We all know that Columbus didn’t discover America, but he seemed to somehow get all the credit. Talk about genius branding… that’s a lot to claim credit to!

Now that we’ve got that fact out of the way, lets talk about stepping into Columbus Circle, one of my favorite destinations in Manhattan, NYC. We’ve all heard the cliche, “welcome to the circle“, but for the purposes of this post I’d like to break down the circle symbolically.

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Jesse Mills at Columbus Circle Manhattan New York Wearing Suit Supply, Cole Haan, and Loren Spratt 7

Columbus Circle (the circle) played host to my first major meeting or pitch in NYC back in 2009 when I was in the first few years of Mills Branding. I met with a colleague to discuss a marketing consulting opportunity in NYC at the Mandarin Oriental nearby. The scenic Central Park views from the Lobby Lounge were awe-inspiring and motivating to me so much that I always venture back.

For this visit, I was actually on my way to business meetings and dinner with my fam’ at STK Meatpacking, but being a creature of habit, I had to detour to explore and capture some pictures first.

Jesse Mills at Columbus Circle Manhattan New York Wearing Suit Supply, Cole Haan, and Loren Spratt 2

Jesse Mills at Columbus Circle Manhattan New York Wearing Suit Supply, Cole Haan, and Loren Spratt 5

Jesse Mills at Columbus Circle Manhattan New York Wearing Suit Supply, Cole Haan, and Loren Spratt 4

Jesse Mills at Columbus Circle Manhattan New York Wearing Suit Supply, Cole Haan, and Loren Spratt 6

It really sets the tone and impression that you’re doing business from the top of Manhattan. That energy naturally flows into your dialogue and delivery. When I visit New York, I always try to make this stop to have tea and reflect or hop on my laptop and work, as I did when I snuck some time away from my last Grand Marnier Brand Summit.

My next stop was the Meatpacking District, and as always, the STK Meatpacking Rooftop boasted some glorious views and rosé complimented with the great company of friends.

Jesse Mills at STK Meatpacking New York Rooftop

Jesse Mills at STK Meatpacking New York Rooftop with Danielle Sherley and Devon Scarpulla 2

I felt like my soul was saying, In my best Morgan Freeman voice…”Welcome to the circle, young man… sky’s the limit.”

Bespoke Suit by Loren Spratt | Shirt and Pocket Square by Suit Supply | Shoes by Cole Haan

Cheers,

‘Champagne Jesse’ Mills