Want to check out the hottest nightclub or see the latest theatrical performance in your city or a city you’re visiting? Chances are there is no shortage of websites or apps to steer you in the right direction. What about if you want a more “live like a local” experience? That’s the void SELECT: Your City’s Secrets Unlocked hopes to fill as a new online lifestyle publication.
“Many magazines can give you a general sense of dining, drinking, or entertainment options in an area – but what they can’t tell you consistently well is exactly when to hit these spots; what unique specials or signature items are featured there that you’d want to capitalize on; which are best suited to your personality or specific occasions (such as group outings or hosting visitors from out of town); who’s running a special pop-up or themed event; or how to make the most of an experience,” explains Scott Steinberg, founder and CEO of SELECT. He says that’s what SELECT will provide readers, as well as insight into where the locals are going, as opposed to the tourist traps.
“Living like a local means knowing where to be and when, what to order from the menu, and how to enjoy the best experience from the outing – essentially, like having your own personal concierge on call,” he adds. “We want travelers to be able to hit the ground running fully armed and fully equipped to experience the best that destinations have to offer the second they step off a plane.”
The new national lifestyle/travel publication debuts online today with its debut city, St. Louis, Missouri, (the only city which currently has any content). New York City, Washington D.C., Miami, Dallas, Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta are in the works.
One thing that really struck me is that the site includes a calendar of events that users can export to Apple’s iCal or Google Calendar. Unless I’m missing something, this is a feature I’ve not been able to find easily elsewhere and might be enough to adopt readers early, especially if they’re able to deliver on their promise of providing the “most in-depth and useful tool to ‘live like a local’ with detailed insights from leading experts on the top experiences in your city.”
Only time will tell if we’re ready and interested in another outlet offering us entertainment options