Category Archives: Life & Living with Joanna Gagis

Phumelele Kunene On BlackPhumelele Designs

Phumelele Kunene, Designer and Founder of BlackPhumelele Designs, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how she was able to launch her fashion line during New York Fashion Week.

After a soft launch in 2013, Kunene decided to focus on creating BlackPhumelele Designs as a viable business. She set out to create a new line to show at New York Fashion Week. “There was a gap between being a designer, and designing while running a business,” Kunene states.

“It was surreal,” Kunene says of being a part of New York Fashion Week. “It got the word out there.”

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Sue Rynar on Jeff Lake Summer Camp

Sue Rynar, Director at Jeff Lake Camp, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how her camp offers kids an opportunity to disconnect from their cell phones and busy schedules.  

Jeff Lake Camp offers activities ranging from swimming, kayaking and sailing to cooking and pottery. “We are trying to give a nice and balanced opportunity to try a lot of different activities,” Rynar states.

In her older campers, Rynar describes seeing an authentic self, rather than a “social persona.” At the camp, there are no bad hair days and no outfits that aren’t right. “Our hair is in ponytails and none of my staff have makeup on,” she says. “We are role models for our girls.”

Jeff Lake Day Camp has provided a fun and loving environment for campers to have the summer day camp experience of a lifetime, ever since the first group of children arrived in 1958.

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Philip Petracca On Making Bottled Beer Taste like Draft 

Philip Petracca, CEO of Fizzics, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how his invention uses sound waves to turn a bottled or canned beer into a draft quality beer.

“We use no gas, no chemicals and no nitrogen to provide this idea of quality foam,” Petracca says. “So, it’s not going to alter the flavor profile of the beer.”

Fizzics utilizes sound waves, pouring the beer under pressure. “We want to maintain all of the carbonation,” Petracca says. Gagis tries it out for herself in the clip above.

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