If you’re obsessed with your cat and you live in SoHo, then you’re in luck. A new cat cafe is opening on Grand Street called Little Lions. It should open in the next two to three months and is actually the result of a crowd-sourcing campaigned launched by cat-loving alumni of the tech industry.
Erin McShane raised even more than the $65,000 that she was hoping for to open her tea house and “cat sanctuary.” Now, it’s not actually a place where you can bring your own cat. Rather, you can cuddle up to kittens from the organization called Angellicle Cat Rescue. She plans to have eight to twelve cats in the space at one time.
Don’t get too excited about being able to cuddle with the cats while you drink your coffee, however. The Health Department rules prohibit animals in the eatery so the cats will be in a storefront that is totally separate from the cafe. The cats will be visible from the cafe behind a glass wall and visitors can pay an admission fee to play with the cats.
Yazid Aksas, the founder of Public Factory, leases large spaces and then subdivides them up for short-term rentals. His next venture will open at 310 W. Broadway between Grand and Canal streets on September 22. It will house his menswear label Beau.com and it will also have 11 other designers.
As Mr. Aksas said, “The terms and conditions to open your own store are so out of whack compared to what most people can afford.” Many landlords expect a 10 year lease and there are often large construction costs as well. As a result, he decided to open his store together with 11 others. The dozen labels will share 3300 square feet and members will pay a monthly fee of $3000 for about 100 square feet. Brands have to commit to three months.
As he said, “We are the ones taking the risks—we build the space and manage it, pay electricity and Internet and those things designers don’t want to deal with. They just have to worry about the product and brand marketing.”
Mr. Aksas has signed a ten year deal with the SoHo Grand Hotel and there will be an entrance to Public Factory and a street-side entryway.
Ladies don’t despair – he is also planning to open a similar model in SoHo for women’s wear labels and has about 25 brands on the waiting list.
Now here’s an awesome thing to enjoy in New York. JumpIn is coming to New York and it’s well worth the experience. This is a ball pit designed by creative agency Pearlfisher and includes 81,000 white balls. Its only goal is to “raise awareness for the transformative power of play.”
The entrance to JumpIn is free with the request of a $5 donation. Reservations for the 30 minute play session can be made online. It will be open at 455 Broadway on the fifth floor weekdays until September 21 from 10-4. Get ready to have a blast!
You’ll be seeing a lot of Jennifer Hudson around in the coming year, as she just signed on for multiple seasons as the face of New York & Co. Soho Jeans line. Chief Marketing Officer for the brand, Cheryl Callan, called Hudson the “perfect fit.”
Jennifer Hudson told WWD, “What I love most about New York is the diversity. It’s a haven for individuality, and I have always found that to be inspiring. That sort of energy affects me all ways, but especially when it comes to style.”
The new jeans collection will be available in stores starting tomorrow. And you can check out the new marketing campaign when you go to enjoy the jeans.
If you haven’t checked out Keith Haring‘s largest piece of artwork ever created, you’ll certainly want to see this one. The banner that measures 90′ by 30’ feet (six stories) was painted in 1986 in conjunction with The CityKids Foundation. It’s called “CityKids Speak on Liberty” and it commemorates The Statue of Liberty on her 100th birthday. It was first debuted at the Liberty Tower in Battery Park City over the 4th of July in 1986 and has been exhibited in Milan, Paris and even as the backdrop of Paul McCartney’s pre-game show at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans.
Now, it is being rolled out on the side of the new NOMO SOHO Hotel at 9 Crosby Street in New York.
It’s worth a stroll over there to admire the much-larger-than-life display!
The cult perfume line based in Stockholm called Byredo is now coming to New York. Ben Gorham is here to supervise the opening of his store at 62 Wooster Street. He has made a name for himself with his attention to detail and willingness to pursue whimsical ideas. He founded Byredo in 2006 and wanted to “translate memories into smells.” Mr. Gorham is actually an outsider in the perfume world that is dominated by the French, or at least those trained in France. But he’s used to being different.
Born in Sweden to an Indian mom and Canadian father, he was in love with basketball enough to play professionally in Europe. He quit, however, at 26 to get a degree in fine arts in Stockholm.
Today, he is based in Stockholm where he has a wife and two daughters. The SoHo store will be his second, as his first is a small store in Stockholm. While selling perfume, candles and lotions, it will also have leather-goods and hardware.