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Yes, It Exists: Adventure Time Doc Martens

Adventure Time Doc Martins
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Adventure Time? I sure do. In fact, I fucking love it! If you feel similar love for Finn, Jake and all of their friends in the Land of Ooo, then you might also want to own these rad Doc Martens with likenesses of all of the Adventure Time characters you adore right on them! Holy shit!

Adventure Time Doc Martens

Look!

Adventure Time Doc Martens Detail

Look again! I see Gunter, Lumpy Space Princess, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, BIMO, Ice King, Lady Rainicorn, Peppermint Butler and so many others!

Adventure Time Doc Martins

I must have these fucking shoes.

Adventure Time Doc Martens were spotted at The Dr. Martens Store, Located at 193 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211. They also had Ice King and Lumpy Space Princess styles!

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Balloon Saloon, The Most Fun Store in NYC!

Balloon Saloon Exterior
All Photos By Gail

We passed by the Balloon Saloon — which was heavily recommended to me by a colleague from the time I worked in pool management by United Pools. The store dominates the northeast corner of West Broadway and Duane Streets in Tribeca — on the way to dine at The Odeon Bistro, and just had to stop and take a few photos. Balloon Saloon, which sells all kinds of inflatables, and also delivers every configuration of balloon clusters that you can imagine, was evidently voted The Most Fun Store in NYC; and you don’t even have to enter the store to see why. Because look at all of these Balloon-type Things that they have right out front!

Balloon Saloon Front of Store

They have kiddie wading pools as well! Get yours now before summer is over!

Balloon Saloon Flamingo

Also, you need this Pink Flamingo to float around your pool on! (Cocktails not included)

Balloon Saloon is Located at 133 West Broadway, at the Corner of Duane Street, in Tribeca, New York City. Visit Them Online at This Link!

Balloon Saloon Side of Store

Cheese That Looks Like a Cake

Cheese Cake
Not a Cheesecake (All Photos By Gail)

The French Cheese Board opened its first US concept store in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in Mid-May, and we attended the opening party; because, free cheese! At this boutique storefront, which is located at 41 Spring Street, Certified Cheese Masters will showcase their knowledge of flavor chemistry and cheese and beverage pairings. The flagship location will also serve as a customizable venue for cuisine, art, lifestyle, education, and more. The FCB plans to leverage its partnerships with industry and pop culture influencers to create private events in year-long programming.

Sweet Cheeses

They also try to make the cheese displays look like art, or sweets, which is fun. However, you can tell by the way it smells in there, that they are selling cheese. Just giving you a head’s up on that.

Cheese Art
Cheese Art

The mission of the FCB, the umbrella organization for French dairy products, is to create awareness about the variety of cheeses from France available on the U.S. market. The organization also provides a platform for information, communication and exchange of ideas between French cheesemakers, researchers of the French dairy sector, artists, designers and chefs.

Pink Thing of The Day: Giant Inflatable Pink Flamingo Pool Floatie

Flamingo Pool Floatie
All Photos By Gail

Doesn’t looking at this very gigantic Pink Flamingo Pool Foatie just make you think of summer, and how much fun it is to float around in the pool on a sunny summer day, perhaps while enjoying a cold tropical drink? Ah, the life.

Flamingo Pool Floatie

We found this guy at ICFF, hanging out in the booth for Sunny Life of Sydney, Australia; a company that seems to represent a lot of neat products associated with Summer. Summer!

Sunnylife Signage

Flamingo Pool Floatie

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Candy Embedded Stairway

Stairway to Candy Heaven
All Photos By Gail

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a national chain of high-end designer candy emporiums conceived by Ralph Lauren’s daughter, Dylan. With maybe a dozen stores scattered between New York and Los Angeles, the brand’s flagship store on Lexington Avenue merges the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy so successfully, it is like Willy Wonka exploded in your face.

Full Candy Staircase Looking Up

A stand out feature the Lexington Avenue location is the Candy Embedded Staircase that connects the main floor with the basement level. These are the kind of details you can add to a retail space design when money is no object.

Stair Detail with Orange Slice

My teeth hurt just looking at these photos of Lucite stairs studded with Gummy Candy, Lollipops, Swedish Fish and Candy Corn.

Stair Detail with Shark

Look out for the sharks!

Stairs Looking Up

Going Up, Going Down.

Stairs Looking Down

Eduardo Sarabia’s Ballads at Other Criteria

Eduardo Sarabia Dioramas and Cactuses
All Photos By Gail

When we were invited to an art opening last week at Other Criteria, Damien Hirst’s high-end gift shop / gallery on Broome Street in Soho, the first thing I thought of was, why have I not been to Other Criteria during its entire first year of existence? Seriously, WTF have I been up to? I wish could tell you.

Other Criteria Store
Other Criteria: Because You Like to Have Nice Things

Although one could spend a good amount of time browsing around and not touching every item displayed so seductively in the street level retail space, it turns out that Other Criteria has a basement gallery, and that’s where we found the provocative art of Mexican-American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. Let’s take a closer look.

Installation View

Sarabia’s new exhibit is called Ballads and it consists of 3D paper dioramas inside wall-mounted glass vitrines, one large wall tapestry and several very large pieces of glazed pottery, all playing with themes related to Mexico’s dark underworld of drug trafficking and its related, widespread gang violence. Sex, drugs, guns and…parrots, yeah, it’s all there. Also there are some adorable little potted succulents included in the displays, which further enhance the feeling of authenticity. Because, Mexico!

Green Urn

This piece, which embraces the look and feel of traditional Mexican pottery, but with a little twist, is so great.

Blue Pot Leaf Ceramic

Pot Urn Detail

Zebra and Girl Diorama

At the gallery, we ran into our friend, celebrity photographer and art expert Derek Storm, who is apparently friends with Sarabia, and he explained that the animals in these dioramas, whatever their Spanish name is, that is also a Mexican slang word for some kind of drug. So, imagine that Zebra, which is Cebra in Spanish, maybe that means Cocaine, or something. Or maybe he was joking around. Who knows, it’s a good story!

Yellow Urn

The tapestry seen in the background of the above photo, Amor Amor Amor is inspired by the “narcomantas,” which are crudely made coded messages hung on public areas in Mexico by gangs and drug cartels. Usually spray paint on a bed sheet type of thing. Sometimes the messages try to justify an event or even further explain an action of terror. Sometimes the cartels get blamed for something they didn’t do in the media and this is their platform to give their side of the story. Other times, they serve as simple warnings to rival gangs.

Emulating this style and aesthetic, Sarabia wanted to bring forward a positive message. Using the power of fascination with this phenomenon, the artist has been working with a tapestry studio to make these works. Each is made by hand and takes about 2 months to weave.

Parrots

Eduardo Sarabia’s Ballads will be on Exhibit Through July 5th 2015 at Other Criteria, Located at 458 Broome Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10013. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM -7:00 PM, and Sunday 12 Noon – 6:00 PM.

Installation View with Cactus