Written by Pat Grace Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00
Already there are too many vacant storefronts on Plandome Road, then factor in the going out of business sale at Fleur de’ Lis, and death throes of Ziering Interiors. Existing establishments are playing musical storefronts: The Pet Boutique moved from Plandome Road to Park Avenue and Manhasset Minuteman Press moved to different space across the street on Plandome Road. Manhasset Sporting Goods, Les Corbeilles, Merle Norman, and Van’s Garage Door Store are all gone, and there are three vacancies on the south side of Park Avenue.
When Manhasset Chamber of Commerce’s research scratched the surface it was able to determine a combination of contributing factors; high rents, lack of adequate parking, lack of sewers, and the overall economy—combined with the general unattractiveness of Plandome Road.
The American economy surely has fallen on tough times yet David and Afshin Haghani are bucking that buckling trend. Their three shops on Plandome Road, catering to local fashionistas, Gallery Couture, Loop and G Couture, are well established, stylish and trendy without being out of reach, with helpful and knowledgeable individual assistance.
“We have been in Manhasset for 20 years and have not seen anyone put effort into it,” lamented Afshin. “This town has such a cozy Americana feel and we decided to take some initiative and do our part “to beautify Manhasset” said the brothers in unison. And they intend to make it a holiday tradition; be trendsetters in decorating the town—not simply its inhabitants.
David and Afshin have a two-pronged approach. They have hired a sought after window designer, Andrew Shannon, to create spectacular window displays at Gallery Couture, and, they are inviting men to shop on Dec. 9, 10, 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, when they will welcome them and help them select perfect gifts for the women in their families. To make it as easy for them as possible they will provide nibbles, and, better yet, will have a wish list in hand compiled by their womenfolk as to what exactly they hope Santa will place under the tree.
Women are invited to come in, make an appointment if they choose, before Dec. 9 and create a wish list or email David at Gallery Couture.com to place items on their wish list.
Gift wrapping will be done those three days by the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC), Jr. Coalition, Class of 2014.
The young women approached David and Afshin Haghani, asking if they would donate 20 percent of proceeds for those three days to the breast cancer coalition and the junior members, in turn, offered to wrap all gifts.
So the gentlemen are assured of purchasing what the ladies want, can get in and out quickly—always a plus—gift wrapping is provided, and 20 percent of all purchases will be donated to charity, specifically to the MWCABC.
Gallery Couture’s spectacular windows were designed by Andrew Shannon (agshannon.com) who has also designed, he said, for Theory, Ruehl, J.Jill, Mexx, Kookai and Abercrombie and Fitch.
Inspiration for the window installation, Shannon said, is Swarovski crystals which he mimics on the branches tumbling throughout the window display. Shannon said he studied theater design and retail and wants to make the customer’s visit to the store an experience.
Visit Gallery Couture and see for yourself.