The Perennial Shopkeeper

Gladys Gray is thumbing through an album of old photos, and when she sees the black-and-white studio shot of the wedding, she stops. She points out the smiling flower girl with the chubby cheeks and bobbed hair. “That’s me,” she says. “This was taken 85 years ago when my cousin got married. I remember the exact year because I was 4.” There’s something else about that photo that Gladys will never forget: the bouquets. Bold, bountiful and almost too big to hold, they were made by Donhauser Florist, which has been in Gladys’ family since its establishment in 1889. It was …

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The High-Style Hairdresser

Tomohiro Arakawa has his hands full. He’s juggling a bulky backpack and a spindly scooter as he orders his breakfast at Lot’s O Bagels on Broadway. The Saturday subways are screwed up. He’s on his way to work in Manhattan and doesn’t want to be late. Scooter aside, Tomohiro stands out in a crowd. He’s tall – 6 foot, plus a couple more inches when he’s standing on the Swagtron – and trim, and he’s dressed in 50 shades of black, which add super-chicness to his stature. Tomohiro is a stylist at Frédéric Fekkai, the …

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