Words to Live By: Never Pay Retail

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I grew up in a family that never paid retail.  Oh, it wasn't that we couldn't afford it.  We could.  We never paid retail because it simply wasn't done. Besides, we were Jews, and there was a Loehmann's nearby. Shopping there was a biological imperative.  I still remember my first trip to the Continue Reading

Shopping Manhattan’s Upper West Side

The New Global Table Store on the Upper West Side

I like to joke that I live in the suburbs.  The strollers, the families, the dogs. The big box stores like Staples and Barnes and Noble.  Oh, and subways, and crowds, and apartments and doormen.  See, I am an Upper West Sider.  There is not a whole lot of cache to living on the Upper West Side of Continue Reading

Duane Reade: The Times Square of NY Stores

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Recently, I went shopping at Duane Reade, the New York convenience store, and it made me think of Times Square. If you grew up in New York, or if you've been here more than 20 years, or if you've seen any Scorcese movie made in the 1970's, then you remember when Times Square was seedy.  You Continue Reading