I had hoped to use this time to meet up with a friend for a drink (feel like I've been so out of the loop with my girlfriends lately), but everyone was either working or, in fact, headed out of town this afternoon. I decided to spend the afternoon focused on two things I love: shopping and eating!
This will be boring for non-NYers, but there is a section of the UWS (my old hood) that has become a bit of haven for shiny new retail establishments, particularly big-box stores not typically found in Manhattan. A rash of condo development paved the way as huge new ground floor locations offered space normally not found in the city. This area (Columbus btw 96th and 100th) is a little out of the way, but I'd been wanting to check it out, particularly because of the recent opening of Manhattan's first HomeGoods.
You love HomeGoods as much as I do, right? I am actually a fairly recent convert, but I am making up for lost time. It is not unusual for me to be pushing two carts loaded with goodies.
A massive thunderstorm kind of put a damper on my outing (I'd go in a store while the sun was out, come out and be pelted by apocalyptic hail), but I eventually made it to my primary destination.
NYC stores are always a little weird. With so little space, they are often ridiculously cramped or spread out on multiple tiny floors. The upper level of this store was almost like a boutique. I've been in bigger GAP stores. But luckily I spotted an escalator, which I learned led to a much bigger lower level.
|UWS Home Goods is Nate approved!|
This is my favorite -- spotted it from 50 paces away and made a beeline for it. I would have bought more if they had them!
My new accessories are in place in my place and they look great. Maybe I'll do a little house tour soon (I do have a little house!).
My second stop this afternoon was Whole Foods. I love me some Whole Foods, but I don't shop there much anymore (Trader Joe's is two blocks away and much more wallet-friendly). I really wanted to check out this new store, so I decided to splurge on some of my WF faves.
|Too lazy to get out the big camera. Not a food blogger, clearly.|
And then I remembered why I don't shop at Whole Foods a lot.
$35 for a half-full bag. I think I'll stick with my friend Trader Joe for my regular shopping trips. Congrats though, UWS: your Whole Foods is lovely!