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Monarch Prime & Bar

December 22, 2017 · Posted In: Destinations, Encounter

Perhaps it’s fitting that downtown’s newest dining establishment, Monarch Prime & Bar, opened on Halloween weekend. First, there was a trick—flipping the space used by the two previous restaurants with the event space to call […]

Encounter Destinations

Posted In: Destinations, Encounter

AKSARBEN VILLAGE When a building gets its own Twitter account, you know it’s big news. So it is with @newHDRhq—handle for the new global headquarters being built for HDR. The building was “topped out” in […]

Confessions of a Wedding DJ

December 17, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Nightlife

I’m a wedding DJ. That’s the first time I’ve publicly written this sentence. It’s been a long journey to get to this point right. I went from a 19-year-old starry-eyed kid with a plan to […]

Hey, Mr. DJ

December 7, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Entertainment, Music

When United States Army veteran Stephen Bils was deployed to Afghanistan, someone stole his first set of turntables, as well as all the vinyl records he’d collected over the years. The 29-year-old Clearwater, Florida, native […]

Surrealist Storyteller

November 25, 2017 · Posted In: Art, Encounter

For Artist Joe Nicholson, life after college wasn’t the masterpiece he had imagined. Fancy-schmancy art degree? Got it. Dead-end corporate job? Yep, got that too. Plenty of dough to make ends meet? Check. Despite all […]

Skater Slant

November 17, 2017 · Posted In: Art, Encounter, People On the Rise

With his hair pulled back into a ponytail, a cigarette behind his ear, and a tattoo of his own design edging from the sleeve of his T-shirt, the up-and-coming videographer is measuring his rapid success […]

In the Moment

November 15, 2017 · Posted In: Art, Encounter, Lifestyle

Amateur philosophers have long wondered if a tree falls in a forest with no one around to hear, does it still makes a sound? Cody Spicer might not be able to answer that age-old question, […]

Pleats and Pearls

November 12, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Fashion

Photography by Bill Sitzmann Styles by Nicholas Wasserberger This article was printed in the November/December 2017 edition of Encounter.                            

A Fluid Life

November 10, 2017 · Posted In: Art, Encounter, Entertainment, Lifestyle

Fluid. That’s how digital graphic designer and fine art painter Dana Oltman describes her aesthetic. As art director for Identity Marketing Group (she was previously at Rebel Interactive) she fulfills client project wishes. She says […]

Vie et Mort d’une Etoile

Posted In: Encounter, Fashion

Concept & intro by Jared Spence | Photography by Bill Sitzmann | Design by Derek Joy Art direction assistance by Jamie Danielle Hardy | On set assistance by Johnny Ireland Modeled by Jake Re | […]