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The New York Times

From a Spanish Shop in Queens, Chorizo That’s Out of This World

It is true that there’s a SoHo branch of Despaña Brand Foods, a chic and airy boutique on Broome Street. But to get the full sense of Despaña, you have to visit the original outlet in Queens, where the chorizo has been made for four decades. No bigger than a studio apartment, the tiny Jackson Heights store is crammed with foods imported from Spain, like chocolate, tins of tuna and olive oil, along with sausages and meats prepared by its small factory. On a recent Saturday afternoon, the shop, which is in front of the factory where the sausage is made, was crowded with people. Samples of cheeses, breadsticks and sausages were laid out, and wine was being poured for customers. (Wine is not for sale at Despaña, but the owner, Marcos Intriago, said the Saturday tastings had become a tradition.) “We have a pretty good time with our customers and friends,” Mr. Intriago said in his magnetic Mediterranean accent. “We do it because it’s just a nice thing.” One of those partaking was Nina Columna, 60, who said she had shopped there for 40 years. “Whenever my mother made paella, I had to come here for ingredients,” she said. “I started drinking wine here.”

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Time Out New York

Diptyque Shopping in Nolita

This French perfumer opens a third NYC location (the others are in the West Village and on the Upper East Side). A modern interpretation of the original Saint-Germain store in Paris, this 250-square-foot space features sleek black furniture and wallpaper inspired by the founders’ fabric-designer roots. Shop the famed scented candles ($28–$90), unisex fragrances ($48–$140) and bath products ($15–$90) in both fruity and woodsy aromas. Pick up Diptyque’s most popular Baies scent—a mix of black currant and rose—in diffusers ($145), room sprays ($65) and shower gels ($44).

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Avenue Magazine

Space NK Opens New Boutique in Nolita

Luxury beauty retailer, Space NK, relocated its SoHo boutique to nearby Nolita last week. Staying true to its British roots, the new space resembles their boutique in the United Kingdom—the dark wood floors elegantly add to the cream corian and polished chrome detailing, creating a more focused presentation of the location’s vast assortment. The new Nolita boutique offers exclusive selections of beauty and wellness products, from skincare and cosmetics to hair care and bath and body brands sourced from around the world such as Oribe, Kevyn Aucoin, Tata Harper, Lord & Berry, Natura Bissé, Goldfaden MD, Hourglass Cosmetics and Mila Moursi. In addition, Space NK has just expanded its assortment with an addition of anti-aging and sun protective skincare products from London-based cosmetics and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Luca Russo. The store will also regularly host experts and founders of the featured brands. Upcoming events include include: Mila Moursil, February 4th Victoria Ceridono, founder of Dia de Beauté, February 12th Poppy King, March 24th. Stop by, shop, and take a pic! The new Space NK boutique is located near the #BleedingHearts #LoveWall by British artist James Goldcrown, where Instagram snapshots are welcome. The Space NK Nolita store is located at 31 Prince Street, New York. Store hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and extended to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday. Photo Courtesy of Space NK.

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The Beauty Look Book

Space NK Boutique – 31 Prince Street in Nolita

Last week I stopped by a few of my favorite beauty shops in NYC. Living in Southern California I am lucky to have access to most brands but often times don’t have a free standing boutique near me for some stores to get the full experience. I was beyond thrilled to stop by Space NK’s newest New York Boutique on 31 Prince Street in Nolita. This was my first time inside a free standing store and it is a beauty lover’s dream come true. Between Space NK and Birchbox Soho – you literally have all your beauty and grooming (for men) needs covered. Both stock a wide variety of mid to high end beauty brands and from the looks of it, they have everything one could need and in travel sizes too. As I was oohing and aaahing at all the shelves in Space NK, by I thought to myself I should have skipped the stress of trying to hoard minis and pack all my liquids into a quart size bag (since I travel carry-on style) and made this store my first stop in once I arrived in the city. The store is located on the corner of Prince and Mott – it’s one of the most charming beauty spaces I’ve been inside. There’s a lot stocked in the store covering skincare, hair care, cosmetics and more – at the same time it’s very spacious with a wide open feeling that gives it a luxurious feel. Walking inside is pretty amazing – I could not help but wish that I had a space like this in my home. Displays are organized by brand and product type. Skincare is split into different walls for the natural brands, more techy brands etc. I had just missed a Dr. Lancer appearance and book signing which happened at the store a few days prior. There are decicated areas for Lancer Skincare.

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CUYANA

Fewer, Better NYC

THE FEWER, BETTER EXPERIENCE Our store is designed to capture the fewer, better lifestyle Cuyana offers. We provide a curated selection of foundations as well as in-store monogramming on most leather items. We also host fewer, better events with women we admire, partnering brands and nonprofits that embody our same belief in intentional living. Please contact us at events@cuyana.com for any private event inquiries.

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Time Out New York

Time Out New York - Wayla

Located in a basement storefront on Forsyth Street, you might just miss Wayla upon first glance. With little signage pointing you in the right direction, down the steps is a secret Thai restaurant and bar oasis not to be missed. The dark and cavernous spot joins the growing number of nightlife restaurants-slash-bar destinations in the area, with tricks up its sleeve and more soul to set it apart from the pack. The new LES spot from Northern Tiger’s Erika Chou offers home-style dishes prepared by Chef Tom Naumsuwan like nam prik and sautéed morning glory, inspired by his growing up in Bangkok and hanging out at the markets there. Drinks include "Sway Wayla" (violet butterfly pea flower, with shiso, Brooklyn Gin, lemon and cucumber) and "Golden Cassia" (rye, chrysanthemum, demerara, ginger and Fever tree club soda) or "The Land of Smiles" (Gran Centenario Plata, thai chili, tamarind, cucumber and lemon sea salt). For dessert try Thai Coconut ice cream with an unexpected bite of jackfruit with a mochi-like gumminess. Wayla means "time" in Thai, and you'll want to spend some of yours at their secret backyard decorated with rugs and outdoor chairs with charming lighting. Soon, Wayla will open to-go upstairs with their Little Wayla concept.

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EATER NY

The Hottest Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now, August 2018

American comfort food gets an international spin at the Usual, the first restaurant in NYC from famed Los Angeles Eggslut chef Alvin Cailan. Here, Cailan wanted to create a casual restaurant that puts what he calls immigrant spins on comfort food, resulting in dishes that range from fried chicken of the American South to an octopus tinged with aspects of Mexican cuisine. The LA influence is very apparent in the space, which is super bright and filled with concrete, light wood, pink walls, and gold touches.

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The New York Times

How Alvin Cailan, Chef and Restaurateur, Spends His Sundays

“Los Angeles, it’s a little bit different,” the chef Alvin Cailan recently said about his former home. “When the sun’s out, you kind of just want to lounge around and like, drink.” However, Mr. Cailan, 35, has always preferred more of an adrenaline rush. In 2017, after years of running his West Coast microchain, Eggslut, Mr. Cailan went bicoastal, dividing his time between various restaurant projects and serving as the host of “The Burger Show,” a web series. This past April, he and his girlfriend, Angela Gomez, 27, moved to Manhattan permanently with Dashi, their American Bully. They are now living together in an apartment in NoLIta, with Mr. Cailan’s general manager, Kim Trac, 31, a block away. And in early July, Mr. Cailan will open his first New York restaurant, The Usual, in the Nolitan Hotel, at 30 Kenmare Street. He plans to serve, as he told The Times recently, “the food we all crave,” prepared by “the children of immigrants.” SLOW START I like to roll out of bed around 8:30, 8. I usually just like to have a real slow start, like sit, lounge on the couch. I love hip-hop, but I can’t listen to hip-hop in the morning. I hate the news; I don’t like aggressive things as I wake up. Even like my girlfriend, if she tries to wake me up, she has to like, slowly do it because it’s like if someone wakes me up by yelling, I jump out of bed and I’m already like, “What is going on?”

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EATER NY

Eggslut Chef Finally Opens a Permanent NYC Restaurant This Month

After over a year of various pop-ups, Eggslut chef Alvin Cailan is finally getting his very own New York City restaurant. The Usual is coming to the Nolitan hotel, at 30 Kenmare St. between Elizabeth and Mott streets, where the popular Los Angeles chef will serve immigrant-inspired, craveworthy food starting June 15, the Times reports. Cailan is focusing here on “food we all crave,” he told the Times, but with twists from his cooks who are “the children of immigrants.” Fried chicken, a burger, flatbreads, and a chocolate cake are all on the menu, which he hopes to have a neighborhood feel, rather than become a destination.

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Grandlife

CAFE GITANE

With all the ambiance of a charming sidewalk bistro in Paris, it should come as no surprise that NoLIta’s Café Gitane is named after a French cigarette. During the day, the French-Morrocan hotspot is ideal for a latte and either the baked eggs or avocado toast. The avocado toast here has a cult following, even though its recipe is widely known and easily replicated: Avocado, olive oil, lemon, and red pepper flakes on whole grain toast. Yet somehow, Gitane makes it magic. For dinner, we recommend you cozy up with a glass of Bordeaux and order meatballs—in spicy tomato sauce with hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, and a drizzle of yogurt, they are a truly innovative standout. The couscous is no slouch either, and do add the Merguez sausage. One other caveat before you start singing the praises of French and Morrocan fusion, Gitane is cash only. Now go enjoy.

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ADWEEK

Cuyana’s First Store in NYC Is the Company’s Culmination of Everything It’s Learned in Retail So Far

After four years of testing pop-up shops in New York, Cuyana, a direct-to-consumer women’s fashion brand, is opening its first brick-and-mortar store in the city.

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Guest of a Guest

Your Guide To The Perfect Day In Nolita

Nolita, meaning North of Little Italy, is a total gem of a neighborhood. Stemming from NYC's original Italian roots, the now buzzy neighborhood is a must-see on any hip tourist list. David Bowie, John Mayer, and Martin Scorsese have called the area between Houston, Bowery, Broome and Lafayette Streets their home. Using our guide, you can spend a whole day wandering the district like an in-the-know local.

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Fashionista

EVERLANE'S FIRST PERMANENT STORE IS WORTH THE HYPE, AND THEN SOME

Amid the trials and tribulations famously facing brick-and-mortar retail of late, there have been the few, notable success stories bringing buzz back to an ailing industry. While Nordstrom experiments with its merchandise-free outpost, Warby Parker continues to launch stores nationwide, including its 50th � and as of now, biggest � outpost in Los Angeles. It's in the case of the latter, actually, that there's more good news than bad: As young, nimble direct-to-consumer brands grow their businesses, many are increasing their IRL footprints with civilized, experiential shopping locales to supplement, not substitute, an already booming e-commerce business.

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