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Meet Mike LaVitola

Each week, we check in with a different member of Thingtesting's community to ask what brands they've spotted, what they're testing, and take a peek into their recent reviews.

This week's feature is Mike LaVitola, he's the Cofounder and CEO of Foxtrot, a chain of physical and virtual convenience stores carrying a mix of typical corner store finds and buzzy consumer packaged goods brands. Read on to see the food and snack brands in his current rotation.

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Hi Mike, please introduce yourself.

I'm Mike LaVitola and I’m the CEO and Co-Founder of Foxtrot, a modern convenience store with a dedication to curation in the culinary CPG space.

What’s a brand you’ve recently spotted?

Porter Road. Think of Porter Road as your neighborhood butcher shop, no matter where you live.

What are some brands you've recently tested?

Ghia + Topo Chico in your nicest cocktail glass is a Tuesday night I'd sign up for any day.

Both refreshing and relaxing, Recess is perfect for an afternoon reset at work or to wind down after a long day. A splash or two makes a great cocktail mixer, too.

Spice House is my one-stop-shop for stocking up my pantry - they’re just around the corner from me, another Chicago business!

Pineapple Collaborative is one of those go-to staples I’m constantly reaching for whether I’m sautéing veggies, drizzling over pasta or dunking warm hunks of focaccia.

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