Rubee’s Closet helps satisfy ladies' style cravings with garments and outfit garnishes by designers such as She-Bible, Emu, and Studio Manhattan. Knowledgeable sales associates greet patrons and pilot them through the boutique's mannequin menagerie, where the Cecilia long-sleeve She-Bible top ($76) shows its stripes alongside Emu's Ceduna leggings ($79), guaranteed to prevent restless legs from flying away. Fashionable scarves help necks stay warm during avant-garde photo shoots in the grocery store's freezer section, and 3”x4” leather wallets designed by Studio Manhattan ($32) offer makeshift safe haven to elegant Serefina eye-of-peacock earrings ($48) during haircuts by Edward Scissorhands.
At Shoplet.com, recycling isn't just a way to dispose of paper—it's where paper comes from. Recycled paper, recycled office furniture, and other eco-friendly products make up a major segment of the online megastore's more than 400,000-item inventory. The rest of its stock ranges from printers to cleaning supplies to break-room gear such as coffee brewers and sassy baristas to push the buttons. For added convenience, clients can manage their transactions online and track their orders in real time as they travel from the warehouse to their office's doorstep.
Locals may have noticed that Lazzoni has grown into a family of 20-plus stores, but the company’s roots actually reach back more than 50 years and thousands of miles away. The first store was in Turkey, where they produced joinery pieces for windows and doors. They eventually got into the business of modular kitchen design, which evolved into the production of made-from-scratch and exclusive furniture for every room of the home.
Today, the brand has settled into a decidedly modern style. With a team of international designers from Turkey, Italy, and the United States, Lazzoni showcases original furniture made from Italian leathers, Austrian hardware, and Turkish textiles. The collection is marked by streamlined silhouettes, bold colors, and other contemporary touches: Andel armchairs shaped from clear polycarbonate get a pop of color from a seat cushion in one of 10 hues, and the simplistic Florence bed can be dressed in an elegant textile to match your favorite tuxedo pajamas.
Clients unsure of where to start with Lazzoni’s extensive inventory can request personal design services. Designers use blueprints or measurements from an in-home consultation to create a computerized 3D rendering in which homeowners can preview different pieces of furniture. The Lazzoni team also does staging for customers looking to sell their home or those who have recently kicked a furniture allergy.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
After earning his BFA at the nationally renowned Rhode Island School of Design, Kevin Tarasuk began exhibiting his darkly surreal paintings at galleries around his hometown of Miami before making the move to New York City. Now, he helms the Painting Lounge, a personable art studio where students learn the proper techniques of painting, such as composition, shading, and glaring at clocks until they melt. In workshops, Tarasuk has earned praise from his ecstatic students, who have heralded him as ?a very, very talented artist? and ?a patient and engaging teacher.?