The delightful gift was purchased when we lived in Philadelphia. There is a charming, old-fashioned shop called Shane Handcrafted Candies on Market Street down by the Delaware River. It dates back to 1876. The facade is green with curved windows which display wonderful sweets. My favorites were the fruit gums. These were plump, soft-gum candies in the shapes and colors of fruits. They were made from an original recipe, that is, to my regret, no longer used.
Nowadays, our favorite candy shop in New York is Lilac. Dating back to 1923, Lilac is located on 8th Avenue and Jane Street. It's also in Grand Central Terminal, which is convenient when one needs a hostess gift for those trips to Katonah to see my sister, Jeanne. Lilac was founded by George Demetrious, a Greek, who learned chocolate-making in France, bien sûr.
Lilac's windows for Valentine's Day.
My sister, Susan, loves the French Mints, which are delectable.
Richard pays for our purchase: a fudge bar and a dark-chocolate caramel bar.
The drill is to take your candy booty to the little V-shaped pocket park between Hudson and 8th Avenue, sit on a bench, watch the pigeons, and enjoy!
If one is of a mind to have a Valentine Dinner au restaurant, one could do no better than to frequent Wallse on West 11th Street. At least the flowers are lovely, and you might see the artist, Julian Schnabel, whose "Pink Palazzo" building is nearby.
Flowers from the florist, VSF, in Greenwich Village.
One of my most favorite vintage shops is Madame Matovu, Rosemary Wettenhall's beautiful little shop on West 10th Street. Her windows are all decked out for Cupid's Day.
I will post more about Madame Matovu very soon.
We were also uptown on Madison Avenue last week, and there is no dearth
(or dirt, for that matter) of Valentine spirit in the haute East Side.
A bijou for your bébé?
Finally, we visited the Leonard Fox Gallery at 790 Madison Avenue. Over the past three years, Leonard Fox has searched the world for outstanding examples of costume-design illustrations.
The result, "Costume Design, Fantasy into Fashion," an exhibition of original work
will be on view until February 29.
Photo by William Larson
Richard and I on our wedding day in 1970.
Happy Valentine's Day & À Bientôt!