Bayside, New York
July 6, 2003
You need to make a quick decision as to whether you want to spend your time looking at cutting edge designs, in which case you can visit "Muttropolis" which was created by the McCulley Group. It's about dogs. Or you can knock yourself senseless, as we did, trying to cover the multitude of retail operations who carry antiques, artisan's wares from around the world, or you can just go up and down the sidewalk on Cedros Avenue, and note the venues where you'd like to spend more time.
Unfortunately, we tried the latter, but neither one of us has enough discipline to keep walking. The names of the shops can be deceiving at times; for instance, Birdcage is not at all what I envisioned it to be -- it's more of a home decor place with luxurious linens, European ceramics, pillows, lamps. If you like pine cones and wreaths and that sort of stuff, Birdcage will appeal to you. Then there was Frangipani, which could have been a perfume store, but turned out to be an "everything Hawaiian" shop. It was fun, since we had just returned from Honolulu not long ago. If you don't yet own a sarong, this is a good place to get one as they have ample varieties.
Most of our time was divided between the Leaping Lotus and the Antique Warehouse. Sometimes, we would just split up and re-une a couple of hours later. What is very exciting about the "LL" (leaping lotus) is that it’s huge; it’s housed on two floors and is home to 95 separate vendors who are required to not carry redundant merchandise. We agonized over the African masks, and finally came home with one who had a slight cut on his/her lip. We saw the renowned "Belly Up" nightclub from the outside, but it was too early for anything significant. I heard they know how to party in there.
Whether it’s serious shopping you are after, or a very entertaining day, the Cedros Design District is a collaborative effort whose result is outstanding.
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