An eclectic array of fashionable finds and designer delights line every shelf of Psycho Sisters' vibrant boutiques. Vogue vestments, both new and gently used, cater to studious style seekers, including a wealth of designer brands such as Marc Jacobs, Express, and Lacoste. Foot festoonery ranges from revealing sandals to boots covering enough calf to satisfy time-traveling Victorian podiatrists ($13–$32), and a variety of hats ($7–$38), wigs (around $25), and eye-catching jewelry ($3–$10) offer an easy way to dress up for costume parties or dress down for a mundane life as a human drink coaster. New items are constantly added, allowing each subsequent shopping experience to be as new and surprising as the ever-changing forces of gravity.
Palas offers a range of both local designers and classic established collections, including the unconventional deerskin and fringe of Daily Candy favorite Shondra Leigh and the fantastical organic metalwork of Robyn Rhodes. Palas also has its own in-house custom design studio, an exclusive line of fine, ornamental minerals and gems, and even its own brand of table salt.
The Wafflery’s menu revolves around a maelstrom of whimsical, pastry-platformed treats crafted from centuries-old recipes. Black Forest belgian waffles cram craws with a delicious blend of strawberries and chocolate sauce under a whitewashing of decadent whipped cream ($4.89), and the Banana Foster employs a confluence of bananas, pecans, and chocolate sauce under light whipped cream ($4.89). Like a magnanimous culinary mediator, The Wafflery accommodates taste buds of varying predilections, including both savory and sweet crepes on its menu. Snap up a Crêpe Alaska filled with smoked salmon and spinach and slathered in béchamel sauce ($7.99), or sample a sweet Crêpe Lite, which delivers fork loads of pecans, almonds, and either strawberries or blueberries ($5.29). When soft dough and decadence overwhelms, wrap a mitt around a warm cup of gourmet café frappe cinnamon ($4.19).
Suit jackets hang in perfect rows along the walls of Status Menswear, where men can expand their wardrobe with affordable yet quality apparel from Tazio, Martino, and Imani. Also on display are shelves of colorful button down shirts, which can be paired with wool, three button, and designer-made suits, as well as blazers, and dress pants. Clients can accessorize their new outfits with Status’s collection of watches, shoes, and cologne, while an on-site tailor is available to taken-in material to ensure each new item looks like a glove.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.