A New Haven for Book Lovers

Wow, while Gucci might have an ulterior motive in creating the Gucci Wooster Bookstore at 375 West Broadway, we aren’t sure that we care. Can you imagine if all of the hottest clothing stores, electronic stores and other locations started to highlight books? And had an inviting nook where you could shed your coat (hopefully your phone too) and curl up with a real book?

The Gucci Wooster Bookstore has just opened, curated by Dashwood Books, and it’s certainly a place to see. It’s inside the Wooster store and it’s a cozy, intimate reading nook where you’re actually supposed to curl up and…read!  They plan to have book signings and cultural events too. They actually brought in Dashwood Books founder, David Strettell, to curate the 2000 titles.

Don’t know about you – but we plan to be spending a lot of time in this haven for book lovers in the coming months!

Lipstick Made to Order with SheSpoke

If you don’t know about SheSpoke, a beauty bar in SoHo, you absolutely must. Stephanie March, she of the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is also a business woman and entrepreneur. She started Rouge, with a friend, a walk-in Midtown salon that offers professional makeup services and has been doing so since 2013.

Now, at SheSpoke in SoHo, you can get a custom designed lipstick in exactly the color you love.  Brilliant never looked this good!

This is such a brilliant idea and one certainly worth checking out here: https://shespokemakeup.com/

 

Holiday Window Displays

New York is home to many famous window displays. Stores on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue join the holiday fun with their elaborately decorated holiday windows.

This year is no exception. Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s—these flagship stores feature displays that are festive, imaginative and fun. This year, the themes of many window displays focus on charity and giving.

New York is not the only big city to use store windows as a showpiece of holiday fun. In nearby Chicago, Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) has a holiday window display that will be exhibited from November 1st to January 5th. Each window is beautifully decorated and tells a story as visitors walk from one window to the next.

This holiday window display started over a century ago in 1897, making it a Chicago tradition.

If you’re only visiting Chicago, consider starting a new tradition by staying at the Crowne Plaza Rosemont. The Crown Plaza Rosemont is centrally located so you can easily visit family and friends.

Deluxe amenities and holiday-themed activities will help you enjoy this winter season.

New Spots Around New York

Here’s a bit of fun! If you enjoy New York City and you’ve been there a lot, you might enjoy hearing about some new digs. Here is a great list of food spots that you might not already know about:

A few of the hot spots include these great places. They are worth knowing more about and reading about!

Tompkins Square Bagels: Here is what they say about this bagel place. “The bagels are perfectly fluffy, with a nicely finished outside. A notable feature of this spot? They also make their own cream cheese and feature countless flavors including pumpkin for the fall. ”

Bagel Bob

Prince Street Pizza

PN Wood Fired Pizza

Two Hands: Here is what they wrote “Two Hands is the perfect brunch spot. This Australian café has two locations and features a diverse, amazing menu that is perfect for your Instagram, too. Order a big slice of banana bread with a decadent espresso mascarpone on top, then make your own egg plate which features the softest scrambled eggs and sides of your choosing and/or an amazingly crafted smashed avocado toast.”

Up and Coming Fashion Designer in SoHo

A local kid recently got some amazing press in the New York Times about his fashion design success. Peter Wenger is only 16, but this home-schooled kid is lighting up SoHo with his fashion finesse. He was part of a children’s tournament on Chopped when he was 12 and now he’s setting his sights on fashion.

As Peter’s mom said, “Because I’m an entrepreneur and my husband is an investor, it’s in the air for Peter. He meets these young founders and sees that everything possible.” Since 2013, he’s been working with Morgane Press, a “fashion mentor.”

He had his own show in SoHo at the same time as New York Fashion week, and he definitely appears to be one to watch.

SoHo Welcomes Birkenstock

Here’s a fun one. Birkenstock is opening its first retail store in the U.S. – and we are getting it in SoHo. Many might say – “But everyone buys online these days. Why open a brick and mortar store?”

The answer to this question is quite interesting. More brands have actually been turning to brick and mortar stores lately. The SoHo location for the Birkenstock store is actually their 47th brand-owned store globally. As their CEO Oliver Reichert said recently, “It is an important part of our ambition to open our own retail stores in strategic locations and vibrant neighborhoods.”

Reichert continued by saying that New York is “one of the few remaining fashion capitals in the world that shapes global cultural and consumer trends. Being here will keep our brand vivid and will also create visibility for all the innovations in our collection towards a group of enlightened, highly influential consumers.”

Amazon’s 4-Star Store Comes to SoHo

It’s worthwhile to check out the new Amazon store model that has arrived in SoHo. The Amazon 4-star store includes items that are rated 4 star or better on Amazon.

It’s certainly created a buzz in the blogging sphere with everyone weighing in about what they like, and don’t like, about the new customer format.

If you live nearby, it’s worthwhile to pop in and check out this new delivery from Amazon – the storefront! It’s at 72 Spring St.

Enjoy!

Roman Pizza Comes to SoHo

If you love pizza, then you’ll want to check out this new shop! Stefano Callegari, an Italian chef who invented the idea of the pizza sandwich, known as trapizzino, is coming to New York. He plans to open his first NYC pizza store in SoHo this September and infuse his Roman style into New York.

The pizza will be at 267 Lafayette Street near Prince Street with 32 seats.

La Rossa will be his first restaurant in the city.

 

One Day Primark Pop-Up Shop

If you love Primark, get ready! They are having a ONE DAY Pop-up shop at 138 Wooster Street on September 11th. Yes, the timing seems a bit weird and the length of time does as well, but that’s what we’ve got folks.

You can check out the latest women’s fall and winter selections with prices as low as $10. The shop will only be open from 10am to 1pm, but at least you can get in their and muscle your way into some cute clothes.

Come fast and enjoy!