Seen & Heard: New Tea Shop

••• I had heard that part of the old TAMA Gallery space at 5 Harrison (at Staple) would be a tea business, but that there wouldn’t be a retail component. Wrong! Kanlo will indeed be selling tea, both to make at home and by the cup—though the furniture hasn’t arrived yet—as well as candles. The tea is from Sri Lanka, and Kanlo also has outposts in Australia and Eastern Europe. I’ll write a full report when it’s completely set up. In the meantime, stop by and say hi.

••• On KGB Deals: “$20 for a 1-month gym membership, one personal training session, unlimited classes, and 30-minute massage at Tribeca Health and Fitness (up to $360 value).”

••• Babesta discount: “15% off Threads and Kicks with coupon 15OFF at”

••• I stopped by Locanda Verde this afternoon—it’s definitely getting more comfortable as a take-out café, though the people siting up front may disagree—and I couldn’t resist the Nero cookie. “It’s dark chocolate, almond, and mint,” said the barista. “Like a Thin Mint crossed with a brownie.” I can highly recommend it, although it’s also covered in powdered sugar, so as I ate it while walking down N. Moore I looked like I had walked out of Bright Lights, Big City.

••• Hudson River Park has three vacancies on its Advisory Council: “Members must reside in New York State and represent local community, park, environmental, civic, labor and business organizations, as well as elected officials representing communities neighboring the park. The Advisory Council generally meets approximately six times each year, in addition to committee meetings. The Advisory Council Chair generally provides a report at every Hudson River Park Trust Board meeting.” More info here.

••• The Hudson Square BID just tweeted that the Printing House gym is becoming an Equinox: “Renovations under way: Ph1 by April ’11, Ph2 Sept.” I think “Ph” is phase, not penthouse.

••• Score one for The Patriot.


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