Posted on January 12, 2010
If you are in search of a rather precocious shopping experience in New York City, then you must hurry hurry hurry to the new Eloise Shop at the Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South and 58th Street; 212 759-3000). The 2,100-square-foot shop opened last month, and it’s a tribute to Kay Thompson’s famous little girl who made her home at the even more famous hotel with her Nanny, dog Weenie and turtle Skipperdee. With its child’s-playhouse-feel, the shop evokes the illustrations magically brought to life by Hilary Knight. The original series of books was written in the 1950s and has become legendary. The store features a sea of pink in various colors—the full Pepto-Bismol experience awaits in the form of furniture, drapes, carpet, bean bags, and more. A portrait painted on the wall mimics the original in the lobby; this one was painted by a local artist. Mums and their darlings will enjoy the Fashion Room, with its tiaras, tutus, sweatshirts, bathrobes, and more, many with the Eloise logo. Across the floor, the Tea Party Rom will soon start offering private tea parties and other special events. A reading room offers Eloise books to read and DVDs to watch; computers will soon be installed. Also upcoming: A beauty salon as well as an Eloise-theme suite designed by Betsey Johnson. A ”Live Like Eloise” package was offered by the hotel starting June 1. And if your little darlings want get in touch with the famed six-year-old directly; a pink mailbox beckons for their notes. Perhaps, if they’re lucky, a pink note will await them in return.