In the middle of a panic attack or 11th hour deadline, there’s only one thing that helps with that horrible feeling that the abyss is staring back. It’s not Valium, and it’s not a warm cup of tea. It’s Duane Reade. It’s CVS. It’s Rite-Aid.
Don’t ask us why, but walking up and down the aisles of these drugstore chains soothe us in a way that the sanctimonious spirituality of church hasn’t done in years.
Meander past the soap, and the Willy Wonka assortment of cheap makeup and find yourself at the holy grail: the “As Seen on TV” section of the store, where Ped Eggs or Pajama Jeans can finally be yours without ever having to pick up a phone.
We don’t know what it is, but there is magic beaming down from those fluorescent bulbs. And we know we’re not the only ones who feel that temporary reprieve from the world when we walk into a store that caters to our cheap desires. Why else would New Yorkers be in such a tizzy over Westside Market NYC’s creation of a “man aisle”?
Mysteries of Brooklyn
It’s good to change with the times, move to new neighborhoods (boroughs even!), expand one’s client-base. But, you know, nothing too wild, like buying groceries in Brooklyn.
In a Real Deal profile, Brooklynite Elizabeth Stribling talks about how she and her brokerage firm have changed, expanding their focus beyond the most elite and elitist precincts of Manhattan, but reveals that she still does her grocery shopping on the Upper East Side.
Here‘s some food for thought:
City shoppers could slash their grocery bills by 33 percent if retail giant Walmart is permitted to open stores in the Big Apple, a Post analysis has found.
Hmm. Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah. City shoppers could slash their grocery bills by 30 percent Read More
clicks and mortar
Amazon is developing a free weekly delivery service that could bring everything from books to diapers to groceries to its customers’ doorsteps.
The web retailing giant launched nationwide grocery sales in the U.K. and Germany last year. It has been testing the service in its home base of Seattle since last summer, but it’s planning Read More
on the waterfront
Five long years ago, in a somewhat vastly different Brooklyn, the Navy Yards Development Corporation pushed through a plan to demolish a stand of Civil War-era homes that have been hidden for decades behind a brightly painted red wall a cannonball’s throw from the BQE. This is, or was, Admiral’s Row, where naval Read More
In Da Slope
“It’s not Dean & Deluca, but the prices are unbelievable,” John Haffner Layden said, standing in front of the pretty decent cheese case at the Park Slope Food Coop last night. The 21-year member has been working the same monthly shift for more than a decade, and he took some time out to show Read More
Tales of Retail
Whole Foods is coming to Brooklyn, building a huge new store right in the Park Slope Food Coop’s backyard. The Observer went shopping last night to see whether the coop’s mythic savings might save it from the micro-greens giant, even if it means working that infamous two-hour-and-forty-five-minute shift each month. We grabbed all the Read More
It took 30 years for Whole Foods to conquer America. Can Fairway match that feat in half the time?
While the Upper West Side grocer has been around since 1940, most of that time has been spent in one location or another on West 74th Street. Not until 1995 did a second store open, under Read More
The alleged architect of an $880-million Ponzi scheme may have copped to the charge, The Associated Press reports.
According to prosecutors, Nevin Shapiro, the man behind already suspicious-sounding Capitol Investments USA, bilked more than 60 investors using the technique pioneered by Charles Ponzi in 1920 and perfected by Bernie Madoff through the 1990s Read More