A Great Get-Away at Barton Hill Hotel

If you’re in the market for a vacation and a get-away from New York, it’s worth looking into the Barton Hill Hotel. Taken over in 2015 by Stabilis Capital in New York, the hotel is being operated by Scout Hotels with CEO Robin Kirk.

Scout Hotels is based in Nantucket, Massachusetts and operates six resorts on Cape Cod and Marth’s Vineyard. They also have one in Florida and one in New Hampshire.

The Barton Hill Hotel fits right into the portfolio of Scout Hotels, located on the Niagara River and boasting 70 rooms. As Kirk said, “Barton Hill is in an absolutely spectacular location. We like the structure very much indeed.”

For New Yorkers looking for a great get-away, the Barton Hill Hotel is a lovely location. A five minute walk from the Lewiston Museum and a 12 minute walk from the Artpark music venue, the hotel has beautifully decorated rooms with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Animal Haven’s SoHo Adoption Center

SoHo isn’t just about great clothes, food and spas (although all of these things are wonderful). It’s also about helping others – and this even includes our canine friends. If you didn’t know it was there – you might miss the Animal Haven’s SoHo adoption center which is located on 200 Centre Street which offers a way for homeless animals to be matched with loving families. They are open seven days a week and have a selection of dogs and cats up for adoption. They also house a pet resource center so you can find information about dog training, grooming and more.

They have funding from the Mayor’s Alliance through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Check them out. But be forewarned…you might just walk out with a new furry friend.

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates Moves to SoHo

chocolate-1711513_960_720If you love chocolates, you’ll love knowing that the Flatiron chocolatier L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates has come to SoHo. They opened their new store on Prince Street. The L.A. Brudick products are made in New Hampshire using European methods and all-natural ingredients. As Michael Klug, the company’s chocolatier who took over in 2002, said “The chocolate should always be the focus, the different flavor variations should strike a harmonic balance with the chocolate as well as add complexity to the flavor.”

Klug mentioned that he’s excited that the company is based in the “inspiring and creative artistic neighborhood” of SoHo.

So now for the best chocolates – you can enjoy SoHo and its flavorful atmosphere.



New Niketown in SoHo Creating an Uproar

Nike is certainly excited about the new Niketown that has just opened in SoHo…but many of its neighbors are less than enthusiastic. The six-story and 55,000 square foot store is located on the corner of Broadway and Spring Street. The store opened on November 18th and residents have been posting pictures and videos to social media to show their exasperation.

Councilwoman Margaret Chin’s spokesperson, Paul Leondord said, “When you have a store that’s so out of scale for the neighborhood, it really has an effect. [Niketown] has four floors. It has a half basketball court. There’s a lack of acknowledgement that this is New York City. In this iconic neighborhood, it’s out of place.”

Neighbors complained that the grand opening was a mess and one resident called it “One of the most disruptive events of this type I’ve ever seen.”

Neighbors are concerned about the planned “Swoosh Saturdays” and other events.

Simone Rocha’s Clothes Come to SoHo

If you love Simone Rocha‘s clothing from European, then you’re about to be in for a treat. She is opening a 2400 square foot store at 71 Wooster Street, her first to be in the United States. Her brand features women’s clothes and the American store in SoHo will be a ground-floor space in a six-story building between Spring and Broome Streets in SoHo.

The British Fashion Council just announced that Rocha is one of the five finalists for the 2016 British Womenswear Designer award.

As RKF’s Beth Rosen said in a prepared statement, “We are confident that Simone Rocha will resonate strongly with Soho shoppers and residents. With the continued strength of Soho and the establishment of Wooster Street as the new destination for luxury fashion brands, there is no question that Simone Rocha will succeed with its first move into the U.S.”

Pop-Up Breakfast Cereal Shop

cereal-1444495_960_720Wouldn’t it be fun not to think about your breakfast needs? And to just pop into a pop-up shop for your breakfast needs? The KITH x Cap’N Crunch SoHo pop-up is located at 543 Broadway. The menu may not be the healthiest ever – but it certainly might be the most fun. The menu will include nothing but ice cream and cereal. Cereal choices will include Cocoa Donut Crunch (Cap’N Kith, sprinkled donut, chocolate cake crunch, whole milk) and Jack-O’-Lantern (Halloween Crunch, Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, Reese’s Pieces, whole milk) and milkshakes.

Enjoy the pop-up shop before it disappears! It will be there from October 8th until the 31st.

Lands’ End Pop-Up Shop

Who doesn’t love Lands’ End? Now, if you live in SoHo, or if you’re near the neighborhood, you’ll have the opportunity to shop there at 580 Broadway. The two-story store actually has a “cashmere bar” and a “men’s haberdashery shop” with a billiards table in it. You can get your items personalized on-site.

They also have Lands’ End Canvas and Lands’ End Sport. The pop-up shop drew quite a crowd when it opened with Arianna Huffington and the editors-in-chief of Glamour and Marie Claire in attendance.

As Land’s End CEO Federica Marchionni told WWD.com, “My goal is to keep our loyal customers and of course I need to recruit a new generation of shoppers.”

Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get there just yet. The shop will be available until February 15th.


Welsh Food Comes to SoHo

While we aren’t all hankering away for Welsh food, it’s certainly good to know a new Welsh restaurant has come on the scene. Illtyd Barrett has opened an awesome restaurant for truly authentic and delicious food. The Sunken Hundred is located at Cobble Hill at 276 Smith Street. The bar and restaurant is named for the sunken kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod. The restaurant is decorated with paintings by Fran Evans who went to high school with the Barretts. Illtyd has contributed some of the artwork as well.

The great finds here include lamb, leeks and seafood. There is also seaweed, particularly nori-like laver, which they boil and then make into a paste. Chef Coughlan will be serving all sorts of Welsh classics including lamb pastry with tomato chutney and ffagodau. They are also offering local beers, Spanish ciders and wines from the Loire Valley and northern Spain.



High Court Opening Early 2017 for Your Wellness Needs

stones-1372677_960_720So this is a nice addition to the area. High Court is going to be opening in early 2017 and will be a wellness center where you can get a manicure, enjoy a wellness talk or go to a yoga class. The space is going to be designed by Gradient Architecture and Bower and, as they describe in a press release, will enable “individuals to realign, expand their thinking, and connect with likeminded others.”

For those who just couldn’t wait for next year – there was a pop-up house from July 13-16 in Tribeca where people were able to give this idea a try. There was meditation, yoga, workshops, art installations and more. 200 memberships were available for the pop-up.

Get ready to relax and be groomed!

A Kale Eating Contest

kale-233127_960_720This isn’t happening in SoHo, but it’s happening in New York and it’s too good to pass up.

While Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest is hard to rival – the Taste of Buffalo contest is attempting to come as a close second. But don’t expect to down a bunch of hot dogs here. This is a kale contest, through and through. The Kale Yeah! is being advertised as “the world’s healthiest eating championship” and the contest will take place on July 9th. Competitors need to get their green palette ready and will have eight minutes to eat as much kale as they can on the steps of Buffalo City Hall. The winner will actually take home $2000!

Here is what one of the advertisements for the event said (we kid you not): “For the first time in human history, the world’s greatest eaters will test themselves against the ALMIGHTY KALE—the leafy green vegetable that has captured the hearts and minds of both the culinary set and those for whom their body is a temple.This battle of man vs woman vs kale promises to be the healthiest eating contest in the history of the world. All eyes will be on Buffalo, NY, this coming July 9th to see how Major League Eaters tackle this new and unique food type for the first time in sanctioned competition.”