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.


Amado on 3rd 1322a Third Avenue Between East 76th & 77th Street New York, NY 10021

Amado on 3rd

1322a Third Avenue between East 76th & 77th Street

New York, NY  10021

(917) 965-2852


I love this quirky clothing store run by two women who are best described as ‘engaging’, Merri and Roberta. They will keep you laughing and welcomed in your visit to their store. I walked past the store when visiting the Upper East Side for my walking project, “MywalkinManhattan.com” and thought there window display was interesting (Please check the blogs on ‘Walking the Upper East Side’ more information on the store).

Amado on 3rd is a very unique clothing store, carrying brands both domestic and abroad that I have never seen before like Oui, a French company for cashmere sweaters. The clothes are fashion forward for both casual and professional  and are items the everyday woman could wear to the office or for an evening out on the town. It is trendy without being over the top. Items like nicely printed tops,  colorful geometric sweaters, multi-colored and dyed fur jackets and knit and cashmere hats. These designs you will never see in the department stores.

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Winter Knits and outfits at Amado on Third (plus refreshments)

The prices here aren’t cheap as a cashmere sweater will cost you between $200-$275, a dyed fox jacket around $600 and knit hats around $40 but the quality and materials match the price points. The clothes work almost as wearable art.

I have visited the store in the Spring, Summer and Fall and the clothes are unique in design and color as well as functionality. The clothes for all seasons at that Amado on 3rd carries can be worn both to the office and out for the evening, never losing their feminine appeal. Their clothes are dressy casual but still with that professional look. They are currently carrying a line by designer Joseph Ribkoff that was very impressive. Simple yet elegant.

During a recent visit to look over their Spring clothing lines, they have beautiful floral prints by Tizzie, that are bright, elegant and have beautiful floral motifs on them that would match with jeans and slacks alike. These come in both floral, geometric and solid colors and offer the most vibrant colors. A line of elegant tops by Petit Pois were also very wearable and had nice geometric patterns to them.

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One of Tizzie’s colorful blouses (may not be available now)

On recent visit to the store to look at their Summer clothing, they have an interesting and colorful line of blouses from Gretchen Scott that I have never seen in the department stores. Again the lines are colorful without begin gaudy and go great with a pair of slacks, a skirt or jeans.

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Gretchen Scott Blouse (may not be available now)

There is new transitional Fall clothing coming in that came in from a vendor called Kukon that were cotton tops with a gray colored motif on each of them. Very wearable with anything. The Fall clothing are now entering the store and there are many interesting sweaters and blouses coming into the store. Vendors being features are from Kokun, Cyrus, Tizzie ad Yah (not all lines are available at the same time.

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One of the new blouses by Tizzie

The store also has an interesting line of jewelry and accessories that you should check out. Every season there is something new to see. There is a very nice line of young girl’s dresses that are Torie Birch inspired and an interesting line of Japanese jeans stuffed with sequins on them in the shape of Bugs Bunny and other cartoon characters.

The best part of the store is the level of customer service you get from the ladies. It is excellent. They know their merchandise and who their customer is walking through the door. They can tell you how to put outfits together, what item might look nice on a certain woman and how to mix and match. They have extensive knowledge of the clothes they carry and will pull each piece off the rack and explain it to you. As one of the owners explained to me, “We buy for women like us who like youthful, elegant clothing that matches our lifestyle. There really is something for everyone here.”

Another aspect is the free food items to munch on when you are shopping. They might open a bottle of wine, have an assortment of cookies and fruit or cheese and crackers out for the customers to nibble on while they are looking around. On a recent trip I nibbled on a few jellied candies that the ladies put out. I thought that was a nice detail when shopping and a way of keeping the customer engaged.

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Keeping with the spirit of Halloween the fun and original displays at Amado on Third

They also don’t forget the furry four-legged customers who come into the store with treats for dogs and a water dish outside the store. They also had a small mirror outside during the warm months for the dogs to admire themselves. These are those interesting touches that most stores don’t offer.

For Men, they have an interesting line of colorful socks which are now all the trend for $15.00 in all patterns and styles.

The Winter merchandise is just coming in and there are many printed scarfs and fringed printed gloves that will go with any look.

So if you are looking for the unique piece of clothing, jewelry or accessory that you might not find in boutiques and department stores around New York City, start at Amado on 3rd and let the ladies help you make a selection. If anything, you can still indulge in a cookie while you are walking around the store.

This is shopping made interesting.

*The author wants to thank Roberta for supplying extra pictures of the shop for the blog. It shows the true spirit of the store.




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)

Cotelac 983 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10021


983 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY  10021

(212) 288-0400



Monday-Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm/Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

I came across this unique clothing and accessories store when walking the lower part of the Upper East Side for my project “MywalkinManhattan.com”. I was attracted by the beautiful clothing designs in the windows. It just lured me in with classic tailored look and vibrant colors and patterns to the clothes.


Clean elegant store with vibrant colored clothing

When I walked into Cotelac, I was taken by the clean lines and elegant displays that I thought was unusual for this part of Lexington Avenue. I thought this shop would be located on Madison Avenue or maybe in SoHo. The clothing had a sporty, casual elegance to it and the motives of the clothes were different from the other stores in the area. The prices were also not outrageous as they might be on Madison Avenue. Blouses and skirts start between $85.00 to $245.00 US dollars. By wearable and very affordable. The store is for the woman who likes an elegance classic look without being too dressy.

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Cotelac Fall 2019

When I talked to the saleswoman there, she said that the designer was from France and the store was part of a French chain that is located all over the world, it made more sense to me. I was attracted to a sporty blue and white nautical looking lightweight jacket and top combo that would not look out of place on a teenager or an adult. After two years in working at Macy’s Juniors Department, this look belonged on a active individual who dressed for the office and for going out for the afternoon or evening.

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Cotelac Fall 2019

They have a very striking Fall 2019 collection in the stores.

History of Cotelac:


The Cotelac brand includes two lines: woman and man, designed by Raphaelle Cavalli and her internal style office. Her clothes are characterized by a sustained attention to the textile material as well as a meticulous work, close to the crafts, on the treatments of tissues. Cotelac often uses several types of fabrics for the same garment.

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Cotelac Dress Fall 2019

In the ready-to-wear sector, the brand is positioned on the high-end, all generations. For her designer, Cotelac, “Dresses an active woman, a little bohemian, who likes beautiful clothes, not complicated, easy to live and wear.”

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Cotelac Fall 2019


Cotelac was founded by Raphaelle Cavalli, a stylist and Pierre Pernod, previously creator of the brand ‘tehen’.

Raphaelle Cavalli studied in the textile section of the Beaux-Arts in Lyon, where she already worked on fabric. She completed her research with a training at the School of Textile Engineers of Lyon. In the late Eighties, she joined ‘tehen’, directed by Pierre Pernod. She deepened her work on the subject, especially mesh. This fabric is the centerpiece of the first collection, launched in 1993.

The name, ‘Cotelac’, comes from its creation, near Lake Nantau. In 2010, the brand built a new site in Amberieu-en-Bugey, bringing together production and the company’s headquarters. In 2004, Cotelac launched a new line, ‘Acote’, intended for a younger audience. His style is entrusted to Baptiste Viry, in tandem with Raphaelle Cavalli.


The Amberieu plant remains at the heart of the production process and the Cotelac ‘trademark’, including the famous pleating machines. Its creators also consider their activity and the know-how oft he brand on the mode of ‘industrial crafts’.


In 1993, the year of its creation, Cotelac opened 8 stores in France, Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Annecy, Aix-en-Provence and Bordeaux. It now has 56, including 11 Acote stores, in 47 cities. Since 2004, the brand has been setting up abroad and already has some 30 points of sale in Europe (Spain, Germany, and Switzerland), the United States and Asia (Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea).


Cotelac has entrusted its image to several renowned artists, such as Ellen Kooi and Sarah Moon.

For several years now, the brand has also been involved in promoting young, unsigned, independent artists as part of a partnership with the Roy Music label. Each year, its creators select a ‘coup de coeur’, which they publish a CD with four titles, distributed free in the store. The brand has produced four artists (Jil Is Lucky, Onili and Hangar and Olivier Marois), many of which have since been successful.

In addition, in partnership with Kiblind magazine, Cotelac offers young graphic designers and illustrators the opportunity to interpret the brand artistically. An original creation is thus diffused in each number. Since 2009, several artists have participated in the operation, including Bettina Henni, Domitille Leca, Brecht Evens or the Montreal collective Chateau-Vacant. Cotelac regularly organizes exhibitions in its stores.


Check out their website for all locations.

Disclaimer: This information comes from both the Cotelac website and Wiki. Please check their website at http://www.cotelac.com for the full line and prices.


Harbs 1374 3rd Avenue at East 78th Street New York City, NY 10075


1374 3rd Avenue at 78th Street

New York City, NY 10075

(646) 336-6888


Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm

Friday-Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm


Harbs is the first restaurant I have put on the site because it does not quite fit into my ‘DiningonaShoeStringinNYC@Wordpress.com site because of its prices and due to the bakery up front, it is a combination of upscale bakery and cafe.

This Japanese inspired upscale tea and coffee shop/bakery I discovered when walking around the Upper East Side for my “MywalkinManhattan.com” blog site when exploring the Upper East Side (Days 101-104). The restaurants philosophy is to offer the freshest ingredients with a handmade quality to all of their food items. It really shows in the quality of all of the lunches and desserts that I have had there.

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First off, the food and the service are excellent.  Harbs is one of those rare restaurants that has all the components of a good establishment. The atmosphere is clean and elegant with polished woods and white tablecloths. It is like being in an elegant British Tea House in Japan. The lighting is suttle, the tables are perfectly spaced apart and the service is friendly, professional and not over-whelming in people bothering you of ‘how are things’.

The staff moves very swiftly here and once your order is taken, it is not long before the food comes out. The menu is limited to a small selection of sandwiches and salads and about twenty different cakes and a few pies. They politely take your order, put water on the table and then serve you your beverage of choice, either coffee, tea or iced tea.

When you walk into the store, the baked products sit in a refrigerated case like a line of jewels, beautifully decorated and ready to be sliced for meals or for take out. Harbs is not one of those boisterous stores for the ‘Mommie & Me’ crowd. Most of the children who come here for lunch and dessert are well behaved and calm. They enjoy their meal and have nice subdued conversations. It is a very well behaved crowd of customers. The private school teenagers seem to like this as a meeting spot when they want to seriously talk to one another.

The sandwiches are delicious and quite large. They have wonderful lunch special from 11:00am-3:00pm, where you have a choice of a salad or sandwich, a beverage of your choice and a slice of cake or pie for $22.00. This is a nice deal for what you get and just enough to get you through dinner.

My first time there I had the Croque-monsieur, which was a large piece of mustard-buttered French bread with ham and cheese on top and then broiled until caramelized. The outside of the sandwich was crisp and crackly and the inside moist from the butter, ham and cheese. The sandwich has a richness due to the ingredients and has a sweet-savory quality to it.

On my second trip to Harbs,  I tried was the Bacon & Cheese Omelette sandwich, which was a three egg omelette filled with white cheddar, pieces of crisp bacon and seasoned eggs topped with fresh tomato, spinach and mayo. Breakfast for lunch. On a cool rainy afternoon with a cup of the English Breakfast tea there was nothing like it. The bread the restaurant uses is quite large for the sandwiches and is toasted nicely. On all the sandwich plates, there is a side salad of mixed greens with a buttermilk dressing. The crispiness of the greens against the savory sandwiches works perfectly like ying-yang.

On my third trip to the restaurant, I had the B.L.T which was made on the thickly sliced toast with slightly out of season lettuce and tomatoes (but still fresh and crisp) with thick slices of smoked bacon. They put the right amount of mayonnaise on the sandwich so that it did not get soggy. On the side was a salad of fresh greens with a buttermilk dressing and two small boiled potatoes.

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There desserts are not only beautiful to look at in the case when you walk inside the restaurant but they taste as good as they look. The cakes and pies of Harbs are lined like jewels in a glass case with colorful icings and fresh fruits on top. The cakes are available for dine in or take out. There is an elegance to their desserts.


The Marron Cake is a light vanilla cake with a caramel type cinnamon icing on the top and pieces of what tastes like brittle inside the icing between the layers of the cake. The cake has a light vanilla flavor to it. Another trip to the restaurant, I tried the Strawberry Shortcake cake and that had the same light vanilla cake with layers of fresh sweet red strawberries and a light whipped cream. The slice is very generous and is just enough to finish the meal. On my last trip to the restaurant, I had the White Chocolate Cake, which was made with layers of soft butter cake with a white chocolate frosting with a small amount of liqueur and shavings of white chocolate on top. Their cakes are not overly sweet and are very light.

The service at the restaurant is very subdued and friendly. The people who work there really enjoy it when you like your meal and take great pride in coming out of the kitchen to see that the customers are enjoying their meals. The waitstaff moves are quietly and refills when needed. Even I find the customers to be polite.

A for quick snack or a filling lunch or just to buy dessert on your way home, Harbs is a nice alternative to some of the other upscale bakeries in the City who charge $8.00 just for an eclair or cookie.

La Librairie des Enfants 163 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128

La Librairie des Enfants

163 East 92nd Street

New York, NY  10128

(646) 590-2797




Monday-Friday 10:00am-8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor:


I have been in La Librairie des Enfants bookstore many times on my walking project, “MywalkinManhattan” (Day Ninety-the Upper East Side) when visiting the Upper East Side and it is like being in a small, comfortable bookstore from a trendy neighborhood in Paris that was dropped right into the heart of Manhattan. Even the outside of the store is designed to look Parisian.

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Inside you will find the most wonderful and whimsical merchandise straight from France. The books are the latest titles by French authors translated into English or in French for the children ready for the challenge of a new language. European authors have a different perspective on children’s development and it shows in the wording and artwork of their books which seems to challenge the children to use their imagination. Their books are beautifully illustrated  and printed. There was one interesting ABC book in English and French whose designs were most vibrant and detailed. It sold out the next time I saw it. There are also many titles from the latest American authors as well.

Other unique merchandise are toys from France made in France, which you would not be able to find in the average American toy store. There are building blocks to to test your knowledge of the alphabet, puzzles and games that challenge the senses with color and structure and small travel games for trips. The only thing it did not have was plush made in France but I heard this might be something in the future. There were also some interesting wooden games that spurred interaction.

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What is nice is how the store reaches out to their customers and the community by making them part of the experience. There are puppet shows in English and in French, story reading by local authors, wine & cheese socials for the adults, which can help them with conversational French and there is even a membership to their library where children can take books out of the store from their collections (there are fees for some of these events so please check their website).

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If you are looking for a totally original gift or trying to get your child put the cell phone away and ‘think out of the box’, La Librairie des Enfants is the perfect children’s store stocked with creative and unique merchandise with a feeling of being traveled to Paris for the afternoon.

The staff will speak to you in both English and French.

This is an experience you will not get on Amazon.


Tiny Doll House 314 East 78th Street New York, NY 10075

Tiny Doll House

314 East 78th Street

New York, NY  10075

(212) 744-3719



Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor:


I discovered this store for the first time on my walking project, ‘MywalkinManhattan.com’, when I was walking the Upper East Side. Coming from the Toy Industry (I worked for FAO Schwarz for four years in both main New York store on Fifth Avenue and the Minneapolis store for four months in 1987), I recognized the beauty and fun of the Tiny Doll House.

When I walked in I was greeted by a woman who explaining the store to another customer. One side of the store has all sorts of things to decorate a dollhouse that were all handmade like dolls, food, furniture and accessories that would be the envy of any home. Even the paints to put over a doll house mantle were hand painted (or at least looked that way).

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The walls are lined with all sorts of treasures for the home

Each of the handmade cases of merchandise are done by theme to decorate the dollhouse to make it a home for the holidays. There were specialty cases for Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter and Christmas. There were even cases dedicated to food, dolls, toys, cooking, gardening and Victorian furnishings and items from later years like books, records and radios. Admire each little case for the detail work.

The other side of the store had behind it’s cases the more commercial items that come from well-known vendors in the industry. They have their own unique look to them. Here the furniture and accessories have their own beauty and detail to them.

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Beautiful handmade furnishings

You will find small candlesticks, furniture for every room in the house, every type of food and dishes to line the dining room and kitchen tables, tiny pillows, small portraits, wash basins, TV’s and radios and every type of decorative item so that no two houses are ever the same.

The back of the store is dedicated to more commercial furnishings that are factory made but no less impressive and you can find working lamps and clocks. It really is a store to explore and you can furnish your dollhouse to your own taste.

The store is also lined with dollhouses in all shapes and sizes to fill with items from the store. You can go for a modern look or a Victorian design depending on the house and your own imagination. These houses can go anywhere from $300 to $1200 US dollars.

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The dollhouses range in size and design

As the woman behind the counter told me, this is the last of these type of stores but I am glad it is here. Who would not want a dollhouse of their own? The people that work here you can tell have experience as designers as well and it shows when they have you furnish this second home for your enjoyment.