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Welcome to Drunk Shopping! Our Friday feature celebrates the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
Hey weekend! Thanks for finally joining us! We're ready to celebrate your much-anticipated arrival with another installment of Drunk Shopping. This time around we're trolling some special events in Chelsea. Start out at Mary Ann's for a delicious Mexican brunch—call it a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration. For $15 you get a meal: Spinach burritos, huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and a big frosty margarita. You'll end up getting a few—they go down easy. Then you're gonna leave because there is shopping to be done.
Head east to check out Manhattan's newest mall. No, it's not your standard Aéropostale and Pretzel Time affair—it's Limelight Marketplace. Once a church, most famous as a club, now a very newly-opened, beautifully restored collection of national names, independent retail, and edible specialties. The checkerboard interior houses mini-boutiques from LeSportsac, Havaianas, and Hunter plus a variety of jewelry at all price points, sneakers, athletic wear, and designer eyewear. You'll also want to check out the food concessions. What's your poison? Cupcakes, caviar, baguettes, local produce, chocolate, even fancy imported salamis are ripe for the taking.
Now, if it's Saturday, head a couple of blocks south to the Metropolitan Pavilion. Housing Works is hosting its yearly Design on a Dime event as we speak, though it wraps tomorrow. Check out room concepts featuring brand new, donated merchandise for sale at 50% to 80% off retail, set up by 50 of the hottest interior designers. Ending up with a little something that used to live in Daniel "007" Craig's apartment is a very real possibility—we don't tease.
Now head west for a recharge. On Eighth you'll duck into Flight 151 for some very cheap suds and a bathroom break. Then get yourself up the 21st Street and hang a left. At P.S. 11 you'll find Crafts in Chelsea. It's a crafty craft fair put together by those crafty crafters at Etsy; you're sure to unearth plenty of owl-festooned canvas totes, delicate vaguely-ironic jewelry, stuff people knitted, and fancy soap. You might even be drunk enough to buy some of it!
If you're not, get drunker. At 23rd Street and Tenth Avenue you can hit the Half King for some possibly al fresco beer-guzzling. Imbibe and chat about the golden days when churches in Chelsea were for buying ecstasy and not blue-raspberry gummi bears. While you're at it, break out those blue-raspberry gummi bears!
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Inside the World's Greatest Church Turned Club Turned Mall [Racked NY]
· Design On a Dine at Housingworks; Etsy's Weekend Market [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]