Who Ever Said New Yorkers Were Rude?
I’ve had nothing but a wonderful experience my last two days museum-ing in the City. Employees were both helpful and cheerful. Café staff were friendly and kind. People on the street said excuse me when they stepped in front of me or clipped me with an umbrella. The man who took my sandwich order at Central Market did so with a big smile. The Starbucks barista was singing as he was being inundated with coffee orders and was cheerful in re-making a sugar free version of an order for a woman in front of me in line.
So, what gives? Why do New Yorkers have a such bad rap?
I had to wait to get into the Mother Ship, as she wasn’t open when I arrived on Mulberry Street at 10:45. The lights were off and nobody was in sight. So, I went up a block and found a Cupcake Bakery where I ventured in for a cup of coffee and a brownie. Well, it was a necessary time killer… right?
The barista in this absolutely charming café asked me if I wanted milk, with a smile. She served my coffee and brownie “to stay” and I took it to to a cute little marble topped table and sat down for a few minutes. I figured all the walking I was doing accounted for some calorie burning… maybe?
John Fluevog Shoes
After I had my sugar and caffeine, I went down a block and checked back in with the John Fluevog Mother Ship. You see, I follow them online, so I already knew there was a “John Fluevog Thinks You’re Awesome” once-a-year sale going on this weekend. And the shoes that I have been watching for about six weeks, well they were included in the sale. Assuming they had my size, I figured that I could buy them in the City and even with tax vs. shipping to FL… they would be just about the same price.
OOOOOO so exciting!
The Gift of Gab
The guys at Fluevog were so nice, no pressure sales, happy to help. We compared notes about how some old styles were coming back with new twists, I told them about how some of my very old pairs were now being revisited. One of the guys (left) told me he had been with Fluevog for seven years and that he was seeing old styes from his timeframe come back with new twists as well. Some of my very favorite pairs are back with attitude, and I LOVE it!
But the pair I had my eye on was totally a new style, the burgundy, teal, and pink maryjanes have a heel that is the perfect height for walking. I’ll get a lot of use out of these babies.
I tried them on, I fell in love. The guys checked the website at my request, as I was sure they were $20 less online than the were in the store. They accounted for that, the Awesome sale, and the New York City tax and I was super happy with the bottom line price.
Yaboo! New shoes.
We talked about my new tattoos, about the challenges of 15 year old boys (my son being case in-point) and about a pair of shoes they had on the clearance rack that I have had in my closet for at least 10 years! “Yeah, we were really surprised to see THAT pair arrive from the depths of the archives.” they exclaimed. I guess I was dating myself… LOL
At least they now knew that I’ve been Fricking Fluevogging for Years.
Onward and Upward!
After Fluevog I headed up Broadway to Desigual, my favorite clothing designer. There are a couple of (three?) Desigual stores in the City, I found one that was close to Fluevog and walked. Again, I earned that brownie…
Oh how much fun I had putting about 5o things in my fitting room and having two great young women help me with all of them. They both said “Be sure to come out and model for us.” Which I did, soliciting their opinions on each piece. Some of the skirt lenghts were too short for me, some of the dresses were awesome but they had long sleeves (remember you live in Florida, baby…) and of course, some were just right.
Oh the dilemma of just right.
After a mini fashion show in the dressing room and lots of laughter and joking about tattoos, blue hair, piercings and how Tiffany “wished her Mom was as cool about her tattoos,” I chose a couple of pieces I couldn’t live without.
I am headed to a wedding in Northern California the middle of August. Everyone knows you need to have NEW CLOTHES for such an event. At least the women know, the men know “yes dear.”
That works too.
No Shopping Day is Complete Without…
Art supplies, oh heavenly art supplies. A couple of subway stops to Union Square and I was at the doorstep of Dick Blick Art Supplies. I order online from Blick, as we do not have a local store in Orlando. An in-store visit was a treat for sure. The first level was kind of small, but cheerful employees assured me that downstairs offered the largest selection of art supplies in New York City.
They were right.
Blick’s selection was HUGE! Oooooh how I wish I was driving and not flying to Ohio from here. Blick Ready-cut stamp carving material in all shapes and sizes, Princeton Catalyst brushes and wedges, Fabriano watercolor papers, Black Ink decorative papers, Micron pens, Golden fluid acrylics…. on and on and on.
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
I lost track of just how much time I was wandering around Blick. All I know is it was pouring when I was getting ready to leave, and a flash flood alert came up on my fancy iPhone as I approached the check out desk.
Matt rang up my order and then did something special. He offered to make me a rain poncho from their extra large plastic Blick bag. He cut me a neck and arm holes and I donned the make shift garment.
Fashion statement aside, Blick also gave me a teacher discount of 10% AND matched their online prices in the store because I told them I was typically an online shopper. Now that’s customer service, and it was all with a smile.
Who said New Yorker’s weren’t nice? I had the very BEST day in the City today, walking and talking to the folks that I met along my journey. Everyone was friendly, despite the hustle and bustle and the rain.
I don’t think my smile ever wavered today. Maybe it was the caffeine, maybe it was the sugar, maybe it was the retail therapy. Truth be told, I think it was the human experience.
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My Art Journey,
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