and all the hard work everyone has put in to make D8 the number one brand in the market.” About D8.co D8.co is based in Colorado and Miami with satellite offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The company is an assembly of the top hemp and cannabis minds in the country. With backgrounds in extraction, chemistry, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and legal, the D8 team came together organically around this elusive, but extremely powerful molecule to create a new category of products. More info at www.d8.co. Contact Details D8.co Chris Duffield +1 424-333-2112 chris@d8.co Company Website https://d8.co/

September 23, 2021 12:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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BEASY, a Blockchain-as-a-Service technology company, selects Texture Capital’s online marketplace for digital security offering

Texture Capital

Texture Capital Inc., the Institutional Marketplace for Private Capital, today announced that BEASY, a startup formed to make the benefits of blockchain easy to achieve throughout the consumer and enterprise value chains, has selected Texture’s online marketplace for their digital security offering. Texture Capital will support capital raising and secondary market trading of the BEASY digital tokens, enabling BEASY to reach a broader network of investors and enable potential secondary market liquidity opportunities in the future. BEASY—a.k.a. Blockchain Made Easy - is a Blockchain-as-a-Service technology company focused on developing blockchain solutions that enable a broader range of stakeholders, from consumer to the enterprise, to participate in the blockchain economy. Significant growth of blockchain adoption is expected, from digital currencies to non-fungible tokens (NFTs), to supply chain management at the global enterprise-level, with t he global Blockchain Market expected to grow by US$ 15.1 Billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 69.3% in the given forecast period 1. However, many organizations continue to face challenges when implementing blockchain at the technical, strategic, and organizational levels. BEASY makes blockchain easy for customers. Through a user-friendly, comprehensive approach, BEASY develops products and services that aim to offer best-in-class pricing, functionality, compliance and customer support. “The first application of BEASY technology, AthleteChain, provides a turnkey business management platform to enable professional and college athletes to create, issue and manage NFTs”, said Richard Johnson, CEO of Texture Capital. “We believe BEASY is well positioned to benefit from continued growth in NFTs and the blockchain economy overall 1.” “As developers of self-service NFT tools and capabilities for artists and athletes, it makes sense for BEASY to issue equity via Digital Securities”, said Bob Kramich, CEO of BEASY. “We have been impressed by Texture Capital’s expertise, track record, and holistic approach to issuance and secondary trading via blockchain technology which aligns closely with BEASY’s commitment to serve creators and their supporters in modern, flexible ways.” [1] https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/blockchain-market-report-2021-global-industry-size-competition-trends-and-growth-opportunities-to-2028-2021-07-02 About Texture Capital Texture Capital, the institutional marketplace for private capital, is a technology-driven marketplace for institutions and issuers to more efficiently and directly participate in the private markets, improving liquidity, transparency, and access. We leverage blockchain technology and smart contracts to streamline the current market structure for private placements; supporting the primary issuance and secondary trading of digital securities through a regulated broker- dealer and a registered ATS. Please visit https://texture.capital for more information and to stay informed of future updates. About BEASY Blockchain Made Easy, LLC, dba BEASY, was formed to make the benefits of blockchain easy to achieve throughout the consumer and enterprise value chains. Our initial focus is on the multi-billion-dollar annual North American Sports & Entertainment markets, through the commercialization of a scalable blockchain platform designed to meet the demands of small, mid-sized, and large businesses. BEASY leverages advanced, proprietary blockchain technology to deliver business applications that enable our individual and enterprise customers to curate their complex and fluid professional, philanthropic, and business activities. Important: An investment in BEASY is speculative, involves a high degree of risk and that investors must be prepared to bear the economic risk of their investment for an indefinite period of time and be able to withstand a total loss of their investment. BEASY has a limited operating history, which makes it difficult to predict future operating results. Failure to manage our growth may adversely affect their business or operations. BEASY has a history of losses. Failure to achieve profitability or generate positive cash flow from operations in the near future, may impact their ability to raise additional capital, obtain financing or monetize significant assets. BEASY or its technology may be the subject of cyber-attacks, which may result in security breaches and the loss or theft of assets, which could expose BEASY to liability and reputational harm and could seriously curtail the utilization of BEASY’s services or technology and could result in claims against BEASY. BEASY's success will be dependent on its ability to hire, retain or motivate qualified personnel. Blockchain is a new technology and unproven in financial markets. There is no guarantee that tokenization will enable any secondary market liquidity in the future and your investment may remain illiquid. Contact Details Texture Capital CJ Lengua +1 347-524-1100 cj@texture.capital Company Website https://www.texture.capital

September 23, 2021 10:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ripken Baseball Announces Expansion in 2022 throughout United States with Ripken Select Tournaments

Ripken Baseball

Coming off the largest summer in company history and hosting over 5,000 teams and 250,000 guests this year, Ripken Baseball is excited to announce its 2022 schedule. Known for providing the best baseball experience in youth sports with permanent facilities in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Maryland, Ripken Baseball will embark on their first multi-city tour through their newly added Ripken Select Tournaments. For the first time in more than 20 years, these tournaments will be accessible to baseball teams in multiple markets outside of their own Ripken Baseball facilities. The Ripken Select Tournaments were first introduced in 2021 at a single location in Round Rock, Texas, through a 60+ team event in partnership with Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment. Based on demand, the Ripken Select Tournaments will expand next summer to Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and include an additional stop in Texas. In the inaugural multi-city tour, each Ripken Select Tournament destination keeps in mind the formula that makes The Ripken Experience™ so special. Combining fields and experiences that make every ballplayer feel like a Big Leaguer, destinations packed with countless entertainment options creating lifelong family memories, and a staff that makes you feel at home from the first pitch. The best experience in youth sports will be felt at each Ripken Select Tournament across the country. “Behind every decision at Ripken Baseball, our focus remains a customer experience first mindset, on and off the field,” explained Mike Kenney, Executive Vice President of Ripken Baseball. “We believe that if we can provide Big League experiences that create lifelong memories to as many players, coaches, and parents as we can, that we’ll be able to help them enjoy and play the game for as long as possible.” The summer tour will feature five stops from June to July, with each stop having one dedicated week-long event. Although each destination will provide its own unique local market experience and family entertainment options, every tournament will provide a consistent Big-League Experience featuring professional facilities, a tournament appearance by a former Major Leaguer, opening ceremonies and skills competitions, and player announcements & walk-up music to make every at-bat unforgettable. Ripken Select Tournament Dates: June 5 – 10, 2022 – Panama City Beach, Florida; Panama City Beach Sports Complex June 12 – 17, 2022 – Gilbert, Arizona; Cactus Yards June 19 – 24, 2022 – Mansfield, Texas; Big League Dreams Mansfield July 10 – 15, 2022 – Aurora, Illinois; Stuart Sports Complex July 17 – 22, 2022 – Round Rock, Texas; Old Settlers Park Ripken Select Tournaments are part of the company’s innovation strategy to enhance the player and team experience. Just recently the company announced a partnership with LeagueApps as their Official Technology Partner, which will allow them to collaborate in providing best in class solutions for event registration, communication, advanced data security, and future integrations to elevate the player and coach experience. These integrations will look to work with Ripken Baseball’s progressive software partners, including, but not limited to; National Sports ID, the first-ever baseball age verification software to ensure a fair and safe playing field, and RallyUp, a fundraising platform focused on providing unforgettable fundraising experiences and making The Ripken Experience more accessible to current and new teams. Ripken Baseball’s focus to enhance brand partnerships continues with its earlier addition of 3N2 Sports and DOME Headwear as the official apparel brands providing custom high performance baseball apparel for current and future athletes as well as their families. To learn more about additional 2022 Ripken Select Tournament locations and the latest with Ripken Baseball, visit www.ripkenbaseball.com or give a teammate a call at 410-306-7575 and if you have interest in hosting a Ripken Select Tournament in 2023, please contact hraburn@ripkenbaseball.com. About Ripken Baseball: Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches and families together through its Big-League Experiences, while teaching the values of the game, and how to play it the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through on-site tournaments, camps and spring training hosted at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience™ Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), and The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge (Tennessee). Contact Details Stacey Graham stacey@sgprgroup.com Company Website https://www.ripkenbaseball.com/

September 22, 2021 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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TIM HORTONS® U.S. CELEBRATES PUMPKIN SPICE SEASON WITH LIMITED-EDITION PUMPKIN PACK

Tim Hortons

Calling all pumpkin spice fanatics! Starting today through September 28, Tim Hortons® U.S. is introducing the ultimate pumpkin spice bundle with the new, limited-time Pumpkin Pack. Available only through the Tim Hortons App or website, guests can get the full line-up of pumpkin spice baked goods – Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donut, Pumpkin Spice Muffin, and Pumpkin Spice Timbits® – for FREE, with the purchase of a large Pumpkin Spice Latte. Limited edition pumpkin themed packaging will also be available at select restaurants*. How much pumpkin spice is too much? The limit simply does not exist. In addition to the Pumpkin Pack, all Tim Hortons U.S. restaurants feature a pumpkin spice line-up for fall including: Pumpkin Spice Latte: A creamy espresso-based beverage served either hot or cold with pumpkin spice syrup, topped with fluffy whipped cream and pumpkin spice syrup drizzle. Pumpkin Spice Iced Capp: A cold sweet and spicy beverage made with pumpkin spice syrup and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice syrup drizzle. Pumpkin Spice Muffin: A pumpkin spice flavored muffin filled with a rich, creamy filling. Pumpkin Spice Timbits®: Sweet pumpkin spice flavored cake donut holes with a glazed exterior. Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donut: A pumpkin spice flavored cake ring donut coated with a sugary sweet glaze. Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew: Launching 9/29, the Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew combines the flavors of our rich pumpkin spice syrup with our classic cold brew topped off with a sweet, creamy cold foam and an extra syrup swirl. The Pumpkin Pack bundle is available starting today through September 28, at select Tim Hortons® U.S. restaurants, while supplies last, starting at $3.49. Guests can redeem by adding the Pumpkin Pack bundle to their cart on the Tim Hortons App or website. Offer not valid with à la carte purchases. No modifications. No substitutions. Additional terms apply. See timhortons.com/offer-terms for details. *6850 Hospital Dr Dublin, OH; 9007 Columbus Pike Lewis Center, OH; 790 Center Street Lewiston, NY; 748 Niagara Falls Blvd North Tonawanda, NY; 1360 Southfield Rd Lincoln Park, MI; 940 Rochester Rd Rochester Hills, MI About TIM HORTONS® Tim Hortons® is one of North America's largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of guest tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, teas and our famous Iced Capps™), fresh baked goods, hot breakfast sandwiches, breakfast snacking items, and other food products. Tim Hortons has more than 4,800 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the company is available at www.timhortons.com. Contact Details Adrianna Lauricella +1 212-230-1800 tims@abmc-us.com Company Website https://www.timhortons.com/

September 22, 2021 07:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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MarketFinance in pole position as it raises £280m and is approved for Recovery Loan Scheme lending

Stockwood Strategy

Fintech business lender MarketFinance has today announced a £280m debt and equity fundraise and its accreditation under the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS). This comes after MarketFinance became one of the first fintechs to be accredited under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), having lent £250m to companies across the UK. Launched by the British Business Bank in April 2021, the Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the pandemic. Funding from the Scheme can be used for any legitimate business purpose including managing cashflow, investment in new equipment and preparing for future growth. It is designed to appeal to businesses that can afford to take out additional finance for these purposes. MarketFinance is ready to lend immediately with its debt and equity funding. The debt financing has been provided from a large global investment firm alongside Italy’s largest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. The equity investment was led by Black River Ventures (previous investments include Marqeta, Upgrade, Coursera and Digital Ocean) with participation from existing investor, Barclays Bank PLC. Alongside this, the launch of MarketFinance Flex Loans today will aim to help nearly one million SMEs in the UK solve their short-term funding gaps up to £100,000. Viola Credit has provided MarketFinance with £20m to launch the Flex Loans product. Similar to a credit card or overdraft, businesses will have a pre-agreed limit of up to £100,000 which they can withdraw at once or in smaller amounts. Flexible repayment options enable the businesses to spread their repayments over 3 - 12 months based on their working capital needs. It is a solution to support a variety of one-off and ongoing funding requirements such as purchasing inventory, clearing outstanding invoices, upfront supplier payments, investment into sales and marketing, or expanding the team. Anil Stocker, CEO at MarketFinance, commented: “This funding and our accreditation as a Recovery Loan Scheme lender is testament to the brilliant work everyone at MarketFinance has done to serve UK businesses during a difficult period. Adapting to the increased demand from businesses looking for finance online instead of through traditional avenues also drove our profitability this year, which has continued into H2 2021”. From today, businesses can immediately apply* for an RLS loan from MarketFinance between £50k and £250k repayable over 4, 5 or 6 years. Repayments in the first six months of the term will only consist of interest charges, an additional support measure as businesses gear themselves for a full reopening of the economy. Anil Stocker aded: “Businesses have been resilient and managed to hold their nerve during one of the most difficult periods in recent history. We were there to help with the CBILS and will do the same with the RLS by offering a simple application process, quick decisions and sending funds to businesses immediately. Our fundraise puts us in pole position to do this. We played a key role during CBILS, as one of the first fintech lenders, to help get funds to businesses quickly when they found their applications were delayed and or denied by others. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with businesses and help navigate them through to the full reopening of the economy and beyond”. As a native fintech, the MarketFinance platform is designed to receive, process and manage large volumes of businesses applying for finance using the platform. From simple online application forms, enhanced credit risk models to exceptional one-to-one customer support, MarketFinance will get RLS funds to businesses in need, quickly. “We aim to quickly lend to businesses around the UK. We anticipate demand for RLS to come from companies that will need capital to scale operations ahead of the full reopening of the economy. Manufacturers, wholesalers, public services businesses and a range of others will need the funds to ramp up supplies and build pipelines as business returns to normal” added Anil Stocker. Ends *Minimum eligibility criteria for RLS business loans through MarketFinance: Limited Company or Limited Liability Partnership Trading for more than 3 years, has a turnover of more than £200,000 Company sells goods and/or services to consumers and/or other businesses About MarketFinance MarketFinance is a business finance company with offices in London and Manchester. The online platform enables businesses to access a range of flexible finance solutions - quickly and easily. This smart technology is backed by help from real people so business owners can save time and focus on growing their business. Since 2011, MarketFinance has cumulatively advanced over £2.6 billion to companies across a range of sizes and sectors, providing working capital and finance for everything from paying staff and suppliers to launching new products or services and accelerating growth. MarketFinance is backed by Barclays Bank PLC, Mouro Capital, European venture capital fund Northzone (invested in Klarna, iZettle and Trustpilot), and private equity group MCI Capital (also invested in iZettle, Azimo and Gett). About the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) The Recovery Loan Scheme is managed by the British Business Bank on behalf of, and with the financial backing of, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. British Business Bank plc is a development bank wholly owned by HM Government. It is not authorised or regulated by the PRA or the FCA. Contact Details MarketFinance Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://marketfinance.com/

September 21, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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MY.GAMES acquires hyper-casual Publisher, Mamboo Games

MY.GAMES

Global gaming brand MY.GAMES has today announced the acquisition of Mamboo Games, which publishes hyper casual and hybrid casual titles, and develops its own games. In total, the Mamboo Games portfolio includes more than 30 projects. Following the completion of the deal, MY.GAMES became the majority owner of Mamboo Games. As part of the deal, MY.GAMES is paying more than $2 million at close, as well as a deferred payment, the amount of which will be determined depending on the business performance. Mamboo Games is headquartered in Minsk and employs 35 people. In 2020, Mamboo Games started out as a hyper casual game publisher and has now expanded its portfolio with a new genre of hybrid casual games, which includes Viking Life: Wild North; Scary Pranks: Horror Puzzle Survival; Space Rover: Space Taikon; Shift Princess: Fairies and Princesses. One of the publisher's most successful projects is Shift Race: a 3D racing game that reached 15 million installs in the first three months after release. Another successful project is Billion Builders, which entered the top 50 on the iOS platform in the US and the top 10 in China. “In October 2020, we invested in Mamboo Games, and during this time the team has performed well, releasing a new commercially successful release every month. There is a symbiosis between MY.GAMES' expertise in mid-core games and Mamboo Games' expertise which allows us to create successful projects in the hybrid casual genre. We clearly understand how it is important to have flexibility and mobility today in the hyper casual market and will effectively scale Mamboo’s business and provide them with all the advantages of an MY.GAMES’ open partner environment”, - commented Vasily Maguryan, CEO of MY.GAMES. “We see how hyper-casual games are in demand among the audience - in 2020 the hyper casual games market grew by 104% and reached $3 billion, and we will continue to develop and expand in this segment and offer new solutions. MY.GAMES has huge expertise and a diversified portfolio across their thirteen studios and we have already launched several joint projects by working with some of them. We are confident that our partnership will allow us to realise our potential and give users new, globally successful hits,”, - commented Ivan Leshkevich, CEO of Mamboo Games. About MY.GAMES: MY.GAMES is an international gaming brand (part of Mail.ru Group) and a leading online entertainment company. MY.GAMES comprises 13 regional offices in Russia, Europe and the US, over 1,800 staff, and 13 development studios. MY.GAMES develop titles for the PC, consoles, and mobile devices. The company operates over 80 projects, with more than 150 titles in its portfolio including War Robots, Hustle Castle, Left to Survive, Skyforge, and Allods Online. MY.GAMES portfolio includes renowned titles like Warface, ArcheAge, Perfect World, Revelation Online, Conqueror's Blade, Lost Ark, and more. MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC) MY.GAMES Venture Capital (MGVC), the investment arm of MY.GAMES, was founded in 2017 and has invested in 40 studios and consolidated 7 in four years. MGVC has also entered the top 10 largest investment funds in the world. By investing in new studios, MY.GAMES continues to pursue its strategy of diversifying its gaming portfolio, providing studios with the right conditions to grow their business and scale their product. Contacts: Dmitrii Lazarev - Global Corporate PR Manager, MY.GAMES Dmitrii.Lazarev@corp.my.com Stefano Petrullo – Renaissance PR stefano@renaissancepr.biz +44 (0) 7828 692 315 Sophie Carter – Renaissance PR sophie@renaissancepr.biz +44 (0) 7810 848 320 Contact Details Renaissance PR Emily Britt +44 7530 081191 emily@renaissancepr.biz

September 20, 2021 09:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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How Well Do States Support Small Businesses?

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The 2021 Small Business Friendliness Survey results are in from Thumbtack, the only app homeowners need to care for their home. This year, they heard from more than 3,600 small business owners in the home maintenance and construction industries as well as events, lessons, and business services who evaluated federal, state, and local governments on their experiences over the past year and the support they received. In addition, Thumbtack surveyed over 1,150 Americans to learn about the actions they’ve taken to champion local businesses. Recently, David Steckel, Home Expert at Thumbtack, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the survey results and much more. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/XxtlN7bIbPw Cities and states across the U.S. received grades from “A+” to “F” on overall friendliness as well as several other factors including regulations, taxes, training opportunities and more. Here are some of the highlights: Overall Friendliest States for Small Businesses: Maine – A+ New Hampshire – A+ North Carolina – A+ Florida – A Georgia – A- Overall Friendliest Cities for Small Businesses: Jacksonville, FL – A+ Salt Lake City, UT – A+ Orlando, FL – A Baltimore, MD – A Seattle, WA – A- Female-Owned State Support Rank: Maryland – A+ Washington – A+ Massachusetts – A- Georgia – A- Virginia – B- BIPOC-Owned State Support Rank: Virginia – A+ Florida – A+ Maryland – A+ Georgia – A+ New York – A+ For more survey results and to explore services, visit Thumbtack.com About David Steckel: David Steckel is a Home Expert at Thumbtack, with 15 years of experience in the home building industry. At Thumbtack, he provides homeowners with the guidance they need to better plan, budget, and complete home maintenance projects. As a licensed general contractor, David has experience in custom home building as well as residential and commercial building maintenance. Prior to his role at Thumbtack, David founded Setter, a subscription-based home maintenance and repair service. About Thumbtack: Thumbtack is a technology leader building the modern home management platform. Through the Thumbtack app, homeowners can effortlessly manage their homes — confidently knowing what to do, when to do it, and who to hire. Bringing the $500 billion home services industry online, Thumbtack empowers millions of homeowners to fix, maintain, and improve their most valuable asset. Hundreds of thousands of local service professionals, from painters and plumbers to photographers and math tutors, use the Thumbtack platform to grow their business each year. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

September 17, 2021 05:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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EXPLORE THE WORLDS: MEOW WOLF’S CONVERGENCE STATION IS NOW OPEN

Meow Wolf

Convergence Station is now open for quantum travel. The highly-anticipated third permanent exhibition from US-based arts and entertainment company, Meow Wolf, will be welcoming its first guests today - Friday, September 17th. The experience is nestled in the middle of W Colfax Ave and I-25, in the heart of the Sun Valley neighborhood. The sought-after experience sold a record high 35,000 tickets within the first 24 hours of ticket sales opening earlier this month. "This is unlike anything we - or anyone - has developed before,” said Ali Rubinstein, Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Meow Wolf. “We've created an immersive experience out of extraordinary art, while continuing our rich narrative layer for visitors to dive into and connect with on a deep emotional level. Convergence Station will change the face of immersive Art Experiences not just for Denver, but for the world. This is next level." Meow Wolf has worked with over 300 creatives, including 110+ Colorado-based collaborating artists, to bring 79 unique projects within the 4 floors of interactive space in Convergence Station to life.These muralists, sculptors, fiber artists, and technologists have worked tirelessly to build a mind-bending installation that will leave travelers appreciating what it really means to be immersed in a narrative. Notable collaborating artists working on this project include Kalyn Heffernan, Kyle Singer, Cal Duran, Everything is Terrible!, Molina Speaks, Sofie Birkin, along with Moment Factory and many others. Unforgettable and transformational, this is the place where memory, quantum travel, and unseen worlds meet. Convergence Station offers an immersive, interactive experience that will transport travelers of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. Guests will discover psychedelic, mind-bending art and an underlying rich narrative, which will take them on a journey of discovery into a surreal, science-fictional epic. “Our most ambitious project to date, the Denver exhibition, is bound to bend minds, inspire creativity, and touch hearts,” said Todd Richins, Executive Creative Producer at Meow Wolf Denver. “From our partnership with artists and collaborators on the venue, to the retail and food spaces within our walls, Meow Wolf Denver is a one-stop immersive and imaginative art experience for all ages.” The anchor spaces of Convergence Station include: CONVERGENCE STREET - Once the scorned sanitation district, residents of C Street are glad to have converged away from the bureaucratic landlords of their former homeworld. And because they don’t trust politicians, the citizens elect a new mayor every 20 minutes. The economy of Convergence is based around the collecting and trading of memories, and the hub of this economy is C Street’s Convergence Exchange. EEMIA - The people of Eemia are led by an ancient scientific order called the Kaleidogoths. When the Convergence tore some of the Eemian population away from their homeworld, they were in the midst of a thousand year ice age. OSSUARY - Ossuary’s labyrinth of corridors connects many spaces by collaborating artists. Oss has become the “Gold Standard” repository for memories from across the Convergence through both sanctioned and shadow market Memory Trading. The people of Ossuary are led by a historic Lineage of Librarians – dedicated to the preservation of Oss and all knowledge from across the known multiverse. NUMINA - Numina exists beyond linear time — existing everywhere, and at any point in time, simultaneously. Numina has anchored itself in the third and fourth dimensions by joining the Convergence in order to learn about language, linear time, and free will. In addition to the art, guests can experience the 488-person live performance venue called The Perplexiplex where regular concerts will be taking place, created in collaboration with Moment Factory. Visitors can also look forward to dining at HELLOFOOD, a fast-casual cafe that has both grab and go and dine-in offerings. Inspired by the variety of tastes found in our neighborhood of Sun Valley, HELLOFOOD offers local food and beverage by local entrepreneurs who represent inclusivity and convergence of cultures. Before returning to the real world, guests will also be able to continue their exploration in the exhibition’s gift shop. Meow Wolf's signature swag has gained a following of its own for its whimsical, maximalist style. Spanning over 2,000 square feet and offering over 1,500 unique items, these carefully curated keepsakes will allow guests to take home a piece of their experience. In celebrate the opening of Denver’s new quantum transit station, earth-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy worked with Swedish director Andreas Nilsson, Grammy-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, and a team of CG artists from around the world to create a “transdimensional travel ad”—one that urges bipedal humans everywhere to escape their drab, boring planet and go “see the worlds.” The surreal film can be viewed here - it was made from a combination of vintage travel films and shot footage, which were stitched together and then digitally mutated to create strange, beautiful, converged worlds. Convergence Station will be open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10:00 am until 12:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours are subject to change. Tickets are available via meow.wf/denver-tix for pre-purchase for $45 for General Admission ($40 Children / Seniors / Military), and $35 for Colorado Residents. Visitors are required to pre-book a time slot and masks are required for entry. Meow Wolf was recognized in Fast Company 's 2020 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, and awarded the #1 spot for Live Events. The company also opened Omega Mart, its second permanent installation in Las Vegas earlier this year, following the success of their flagship location in Santa Fe, House of Eternal Return. ### Listicle Information The immersive arts and entertainment company, Meow Wolf, has opened Convergence Station in Denver today on September 17, 2021 with their most ambitious project yet. Created by 110+ collaborating artists and more than 200 Meow Wolf creatives, this 4-story immersive exhibition will be home to 79 unique installations, including cavernous spaces 30 feet high. Guests will discover psychedelic, mind-bending art, and an underlying rich narrative, taking them on a journey of discovery into a surreal, science-fictional epic. It will be like NOTHING they have ever experienced before. The exhibition will also be home to The Perpexiplex, a 488 person live performance venue, the HELLOFOOD cafe, and a retail space. Tickets are available via meow.wf/denver-tix. COVID-19 Meow Wolf is aware of the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19. They are continuing to monitor the situation and will make adjustments to help ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and community. Any changes will be communicated directly to ticket holders via email, on Meow Wolf’s website, and social media channels. Currently, the protocol is as follows: face masks are required for guests at all times except when eating or drinking with social distance. There will be hand sanitizer dispensers placed at guest and employee entrances and throughout the exhibit. Convergence Station will make available non-latex gloves for employee and guest use. Employees will be required to test weekly for COVID-19. Recognized in Fast Company's 2020 list of as The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies' and claiming Blooloop's #2 and #3 spots as the 'World's Top Immersive Art Experiences,' Meow Wolf is a US-based innovative arts and entertainment company. An ever-evolving wellspring of creativity, Meow Wolf makes art to stir the imagination and transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration, with locations to explore in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and (soon to open) Denver. The company's first location in Santa Fe opened in 2016 and showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation, House Of Eternal Return, where two million visitors have now discovered a mind-bending mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and surreal, maximalist and mesmerizing art. In 2019, Meow Wolf expanded beyond Santa Fe and opened Kaleidoscape, the world's first artist-driven ride at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Meow Wolf opened their second permanent installation, Omega Mart, at AREA15 in Las Vegas in February 2021 which went on to be a huge success. Their third permanent installation in Denver is slated to open September 17, 2021. Meow Wolf is proud to be the only certified B-Corporation in the themed entertainment industry, with a team dedicated to social impact and building a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Contact Details Jive PR + Digital Maya Sarin +1 818-422-2248 maya@jiveprdigital.com Company Website https://meowwolf.com/

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