Central Perk, the “Friends” Coffee Shop, Popping Up

9 Sep

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Everyone probably already knows about this – but it’s worth mentioning. Central Perk, the fake coffee shop from “Friends” will open for real starting September 17th. They will open in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, as Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee team up for the one-month project.

The pop-up shop will be at 199 Lafayette Street in Soho. They will be serving free java from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 8pm on weekends.

It will be an exact replica of the fake coffee shop where the Friends characters hung out for the 10-season run on NBC. There will be many promotions during the month and visitors will be able to buy “Friends” merchandise and enjoy in-store musical performances.

Aurelie Bidermann Opens Store in New York

20 Aug


If you’re enamored with Aurelie Bidermann’s jewelry from Paris, you just might be in luck now. She is opening her first US boutique in New York at 265 Lafayette Street. She called New York her “second home” and the new storefront has a striped awning and an airy set of colors inside. She explains that the decor was inspired by New York and LA in the 60s and 70s. Inside, of course, you’ll find Aurelie Bidermann originals such as her series of scarab-themed pieces with the accented lapis lazuli.

As she said, “The blue felt very New York to me.”

Check out her gems in the store and at aureliebidermann.com.

Birchbox Offers Great Beauty

22 Jul


Birchbox, a beauty sample delivery service, has had an online business model only up until now. Now, they are opening an actual storefront in SoHo. Co-founders Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna are confident that the store, which will have full and sample-size beauty products, will be a success.

As Beauchamp said, “We set it up like an Internet store.” The store has 4200 square feet and has more than 250 beauty brands and lifestyle goods.

Creatively set up like an online store, customers shop by category rather than brand. So they shop for lip products, hair products, etc. and can test things out at the “Try Bar.” As a cute addition, they have a “BYOB” section, or “Build Your Own Birchbox” where customers can select five sample items for $15.

They will also have a makeup, hair and nails studio downstairs where women can come for a quick braid or a polish change.

Beauchamp and Barna are no fly-by-night business women. They met at Harvard Business School and their company is rumored to be worth about $500 million.

As Beauchamp said, “We’re really excited. This is the best way to discover beauty.”

Paintbox Offers It All For Manicures

6 Jul

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Paintbox is the place to go in SoHo for the ultimate manicure. The salon is owned by Eleanor Langston, a former beauty editor for Cosmopolitan, Self and Fitness. Now, they don’t accept special nail requests and they don’t do pedicures. But you won’t find a more luxurious place at the moment for a manicure in SoHo.

Canal Street Grows in Popularity

22 Jun

Those eyeing real estate in SoHo may want to focus their attention, instead, along Canal Street. Last year, a group of buyers purchased 351 Canal Street and were led by Elli Ausubel of the White Bay Group. Uriel Cohen is the founder of the White Bay Group, while Elli Ausubel is the Managing Partner.

The purchasers bought the five-story, 25,000 square foot retail and loft apartment building for $24.8 million. Pouring $17.3 million into renovations, they are hoping to turn a healthy profit through retail space and tenant rentals.

As David Eisen, the broker at Eastern Union Funding who arranged for the bridge loan from Investors Bank, said “They believe they can secure a marquee national retail tenant for this space. There are a lot of people banking right now that Canal is going to be the next big shopping corridor.”

Up until now, Canal Street has not been a particularly desirable address. It has typically housed discount goods. As Michael Glanzberg, a principal at the So-Ho-based retail leasing brokerage Sinvin, said “Top-end retailers have been unwilling to go there.”

Now, as SoHo rents have skyrocketed, many are looking elsewhere. At the White Bay Group, Uriel Cohen and Elli Ausubel and others will certainly be watching how this property does.

Puppy Prom Ready to Go

18 Jun

People either have much too much time on their hands, or they need to find a new hobby. On June 22 you, too, can be part of the Puppy Prom happening at The Lofts. This is at 177 Prince Street and tickets are $40. Now, what’s a Puppy Prom, you might ask?

This is an event where 100 dogs get dolled up in the hopes of being named King and Queen. And yes, people design gowns and tuxedos for the dogs, as Roberto Negrin, the founder of Hec-Lin Couture for Dogs explains, “They get hair extensions, paint the toenails, even put on false eyelashes.”

Last year, the event was held at a car dealership. This year, they are adding to the excitement by placing it at The Lofts at Prince. People will be selling treats and dog products. There will also be a raffle and prizes for the best dressed dogs and the best look-alikes.

Close to 100 people have already RSVP’d that they are coming with their dogs.

Staggering SoHo Price Tag

22 May

If you own a piece of SoHo, it appears that you have made it. If the recent acquisition by a pair of former investment sales brokers who started a real estate investment firm called Imperium Capital is any indication, SoHo is hopping. Daniel Glaser (30) and Sam Schneider (36) just purchased a ground floor retail space at 123 Prince Street on the corner of Wooster Street for $8 million.

The shocking part of this price tag is that the space is only 650 square feet, which translates to $12,300 per square foot. Imperium partnered with the real estate investment firm Centurion Realty on the sale.

SoHo has certainly become a powerhouse for rentals with retail space hitting $1000 per square foot. Time will tell what the duo will put in place at their new digs – but we can guess that it will have a high price tag attached to it.


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