BY DIANE FEEN | PHOTOS BY MELISSA KORMAN
The Big Apple Shopping Bazaar – like most retail concepts – is changing to meet the needs of its customers. And after a year of quiet resolutions and family down time, everyone is ready for the world to reopen.
That is why The Big Apple Shopping Bazaar is heralding their twice monthly special events. They have pop-up shops with vendors like Color Street, Candle makers, a Tupperware Representative and clothing vendors.
The key to this newly defined retail concept is that anything goes. That means the parking lot has become the site for Car Shows that burst with vitality and car reverie. On September 25th there will be the “Big Apple Bug In” with Volkswagens of every year and style on display. There will be food trucks, music, trophies and prizes. “All makes and models are welcome and the event is free,” said Event Coordinator Mari Mishaan.
For art lovers they have monthly Art Shows courtesy of the Del-ray Art League. This colorful conglomeration of creativity takes place the third weekend of every month on Saturday from 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
There are new vendors at The Big Apple that sparkle with great products and good intentions. There are also new opportunities for small businesses to showcase their wares in a friendly retail atmo-sphere. The base rent starts as low as $500 a month with a “No Lease” option. “During Covid some businesses had to close down or downsize. We have booths with showcases and slatwall that are ready to set up shop right away and start a business with little down time and low overhead,” said Michelle Elias, administrator.
That is the reason the new shops in the Big Apple are opening up and bringing new flair and fascination with fashion and food, tailor-ing, eyewear, makeup, shoes, jewelry, etc.
One new place to settle down for some down-home food and friendly banter is the The Good Coffee Café. Owner Walter was a businessman for many years and realized that dreams should come true. “I realized that if I did not open a café now when would I do it? The answer is Now.
Walter is a rarified gentleman – serving patrons tableside and being the perfect host. His spice cake is divine and the menu boasts sauteed shrimp po boy sandwiches, burgers, Steak Hoagies, fish, Bacon and eggs on a bagel, fresh brewed coffees, coconut cake, his famous Carmel Macchiato and more.
A few feet away is from The Good Coffee Café is The Fantasy of Jewels. This wonderful emporium of glitter and glitz (with class) specializes in necklaces, rings, earrings and other baubles for $5. The owner Yvonne is as eclectic and spirited as her reasonable priced collection. Her jewels have no nickel, lead or cadmium; and children’s jewelry is only $1.
Nearby is another fun prolific fashionista – Danish Buckley of NotYourMomStyle. She has a full collection of European inspired dresses, blouses, scarves and other fashion items. Buckley’s eye for detail and fashion savvy is unparalleled. The colors are serene and sophisticated, and if you need advice on what to wear you have an expert by your side. “There is nothing like a well-dressed woman. I want to help women feel confident, my slogan is ‘It’s You, only Better.’” Come to where fashion and frivolity are meshed with class and color.
In order to tackle the world and see its inherent beauty check out Eyewear Bazaar. They have designer frames that can be made into prescription glasses of all style and color. They offer discounts and carry new lines like Oliver Goldsmith, Swissflex, Ronit Furst, and custom-made glasses from Maui Jim.
One of the longest running beauty emporiums at The Big Apple is the Beauty Bazaar. For over 20 years they have heralded products at a discount that make women – and men – look their best. Their selection can fit into anyone’s imagination with make-up, hair care products, brushes, Avon products, designer inspired compact mir-rors, hair growth products and more. If you want to cover the gray, they have different products to color or spray the gray away. They also dye and shape men’s eyebrows. If there is a beauty product you need, Beauty Bazaar probably has it.
Another new shop that will stop you in your tracks is Rey De Flor. They are a multi-brand accessory and jewelry boutique for men and woman with price tags that will make you wince with wonder.
Names like Calvin Klein, DKNY, Givenchy, Robert Graham and Anne Klein will have you dressed like royalty without the dowry to keep a golden glamour stance.
Shelly’s Fine Style is always a delight to visit because of her won-derful taste in jewelry and accessories. Her pieces run the gamut from classy and elegant to fun and flirty. She has heavy chain link bracelets as well as glitter butterfly necklaces and elegant double and triple strand necklaces. Shelly is a genius in culling together stylish and savvy fashion jewelry.
If your pet is feeling the quarantine blues check out Pet Wants Del-ray Beach and get some treats, food, or toys for your pooch. Also get your material matter tailored to your size at Magic Stitch Alterations.
A trendy new French-inspired clothing shop called Belle D’ Amour is opening soon, as well as a designer shoe and bag shop called Wavin’s Club Boutique. If all this shopping renders you hun-gry try a great Glatt kosher meal at The World Of Hummus.
If you’re looking for a place to sell your wares The Big Apple is the place. There is 35,000-square-feet to roam, shop, eat and get your hair styled. Even if you take a bite out of it, there’s still a lot to savor. Come to The Big Apple and see what surprises await!
THE BIG APPLE SHOPPING BAZAAR 5283 W Atlantic Ave.