It’s Friday, Christmas
is next week Wednesday, people are doing last minute shopping, open
bar parties, and late night gift wrapping is happening all at the
same time. Below, I’ve (Santa’s little Latina helper) listed a
number of talented folks and shopping ideas that is sure to cater
to your every need this holiday season – just scroll down and see
what’s in store for you!
FOR THE HOME:
Throw Pillow Cover made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish
statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by
hand, the pillow cover measures 16″ x 16″, features a double-sided
print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care.
Does not include pillow insert. To make a purchase, click here.
Profit proceeds will be donated to St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Artist Miss Van & her holiday special: “Princesasmarket.com © is an EXCLUSIVE ONLINE STORE brought to you by the ‘LIMBO FAMILY’ which was founded jointly by Miss Van and Landry A in 1999. The two have worked as a team ever since, evolving and growing together along their joint
and individual art projects. All of the items featured here are
original Miss Van creations, very limited editions produced in
Barcelona where the pair is based.” — Miss Van / GET A FREE Miss Van PRINT as a gift if you buy a print by clicking here. To browse through their full shopping catalogue, click here.
FANCYD.CO & their holiday special: “Stunning style and quality describes the individually hand beaded and embroidered silk bags. Asian craftsmen using centuries old beading techniques and carefully select silks, sequins, crystals, shells, beads, leathers and stones for colors and shapes that complement the designs of each piece. In doing so, it gives variations to the
designs and adds a unique characteristic to each piece. Drawing our
inspirations from contemporary fashion and vintage looks – always
lending a balance between aesthetics and functionality. Fancy’d
complements every occasion and outfit, weddings, proms, or even a
elegant night out on the town.” — FANCYD.CO
To shop via their online store, click here. And for other
inquiries: (347) 688-8584 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org Also, this
Saturday, December 21, 2013 FANCYD.CO & Bedroom Behavior
(more info on this business below) will be participating in a Xmas
holiday pop-up shop appearance at Shecky’s
Closet “HOLIDAY NIGHT OUT.” Event will run
from 1PM to 9PM; this is a +21 event. To reserve your tickets, click here.
FOR THE BOUDOIR:
BEDROOM BEHAVIOR and their holiday
special: Feeling a little naughty this year? We’ll, tease the
season with these must-have sexy lingerie sets and cutie pajamas
for both him and her. To browse through their online shop, click
FOR THE MIND:
Writer, Erasmo Guerra is a writer and journalist. His personal
essays have appeared in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, The
Texas Observer and aired on NPR. His debut novel Between Dances
received the Lambda Literary Award. Erasmo was born on the
Texas-Mexico border and now lives in New York City. He loves strong
coffee and hearing other people’s crazy-family stories.
•• Must Read: BETWEEN DANCES
& HAVEN’T I SEEN YOU SOMEWHERE BEFORE?
BETWEEN DANCES SYNOPSIS: “Set in a male-burlesque theater, this
debut novel captures a bygone era of a seedy Times Square,
following the mercenary life of a young dancer who falls in love
for the first time. With the same grim beauty as John Rechy’s “City
of Night” and Jean Genet’s “The Thief’s Journal,” this novel traces
the arabesques of acrid smoke and loneliness wound around the dim
world of hustlers and johns, of porn theaters and crumbling hotel
rooms. “Between Dances,” an early work by Erasmo Guerra, received a
Lambda Literary Award in 2000 and is being reissued in a second
HAVEN’T I SEEN YOU SOMEWHERE BEFORE? SYNOPSIS: “Guerra’s stories artfully resonate with contemporary readers . . . he unabashedly shares tales of heartache
and desire . . .”
Where to purchase: La Casa Azul Bookstore: “Located in the
heart of El Barrio, La Casa Azul Bookstore is much more than the
average retail store, it is the literature hub in the neighborhood
serving as the third place, a meeting space in the community.”
LA CASA AZUL HOLIDAY SPECIAL: “Stop by the
bookstore on Saturday December 21st (12-8pm) and Sunday December
22nd (12-6pm) for our holiday sale: 10% off all books, cards, and
journals. 20% off all shirts, bags, original art and jewelry” –
FOR THAT SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CHEER:
DYCKMAN BEER CO. & their holiday special: “At Dyckman Beer Co., we craft beers inspired by the flavors, the people, and the culture of Uptown and it’s surrounding neighborhoods.” — Juan Camilo, Owner of DYCKMAN BEER CO. Holiday Special: Online store is now open! First 10 orders over $20 of merch gets 20% off by using discount code: DYCKMAN20. To browse through their online shop, click here.
BROOKLYN COQUITO & their holiday special:
“Brooklyn Coquito owners Johnny and Athena have perfected the
family tradition. Mastering the recipe, they offer traditional
Coquito at its best! Brooklyn Coquito is the perfect blend of
ingredients highlighting the Coconut and Rum.” — BROOKLYN
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Brooklyn Coquito Bottles & T-shirts
available! Join us this Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at Fresthetic:
Fresthetic – Brooklyn Coquito – Brooklyn Brewery
“BROOKLYN MADE” 552 Grand St Brooklyn,
NY 11211 7-11PM CAN’T MAKE THE PARTY? Order your bottle
today! Deliveries start 12/22 to 12/24. Bottles $25.
T-Shirts $25. Delivery $5. Pick-Up is Free!
SANGRIA ANYTIME & their holiday special: “Welcome to Sangria Anytime! It’s more than just wine. Here you can order your favorite red or white sangria and follow what Sangria Anytime! is up in order for you to
visit.” – Lupe Flores. To make a purchase, contact Lupe Flores at email@example.com or (917) 547-8650.
FOR SONIC BLISS:
NICKODEMUS & QUANTIC HOLIDAY SPIN SPECIAL: When two strangers meet, magic happens. Discover the restaurant at Louie and Chan + the music room at The 303 at Louie and Chan. Louie and Chan is located on 303 Broome Street, NYC 10002.
DJ PAM JONES: (UPTOWN GIRL NYC) HOLIDAY MIX:
Link to Soundcloud, click here.
DJ MONI VARGAS (Friends We Love):
Link to Soundcloud, click here.
Link to Soundcloud, click here.
Link to Soundcloud, click here.
FOR CREATIVE GIFTS:
Tanya Torres & her holiday special: • Art • Greeting Cards • Gifts
Artist Statement: “I create art for love, peace and joy because wholeheartedly believe that all human beings need art and creativity in our lives as a way to more fully express and enjoy our humanity.” — Tanya Torres. To make a purchase, click here.
Sylvia Ji & her holiday special: Prints turned into scarves. Artist Statement: “Sylvia Ji’s artwork is some of the most striking work in the world today. A master of capturing the dark side of the beautiful and the sublime. Sylvia Ji was born in 1982, and raised in San Francisco, California, where she received her BFA at the Academy of Art University. Upon graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 where she currently resides.” Holiday Special: Limited edition silk scarves from Sylvia Ji are available via www.clickforart.com.
Holiday Special: The scarf measures a giant 64″ x 42″. Made in England, using the finest quality georgette silk. The georgette is incredibly light,
translucent and delicate. making for a wonderfully elegant scarf.
The scarf is packaged in a black linen embossed presentation box which also holds a SIGNED & NUMBERED 8″ (24cm) print of ‘La Virgin de la Soledad’. The gicleé fine art print is printed on 300gm archival paper and has a 1″
border, ready to be framed should you wish. Also in the box is
a sequentially numbered Certificate of Authenticity, as well as all
the care instructions for the scarf. Georgette Silk is incredibly
delicate – it should be dry cleaned only, but can be ironed with
care on a low to medium heat. Full care instructions come with the
scarf. To make a purchase, click here.
ARTS & CRAFTSMAN SUPPLY & their holiday special: “Our little art supply store has been offering quality art supplies for professionals, students, children, and crafters since 1985. You’ll find everything you need from paint to plaster and from canvas to craft sticks in Artist & Craftsman’s nineteen locations across the USA and here in cyberspace” –ACS
FOR HARLEM & UPTOWN RESIDENTS: ARTS &
CRAFTSMAN SUPPLY is located at 2108 7th Avenue, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, New York, NY 10027. Holiday Special:
Promotional gift cards will be awarded for every $100 spent in a
single purchase, online or in-store. Qualifying orders include
merchandise, framing and gift card purchases. Taxes and shipping
& handling costs are excluded. If you don’t live in NYC and
would like to make an online purchase, click here.
3D HEIGHTS GRAND OPENING & holiday special: “Native New Yorker, Jerry Castanos is the founder and owner of 3D Heights. He opened the retail 3D printer store after a successful career in the military where he learned all about this cutting edge 3D technology. Jerry earned several
distinguished awards while serving in the US Army and he brings
that same passion and dedication to customers who visit 3D Heights.
“It’s great when you can buy products online, but 3D printers are best understood when used in person. 3D Heights will never ask you to email us a
question like other online sellers. At 3D Heights, we pride ourselves on customer service both before and after your purchase. Our support team also has extensive experience working with 3D printers, so we can answer all of your questions in person or over the phone. And as the only physical store in New York City, 3D Heights allows customers to see, touch and try out your printer before you buy. You will also always get the lowest prices allowed by the manufacturer on 3D printers. Jerry graduated from Kaplan
University with a degree in Business Administration. He now lives
in his native Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights.”
Holiday Special: “On Saturday, New Yorkers will be privy to a sleek
storefront [of 3D Heights] with six modern computers, a range of 3D printers and 3D scanning technology that they can begin using in various ways. The computers make up the design lab, where patrons will be able to digitally model objects free of charge. Of course, 3D Heights will be selling
3D printers, like the Cube, Cube X and Solidoodle machines, as well
as scanners. 3D Heights carries the Microsoft Kinect, 3D Systems
Sense and ASUS Xtion PRO Live for object ($25) or full body scanning ($75). 3D printing can be done using Makerbot, Afinia, Cube, Cube X Duo & Trio, Solidoodle or Filabot machines. 3D Heights even has an Mcor Iris for full colour printing (with the possibility of a another machine in the future).
The cost of printing an object on one of the shop’s FDM/FFF machines is $15 per print.” –Michael Molitch-Hou, 3D Printing Industry.com
FOR A HAPPY TUMMY:
SASSY’S SWEETS NYC & her holiday special: “Purchase a dozen assorted Holiday Cupcakes for just $40! Box also includes our new holiday flavors: EggNog, Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Santas’ Hot Chocolate! Mention “HOLIDAY CUPCAKES” to receive 10% off your next purchase! 1 discount per person. Code expires on 12/31
**NOTE: Please be advised, deliveries on December
24th will run until 3PM. Orders will be put on hold during the
holiday break, which will run between December 28th to January
12th.” — Sassy’s Sweets NYC •
*Holiday Flavors include:
Coquito aka coconut rum cake (infused with a shot of coquito, a traditional Caribbean holiday drink) topped with a coconut rum buttercream and toasted coconut flakes. (must be 21+ to purchase or the alcohol content)
•Eggnog: Vanilla cake topped with eggnog buttercream and sprinkled with nutmeg.
• Peppermint “Hot” Chocolate: Chocolate cake filled with ganache and topped with red stripped peppermint buttercream. • Santa’s Hot Chocolate: Chocolate cake topped with Ancho Chili ganache. To make a purchase, click here.
LA NEWYORKINA & her holiday special:
“After spending a year traveling through Mexico doing research for
her first cookbook: My Sweet Mexico, Fany Gerson returned to New
York and wanted to continue sharing the sweet flavors of her native
Mexico; the frozen treats & other sweets she grew up with
are part of the essence of who she is. We are very excited to
share these sweet treats with you – But now you can enjoy them
without having to travel too far!” –Fanny Gerson To place your
holiday orders, click here.
**SHOP WILL BE CLOSED DEC 21ST – JAN 6TH ORDERS
PLACED IN THOSE 2 WEEKS WILL BE SHIPPED OUT ON JAN
BABYCAKES & their holiday special: “BabyCakes NYC is New York’s
premier vegan, gluten-free bakery that offers sweets free from
wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and refined sugar. Satisfying your
allergy-conscious sweet tooth with cookies, brownies, cupcakes,
donuts, cinnamon buns, cake balls and anything else your heart
To browse through their yummy holiday menu and to place your holiday orders, click here.
FOR THE SOUL:
The SPEACH: “Eileen Z. Fuentes founder of The
SPEACH.com wants to wish its followers a Happy Holiday is offering
on her site FREE 6-Month Wellness Program for Cancer Survivors. If
you are a cancer survivor and live in the New York City area, you
are more than welcomed to join their FREE 6-month wellness series
(at Columbia University Medical Center) beginning mid-January!
Please send an e-mail with your name, phone number and e-mail address to: theSPEACH@gmail.com for more details. Also, 11-Day Clean Eating Challenge is coming soon! Due to public demand the highly anticipated
11-day CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE will soon be posted to promote and
encourage healthy living. Stay tuned.” — Eileen Z. Fuentes,
Founder of The SPEACH.com. To find out how to signup for classes
and to read up on her nutritious recipes, click here.
DEVIN & TRISTAN GIVEBACK.COM:
“Marjoriet Matute founded Devin and Tristan Give Back, inspired by
her two miracle sons whom doctors never thought possible given her
battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The organization raises awareness
for different issues, collects toys and helps with anything else
that is needed in communities. Marjoriet is a conqueror, a leader,
and in true leader fashion inspires us to keep moving forward with
our journey no matter the circumstances are. She has a unique
story of survival and motherhood. “I am able to speak on behalf of
those who have struggled, lost hope, and those who have achieved
and conquered. My battle with cancer provided me with a unique
insight of myself and allowed me to discover my strength at an
early age. Discovering my ability to manipulate Survivorship will
be the story my children tell.
“My sons are the next generation to witness miracles through medicine & human strength. I want them to believe that no one is going to give them anything, all has to be earned,” said Marjoriet. Through Devin and Tristan Give Back she teaches her sons that ‘mommy is a survivor, we are thankful for her life…and we remember those who are still fighting…so we must GIVE BACK. No day is to be wasted and unappreciated.'” –Marjoriet Matute
DEVIN &TRISTAN GIVEBACK LLC present their Annual Holiday Toy Drive and are collecting brand new toys (unwrapped) for boys and girls of all ages. DTGiveBack will be donating the toys to Tomorrow’s Children’s Foundation located in Hackensack, NJ. If you’d like to provide a donation, please contact Michele Pinto for further information and questions, or to arrange pickup/dropoff of donations (201) 247-6760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Based on the success of the ‘Casablanca’ screening on Nov. 17 UPCA will show another classic black and white film on Dec. 22: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The 1947 film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore and was directed by Frank Capra. It is 130 minutes long and will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles. Before the movie there will be caroling . including an audience sing-a-long, as well as a special introduction by Mary Owen, the daughter of actress Donna Reed. The plot, as described by Amazon, is: “George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born.” Guests who bring an unwrapped toy for the annual Three Kings Day celebration in January can purchase discount tickets, $5 online or $10 at the box office.” –UPCA
And that’s it folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and happy