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Caron Callahan Arrives in Nolita, Zola’s First Store, and a Fiction Hub in Fort Greene

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First Look

In February, The Center for Fiction, a literary nonprofit, will open an 18,000-square-foot Brooklyn space (15 Lafayette Ave.). 

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1. Auditorium: A 140-seat hall for fiction-related events, like a screening of cult-classic WWII film Where Eagles Dare (1968) with author Geoff Dyer.

2. Meeting rooms: Seven separate spaces that will primarily be used for writing workshops (from $125), like a six-week class on flash fiction with Pure Hollywood author Christine Schutt.

3. Writers’ studio: A room with floor-to-ceiling windows where around 75 writers can rent desks ($225 a month) to tackle ongoing projects.

4. Bookstore: Curated by authors like Stephen King, Richard Powers, Don DeLillo, and Edward P. Jones, with novels like Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous ($26).

5. Library: Literary fiction, nonfiction, and a robust crime section with 22,000 titles, including first editions from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Margery Allingham.

6. Café: The menu includes espresso, wine, and beer.

2x2: Cozy End-of-Bed Quilts

Not your grandmother’s.

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Over $400
Graphic: Linström throw quilt, $435 at
Patchwork: Cactus Rose quilt, $600 at

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Under $400
Graphic: Objects From Home reversible quilt, $395 at
Patchwork: Kantha quilt with blue-and-white border, $240 at

Urban Export

Noura Sakkijha has brought Mejuri, her Toronto-based direct-to-consumer fine-jewelry brand, to Nolita (43 Spring St.).

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“The main commonality between the Toronto store and the new store is that in both places it’s really easy to touch the jewelry. No glass cases, no asking the salesperson to unlock some box. We do hope people will ask other types of questions, though — ‘What is the clarity of the diamond on our snake ring ($255)?’ for instance, or ‘What is the difference between 14 karat and gold vermeil?’ Our salespeople are very friendly, which is the main clue that you’re shopping a Canadian brand: They’re sweet and polite and may or may not say ‘sorry’ every other sentence.”

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In early January, wedding-planning site Zola opened its first store (168 Fifth Ave.).

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“We looked at all the best-selling gifts on Zola’s wedding registry and brought 2,000 of them into the store: linens from Frette, dinnerware from Lenox. We’ll have a lounge with CBD-infused snacks, a 3-D printer where couples can print wedding-cake toppers of themselves. And all the store clerks are ordained, so you can even feel free to get married in-shop.”

He Said, She Said

On January 15, Seema Bansal and Sunny Chadha will bring their Kardashian-favorite luxury rose company Venus ET Fleur to the Westfield World Trade Center (185 Greenwich St.).

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Seema: We use a proprietary spray on our roses that stunts their growth and makes them last for a year.

Sunny: So many people have seen our arrangements on Instagram — we’ve done bouquets for the Kardashians, Oprah. But customers haven’t been able to feel them or see all the colors in one place.

Seema: We have 27 colors — burgundy roses, black roses, gold roses. Cardi B in particular loves vibrant colors. Actually, when Offset crashed Cardi’s concert with roses to ask her back, those were ours — $15K worth of stems.

Top Five

Designer of approachably feminine, cool-girl basics Caron Callahan has opened her first store, with mary janes, quilted jumpsuits, and vintage jewelry (243 Elizabeth St.).

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“Our Ace jumpsuit (from $495) is loosely based on a British army tank suit from the ’40s. It has pockets and two visible zippers and is a little bit oversize.”

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“We’re stocking cotton-silk underwear by Vivien Ramsay ($55). They’re supersoft and kind of look like boys’ underwear for girls.”

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“There’s a collection of vintage jewelry, too. I particularly love our vintage Victorian rings (from $420), all of which are between 14- and 18-karat gold.”

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Unconventional & Unexpected ($48), by Roderick Kiracofe, is about American quilts. I have a lot of textile books, and this one is special.”

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“I’ve been wearing our new mary janes (from $290) nonstop. They’re made in Peru and inspired by Chinese slippers. They’re dainty but not ultragirlie.”

*This article appears in the January 7, 2019, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

Caron Callahan in Nolita, Zola’s Shop, and a New Fiction Hub