The life and times of Copywriter, Steve Taylor.
This is Woodbine. He lives at @redtettemer. We’re buds now. That is all.
My first week at Red Tettemer has been absolutely fantastic. You could even say it’s been a dream come true. The truth is that back in college, I tried desperately to get an internship here, as well as at local creative shop, Stick + Move. That’s when I was first introduced to a gentleman by the name of Steve O’Connell. Fast-forward two years and Red Tettemer acquired Stick + Move to become Red Tettemer, O’Connell + Partners (RTO+P). Needless to say, they were one of the first agencies I reached out to when planning this project. I can’t tell you the joy that filled my soul when they came on board.
I’m not sure if Steve remembers me or not (he’s at the agency’s new Venice office this week), but it just goes to show you never know when you’ll meet someone who can help change your life. As Steve told me nearly 6 years ago:
“Keep on keeping on. It’s tough out there but persistence is always rewarded.”
Located on the 24th and 25th floors of their building, the RTO+P office has a stunning view that overlooks every corner of the city—as far as the eye can see. Inside, the two-story headquarters is basically the manifestation of my wildest dreams. I’ve already taken a million pictures and every time I drift away from my desk, I find something new to stare at. From antique typewriters and a bathtub full of booze to vintage posters and plush furnishings, this is hands down one of the most unique spaces I’ve ever been to. They even have a beer tap and a resident office cat. While the agencies I’ve already visited lean more toward the minimalist side when it comes to décor, Red Tettemer takes the opposite approach, building a museum to creativity that can’t help but stimulate out-of-the-box ideas.
Of course, the office is only one piece of the puzzle. The people here are very cool (a trend that’s continued since day one). In fact, on my first day, I met a few people who had already heard of the project and were jazzed about it. That’s a great sign! I’m hoping that with each new stop, more and more of my co-workers have heard of The Great Agency Adventure in some shape or form. It would mean word is continuing to spread and momentum is continuing to build.
RTO+P has some great clients and although I’m just getting started, I can’t wait to work with such a high caliber of talent and dive head first into some new projects.
@CleveWhiskey has arrived in #Philly #whiskey #tgaa #advertising #creative
This is how the 24th floor greets you. @redtettemer
I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Philly. I’ve been here a handful of times, but I didn’t do much exploring at all. I can tell you where the convention center is, how to create a delicious sandwich at WaWa and any true-to-life tidbits I’ve picked up from watching Always Sunny. That pretty much sums up my knowledge of the city. Of course, that’s how it’s going to be for the remainder of my trip. Aside from Charlotte and Chicago, I’ve never visited any of my other locations. It’s exciting (and a little nerve-racking) to say the least.
To say my time in NYC ended on a high note would be an understatement. On Wednesday, I realized I hadn’t had an actual “sit down” dinner during my entire visit. So, I decided to make up for lost time and had a delicious meal at Chef Marc Murphy’s Landmarc in TriBeCa. It’s a bit pricey, but I’d easily recommend it to anyone. Thursday, the We Are Social team had the chance to do a Q&A with the agency’s Co-founder and Global Managing Director, Robin Grant. While it was a mostly light-hearted affair, he did offer up some great advice and told us what it was like to start an agency from scratch. He was rather eloquent and charming—two qualities that carry through to everyone on the New York team.
Friday, I wrapped up my projects and bid the team farewell, after a boozy bash of epic proportions. It was a bittersweet moment, as it’s been every time I depart an agency. Honestly, I can’t believe how great the people—and the work—have been at each of these agencies. It’s incredible. Over the weekend, I journeyed to Philly and got settled in, before heading back up to NYC for one last night. With another winter storm looming, I tested the odds in order to see one of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Burress, perform one last time. Luckily, the storm petered out quite a bit and I made it back this morning without a hitch. Oh, except for when the train lost power—that wasn’t much fun.
Since arriving in Philly, I’ve spent most of my time planning out the month and settling in. This is my first time in an AirBnB apartment and so far, I love it. I’ll take a private room over a hostel any day. It’s a lot cheaper too! I did manage to take a tour of the Reading Terminal Market though. It’s absolutely wonderful and reminds me a lot of the West Side Market in Cleveland, only bigger. All in all, I’d say Philly is off to a great start.
@hannibalburess killing it on stage at The Knitting Factory.
Philly may have the most wall murals per capita of any city in the world.
Yesterday, I received my very first question through the site! After doing a rather lengthy victory dance, I finally calmed down enough to answer the submitted inquiry. It’s perfect timing too, as this is my last blog from the Big Apple.
“Hi Steve, I’m having a great time following along on your journey. I see that you’re currently in NYC and it just so happens I’ll be moving there with a few friends after I graduate this semester. I’ve only been to the city once before and I was wondering if you could offer up some of your favorite joints. I’d love to know some cool places to visit!”
First off, I have to thank the reader for their question. I’d do it by name, but it was submitted anonymously, so our shadowy inquisitor must remain a mystery for now. However, I’m more than happy to tell everyone about some of my favorite places in the city. I’m no expert by any means, but having lived here for 4 years, I’d like to think I know a thing or two. Here are some of my favs:
Bar: Barcade—this Williamsburg establishment offers up a great selection of beers and more classic arcade games than you can shake a joystick at. I recommend battling it out in 1942 or testing your grit with Smash TV. Other goodies: Woodwork, Pinebox Rock Shop, Tandem, The Dead Rabbit
Store: Forbidden Planet—hands down one of my favorite comic book stores, you’ll find new releases, back issues and a whole lot of figures, cards and collectables. I dare you to enter and not spend money. Other goodies: Kidrobot, Duane Reade, Original Penguin, Trash & Vaudeville
Neighborhood: Lower East Side—it took a lot to narrow down my favorite, but the LES is filled to the brim with delicious eateries, small shops and great clubs. From Pianos to The Delancey, this neighborhood is a must for your weekend partying needs. Other goodies: Meatpacking District, Bushwick, Williamsburg
Concert Venue: Gramercy Theatre—this concert venue doesn’t deserve to be pigeon-holed with such a title. They offer up a unique blend of comedy, movies, parties and concerts in an intimate atmosphere with some pretty good drink deals. Other goodies: Santos Party House, Irving Plaza, Webster Hall
Restaurant: Kelloggs Diner—sure there are a million places I could pick, but Kellogg’s is sure to always hit the spot, especially at 3am. Their open 24/7 and offer a massive menu that could take weeks to dig through. From Sunday brunch to drunken snacks, they never disappoint. Other goodies: Pie Face, Two Boots, Crif Dogs, Scarpetta, Chop’t, Veselka
Others: Brooklyn Bowl—this is once place that offers just about everything under one roof. It’s a concert venue, a bar, a (delicious) restaurant and a bowling alley. It’s a tad pricey, but if you have the money it makes for an amazing night. I’d recommend going at least once in your life. Other goodies: Brooklyn Wreck Room, Eataly, Union Pool, Museum of the Moving Image
There are hundreds of places I could’ve included on my list, but these are some of my all time favorites. I hope you all have a chance to visit some of these places, because they’re all one-of-a-kind.
See you in Philly!
I don’t agree with the sticker on the right, but I finally left my mark in #NYC. #advertising #creative #stickers #tagged #soho @jakprints