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The Poppy Caravan is Coming To Greenwich!!!

The ultimate trunk show, the Poppy Caravan is coming to Greenwich to the Delmar Hotel this Thursday and Friday, November 3rd and 4th. I have posted about them so many times in the past and how much I love their uber chic & highly curated items. I have begged the fashionista founders, Stephanie and Paula to come to Greenwich and bring their fabulous vendors. Come shop some of the best finds for the holidays and all to benefit @kids_in_crisis !

Enjoy 2 fabulous days of shopping, conversation, and workshops with some of their most beloved tastemakers, designers, creators and artisans from all around the US. Thursday evening’s conversation with some of the most successful women entrepreneurs is going to be incredible and a must do. See below for all the details for this very special event in our area.

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Starting Today, The Serious Fun Arts Fest in White Plains!!!!

A not-to-be-missed five-day celebration of public art and music, October 12-16.

The Serious Fun Arts Fest will celebrate public art, music, and dancing over five days in downtown White Plains starting today Wednesday, October 12.

ArtsWestchester’s festival brings monumental works of art to the city’s streets, including a six-story vibrant fabric sculpture by internationally renowned artist Amanda Browder that will be installed on the front façade of ArtsWestchester’s headquarters. The celebration’s headliner concert event is Sunday, October 16 with performances by Sammy Rae & The Friends, The Brighton Beat and ANDROMEDA.

“We expect this event and all five days of public art celebration to offer vibrant art on and off the walls in White Plains for visitors and residents alike,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam.

“This festival combines public art projects that have been completed and many new ones in a 5-day event that will attract new visitors and position White Plains as a creative force in the county well into the future,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach.

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The festival’s highlights include:

  • The ticketed Sunday headliner Sammy Rae & The Friends, an electrifying act that is selling out concert venues in New York City and throughout the East Coast. The band channels a kaleidoscope of influences ranging from classic rock to soul in high-energy performances.
  • The free Saturday Block Party, including performances by the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, REMY, Westchester Dance Artists, Matt Turk & Friends, Will Evans and Porter Carroll, Jr.
  • The Social Fabric, the new exhibition at ArtsWestchester’s gallery, features recent works and site-responsive commissions by artists who use textiles and fabrics to explore issues of broad social consequence.
  • The Serious Fun Art Fair, a five-day pop-up in at the former Macy’s Backstage at The Galleria with more than 200 artists organized by the Blue Door Art Center, New Rochelle Art Association, and others. Live mural painting will be by artists Katie Reidy, Ian Rizzo, and Ramiro Davaro-Comas.

The Serious Fun Arts Fest is supported by a grant awarded to ArtsWestchester by Empire State Development and I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

Empire State Development Vice President and Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, ” I LOVE NY is happy to support the Serious Fun Arts Festival as another great reason to visit Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Arts and cultural tourism mean serious business in New York State, creating jobs and supporting economic growth, and we encourage residents and visitors alike to come be a part of it all and find what they love during a seriously fun New York State Fall getaway.”

Monumental public art displays around the downtown include a skyscraper-high landmark mural on The Mitchell by artist Bianca Romero and sculpture installations by artists Shelley Parriott, Margaret Roleke and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong.

The festival is ArtsWestchester’s latest investment in a public art program that since 2020 has provided artists with more than $700,000 in grants and commissions and delivered two dozen new works throughout Westchester County.

Major support is also provided by Montefiore Einstein, the festival’s presenting sponsor.

Click here for tickets for the October 16 concert.

For a complete list of events, visit the Serious Fun web page.

Contact: Ernie Garcia, Thompson & Bender, ernie@thompson-bender.com or 914-762-1900

ArtsWestchester Arts Festival in White Plains

ArtsWestchester wants to let you know about an exciting celebration of art coming this October in the City of White Plains. 

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The 5-day Serious Fun Arts Festival will feature 15 new artworks, a Gallery Hop, Live painting demos, free concerts, a Headliner Concert Celebration, an Art Fair, plus DJs and pop-up dance performances. The full 5-day Schedule of events is here: https://artswestchester.org/serious-fun-arts-fest/

We all deserve some ‘Serious Fun’ and there’s no better way than to party with more than 200 artists during this festival next month!

The Serious Fun Arts Festival will brighten the City of White Plains this fall with art activities ranging from concerts to live mural painting, a public art walking tour to dancing in the streets. There will be sculpture, performance art, massive public art unveilings by renowned artists, fun family art-making, and more throughout the downtown. Don’t miss Sunday’s headliner concert with Sammy Rae and the Friends. And reserve your spot for Saturday’s FREE Serious Fun Block Party, with an eclectic mix of six-inspired performances!

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 #seriousfunartsfest!

VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM TO OPEN GREENWICH LOCATION IN OCTOBER

The New York–based brand is expanding into Connecticut with a Greenwich scoop shop, marking the debut of its first suburban location.

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the nationally beloved brand known for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan ice creams, will debut its first Connecticut location on October 1. Located on the iconic Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, the store is the brand’s first suburban scoop shop. The launch also marks a return to its roots for co-founders Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen who are Greenwich natives and whose ice cream journey began in town twenty years ago.

Ben and Pete became ice cream entrepreneurs back in 2002. The brothers rented a Good Humor truck and drove it all around Greenwich for two summers. With the money he made, Ben went backpacking around Asia and Europe and found himself most excited by the food he discovered and the revelation that good food was more accessible in other parts of the world. His travels inspired the idea for an ice cream truck serving good ice cream.  Not long after, Van Leeuwen was born in the form of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC in 2008. Its French-style ice cream (made with more than double the amount of egg yolks as standard ice cream) quickly gained a loyal following, and Van Leeuwen has since expanded into storefronts in New York, California, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as grocery stores across the country, including Stop & Shop and Whole Foods. Van Leeuwen’s goal — to make good ice cream that makes you feel good — also extends to its dairy-free options, which are made with simple recipes and choice ingredients.

 The expansive menu features more than 30 signature flavors including Honeycomb, Pistachio (made with Pistachios sourced from Mount Etna in Sicily), Marionberry Cheesecake (made with vine-ripened berries from Oregon farm partner Stahlbush Island Farms), and Earl Grey Tea (made with Rishi Tea), in addition to custom sundaes, handmade ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, milkshakes and pints to-go. The company is also known for its extensive selection of vegan flavors made with oat and cashew milk, including Churros & Fudge and Strawberry Shortcake.

 “We are so excited to bring Van Leeuwen to our hometown,” said Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO. “It’s really special that our first suburban location takes us full circle to the place where we first brought smiles to people’s faces through ice cream back in 2002 before the brand existed. We look forward to sharing good ice cream, made with good ingredients, with the community where we grew up.” 

 Known nationally for creative seasonal and limited-edition collaboration flavors such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and BIGFACE Coffee Affogato in partnership with NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, Van Leeuwen will also serve an exclusive limited-edition flavor at its Greenwich location. The brand has teamed up with local French bakery Raphaël’s to create a flavor inspired by their Canelé pastry – a brown sugar ice cream with vanilla and rum notes with pieces of Canelé from Raphaël’s. In addition, Van Leeuwen’s Fall seasonal specials,  Pumpkin Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie, will be available until December 1. 

 Opening day hours on October 1 are 12pm-11pm. In celebration of the launch, the shop will offer $1 scoops of all ice cream on opening day from 12pm-4pm. 

 Van Leeuwen’s Greenwich scoop shop is located at 375 Greenwich Avenue and will be open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can enjoy their treats at the scoop shop or order pints for takeout or delivery. 

 

 ABOUT VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM Founded in 2008, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream started out of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC by Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen and Laura O’Neill. With a mission to make good ice cream from good ingredients that makes you feel good, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has innovated beyond the original dairy recipe with vegan ice cream and ice cream bars, unique and eclectic flavors, and more. With 33 scoop shops across the country, Van Leeuwen ice cream is also available for purchase in grocery stores and nationwide shipping. To keep up with everything Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, follow the brand on Instagram @vanleeuwenicecream or visit www.vanleeuwenicecream.com.

POPULAR JAPANESE OPTIMIZED PRICED RETAILER DAISO– to Open at Rye Ridge Shopping Center in 2023

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The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, Plaza is excited to announce that Daiso  Daiso Japan Online Store has signed a long-term lease for almost 6000 square feet.  Their new space was formally occupied by Ace Hardware. 

Daiso, which is based in Hiroshima Japan, is a wildly popular general merchandise store that has a cult following. Typically, they carry holiday décor, storage solutions, kitchen items, beauty supplies, pet supplies, gardening items, electronics, snacks, toys and school/craft supplies.  They offer an eclectic, yet practical, design focused, mix of more than 100,000 products and 40,000 product lines. Their products have an international reputation of high quality with an optimized pricing strategy.  Many of their products they design and manufacture themselves.   Currently, they operate over 5000 stores in over 25 countries. 

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Erin Hinchey, Leasing Agent for the shopping center had this to say, “I have been working to get Daiso here for many years. They are the perfect compliment to our existing retailers.  They will provide our shoppers with products of great importance in their everyday life, all of great design and at really quality price points. I am so excited for them to open”. 

Daiso joins recent new leases with Amazing Lash, Prosper IV, Buff City Soap, JECTNYC, CityMd and Dr. David Stern. The new leases total over 16,000 square feet.

The Rye Ridge Shopping Center, Plaza & South are located at Ridge & Bowman Avenues in Rye Brook NY. There are over 70 fine shops, eateries, fitness boutiques and lifestyle services with ample FREE PARKING

Visit the Greenwich Historical Society Tavern Garden Market Wednesday!

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47 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807

Alternating WEDNESDAYS
Lobby & Tavern Garden
10:00AM – 2:00PM
(early birds welcome at 9:30)
SHOP LOCAL! 
Our Tavern Garden Markets feature a specially curated and alternating selection of locally grown, made and sourced products. Support local growers, bakers and artisans when you fill your basket and your home with the freshest bounties of nature and unique, hand-crafted goods.
COME AND MEET THIS WEEK’S FEATURED VENDORS:
Peony season is still in full swing! Enjoy these spectacular blooms when you subscribe to the BEAR CREEK FARM CSA Peony Share. Conveniently delivered for weekly pick up on Wednesdays at the Greenwich Historical Society. Choose from eight varieties of stunning, long-lasting double peonies: heirloom Duchesse de Nemours, Nancy Nicholls, White Wicker, White Ivory, My Love, Mother’s Choice, Fringed Ivory and Amalia Olson. Bloom time: Late May through end of June.  
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