two months ago i made a commitment to facebook friend michele persiak that i would fly into new york just to take her to lunch at her favorite restaurant laconda verde. why? because michele had been experiencing a period of anxiety attacks and agoraphobia that made it impossible to leave her staten island home. what was a place that would motivate her to walk around the block, take the bus a few stops, go to the store, all to get her ready for the trip across the water to manhattan?
i flew in the day before our luncheon and had a chance to wander around. i walked into the shop sabon, which sells sweet smelling soaps and candles and lotions. the proprietress said that it was a company tradition that first time customers be welcomed with a ceremonial washing of hands. new york is brutish, dirty, sweaty, hot and sometimes overwhelming. this is how to be welcomed in new york and it is the same experience i hoped to offer michele when she came into manhattan!
sabon has three different locations in new york and while i was at the one at 1371 6th avenue, you can find the others at sabonnyc.com