Tiffany’s Flagship Next Door

We often visit Tiffany’s during our holiday window walk in November or December. They have fantastic windows and the store is great to poke around (and they have nice bathrooms). The flagship store is going through a major overhaul, but I still wanted to go in during this holiday season. The renovation isn’t expected to be complete until fall 2022. You can now shop in the Tiffany Flagship Next Door store, which looks polished enough to be a regular jewelry store.

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What to Expect at the Harry Potter Store in NYC

The Harry Potter store opened in NYC in June, and I’m guessing it’s still as busy now as it was when it opened. We went last weekend (mid-December) on a Sunday, which is probably one of the busiest times we could have gone. To find out more about the virtual queue system, scroll to the bottom. Getting INTO the 21,000 foot store is an ordeal. What to Expect at the Harry Potter Store in NYC? Read on.

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Visiting the New FAO Schwarz

What to expect when visiting the new FAO Schwarz? This store, on the ground level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, does not disappoint.

You might recall that FAO Schwarz left its flagship 5th Avenue location in 2015. We still think of it when we walk by, but it was fun to go back in and see some of the same excitement in a different location.

If it’s crowded, like during the holiday season, you’ll likely have to wait in line when visiting the new FAO Schwarz. That’s not unique to this store. The LEGO store had a snaking line around the block, the Nike store often has a big line, and the Harry Potter store has you scan their QR code to get in a virtual line.

The store has toys in a range of prices, like this Swarovski crystal toy car, originally $25,000 but now discounted to $14,995 (because $15,000 might seem too expensive still).

The Big piano is still there, with a line to wait in to play on it.

The lion below moves its head. It’s a little scary and I’m guessing a lot of kids ignore or don’t see the “don’t touch” sign. Granted, the head is up high enough that the little ones can’t reach

Lots of options for Build-a-Bear, and you can see the stuffing machine in the background.

Also lots of Barbie options. Not quite the Barbie alcove that Toys R Us had, but there is a special section with special dolls.

It was nice to see some diversity in the doll adoption area, with the iconic guards above, named Sara, and the dolls below with various options.

If your child likes dressing up (and which ones don’t?), there’s an adorable costume area including many Nutcracker type costumes.

Even the check-out area is festive when visiting the new FAO Schwarz.

Candy galore – a nice things especially since Dylan’s Candy Bar’s flagship closed during the pandemic.

Customize race cars when visiting the new FAO Schwarz!

Have you been to FAO Schwarz? What do you think about visiting the new FAO Schwarz versus the old one on 5th Avenue?

All photos: copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Review: the QVC Tour

I have to admit, I’m not a home shopping on TV kind of gal, (or even home shopping on the internet person). Certainly I buy things online, but I rarely browse sites just to see what they’re selling, and if I’m going  to watch TV, it’s not going to be a shopping show.  While I’m not alone in that, I am in QVC’s demographic, of women 35-64, who are educated homeowners. BUT, I can’t resist a factory tour, and the QVC tour of the studio sounded like too much fun to pass up.

Inside the QVC studio. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

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Vine Ripe Mozzarella Class in Westfield

A few months ago, someone at the gym mentioned a Vine Ripe mozzarella class in Westfield. Ooh – I love classes like this, but when I looked it up, the class was $99 and lasted an hour. Ouch! I put it in the back of my mind, but when it popped up on Groupon for $49, I bought it and sent out an announcement to friends to join me. And if you use Ebates when buying something on Groupon, you get money back – it’s awesome and very easy (yes, I get credit if you sign up with my link, but I recommend it because it’s awesome).

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Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows 2016

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the holiday windows, what are you waiting for? Here are some of my pix from Saks Fifth Avenue. Though I didn’t go at night, they have a lovely light display on the building, above this candy entrance.

Saks Fifth Avenue front holiday entrance
The front entrance of Saks Fifth Avenue. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

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Macy’s Holiday Windows 2015

This year, the Macy’s Holiday Windows feature the Peanuts gang. They tell the classic Peanuts Christmas story, with characters that move. Sometimes it’s their heads, sometimes the clouds float from the bottom to the top, and sometimes they cross from one side of the window to the other. You can also hear them narrating what’s written on the window. It’s kind of sad, but ultimately happy. And it’s ironic to see Charlie Brown lamenting Christmas being this big commercial thing – in the windows of the massive Macy’s store. See the 2015 Lord & Taylor windows here.

Macy's Peanuts windows in their 2015 display. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Macy’s Peanuts windows in their 2015 display. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

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