"The GPS says we are here but I don't see a hotel anywhere..."
As I drive around the block it becomes clear, we are either blind, this hotel doesn't exist, or our GPS is wrong.
Turns out, we are just blind.
We circle back and sure enough, there's a glass structure that could easily be mistaken for an office building but if you look reeeeeeally close, you can see the etchings on the windows - Hotel 50 Bowery.
We pull up outside and are greeted by the friendliest of valets. He takes all 10 of our bags (we overpacked, but you never know what kind of weather or events you'll get into in NYC).
Before we dig into our experience, a little bit about Hotel 50 Bowery...
It is the first Joie De Vivre in New York City, first on the East Coast, and just opened in May of 2017
229 rooms, 5 suites
Hotel was built from the ground up (aka it wasn't an apartment building or office space converted into a hotel thus making it much easier to customize)
Currently #7 on TripAdvisor (this # fluctuates daily)
Average of 15 rooms per floor
Modeled to feel like a Chinese village in the evening - hallways are dimly lit with Chinese lanterns, the walls are red, the vibe is cozy
Dining + Drinking: Rice & Gold (incredibly well designed interior/massive space), Crown: rooftop bar with awesome 360 views of the city, and Greenlady, a speakeasy is on the way for 2018
The average travelers age is 25-40
Coffee makers available by request (Keurig, don't get too excited)
The process is similar to most - walk up to a desk, announce yourself, exchange credit cards for keys, walk away.
Just ask Ricki Peltzman.
Ricki is the owner of the Washington D.C. based boutique, Upstairs on 7th.
No, it isn't located on 7th street nor is it upstairs. While the name may not make sense to most, it does to Ricki's loyal following of clientele.
The boutique was founded 11 years ago in a small space, upstairs, on 7th St NW. It's since moved around the block a few times but the name remains.
How did we find it?
During a recent meeting with a client, she casually mentioned a conversation with a friend who attended an event there. While in the midst of research for a large scale retail project, we decided to google it and found ourselves intrigued...the website was nothing to get excited about but the concept was certainly unique...but how does something so small stay alive if giant retailers like Macy's, Lord & Taylor, and J.Crew struggle to stay afloat?
So I pick up the phone, dial the store, snag Ricki, and ask for an interview. She graciously agrees and we plan our visit.
Monday afternoon my client and I headed to Upstairs on 7th which is located at: 1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
We park and begin wandering around the streets...no sign of the store but the GPS says we are here...
Our new retail and shopping feature!
While working on a large scale retail project with a client, I decided this would be a great venue to share some of the fascinating things I am learning while working on this assignment and exploring todays retail economy.
We are introducing you to Ricki Peltzman, owner of Upstairs on 7th. A unique, luxury boutique in Washington D.C.
The tips and tricks from Saks Fifth Avenue's top Washington D.C. saleswoman.
Find out how she does it year after year and what sets her apart.
(Spoiler alert: she sells menswear so we will also be touching on the hottest mens trends for 2018)
The National Retail Federation's Big Show & Expo!
The event takes place in New York City - January 14-16.
We can't wait to get the inside scoop!
Speakers include Tommy Hilfiger, Ariana Huffington, Marne Levine, and many more.
We hope you find retail as fascinating as we do and will join us on this journey!
Over the years I have made it a priority to ensure that Personalized Solutions is involved philanthropically within the communities we do business.
November 18th we had the pleasure of supporting the Arizona Heart Association at their 58th annual Heart Ball.
The event took place at The Phoenician (a Luxury Collection property and 2017's #1 ranked hotel by US News & World Report). It was truly the perfect venue for the social gathering of the year. As you can see above, no detail was missed. The event featured fabulous live music by JB Project, craft cocktails, and hours of dancing.
We look forward to continuing to supporting the Arizona Heart Association and highly encourage you to attend next year! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Donors of the annual Phoenix Heart Ball, enable us to help save lives every day. The American Heart Association has been working to save and improve lives from heart disease and stroke for more than 90 years, with scientific research at the core of all our efforts. 10 researchers in Arizona currently receive funding from the AHA, totaling over $1.3 million dollars. Last year, the sold-out Phoenix Heart Ball supported the Halle Heart Children's Museum, where over 30,000 children learned about choices that will lead to a heart-healthy life."