Address: 1062 Madison Ave, phone:212-861-2544, email: giftshop@elizabar
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
I opened the store in November 1985
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
I started to work for Eli Zabar because of my interest in food but gradually became more interested in gifts, toys, novelties. Also I found a small shop in Paris that completely inspired me to change my focus.
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
Whimsy, humor, and a bit of snark
What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?
Constantly changing merchandise - adding more choices, more variety
How do you positively impact your clientele?
Sticking to my own taste and not being affected by trends
What is your favorite part of your job?
Finding esoteric items that make me smile
What is your favorite secret NYC spot?
Walking along the Hudson River
How do you benefit mamas?
Providing a never ending source of toys, gifts, party favors, decor, sweets, books, gift baskets, and Sean's ( E.A.T. Gift's Manager) terrific sense of humor
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
People really enjoy shopping at E.A.T. Gifts
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field:
The buyers from MOMA Gift Shop and Love Adorned
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
Love what you do ( for a living and all else!)
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
Ordering groceries from Fresh Direct