Personal Shoppers Lisa B. and Mosley introduce Animal Fair to a dog’s-eye-view of New York’s hottest design boutiques.
The scene: A couple growing painfully frantic in a home store, the gulping would-be groom sweating bullets, the beautiful bride-to-be lightheaded, the perfect silver pattern not yet found. Desperation increases by the second. Is this the prelude to a dream wedding? Or the terrifying opening of the Nightmare Nuptial?
At moments like these, personal shopper Lisa Blumenthal is glad she has Mosley on the job. Lisa rescued Mosley, a two-year-old, ultra-fab lab mix, when he was just a pup. Now, when panicked couples are in trouble, he does the rescuing.
Mosley senses tension and jumps in like a joy commando, his boundless enthusiasm and unstoppable affection helping the anxious couple avoid emotional breakdown. This pure therapeutic dogginess helps Lisa, known to most as Lisa B., get the job done.
Lisa B. became a personal shopper after her own harrowing pre-wedding experience. Four years ago, there was no Mosley to save her from the anxiety and hassle of searching for boutiques and registering at department stores, but her story has a happy ending. Her husband, Wayne Steinburg, is also her business partner at Maxwell-Silver New York, a personalized registry and gift selection company. Of course, now she also has Mosley to help her make the best choices for her customers, who include Mel Brooks and Lauren Holly, as well as accompany clients to unique boutiques around New York City.
Below is a list of Lisa B and Mosley’s sources for the hottest houseware New York has to offer. Included, are ever-important notes pertaining to pet-friendliness:
Jonathan Adler: A vintage boutique, featuring curvaceous forms that will change your perception of pottery, by the designer Jonathan Adler. Adler’s terrier, Liberace, is always featured in the catalogue and all other Jonathan Adler ads.
Broadway Panhandler: An excellent resource for cooks, featuring thousands of items at discounted prices, including pet bowls and treats. If you visit, take notice of the two frisky felines, likely to be sleeping on the displays.
Simon Pearce: A unique shop which houses simple, beautifully designed hand blown glassware and pottery. They even have a jar full of treats for your savvy canine.
Bark: One of the newest boutiques added to Maxwell-Silver’s exclusive picks. Located in Brooklyn, it was named for the owner’s two barking dogs. They carry select accessories for pooches and the owner shows her doggie devotion by wearing a ring that bears the name of her dog Iola.
Global Table: A great little shop in Soho that carries earthy collectibles and tableware from ports all around the world. The owner has a black pug named Pug who loves it when Mosley and other pooches comes to visit.
Apartment 48: An intimate downtown shop with antique house items. The genial owner loves pups of all kinds and welcomes you to bring them in and see what tickles your fancy.
Readers interested in learning more about Maxwell-Silver’s registry service or discovering more fabulous New York boutiques can visit Maxwell-Silver’s website at www.maxwellsilverny.com