would have guessed that Milwaukee has its finger on the pulse of whatís
hot in Hollywood?
Russell Levin and his staff at Argosy, a distinctive home accessories
store in Brookfield, have been selecting birthday and holiday gifts
for the staff and stars of the AMC network. In October, the team put
together gifts for the Hollywood Foreign Press, which holds the annual
Golden Globes awards, on behalf of AMC.
evolved last spring when a close friend referred Levin to a relative
who works for the AMC network. Levin says the network was looking to
amp up its gift-giving program.
wanted gift ideas that were more creative," Levin says.
"They had been doing mainly techie gifts like iPads and iTunes
After a series
of interviews, AMC awarded Levin and his staff the role of official
gift-givers. Now armed with a calendar of birthdays, the Argosy team
picks out gifts whenever the occasion arises. "Itís been very
interesting," Levin says.
A lot of thought
goes into choosing gifts, with the Argosy staff carefully researching
each recipient. Levin says the network provides direction as well.
So what gifts
are making the Hollywood hot list? One beer-loving actor received a
set of pilsner glasses and a beer-of-the-month club membership.
Another popular item is a beverage dispenser set in a block of cobbled
granite sent with a bottle of spirits. "That seems to be one of
our hits," says Levin. "But itís really been all over the
board, from beautiful vases to fragrances.
neat thing for a little store in Brookfield," Levin says.