Spotlights

Our Awesome Stories

Reading our stories is all about Discovery—helping you learn about people, brands, and products you might not have heard about before. Showing you the “why” behind what people are doing. And generally just exposing how much cool stuff is going on out there, how many folks are following their passions and having fun and trying to leave something cool behind. Consider these stories your backstage pass to some interesting stuff. Now grab a coffee—or better yet, a cocktail—and get reading! Got any story ideas of your own? Then drop us a line.

Found My Animal

What do two Chihuahuas named Walter have in common? Besides the obvious! Turns out they helped start Found My Animal, a totally awesome brand doing good for pets.

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Moscow Mule

Whether you’ve had a Moscow Mule before or not, this take on the classic cocktail from Forrest and Emily at Royal Rose Syrups is super-yummy.

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Luke Deverell / Darn and Dusted

Cannonball ACE Luke Deverell of Darn and Dusted inspires us with his amazing ability to artfully mend and darn garments, reviving them and adding yet another cool chapter to their lives.

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Liberty Tool

Skip Brack of Liberty Tool loves old tools! A bona fide history buff, Skip combines his passions for history, sustainability, and early American technology in a quest to put these old tools back into active use.

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The Power of the Backstory

We believe in the power of the backstory and the value it gives to ideas, brands, products, people, movements, you name it. Revealing these backstories is part of our core DNA, giving you that peak under the tent, that view behind the scenes, all to better your understanding of “why.”

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Raspberry Old-Fashioned

We have a weakness for bourbon beverages, the Old-Fashioned being one of them in particular! Forrest and Emily at Royal Rose Syrups have done a bang-up job coming up with this twist on the standard Old-Fashioned, using their delicious Raspberry Syrup.

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Matsumoto Shave Ice

Matsumoto Shave Ice is a little gem on the North Shore of Oahu that serves up some of the best shave ice around the world. Borrowing from its Japanese heritage, their shave ice comes in an array of mind-blowing colors and flavors.

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People’s Pops

Cannonball ACE People’s Pops amazes and inspires us with their commitment to producing superb frozen treats using fresh, quality, real ingredients; their joy at doing what they do; and their explorer’s approach to flavor.

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Maine Cooler

Our friends at Royal Rose Syrups have put together some amazing cocktail recipes using their super-yummy simple syrups. This Maine Cooler Cocktail uses their Lavender-Lemon Syrup, which is one of our personal favorites!

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Yellow Leaf Hammocks: Relax for Good

Yellow Leaf Hammocks spreads backyard bliss with their super-comfy hammocks, handwoven by artisans in Thailand. In the process, they’re helping to break the cycle of extreme poverty by offering sustainable employment and the opportunity to make a living wage.

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Nomadic Thread Society

Nicole Gulotta of Nomadic Thread Society inspires us with her passion, her drive, and her creativity. She travels the globe in search of seriously drool-worthy, high quality textiles that give us a glimpse of old traditions, exotic lands, and pure craftsmanship.

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Royal Rose Syrups

From a passion for delicious food and drinks came Royal Rose Syrups, a great blend of flavor exploration and whole ingredients. All hand-made by Emily and Forrest, the awesome husband and wife team behind the brand.

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Tiki Takeover

Tiki culture first came to the US in the 1930s, bringing an exotic world of mystery, romance, and adventure! After a bit of a downward spiral, Tiki lives again (yippee!) to entertain another generation. Flaming volcano drink anyone?

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Cucumber Elderflower Tequila Pops

These Cucumber Elderflower Tequila Pops are incredibly sophisticated yet satisfying. And, they will rock your world with their clean and buttery–yet dirty and spicy–taste.

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Blueberry Moonshine Ice Pops

These should be savored on a front porch on a summer eve, surrounded by fireflies and the chirp of crickets and accompanied by the languorous strains of a guitar.

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The Purlettes of Sarah Oliver Handbags

Jeez. What we do for love. About 75 years ago, Daphne Campbell had her college roommate teach her how to knit. Why? So she could make a pair of mittens for her boyfriend. “They were yellow,” she recalls.

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Art-o-mat

Clark Whittington of Art-o-mat brings awesome art to the masses by reimagining old cigarette vending machines into fun and cool dispensers of original art.

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Shelter Social Club and Reinventing Community

We take a peek inside Santa Barbara’s Shelter Social Club with its several hotels and motels (and one yummy restaurant!). All of their properties have been specially curated for anyone seeking both inspiration and a real sense of the local community.

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Chilly Chile Paloma

Looking to put some heat into your (cocktail) life? Here’s one for you to try, courtesy of Forrest and Emily at Royal Rose Syrups. This takes the Paloma and kicks it up a notch (or several!) by using the Three Chile Syrup from Royal Rose.

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Your Life In Jellybeans

The days of your life and how they’re spent, as viewed in jellybeans. Makes you think about the time that you do have on this earth and what you should do with it.

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The Cannonball Cocktail

Do something cool, interesting or fun today? Then reward yourself with a Cannonball Cocktail–it is big, blue and spectacular! And, it’s got a little ‘shine in it…

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We’re in the News!

Cannonball Collective is in the news! Read about us and meet the founders in this awesome coverage by our local paper, the Santa Barbara News-Press. YAY!

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The Dreamsicle

Remember those Dreamsicle ice pops you bought from the ice cream truck in your neighborhood when you were a kid? Relive that flavor experience with the Dreamsicle Cocktail!

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Welcome to Rooftop Camping

For some of you urban dwellers, the idea of camping in the woods might be far-fetched and perhaps even undesirable (gasp!). But you too can experience sleeping under the stars by heading to the nearest rooftop. Here are three examples of rooftop camping from around the world.

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