Must See Bleecker Street Shops this Spring

May 17

Spring is in full bloom in one of my favorite spots in New York–Bleecker Street–with pop ups and new shops that are making this spot their destination. There are so many treasures to discover, many of which have an old-world style that seamlessly fit into our modern lives, adding charm and a feminine beauty that is sometimes missed.

I adore Land of Belle and Annabelle Moehlmann opened her lovely curated online shop of crafted gifts and home décor a couple years ago. I love her floral touches and diversity of pieces she brings together. This year Land of Belle is part of a new pop-up concept shop, Spring on Bleecker, that runs through May 30.

Before most of the new shops arrived and the street was largely bare, Nell Diamond made Bleecker Street her flagship location for Hill House Home, and it’s the place to find all the necessary pieces for the perfect bedroom sanctuary. Her prints are also a unique style that always seem to work without feeling too busy.

As if the world of LoveShackFancy’s feminine florals couldn’t get any better, Rebecca Hessel Cohen did it again with her brand-new Bleecker Street location, a step into another land of ribbons and bows and rows of the prettiest dresses, it’s hard to pick just one.

Lingua Franca has opened the doors to its first shop, on Bleecker Street. Founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson’s hotelier husband, Sean MacPherson, decorated the space. With a warm, chic, and comfortable environment, it’s a delight to be in.

Founder Nicole Berrie, brought Bonberi Bodega to Bleecker Street and it’s NYC’s first plant-based bodega so you don’t have to sacrifice your healthy eating when you’re busy shopping in the city. One of my favorites is the Dulse Ceasar Salad. I also love stopping in to get fresh flowers–florist Robin Rose opened Fleurotica next to Bonberri,

Amanda Pratt’s Salon, a Unique Showroom and Gallery

May 10

Interior architect Amanda Pratt, and mother to three daughters, opened Salon in 2018, a Boston-based design space showcasing work from strongly curated designers from around the world, with a focus on craftsmanship. Salon is part showroom, part gallery, and studio showcasing furniture, lighting, rugs, wallpaper and textiles. This space also brings artists and makers together in events and gatherings that foster the design community in Boston and beyond.

I love the unique quality behind Salon. In a recent Domino feature, Amanda told the magazine, “That’s why it’s called Salon—it’s meant to evoke that period of Gertrude Stein in Paris where you’re bringing together artists and thinkers and trying to cultivate a very cool and interesting atmosphere around something that’s very important,” she says. “For me, that’s female-focused contemporary design.”

The Gallery features furniture and art from both established and emerging contemporary design talents, and acts as “a launch pad for the debut of new collections.” The careful curation in these projects are not missed by those with a discerning eye for unique beauty and a quality that is unmatched by larger production companies.

The Salon recently brought together two Brooklyn artisans, Eskayel founder Shanan Campanaro and sculptor Patrick Weder. Shanan Campanaro debuted her Matisse-inspired collection, Belize Blooms (pictured above) where viewers were able to witness the design process from painting to mural to textiles to rugs. Patrick Weder is a trained sculptor who produces functional design pieces. And they turn out beautifully unique, with natural shapes and edges.

The showroom is a collection of female artisans from around the world. Just a few are Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel, Brit Kleinman of Avo, Aja Blanc of Ben and Aja Blanc, Stephanie Dedes Reimers of Sarkos Wallpaper, Debra Folz, Ayako Aratani of Aratani Fay, and Alexandra Vega of Source and Tradition.

Source and Tradition by Alexandra Vaga.

Ben & Aja Blanc

Christel Sadde

Stay tuned for The Salon’s continued revolving artists in the gallery, and all of the talks and events at this space. Next time I’m in Boston, I’ll be sure to visit and can’t wait to learn of the new artists Amanda will bring out at The Salon.