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Duds for Dudes

Written by Laura Shanahan on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Fine and Dandy offers sartorial flair for old-fashioned gentlemen Heaven, I was in heaven – and my heart beat so that I could hardly speak. No, I wasn’t dancing “cheek to cheek” with Fred Astaire; but I was definitely channeling Ginger Rogers, as the strains of one of the signature songs of the 1935 classic [&hellip
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Spoiled Brats Makes Happy Cats

Written by Laura Shanahan on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

The West Side pet shop has both supplies and kitties for adoption When you enter this store, you will probably be greeted by Corvetta, a petite raven-haired beauty. “How old is she?” I discreetly asked another patron who was enjoying Corvetta’s friendly attention. Yes, I know, an unspeakably rude question – but I was curious, [&hellip
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Tiny Jewels in Blossom

Written by Laura Shanahan on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

The small store specializes in delicate accessories There was a time I couldn’t find jewelry fine enough. By “fine,” I don’t mean expensive or karat gold – I mean dainty, teeny, delicate. I would have flat-out swooned at the sight of the cubic zirconia stud earrings at Blossom (2206 Broadway near West 78th). Picture the [&hellip
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Hats Off to La-Di-Da

Written by Laura Shanahan on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

Heads up, divas, Russia’s in the house – and it’s got your name; literally. Diva millinery, from Russia with love, is handmade by the skilled artisans of a three-generation family business – but you needn’t pull out your passport to check out the goods. A chic little shop named La-Di-Da at 2410 Broadway, between 88th [&hellip
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Gracious Home Marks 50th Year

Written by Laura Shanahan on . Posted in News Our Town

A housewares and hardware store like few others Goodness, Gracious Home! Were you really born in 1963? Indeed, you were, as a humble housewares and hardware store, but look at you now. Modest no longer, you’re a treasure trove of luxe and high-end, well, everything – from candy bars to candles, sheets to shampoos, pillows [&hellip
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Westerly Market Means Health-Oriented Food

Written by Laura Shanahan on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit

Customers exchange advice while staff gives personalized service Soup’s on! Soup’s always on at the Westerly Natural Market, a West Side fixture – could it be for over 40 years? It could – at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 54th Street. And it’s not just any soup, mes amis – it’s fresh-from-the-kettle yummy soup [&hellip
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