Malls are turning into condos and churches that were once late night clubs are turning into malls. I am a little late on the opening but finally got over to the Limelight Marketplace today.
We entered on 20th street where there are vegetables stands outside the door. We had entered the food area and headed directly into the "sweet room". Small marketplaces for individual brands. The first thing we saw was the Gelato stand which is displayed exactly like the gelato throughout Italy. Tastes quite good. The store is called Baci and this store is their first free-standing store outside of stores and restaurants. Franchises for sale.
We then turned left and came upon Carter and Cavero. Old World Olive Oils. I really liked the canisters that held the oils for tasting. You can actually order one and get it in a few days. $100. This is their first free standing store in NYC.
Next stop, Mari's. Brownies galore. Again, their first free standing store. I think we have spotted a theme here.
Next store is called Wanna Have A Cookie that makes whoopie pie cookies in a variety of different flavors. Did I mention that this is their first free-standing store too?
Across from them is The Little Candy Cake shop that makes miniature tiered cakes that are actually pure chocolate. Clever gifts at a party. Yes, yes, their only free-standing store.
Someone did their research and lots of hard work to draw in a variety of food shops to open up their first stores. I didn't even name them all.
There are 25 stores represented in the Limelight Marketplace. Even Petrossian Caviar and Olatz with their $550 pajamas. Stores are a bit on the high end. Once you walk past the first floor the floors get smaller and smaller. There is something almost claustrophobic about it. On one hand, who ever put the whole project together was pretty smart but on the other hand I am not sure the stores and feel are geared towards the customer who is going to shop there. Time will tell.
Lots of crazy events took place at the Limelight in the day. I wonder if the ghosts come out at night and party?