FROM THE ARCHIVE: For the Japanese, the drinking of green tea, in the proper way, is a Zen experience. Fukujuen Kyoto Flagship Store, a six-storey emporium in Kyoto, Japan, is dedicated to green tea in its many forms.

When you invest in a pair of shoes made by Jon Gray, you are getting soles that, if properly cared for, will last a lifetime. That makes the fact that you may have to wait six months to actually slip them onto your feet seem all right.

When Tennessee residents Carrie Eddmenson and her husband, Matt, were looking for the ideal place to set up their business in Nashville, someone recommended the neighbourhood of 12 South.