If you see PA Ballet’s Nutcracker this year, take a big whiff: the Academy of Music lobby has been scented with a custom aroma

One day this week, David Martinez, an operations manager for 12.29, set up the nebulizers that diffuse the scent in the academy lobby. Within moments, the small, black, square machines, about the size of modest dictionaries, had worked to fill the lobby with … what? What is that smell? Not cinnamon, not nutmeg, not ginger nor pastry nor cream – but somehow suggestive of all. What is the fragrance?