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A Crowning Success

A Crowning Success

By Claudie Benjamin Among the many devastating outcomes of Covid, there were surprising but understandable positives. Changed behaviors brought renewed connections between a number of local business owners and their customers. Due to proactive public health...

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Steve’s Objects of Desire

Steve’s Objects of Desire

By Claudie Benjamin Enter a magical world of objects and stories at More & More Antiques located at 378 Amsterdam Avenue. The complex combination of enticements comes naturally to the shop’s owner Steve Mohr who is from a family of collectors. He has loved...

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Strength of Memories

Strength of Memories

By Claudie Benjamin Surrounded by hardship in childhood and adolescence, Richard Ward still thinks of his youth's happy moments. Now at 78, his memory for detail is exceptional. His perspective on life is judgmental. It seems that seeing and feeling deeply gave him...

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Halva for the Holidays

Halva for the Holidays

By Claudie Benjamin Judging by the steady stream of customers who enter the Nuts Factory on the corner of 80th Street and Broadway (2240 Broadway), this recently opened shop is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. This is not only because of the overwhelming...

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Sparkling Celebrations

Sparkling Celebrations

By Claudie Benjamin Whether celebrating solo, with a friend, or with a group of family or co-workers, champagne is the beverage that comes readily to mind. Which to buy? Where to shop? If you haven’t already been, Acker has been selling wines and spirits for 200+...

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Healthy the Organic Way

Healthy the Organic Way

By Claudie Benjamin Uptown Whole Foods at 2421 Broadway (251 West 89th Street) is not a branch of the Whole Foods owned by Amazon. It has its own identity; one it’s always had through a succession of owners. It’s almost entirely organic. And, that’s a comfortable...

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Good, Better, Best

Good, Better, Best

By Claudie Benjamin When did you decide to change careers? “It’s funny,” says Helene Godin, Founder and CEO of By the Way Bakery. “I remember the exact moment. I was working at Bloomberg and I thought ‘I’m done.’” It was 2010. She had been working as a corporate...

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