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.”

 

 

Rajeev Chilaka Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Academy of Art University

 

 Academy of Art University building, South of Market neighborhood, San Francisco. Photo by Caroline Culler
Academy of Art University building, South of Market neighborhood, San Francisco. Photo by Caroline Culler.

Rajeev Chilaka, founder of Animation TV Pvt. Ltd., was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Chilaka said he was pleased with the honor, and described the success he has achieved which led to the recognition bestowed by the Academy of Art University.

Chilaka explained that, “there weren’t many Indian cartoons that catered to the Indian audience below the age of 14 years, so we decided to come up with an ideal character that could teach good values to children.”

That character is of course “Chhota Bheem,” who was launched in 2008 and has become one of the most popular animated series in India. It is watched by 40 million children every week, but its appeal includes adults as well. The series receives among the highest consistent television ratings throughout India.

Chilaka says that he owes much of his success to the education he received at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He adds that Walt Disney was an inspiration for him. Chilaka even traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, where Disney used to work and live.

After graduating from the Academy of Art University, Chilaka returned to India in the year 2000 to follow his dream of working in animation. Currently his studio has over 400 animators and a franchise business consisting of 25 Green Gold retail stores all over India.

Don’t Miss the Ace & Jig Pop-Up Shop

We love our pop-up shops, and the latest one does not disappoint. Ace & Jig is a great label, run by two friends with Brooklyn roots. It includes crisscross patterns and bold prints and can be found in places like Barneys – but also at Bird. Now, and this is the first time they are doing so, you can enjoy their pop-up shop.

They are enjoying a four day stay (and only four days!) at 44 Mercer Street starting with a party that took place on Thursday, June 16th. It was open Friday as well, and you can still enjoy it today or Sunday. Designers Jenna Willson and Cary Vaughan invite you to come and enjoy.

 

Pirch Arrives in SoHo

bathroom-1336165_960_720Whether you are renovating your home or just love looking at home redecorating showrooms, Pirch has arrived in SoHo. And what an arrival. With its opening on May 21, Pirch allows all of us to dream about home renovations and to drool away an afternoon. As you arrive, they offer you a free coffee and the chance to browse, browse, browse.

You can try out the appliances on display and you can use the iPad they offer with the geolocation that will guide you as you shop so that you can price out products. There are two test kitchens here with chef-led cooking classes on weekends! During the week, chefs will also be demonstrating delicious things that you can do with the appliances they have on sale.

There are dozens of shower heads and steam showers that you can test out. Wow.