I needed a phone card for my nephew that was visiting and had no idea where to get one. I tried a couple of stores and even the grocery store and found that they were either out or didn't carry them. One of my co-workers suggested I try a tobacco shop. I hate them, but I went into Mission Gift Tobacco. Wouldn't you know, they had them~! I was able to get the phone card in a snap. I didn't have to wait in line. Quick and easy.
Kurt S. Adler is the bomb if you love Christmas! My magazine orders Kurt Adler ornaments each Christmas as gifts for our staff. His blown glass ornaments and nutcrackers are extremely popular in our office. My family is completely jealous of the collection of ornaments I now own and are after me every year to see if I can get them some.
What I like about the Balloon Place is that they deliver! They make my life easier when they come up in our rotation for balloons and I can get them to deliver. The lady I usually speak to is always very nice and can accomodate any crazy request we make - and trust me, we've made some crazy requests for our events and photo shoots.
When I was home, I had an assignment to research wedding invitations. I contacted A Bride's Wedding Service to see what they offered. Their offerings are pretty standard and mundane. I've seen everything they carry at Party City and was underwhelmed by their products.
My editor has her custom stationery set done by the Desk Set. They have beautiful fine papers that are custom printed for us. We rotate her sets between three very different papers that are just gorgeous. The Desk Set always does a very nice job for us.
My mom and aunt are the antiquers in the family. I had no idea Antique Alley existed until I came home and got dragged there. I honestly don't see the ooh factor, but they enjoy it. Antique Alley wasn't large, but it was big enough to be able to move around and inspect the pieces they had on display. They should dust a little more, but other than that, it was okay. It's just not my thing.
When my family wanted to put on a reception for my cousin who ran off to Vegas to get married, they asked me if I knew of any companies to rent everything we would need. I immediately contacted Emmanuel Party Rentals. They have just about everything you could imagine and all at great prices. I've referred them several times and never had a problem.
Red Lavender has a great selection of gift baskets to fit every occasion. We used them last year as thank yous to several of the clients we were working with on major ad campaigns. Each basket was distinct and personal to the recipient. They were able to knock out 25 baskets in one week and have them all delivered according to the schedule we gave them.
I sent my mom a jewelry case and floral arrangement form JL Designs on Union Square. After seeing their work at a party I went to, I chose them for my mom's Mother's Day gift. She loved it!
I went to A Jeweler's Place after I stepped on my emerald ring and all but destroyed it. I wasn't sure if it could be saved, so I brought it in annd explained what happened. They were able to get the ring back into the proper shape, but there was nothing to be done about the cracked emerald. They were able to sell me a replacement that fit perfectly into the setting, making it look brand new again.