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Las Vegas-Based Architecture and Design Firm Punch Architecture Completes Extensive Makeover of High-End Boston Hotel Lounge

When Boston’s award-winning hotel Kimpton Nine Zero embarked on its bold, top-to-bottom transformation last year, they also wanted to take its on-site bar/restaurant Highball Lounge and undergo an extensive makeover to better reflect the hotel’s traditional-meets-contemporary transformation.

Las Vegas, NV, October 09, 2018 — When Boston’s award-winning hotel Kimpton Nine Zero embarked on its bold, top-to-bottom transformation last year, they also wanted to take its on-site bar/restaurant Highball Lounge and undergo an extensive makeover to better reflect the hotel’s traditional-meets-contemporary transformation.

Enter up-and-coming Las Vegas-based (with offices in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York City) design and architecture firm Punch Architecture, which was tasked with the makeover of the Highball Lounge to become the Better Sorts Social Club, a glamorous cocktail-forward, elevated-food concept that better fit with Nine Zero’s concept of melding the city of Boston’s history and tradition with the luxurious contemporary design and social aesthetic of today’s finest luxury hotels.

Punch Architecture, better known as simply Punch, was tasked with all the interior design and fabricated a portion of the new lounge’s furniture. The project, from conception to construction, took about 18 months for the 3,200-square-foot space

“We wanted it to be a little quirky, fun and playful, but also classy,” says Zak Ostrowski, one of Punch’s three partners along with Drew Gregory and Clemente Cicoria. “We wanted it to appeal to the higher-end Boston Brahmins era and still relate to a younger crowd. It has high-end cocktails and food, but it’s also a place you could go to after a game at Fenway (Park) or after a Celtics game.”

Ostrowski said they wanted to strike a balance between the traditional social club and its low lighting, dark wood panels and stateliness and a more modern upscale cocktail lounge with its open, airy atmosphere, brighter lighting and contemporary furniture. They also wanted to dovetail with Nine Zero’s new aesthetic, which blends modern sophistication with a nod to Boston’s storied history.

He says Better Sorts’ design concept is “a throwback to the golden age of classic spirit bars with its elegant sexiness, cheeky sensibilities, and enigmatic sensuality.”

The interior materials consist of rich and warm American Black Walnut wood walls and flooring contrasted with moody burnished dark green plaster colors, Nero Marquina marble, weathered leathers, textural sea glaze green tiles, exotic yet subtle wallpapers, dark and mysterious antique mirrors, and sultry lighting throughout the space.

The custom furniture pieces are made of rich leathers, soft velvets, and jewel tone colors set off by hand-crafted walnut and ambrosia maple tables with metal and burl inlays (designed and made by Punch), gently resting on colorful vintage Persian rugs. Better Sorts décor is filled with whimsical photos, a mix of reclaimed decorative art deco and regency objects made of handblown glass, crystal and brass.

“It was a great project,” says Ostrowski. “We were able to use a rich, yet comfortable material palette, that works well with the hotel’s redesign. There were a lot of parties involved in the design, so it was a fun collaborative process. We also wanted to be open-minded and have the flexibility to incorporate the Boston environment.”

Punch is no stranger to high-end restaurant and lounge design, winning an AIA award for celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino’s Jackrabbit at The Duniway Hotel in Portland, Oregon and designing such dazzling establishments as Maison Pickle in New York City, and Element Kitchen & Cocktail in Denver, Colorado. Punch has also been recognized for its commercial and residential designs. The Punch firm also includes Punch Fab, its fabrication, furniture, and R&D department and Punch & Pie, its business strategy and concept department.

Founded only three years ago, Ostrowski feels Punch’s work on Better Sorts Social Club is another feather in its cap.

“We’re stoked,” he says. “We are very satisfied with the results.”

About Punch Architecture

Punch creates spaces, environments, and objects that are site-specific to the client and their brand, while being conscientious of the impact the design makes on the surrounding environment and interaction between the end user.

Our firm’s process starts with an idea that is ultimately layered with multiple elements; building up within the project context through transformative design, exploration, and storytelling. Each project’s success lies in the research, innovation, design strategy, and social context that is specific for each space and client. Our designs are original works that embody passion, integrity, quality, and beauty; yet maintain functionality and simplicity.

Punch Architecture is a licensed architecture and design firm in the United States with international project experience. Punch Fab is our fabrication, furniture, and R&D department. Punch & Pie is our business strategy and concept department that works with new and established brands through various forms of visual media such as film, motion graphics, and interactive site-specific installations.


All new business inquiries should be directed to info@puncharc.com or by phone:

>Denver: 303-434-2423

>Las Vegas: 702-526-7887

>Los Angeles/New York: 702-510-7343

Main Office:

4425 Wagon Trail Ave.

Las Vegas, NV, 89118

United States


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up and coming markets in the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China.

Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal. Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visitwww.KimptonHotels.com.

Kimpton and its ownership group, Brookfield Hotel Properties, engaged Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm, along with Boston-based branding firm, Korn Design, to create a completely new aesthetic that blends history and contemporary design in Kimpton Nine Zero.

Located in Boston’s historic Ladder District, at the crossroads of Beacon Hill, the Theatre District, Downtown Crossing and the Financial District, Nine Zero has transformed its 190 guest rooms and suites, living room, and 2,400 square feet of private event and meeting space into a seductive and design-forward hotel that uniquely nods to Boston history.

Nine Zero is located at 90 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108. For reservations please call 866-906-9090; for the hotel please call 617-772-5800. For more information and updates, please visit www.ninezero.com and follow @ninezerohotelboston on Instagram; @NineZeroHotel on Facebook and @Kimpton on Twitter; #ninezerohotel.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Rockefeller Spirits Now Available at Lee’s Discount Liquor in Las Vegas

Vintage Rockefeller Wine & Spirits brands are now available for purchase at Lee’s Discount Liquor, the No. 1 liquor retailer in Las Vegas with 15 locations around southern Nevada.

New York, NY, May 08, 2013 – Vintage Rockefeller Wine & Spirits brands are now available for purchase at Lee’s Discount Liquor, the No. 1 liquor retailer in Las Vegas with 15 locations around southern Nevada.

Lee’s Discount Liquor (www.LeesLiquorlv.com) will feature Empire Rockefeller Vodka, Signature Rockefeller Cognac and F. Rockefeller and Sons vintage 2004 champagne.

Empire Rockefeller Vodka came to market in 2012 and has quickly earned respect for its unique smooth taste. It is the only vodka in the world that is distilled six times in a copper cognac kettle in the Cognac region of France. The winter wheat used for Empire Rockefeller Vodka is done organically in France in the dedication of being as natural as possible. The water used in its production comes from pristine French springs, filtered through Champagne limestone. Empire Rockefeller starts off with what can be described as a very mild sweet start. This taste greets and lingers for a few seconds and gives way to a full-bodied middle followed by an extraordinary smooth, subtle finish.

F. Rockefeller and Sons Champagne is a vintage 2004 champagne that features a delicate stream of bubbles, a golden straw color and honey-mingled aromas with notes of hazelnut and subtle notes of almond paste and vanilla. It has been described as fresh, well-rounded and astonishingly persistent.

Signature Rockefeller Cognac features three lines of cognac distilled from a vineyard in the Cognac region of France. The VS line is a fine blend of Fins Bois & Borderie crus, aged in French oak casks. It is the perfect drink for those who want a cognac with a hint of ripe fruit, spring blossom and fresh oak. The VSOP line has a unique personality, with a mixture of fruity Fins Bois and Grande & Petite champagne. It features an extraordinary vanilla finesse that derives from decade-old French oak barrels. The XO line features a blend of fruit that comes from a 20-year-old eaux-de-vie that has reached full maturity. Patrons will feel their taste buds explode with delight once the caramelized peach, almond and candied fruits come into contact.

Vintage Rockefeller Wine & Spirits produces a portfolio of high quality vodka, champagne, cognac produced in France, and coming soon Red & White Wines. It is currently distributed in the United States in New York, Florida, Nevada and Pennsylvania with more states being rolled out later this year. For more information, go to www.VintageRockefeller.com or like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @RockefellerUSA

Randy Walker
New Chapter Media
1175 York Ave
New York, NY 10065
917 770 0843

Las Vegas Based Rock Quartet Light The Black Skye Release Heartfelt Ballad About Addiction, “I Wish You”

The Las Vegas based rock band, LIGHT THE BLACK SKYE, is releasing their single “I Wish You”, available via download on iTunes.

Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2012 – The Las Vegas based rock band, LIGHT THE BLACK SKYE, is releasing their single “I Wish You”, available via download on iTunes. “I Wish You”, off their newest 12-track album, Looking Out Looking In, is a heartfelt track about the emotional struggles of family and friends, trying to help a loved one battle the agony of drug and alcohol addiction.

The inspiration behind this emotional ballad is derived from A&E’s hit reality show “Intervention”, as members felt the emotional connection while watching a recent episode and later wrote the song that would reach out to those affected by drug and alcohol addictions. The band member’s hope for the song is that it at least “touches one person’s soul on a deep enough level, to perhaps help that person move towards a positive healthy life”.

The track, “I Wish You” is the only track in Light the Black Skye’s recording history that was originally released as a demo and subsequently the same version was released as the final project. It was undeniable to those around the success of Light the Black Skye that they had reached magic and their goal with this single, the very first time around.

The idea behind Light the Black Skye came together late one night during a Las Vegas weekend reunion between members Joe Nassar and Steven Ossana, both classmates from New York. It was also in Las Vegas where the band had their debut performance at the House of Blues. Light the Black Skye have been together since 2008 performing high octane live shows and penning rock style track for their newest album, Looking Out Looking In. Recently, Light the Black Skye was chosen by the members of KISS, to open for them in New York at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater.

Official artist website: www.lighttheblackskye.com

For more information on Light The Black Skye, contact Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: chip@mileshighproductions.com or 323-806-0400.

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093