Daily Archives: October 13, 2009

NYC not on "World's Ugliest Buildings" list

The Longaberger Home Office in Ohio

The Longaberger Home Office in Ohio

Good News for NYC! Travel and Leisure recently published a list of the “World’s Ugliest Buildings,” and not one single New York structure made the list. Some of the buildings that made the cut? The Harold Washington Library in Chicago, The Secret Intelligence Service building in London, and the Longaberger Home office in Ohio, which is shaped like a giant basket. Do you disagree with the list? New York can’t help it if it has beautiful architecture, like featured space for lease 2626 Broadway, the Metro Theater.

Office Supply Drama

Greenwich Letterpress

Greenwich Letterpress

If Besen Retail had a reality show, the next episode would be about the drama surrounding office supplies. Apparently our shipment of paper, notebooks, pens, etc. has not arrived, leaving everyone in a tizzy. To avoid your own miniature meltdown, I have found a few office must-haves for your personal desk that are not only practical but also fashionable retail trends.

The Studs are Back

LeRoi Manhattan piercing parlor

LeRoi Manhattan piercing parlor

First it was men in tights, now men in earrings is back in style. According to New York Times’ “The Moment,” designers like Philip Crangi and Marc Jacobs are sporting the trend, and Rag and Bone is putting earring-clad men in their runway shows. Want to undergo the piercing gun but don’t know where? Once you have gained the courage, visit one of these piercing parlors to get the studded look:

Besen Retail Hero of the Week

Steve Escalera, Besen Retail Hero of the Week

Steve Escalera, Besen Retail Hero of the Week

Steve Escalera, usually famous for his fashion sense, is making headlines again. Rather than relaxing all weekend after a long week in retail real estate, Escalera spent his time helping a friend move. In his efforts, he snapped a bone in his wrist. Steve needed immediate medical attention, but despite the pain, he hauled himself out to Great Neck for a showing. Due to his gallant determination to go above and beyond, we honor him as Besen Retail Hero of the Week.