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Deb’s Retail Dish and Deals: Heading into the Homestretch

Broadway is back, the holidays are approaching and retailers and restaurants are coming back. Take a look at what’s new and upcoming in this final quarter of 2021. (When did that happen?)

All About Apparel

T-shirt and casual clothing brand Goodlife has relocated and opened its first flagship store at 375 Bleecker St., a space more than twice the size of its boutique at 400 Bleecker. It joins units in Arizona and Texas. Independent apparel and accessories boutique (with some other home goods as well) Tangerine has come to 616 Lorimer St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. John Elliott debuted its third store, at 270 Lafayette St.

On the accessories front, Moscot is under construction on a new home at 94 Orchard St., which its CEO purchased in May, according to published reports. Italian sneaker store P448 has come to the U.S. with its first store, at 587 Fifth Ave. The pop-up allows visitors literally to make their mark on the space, offering paint to shoppers for them to draw on dedicated fixtures within.

Food, Glorious Food

Food Garden Market will take the entire retail component (8,000 square feet on the ground level and 3,000 square feet in the basement) of the St. Marks Place condo development in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. The unit will be its second, joining a store in Crown Heights.

Wining & Dining

La Casa del Mofongo, an authentic Latin cuisine eatery from restaurant/nightclub operator Felix Cabrera, has signed for 7,500 square feet at Gun Hill Commons at 1780 Gunhill Rd. in the Bronx, New York. The location, its fifth but first in the borough, will open in the spring. The Ten Bells wine bar is coming to 65 Irving Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn; its original location at 247 Broome St. remains.

Hand Hospitality will open a two-level restaurant (name TBA) at 44 East 21st St., joining the lively restaurant scene near Gramercy Park by next spring. PF Chang’s To Go will come to 885 Eighth Ave., its fifth New York City location for the take-away concept. Overstory, a cocktail bar, rises high above the Financial District on the 64th floor of 70 Pine St. Albert’s, a gastropub from the owners of The Penrose and the Spaniard, will open at 140 East 41st St., reports Commercial Observer.

Where was this when I had an office at 14 Wall St.? Australia’s Ten Thousand Coffee will open its first location in the United States at the Lower Manhattan building just off Broad Street and across from the New York Stock Exchange. Continuing on the caffeine front, New Jersey’s Afficionado Coffee Roaster will open a café at 750 11th Ave.

To Your Health

Wilson Sport Goods will open a unit at 594 Broadway, its first location in Soho. It also debuted a pop-up in August to coincide with the U.S. Open.

That’s Entertainment

The Macy’s Parade is back, and the Force is with it! After being truncated for television only last year due to the pandemic, the 95th annual parade will march down the streets of New York on November 25, with a new addition: a Funko Pop!-inspired balloon featuring Grogu (but let’s face it, we call him Baby Yoda), from the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The balloon will measure 41 feet high, 29 feet long and 37 feet wide joining a line-up filled with Macy’s traditional mix of giant character helium balloons, fantastic floats, marching bands, performance groups, celebrities, clowns and Santa Claus.

With new safety measures in place, Spin, a ping-pong social club, reopened its doors to the public. Ping pong tables, the company noted, are nine feet long, making it the perfect socially distant sport. Each venue features ping-pong courts, a full-service bar, restaurant, private rooms and event spaces that attract guests of all kinds.

Beyond Retail

In a September investor presentation, Urban Edge Properties announced plans to add non-retail uses to area projects. Bergen Town Center in Paramus, New Jersey may see residential, office and other uses; Yonkers (New York) Gateway Center may see residential as well. Hudson Mall in Jersey City, New Jersey will be de-malled, and industrial or self-storage space added.

Happy Halloween, the second biggest shopping holiday after Christmas!

Debra Hazel
Debra Hazel Communications New York, NY
(201) 618-5247

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