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This week we’re highlighting what to do for gal & val-entines day, sharing how to be a part of NYFW and introducing you to our cool new friend: Rima Rabbath of Souk Studio.

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As we always say, the coolest things are found by a walk in the neighborhood (or a drive by in a taxi), which is how we found this week’s Cool New Thing, Para Shades. Prospect Heights’ newest slice shop is v stylish and moon-lights as a cocktail bar in the evening…what more could you want? Stop by the new spot at 241 Flatbush Ave.


Happy (almost) gal & val-entines days! This year, your favorite small businesses are pulling out all the stops to help you celebrate in the most fun ways. We’ve put together a run-down of the best flower deliveries, galentines pop-ups, and spots to get a dinner res at right here:

Self-Love Galentines Day Brunch

On Sunday, February 12th, celebrate self-love with your closest loved ones. TALEA will be offering a 2-hour bottomless brunch with your choice of beer, draft cider or beer-mosas and delicious brunch pop-ups. This is all going down at both the Wburg & Cobble Hill locations with fun & different pop-ups at each (like calligraphy class, flower bars & cookie decorating!). Bottomless tickets will be $35. Click here to snag those plans.

Blxxm Heartbreak Anniversary Floral Workshop x Cherry on Top

East Wburg flower studio, Blxxm, is teaming up with Cherry on Top for their very special annual “Heartbreak Anniversary" floral workshop. On February 12th from 1-2:30p, Come for the flowers & leave with new friends and sweetly scented memories. Full hearts, broken hearts, all are welcome! Grab ur tix here :) 

Tarts + Flowers Bundle with Jura & Foods and Floss

This V-day, floral design magician, Jura, and baker, Food & Floss are collaborating on a tarts + flowers bundle. Pick from 3 different floral arrangements (that seriously look like they were plucked out of a Dutch painting) and add on 2 incredibly yummy tarts. Get a bundle for yourself, your boo, your pal etccccc. See it all HERE!

Valentine’s Day at Tiny’s

Tiny’s, the beloved neighborhood restaurant in Tribeca housed in an iconic three story pink townhouse, will be offering a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. We’re talking ricotta salad, gnocchi, braised short ribs & of course, choco lava cake :-) Grab ur resy here.

Valentine’s Day at The Wesley

The Wesley, the new veggie-focused restaurant in the West Village, will be offering a 4 course pre-fix menu for you and your <3 on v-day. You can expect mushroom ceviche (our favorite), roasted carrots & duck with the option to add on a wine pairing. Head here to get those reservations in!

Valentine's Day at The Bedford

Williamsburg staple of over 10 years, The Bedford, is hosting a v-day dinner for those who prefer to stay away from prix-fixe menus. Perhaps it's early on in dating and you're not trying to do something so serious, or you and your partner just prefer to order a la carte - The Bedford has you covered! They'll be offering their normal, a la carte menu, to take the pressure off the holiday. Book nowwwww


If you’re a sucker for a good story (& a good meal) may we suggest As You Are’s newest dinner event, Family Kitchen: a Story of Continental Cuisine? Join As You Are and the Ace Hotel BK’s Demo Kitchen for a special four-course journey on February 9th at 7-9p. 

Executive Chef Michael King, and Chef Ed Cotton will take inspiration from their childhoods spent in the iconic Old Boston restaurant, The Cottage Crest. Walk down a culinary memory lane featuring mushroom-stuffed amuse-bouche, lobster casserole and deep dish apple pie à la mode (just to name a few!) 

PS - We’ve heard Ed and Michael’s fathers, former The Cottage Crest chefs themselves, will also make an appearance. The perfect evening of cooking, kin and, of course… WINE PAIRINGS. Pull up a seat to the table!

February is here and that means it’s already time for New York Fashion Week! If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of the glamour, we have a fun way to get you in: Spring Studios is hosting events February 11th through 14th at the Afterpay Experience. During the day you can check out the latest looks from leading designers, enjoy coffee from Bluestone lane, and attend livestream watch parties of runway shows. In the evening, the party begins with live DJs and complimentary cocktails before livestream parties of the evening shows. To snag a spot, be sure to RSVP HERE! See you there ;-) 

LOOK (at art)

Superhouse is kicking off its 2023 programming with Blurring the Timeline, a group show celebrating craft and design from the past 40 years. The show features both contemporary and historical works in dialogue and examines the line of craft & design from 1980 to today with the work of 17 artists. Head to the Superhouse Vitrine at 75 East Broadway (2nd fl) until March 5th to catch the show.


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Cool Friends: Rima Rabbath

Meet Rima, founder of SOUK, a NoMad-based yoga studio that got its start in the city when Rima took to teaching over Zoom in March 2020. We caught up with Rima to learn about SOUK’s roots in her home country of Lebanon, and how she grew a digital connection into a physical community.

How did you start your yoga studio, SOUK?

SOUK was born in Beirut, Lebanon, my hometown. In 2015, I was asked to co-found a yoga school in Beirut as a way to offer a bit of calm and consistency to a city that has been in turmoil for as far as I can remember. Yoga Souk Beirut opened its doors in the fall of 2016 and quickly became ‘The ultimate surviving guide for living in Beirut.’ 

Fast forward a few years, and Jivamukti Yoga where I had been teaching for 15 years closed its doors in December 2019. A few months later, the pandemic took us all by surprise and there we all were - practicing on Zoom. While that virtual gathering space became a lifeline, I knew that community, being together in-person was a deep yearning we all had. The shutting down of the city forced many businesses to follow suit. I wanted to create a space of practice and community where we all gathered again; to build a home for teachers who had lost their home studio and for students to return to their mat outside the four walls of their home because “the healing is in the return.” *Sharon Salzberg

In 2020, my business partners and I hired Order Design, a Brooklyn-based agency, to design our logo and brand identity. In 2021 we pitched the business idea to investors while looking for spaces in the Flatiron/NoMad area. We raised funds for a full gut-renovation and found our home at 12 West 27 Street - a landmark building with large windows facing the Empire State Building. We signed our lease in September 2021 and built SOUK from scratch in collaboration with the design firm Home Studios NYC.

SOUK Yoga Studio opened its doors on January 15, 2021 at the height of the Omicron Variant. The photographs of that first class - 78 students with masks - are epic! At SOUK, some of the most experienced yoga teachers in NY spanning different lineages, have come together through practice, storytelling, music and sweat. I believe that this multidisciplinary approach to yoga allows one to go deep by exploring the subject and its many facets through different angles, through the lens of different methods and techniques. 


What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

The teachings of yoga remind us that every moment is a fresh start. And that is New York’s MO. NYC is in a constant state of creativity, constantly renewing itself by embracing newcomers and new ideas. We too can be in a constant state of refreshing ourselves and NYC encourages us to do so. New York or nowhere! 


What's inspiring you right now?

Small business owners, especially brick & mortar owners. Their grit & grace in the face of it all. Unyielding in their aspiration to offer an impeccable customer experience without caving to the need to scale and become a chain. It’s that “boutique” feeling that is not exclusive which inspires me.

That’s my vision for SOUK - to become a hyper-local entity that meets NYC at its renaissance while also being a destination for visitors/tourists interested in yoga and in community. 

It’s a little bit what NY Magazine coined as a zizmorcore attitude, meaning NYC to the bone! Dr Zizmor was a New York born dermatologist who became famous for his television commercials and prolific, colorful subway ads in the 1980s. In March 2021, The Cut New York Magazine issued an article entitled: “Thank You, Dr. Zizmor. The newest fashion trend in New York is — unironically, hyper-specifically — New York itself… It’s  a way of saying: We’re not going anywhere. And when you see it, it gives you a little warm feeling.”


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