A Trip To Chelsea Market Isn’t Complete Without Visiting These Shops

Chelsea Market exterior Image via Chelsea Market.

In her latest blog post, ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine editorial contributor, Alice Garbarini Hurley recapped her latest trip to the Chelsea Market. See Alice’s highlights and recommendations from the market below.

Amy's Bread storefront in Chelsea MarketImage via Amy’s Bread.

Amy’s Bread | I’ve long loved the blue exterior of the location on Ninth Avenue–I passed it often on my walk home from Hearst Magazines to the Port Authority. I met my friend Celia at Chelsea Market for lunch and we went to Amy’s. I have the cookbook, hard to resist. The place is famous for old-fashioned layer cakes and more. Owner/founder Amy Scherber wasn’t in, but the samples of chocolate sourdough bread were–and they were yummy.

Fat Witch Bakery Image via Fat Witch Bakery.

Fat Witch Bakery | Have you been to this one? Super cute brownies cut into neat little squares and wrapped carefully in cellophane, like afternoon-snack gifts. Just add milk. We met owner Patricia Helding, warm as a fresh batch emerging from the oven. Her line has grown to include everything from brownie mixes to adorable totes. Helding grew up in a suburb outside Chicago with “a mother who baked a lot”–and said she likes witches. [The one on the label is endearing.] “If you like baking pies, bake pies,” said Helding, but stressed that this isn’t just brownie-baking but running a business. Next treat on the line: Something called Orange Crunch, so look for it. The brownie maven said she admires Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. “I mean, I don’t drink coffee, but he created a brand, and even though the logo has changed over the years, the brand is intact and thriving.”

Image via Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm.

Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm | What a small, small world. Beautiful Summer, who runs this business in NJ with her husband [they named it after their two children], said more than once to me, “I know you. I know you from somewhere.” Then she figured it out. It turns out the family lived in the corner house on our block several years back–but moved farther out into “the country” after a couple of years. They have 5.7 acres now. My friends Claire and Pat and their four kids live in that corner house and now I know it well! Check the zingy flavors, including beetroot and matcha. Time for a stylish new honey wardrobe for your pantry. Summer even said they kept a big Tupperware full of honey on their son Zach’s nightstand and gave him 2 big tablespoonfuls every night for a while and it cleared up his allergy/breathing issue.

blackbarn at Chelsea Market Image via BLACKBARN.

BLACKBARN | This is a must-see, with a mixologist who stirs up cocktails like “Sweater Weather” [for winter] and “Garden Party,” which we had, plus beautiful wines like Fleur de Mer petal-pink rosé from the lavender hills of Provence. We were surprised with a full lunch here. If you like the plates you eat on, you can also buy them, said Kristen Zeff, who co-owns the spot with her husband, Mark. I was drawn to pink plates, and a handcrafted espresso dark chocolate bar, which I plan to go back for. Portobello mushrooms with polenta cakes and Chicken Milanese Sliders…oh my yum. The store offers merchandise from Africa, a personal care line made in NY–and a bespoke floral counter with breathtaking blooms. Enjoy. 

For more from Alice visit her blog Truth and Beauty, and check out ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine’s Summer 2019 issue, on newsstands in just a few days.

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