Zeze Flowers 938 First Avenue New York, NY 10022

Zeze Flowers

938 First Avenue

New York, NY  10022

(212) 753-7767


Open: Monday-Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm/Closed on Sundays


What I love best when walking into Zeze Flowers in the Sutton Place neighborhood of Manhattan is the beauty in their window displays. They really greet you with a quiet elegance and a whimsical touch.

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The back of the store

From the outside of the store where colorful potted plants and garden flowers such as pansies and violets line the walk ways and potted rhododendrons and hydrangeas encase the look by the doorway, you are greeted into the sites and smells of this elegant florist on Sutton Place. Even the Man in the Moon is smiling at you when you walk in.

Once inside, the shelves are lines with all sorts of vases, bowls and elegant flower containers that are ready to be filled with their beautiful flowers. There is a variety of sizes and shapes you can buy to create the perfect display or use a house or host present for your next dinner party.

All along the tables, desks and counters there are small exquisite ceramic and metal objects in the shapes of animals, mythic figurines and geometric shapes for the holidays. There is an array of bowls, platters and candy dishes ready to boxed and wrapped for the next event.

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The most beautiful aspect of the store is that all the shelves around the store are lined with colorful orchids of many different varieties. The rare and gorgeous plants will run about $100.00 for a small one up to the fully grown ones with the shades of pink, red and blue. They stand like guardians of the flower shop.

The back work area is where the magic takes place. The employees make wonderful and creative displays of all sorts of flowers.  These arrangements come small and large depending on the occasion and where your budget can take you. I have seen small gift arrangements for housewarmings being created in front of me to larger dinner table centerpieces made to a dramatic dining room effect. The color schemes work perfectly and the array of colors and flowers I can tell must make a lasting impression.

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The store is just fun to walk into and see all the interesting gifts and colorful flowers and watch as the magic is made by the employees here. It almost looks like a museum of flowers.

The best part is that you can buy the pieces and take them home to enjoy.


Stationary and Toy World 125 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023

Stationary & Toy World

125 West 72nd Street

New York, NY  10023

(212) 580-3922


Open: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm/Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

I came across Stationary & Toy World when I was walking the Upper West Side for my walking project, ‘MywalkinManhattan’ and was taken in by their store window displays with vintage toys. I came to find out they were not very vintage with seeing them and other toys I grew up with in the 70’s and 80’s lining the shelves. It figured when I found out that the store was established in 1988.

What I loved about the store is the variety of items you can find on the shelves. Once section is dedicated to toys and the selection was extensive. The aisle was lined with board games, puzzles, craft toys, painting sets, dress up and coloring books. Another aisle has painting and art supplies for that budding artist within all of us.

The last aisle has all sorts of stationary and things for the office including paper supplies, envelopes, writing materials and office items such as paper clips, pens, ink markers and staplers. The last wall was full of party supplies for that last minute office or birthday party.

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The store is by no means fancy with everything stacked on top of one another but that is the fun of the store is the hunt for something you need but can’t find elsewhere. Many of their online reviews is that instead of having to wait for an Amazon order that they dashed in and found what they were looking for with out much hassle. Everything is organized by group and the depth of the merchandise is wonderful. There is so much to choose from.

What I like about the store is the service. The owners have a pulse on the neighborhood and it is like stepping back into the 70’s when personal service was king. The ladies working the front counter were very helpful when I asked them questions about the merchandise. They actually knew the answers. The owners, Donna Schofield and her father, Larry Gomez keep a careful watch on the store. The staff know where everything is located and it makes it for easier shopping.

I have been greeted in the store many times with a friendly face and a watchful eye by the people at the counter in case I have any questions. The store looks like one of the last of a disappearing retailer who offers an excellent selection of items for the same prices as online and you actually get to meet the people who will package it up for you and say ‘thank you’ in return.

It is a pleasure to shop when owners appreciate their customers!


Lester’s 1534 Second Avenue New York City, NY 10021

1534 Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10021
(212) 734-9292


Open: Monday-Friday 10:00am-7:00pm/Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm/Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm

Five Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Greenvale, Rye Brook and Westport, CT

I came across Lester’s, a clothing store for children’s, teens and adults when I was walking around the Upper East Side on ‘Day One Hundred & Four’ on my blog “MywalkinManhattan” when I walked this section of the Upper East Side. I saw crowds of school kids coming in and out of the store with their parents and stopped in for look.

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Don’t miss the children’s section

What I discovered was a store that almost sets the tone for what most people would think the Upper East Side teen might want for school, summer camp and casual wear. The store was stocked with all sorts of jeans, tops and shoes for the toddler to teens alike. There are Layette sets for infants and all sorts of accessories around the counters.

Even though the store marks itself as being trendy, I saw most of the clothing look more classic and items that did not go out of style by the next season. The latest styles often revisit older looks in clothing.

What I thought was nice was that they have a complete section for kids going to summer camp along with a registry to fill the orders of each child. You can even order customized stationary and bedding with name-labeling services, including free taping or sewing that is offered on site (Lester’s promotional).


Lester’s is a true neighborhood clothing store for the Upper East Side child

On the side of the store, there are even trendy looks for the ladies with blouses, skirts, jackets, slacks and jeans all beautifully displayed.

The Fall Fashions have hit the store in November 2019 and there are some interesting items at Lester’s. There are logoed tops from vendor Hot Candy that are pretty interesting all done in mute colors. There are colorful bottoms in red, black and grey that caught my eye. The Layette sets for babies are very nicely set up and I watched as one sales associate was personalizing it for a customer.

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Lester’s has many looks and styles

The prices vary by items by season. The styles and label’s also change season by season. The customer service at the store I have noticed is very personal and a lot of the salespeople know their customers by name.


History of Lester’s:

The company started in 1948 by Lester and Lillian Kronfeld on Avenue U in Brooklyn in a tiny 300 foot shop. The current owner, Barry Cohen, who is a nephew of the Kronfeld’s, along with partners currently own the store.

Mr Cohen said, “It was a neighborhood business stocked from floor to ceiling with brand name clothing at discount prices. The owners knew everyone by name. They used to hand deliver items to people’s homes. It was all about customer service.” (New York Family Magazine 2010)

The store’s Manhattan outpost opened in 1992, after the Kronfeld’s noticed that many of their customers grown children were moving from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side with their own families. (New York Family Magazine 2010)

More and More Antiques 378 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10024

More and More Antiques

378 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY  10024

(212) 580-8404


Open: Monday-Friday-12:30pm-7:30pm/Saturday 12:00pm-6:00pm/Sunday-11:00am-6:00pm

I have visiting More & More Antiques at 378 Amsterdam Avenue when I was walking the neighborhood for my walking project, “MywalkinManhattan”. The one thing about More & More Antiques is the window displays. They really stand out.

When I first passed the store in early October, the windows had Halloween Ornaments hanging down from the ceiling with small figurines on all the side boards and the whole store glittered in black and orange. All over the store there were items for parties and decorations for the home and the perfect host gifts when arriving at someone’s home.

The store is currently decorated for the holidays and Christmas is in the air. In the windows now are all sorts of Christmas decorations and ornaments that show the creative side of decorating a tree. All sorts of Santa’s and Angels abound the store along side the gifts of candy, small silver pieces,cards, wrapping paper and bows. I even found a tape dispenser in the shape of a cat ($6.50) that I had to buy for a friend.

The store’s owner is a friendly woman dressed to the nines for the Christmas holiday and still hand writes the receipts. She is engaging with the customers and compliments your purchases. The buying she does for the store is a combination of American and European antiques with modern novelty items and creative gifts. Her and her partner could not have been nicer when wrapping my gift.

Her choice of merchandising the store is whimsical without being gaudy and when you walk inside the store now for Christmas you feel like you are inside a giant Christmas tree.

More & More Antiques is fun to just walk past and look at the window displays. The store harks back to a time when there was competition between stores for the most innovative displays and the most engaging service.


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You can’t find a store like this on Amazon.



Mahir Floral & Event Designs 156 West 28th Street New York, NY 10001

Mahir Floral & Event Designs

156 West 28th Street

New York, NY  10001

Phone: (212) 686-1999


Open: Monday-Saturday-7:00am-6:00pm/Sunday: 8:00am-4:00pm


I was passing this unique little flower shop in the middle of the ‘Flower District’ in New York City right near the Fashion Institute of Technology campus. What attracted me to the shop was the beautiful and colorful displays of plants and potted bushes on the store’s sidewalk  and stylish bouquets of flowers they had for sale outside the front door. That lead me to want to walk in and see what the store was all about.

Mahir Floral & Event Design is more than just commercial and event planning although they do both. Their retail aspect of the store is quite unique in the display merchandise they carry, all the stones, shells, glassware and pottery that they use for display and for holding the flowers. It is not the run of the mill vase they use. It could be a stone sculpture to hold one flower, a multi-color hand blown vase to arrange a centerpiece or a large floral display to cascade down a table with shells and glassware.

Their services include corporate displays, weddings, office displays on a rotating basis and will even do store window displays. Check out their catalog on the front desk to see some of the designs that they have created in the past for company events and their online pictures.

What really attracted me when I got into the store is all the elegant and contemporary merchandise that lines the shelves and walls of the store. From an juxtaposed vase with many colors to crystal rocks of all shapes, sizes and colors to hold flowers or decorate a place setting to special candies and candles for host presents each gift had a certain special touch to it. The way they display items makes you want to buy.

Some of the picturesque touches around the store are the cherry blossom displays from floor to ceiling in the front and back of the store, the way they mix and max their smaller and larger gifts so that you see where you can give add on or multiple gifts in the future. Their display case of fresh flowers is just as nicely set up with colors, sizes and types of freshly cut flowers ready for them to add their magic to a bouquet to take home.

Take time to look at all the items in the store as there are many gift ideas for everyday and for the holidays. From potted plants to cactus in its own display case you will find the unique gift here.

This is not a store of the old “Flower District”. Mahir Floral & Event Design showcases flowers and plants like jewels  at Cartier. It shows them at their colorful best.

The flowers do change with the season so ask for assistance in the store. The people who work here are very nice.

Folly 157 East 71st Street New York, NY 10021


157 East 71st Street

New York, NY  10021

(917) 751-7293




Hours: Monday-Friday-11:00am-7:00pm/Saturday & Sunday-11:00am-5:00pm

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Folly is a cute little gift shop on the Upper East Side

I came across the gift shop, Folly, when I was walking the lower part of the Upper East Side for my blog, “MywalkinManhattan.com” and visited it a couple of times when I was in the neighborhood. It is a elegant and beautifully designed shop by owner, Emily Hottensen. Ms. Hottensen runs  this delightful shop at the lower lever of an Upper East Side brownstone, which adds to the uniqueness of the design and makes it very welcoming to the customer.

When you walk through the door, you are greeted by her partner, her little dog whose charm adds to the customer service experience. Her dog knows how to charm a potential customer by licking your leg and expecting a belly rub. I could not resist and fell in love with the dog! The owner says that every customer who walks in becomes the dogs new best friend.

The design of the store is done in cool clean lines and displays the merchandise on shelves in a juxtaposed way. Candy is mixed in with books and lamps are by pillows all displayed in a way to show off the individual merchandise by color and design. Beautifully boxed chocolates ($40.00 for large/$10.00 for small) with motives of buildings and of horses make the perfect house-warming or host present along with items as decorative bottle openers (various prices) to add to a bottle of wine or for gourmet sodas that one might bring as a gift for dinner. Sets of colorful napkins both cloth and paper are the perfect party gift.

There are various pillows, lamps, candy dishes and bowls (various prices) that would add that extra touch of color or personality to a room as well as books of many subjects that would accent any coffee table for a reader of design and county living. The pillows come in various sizes and colors and the designs would cheer up the gloomiest couch.

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Smaller gifts such as napkins, place settings and napkin holders are placed on the table in the middle of the store to show off how they can be used in a setting. There are also beaded purses and clutches and a variety of modern jewelry for sale.

Here and there there are many items, large and small, to admire and the best part of the shop is that is small and intimate so that you can see the whole store from one location and zero in on the merchandise that you most admire.


Folly is a great store when you need to pick up a last minute gift for a party or just want to add a little splash to your living space. Just to see her dog again is a pleasure and a reason to enter this wonderful little shop housed in a small brownstone with unique merchandise at very fair prices for the Upper East Side.

The owner informed me that more merchandise for the holidays will be coming in soon.

Sutton Clock Shop 218 East 82nd Street New York, NY 10028

Sutton Clock Shop
218 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 758-2260

Hours: Tuesday-Friday-11:00am-4:00pm

The Sutton Clock Shop is fascinating store that literally runs on time. It is one of the few shops in New York that is strictly for watch repair and sales. When you walk into the store, the walls are lined with clocks of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. They work on modern clocks with the same precision and care as they would an antique or grandfather clock.

In the front of the store, there are case lines of antique curios and bric-a-brac that includes pieces of jewelry, small table pieces and decor items all displayed with gentle care to show their beauty. The prices are very fair as well depending on the piece. This is run by Knud’s wife, Sonia Laws, who takes special pride in the small trinkets of elegance that line the cases. It is a good place to look for that one of kind gift.(The Blogger notes that he even bought a small turtle pin as a gift for his own mother that was quite unique and special).

Walking amongst the merchandise and the ongoing repairs coming in and out of the store, it reminds me a magical wizard’s shop. It is fun to just walk in and look around. Even from the front of the store, there is something special about its location and signage that just lures you in, wondering what is going on in a clock shop.

With it’s old-fashioned feel it is still is a modern business and in a time of cell phones and automatic watches, where many people not even wearing wrist watches anymore (let alone know how to tell time), it is a throwback to a much different time when specialized repairs took time and a special eye for detail makes a difference on how the merchandise will work. Time and care is the specialty here.


Sutton Clock Shop, which began as a pawn shop in the 1940’s, has been an Upper East Side institution for over 60 years. The shop’s founder, Knud Christenson, acquired his clock knowledge in his home country of Denmark and brought his talents to America in the late 1940’s. He joined Kay Yeagar, who owned the pawn shop, Sutton Trading Shop and began to focus the business on clock repair in a tiny loft at 139 East 61st Street.

Knud’s youngest son, Sebastian Laws, a lifelong apprentice, who was always looking over his father’s shoulder as he worked at his bench, officially came on board in the late 1980’s. Knud and Sebastian worked side by side for two decades until Knud, well into his 90’s,retired, leaving the business to Sebastian. In 2016, the shop relocated to a larger space at 218 East 82nd Street in 2015 and has expanded its services to include sales as well as clock and barometer repair. House calls are available if you would prefer an onsite visit.

Services Offered:

Clock Repair:

With decades of experience in clock and barometer repair, Sutton Clock will give you a free estimate when you bring the Clock or Barometer to us. House calls are also available. Repair times will vary depending on both the type of repair and parts required. At the time of the estimate, a window for repair time will also be provided.

Barometer Repair:

Sutton Clock repairs all types of Barometers including Aneroid Barometers as well as Mercurial Barometers. Barometer repairs that require tube replacements of any size will be handled by a specialist who hand blows glass tubes. These repairs include: Barometer Pediments, Barometer Thermometers, Barometer Looking Glass, Barometer Bezels, Barometer hands, Barometer Glass beveled, convex with or without center hole for setter, replaced and/restored. Damaged cases can be repaired by our wood maker artisans.

House Calls:

If you would prefer to have your clock repaired in your home, house calls can be scheduled by calling (212) 758-2260. If your clock can not be fixed during the house call, you will receive an estimate for the cost of the repair and the clock will be returned to your home when the work is complete.

(Sutton Clock Shop website)