This weekend officially marks the grand opening of the new C Wonder store inside of the Time Warner Center. Probably the coolest concept for an apparel and accessories store I’ve ever seen, making me feel like a little girl in a candy shop. While a green carpet stretches all the way out to the sidewalk, the inside of the store has a toy vending machine, bubble gum dispensers, giant balloons, RAINBOW-COLORED ZEBRAS!!!, and of course a DJ to keep the party going. This weekend, the first 300 customers each day (Saturday and Sunday) will receive a free gift card. EVERYONE, however, will get to participate in the fun festivities in celebration of the store’s grand opening. And for every customer who spends $20 or more, they’ll receive a limited-edition tote made especially for the grand opening.
While spending this wonderful weekend in a cabin in the Catskills, I came across the most AMAZING vintage store I’ve ever encountered. Owned by film artist Laura Levine, the Mystery Spot is located on Main Street in the quiet little town of Phoenicia, New York.
The only reason I wasn’t able to purchase anything at this amazing shop was because I wanted to buy literally EVERYTHING to the point where I was actually getting a little anxiety about it. Although my weekend was just about relaxing and exploring the wilderness with my boyfriend, I would definitely come all the way back just for a shopping spree here.
The Mystery Spot carries all sorts of vintage goodies from clothes, footwear, records, toys, books, even old family photographs. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find vintage shops in Manhattan, although through my experience, any item sold in a Manhattan vintage shop is sold for just as much or even more than what is was originally worth back in its hey day…which is way more than I could afford. (By the way, if you have any tips, SEND THEM MY WAY!) The Mystery Spot definitely honors the value of the items displayed, while also making the prices affordable for someone like me, who would definitely be interested in styling up these original pieces with my own modern flair.