Brü Chicago partners with GIVN, socially responsible, pure mineral water company. Every bottle of GIVN water sold funds one day of clean water for a person in need. You drink, you give. Among GIVN partners are the following non profit organizations that make it possible to make your choices into clean water:

1. Water is Basic is an indigenous borehole drilling company, dreamt up by Sudanese, run by Sudanese, staffed by Sudanese. Together with their partners around the world WiB has provided clean water to 10% of the population of South Sudan. Learn more or donate directlyhere.

2.  WATER.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.

3. 1% for the Planet mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and more than $100 million invested in positive environmental change by our member companies, we invite you to join us by supporting member businesses, volunteering with and donating to our nonprofit partners, and spreading the word about 1% for the Planet.

4. UNICEF Tap Project is working to help the 768 million people around the world without access to clean water. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Since 1990, thanks to the work of UNICEF and its partners, more than 2.1 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water.

GIVN water can be purchased now at Brü Chicago. We are proud to be able to help OUR planet.

Source: www.givnwater.com

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Brü in premiere issue of Rmag Chicago


Becky Yeker, a writer for Rmag Chicago had a discussion with Brü partners, Alyona Udartseva and Roman Syed, for the magazine’s premiere issue. Rmag is an exclusive full gloss Russian-American magazine in the Chicago area that is produced 10 times a year. Rmag caters to the upscale Russian language reader as well as international Russian speaking visitors in the downtown and surrounding suburban areas of Chicago.

The full article can be found at:  http://issuu.com/rmedia9/docs/rmag_1_?e=18504254/30882836

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The story behind the printing machine at the Brü Chicago


A Chicago-based startup aims to let you print and retrieve documents when and where you pick up your latte.

PrintWithMe says it’s putting its printers in coffee shops, coworking spaces and other places where customers might express demand for a printer.

The company says users access its printing devices through cloud-based technology that encrypts and later deletes the documents.

Users send a document as an attachment to a printer’s email address, then pay online via a link that the printer generates, the company says. Payment triggers the print job.

“Consumers are increasingly not buying their own printers anymore,” said Jonathan Treble, who left his job in software development at GrubHub and started the new company last year. “People realize, as they need to print less in their day-to-day life, they can print outside of home. So they’re not buying that device anymore. However, there still are regular needs to print.”

Treble said the company has established about 30 printing stations across Chicago, including at the Brü Chicago coffee shop, at the Chicago Innovation Exchange and at Space by Doejo, a coworking space where Treble says he works on the company with four contract workers.

Three of The Bean coffee shops in New York also offer the printers, Treble said.

Printing costs vary, with the first page typically 99 cents and each additional page 19 cents, Treble said.

“The question becomes ‘Where can I print that’s convenient to me and cost effective?’” he said. “For most people, the local coffee shop is the most convenient spot to go.”

The company charges coworking spaces $19 a month to have the machines, which Treble said offer such businesses a “free amenity” for customers.

Treble, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, said he came up with the idea about a year and a half ago when he needed to print out concert tickets he’d purchased online and couldn’t access a printer in his neighborhood.

After that, he hired software engineers to build the system and then convinced coffee shops such as Brü Chicago to allow him to place the printers at their businesses.

Printing costs vary, with the first page typically 99 cents and each additional page 19 cents, Treble said.

“Very often, people come here because they know we have the service,” said Alyona Udartseva, managing partner at Brü Chicago in Wicker Park. “A couple of our regulars use it all the time.”

PrintWithMe is no threat to operations such as Kinkos and FedEx Office, said Scott Amyx, managing partner at Venture1st, a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm.

Amyx said the service might appeal to those who prefer to read hard copy but that people often digitally view and store resumes, documents, presentations and boarding passes.

“This is a very small market, not something that’s fundable,” he said.

Treble said he initially funded the venture himself before raising money from friends.

Cheryl V. Jackson is a freelance writer.


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Coworking Space is Coming Soon to Brü Chicago

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We have all been waiting for our free yoga classes to be back, and here they are! Starting October 6th, every Tuesday, 7.00 pm at Brü Art Gallery, Vinyasa flow yoga will be taught by Zen Yoga Garage certified instructor, Richard Najdowski. Rules are the same: bring your own mat; first come, first serve. Enjoy 50% discount on our tea selection after the class. From Brü to you <3.


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