Seen & Heard: More on Pearl River Mart’s New Store

••• Pearl River Mart sent out a press release (boldface mine) about its new Tribeca store, first reported here:

Facing an enormous rent hike and an increasingly competitive retail landscape, Pearl River Mart’s husband-and-wife team Ming Yi Chen and Ching Yeh Chen were forced to close the doors to their iconic Asian emporium in March of this year. The couple regarded the closure as a bittersweet ending to a 45 year journey that began with a small shop in New York City’s Chinatown and concluded with a 30,000 square foot department store in the heart of SoHo. Although the Chens reached out to many interested parties and investors to continue Pearl River in some form, they were unable to find a suitable successor—until they spoke to their daughter-in-law.

Encouraged by the outpouring of support following the store’s closing and inspired by the opportunity to lead the brand into new territory, Joanne Kwong, a Columbia and Duke University-educated attorney and communications executive, felt the time was right for a major career change. As the new President of Pearl River, she has announced plans to open a temporary pop-up shop in mid-November at its new home at 395 Broadway before officially relaunching the store in May 2017 following renovations. The Chens will remain closely involved in the updated iteration of Pearl River as advisors.

Kwong’s vision for the new Pearl River includes modernizing its merchandise and customer experience, increasing its digital and social media presence, and forging strategic partnerships with major national and global brands. In addition to offering familiar favorites, the new 8,000 square foot location will debut capsule collections and collaborations with a variety of established and emerging Asian-American designers and artists and host a regular program of curated events, performances and exhibitions. Long term plans include opening additional stores in other U.S. cities and introducing new lines of Pearl River-branded merchandise.

And here’s the new logo:

pearl-river-mart-logo-copy••• Baked now has pretzels, served warm with mustard.

pretzels-at-baked-tribeca••• Dog Owners of Tribeca, as the membership-based dog run on Warren (across from Whole Foods), is known, would like to remind dog owners of Tribeca (lowercase) that it exists: “While membership is holding steady at about 100 members, we find that there are many new residents with dogs in the neighborhood who are not aware of the benefits the park has to offer (a clean and safe park, dogs and owners that know each other, convenient location on the east side of West Street).” More info here.

••• The 1st Precinct Community Council‘s monthly meeting—or Barney Miller: Live!, as I think of it—is tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the station house.

••• Anderson Martial Arts has moved from the ground floor of 394 Broadway to the second floor of 412 Broadway.

anderson-martial-arts-394-broadway••• The River Project’s “Release of the Fishes” is Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: “Help us return the fishes, crabs, snails, and other animals of the 2016 season to the Hudson River! Refreshments will be served and prizes will be raffled. This is a free event! Join us in the Wetlab on the south walkway of Pier 40 at Houston and West Streets.” RSVP: