Thanks in part to Miracle on 34th Street, the classic Christmas film, and its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's has been immortalized in the minds of generations of Americans. It's hard to imagine that Macy's was once a small storefront operation founded by a businessman whose previous stores had failed. But success was just around the corner.
Eleven dollars and six cents. That was the total of first-day sales when Macy's opened its doors in 1858. Of course, at that time, it wasn't a retail superpower—it was a small dry-goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Before founding that little shop, Rowland Hussey Macy had suffered several failed retail ventures. This time, things would turn out differently.
By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store, spreading its way into the ground spaces of 11 adjacent buildings. Just about 25 years later, the store had outgrown even those expanded confines, so the company moved to its iconic Herald Square location on Broadway and 34th Street. There, Macy's began to attract shoppers from the rest of the country and the world. This location also saw the store become a major part of American holidays, especially in 1924, when immigrant employees wrangled the city's packs of stray floats and organized the first annual Macy's Parade.
Today, Macy's boasts 850 locations across 45 states and US territories. A far cry from that initial dry-goods shop, the modern-day stores carry everything from clothing and shoes to furniture and electronics. Though it is now headquartered in Cincinnati, the company's flagship store in Herald Square still attracts throngs of customers from all corners of the globe. The same can be said for the Macy's website, which is one of the most visited retail destinations on the Internet.
Ed Jenuwine began selling cigars in 1947, and his brothers John, Jim, and Lee joined him shortly thereafter. In the years between 1947 and 1988, they moved their shop to three different locations, all within two blocks of the house they grew up in. Today, the cigar empire they built operates out of locations in Troy and Sterling Heights, both of which feature humidors larger than 2,000 square feet and are stocked with thousands of different brands of cigars. Both boast comfortable smoking lounges with large televisions and WiFi access to give puffers a peaceful place in which to blow smoke rings, relax, or summon the ghost of Groucho Marx. The Sterling Heights location also sees bartenders pouring 78 types of scotch and other libations and hosts live music on Thursday and Friday nights.
Magdalena Cap's training as an aesthetician began more than 33 years ago in Czechoslovakia, where she studied dermatology and cosmetology. Three years later, the licensed aesthetician opened her own spa, where she has continued providing European-style facials and spa services for the ensuing three decades. Magdalena is joined by a loyal staff of licensed cosmetologists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and electrolysis experts, many of whom have worked with her for more than 10 years. The staff undergoes continuing education in an effort to ensure that all of their facials, peels, and rejuvenating treatments take advantage of the most advanced techniques. Like a park ranger building a nest, the team also draws on a wide range of natural ingredients including pumpkin and seaweed.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
The venerable haberdashery bestows personable, energetic customer service upon its patrons and boasts a wide selection of stylish and classic ensembles for stately sophisticates and casual clientele alike. Taking a straightforward approach to your shopping experience, Bachrach's team of beau bedeckers cultivates lasting customer relationships with a friendly spirit that seeks your satisfaction without leaping around corners or through walls and frightening you. Gents in need of more gallant glad rags can snag the three-piece vested suit ($164), adding pizzazz to work wear or your Sunday morning paper-retrieving duds, while spiffy sirs seeking spruced up shirts can opt for the pin dot tie ($24.75) in all its silken finery. The wrinkle free diamond satin dress shirt ($49.99) uses superfine two-ply cotton to achieve its suave smoothery, while the 5 pocket broken twill pant ($39) lends a laid-back, comfortable air to fishing trips or Casual Boardroom Day. Dedicated to a European fashion aesthetic with an emphasis on style and distinction, Bachrach lavishes dashing drapery on dapper chaps seeking a herringboned aura of strength and confidence to their wardrobes.
Whether offered as a gift or beautifying your coffee table, floral arrangements are thoughtful no-brainers that join jumbo shrimp in the category of coveted oxymora. With dozens of arrangements for every budget, both Della's and Accent can make a corresponding bouquet for every known ritual, tragedy, and competitive event life has to offer. The juicy purple and lavender of the My One and Only Bouquet ($50.99) is ideal for your favorite life partner, bridge partner, or mail carrier. Woo your high-school geometry teacher with the soft pink daises and lisianthus peeking out of a see-through cubic vase in the Floral Festival Bouquet ($45.99). A bevy of colorful tulips ($44.99) turn any dining table into a bright brunch venue certain to please weekend visitors and aesthetically astute kittens.