Friday, July 22, 2011


Wedding gifts are always a problem for some people.
In 30 yrs of Galleria's existence ,I, have, heard it all but I'm sure there is room for more.

He's Jewish- she is not

She's Jewish- he is not

I want to give them something they can both use.

I do not know what their new place looks like
I don't want to carry anything on the plane -train-or subway
They have everything -already.

The registry is boring-too expensive$$$ - or, from a place I do not like

Do Same Sex couples get the same kinda stuff I get my hetro friends?

She's my best friend and I hate him.

Is it tacky to share a gift with someone else?

I'm unemployed but don't want my gift to express that.

Can they return it without knowing how much I spent?

How long do they have to return this gift ? and do they need the receipt?

Can I pay 1/2 in cash and 1/2 by credit card so my spouse does not know how much I'm really spending????

I wish people who have come here for my wedding gift ,rather, than some on-line service.

Do you gift wrap & ship?????

Will you gift wrap some items I did not buy here? and put it in the same box??

At Galleria J.Antonio I have managed to solve most of all those concerns , with a smile , with systems that get all that stuff done .

I always recommend shipping their gift to the "Mother of the Bride" , if possible.( are we talking to each other durning the wedding stuff)
The couple, take off ,even, if its for a week-end and your gift will reach them.
Thank God for those over organized mothers.

I know that the gift that is being given at a wedding represents Galleria J.Antonio and the eyes of many of the people that will be surrounding the "Opening of the Gifts"
In private or in public its all the same .

THEY GAVE YOU WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, July 10, 2011


I was at Pride Shabbat-@Congregation Beit Simchat Torah on 28th street to hear Cynthia Nixon give a message of love and accomplishment to all the organizations that stopped fighting long enough to pull together and help Gov. Cuomo get MARRIAGE EQUALITY passed.
I was so moved that I found myself crying, singing, and then crying some more.
I got home just in time to hear the words " The billed has passed"

Jesus and I ran over to the west village and were met by 300 dancing and cheering straight and gay people.
Standing in front of STONEWALL where it all began was where I wanted to be.

While I hugged Jesus tightly I noticed--- 39 Christopher street . That was where the first J.Antonio was for 10 yrs.
As a, very, tall, young, man handed us a flower each, the memories of all the years (1979-1989) flew by me. The opening of THE MONSTER-Shasha, Marsha the STREET DRAG, Rollerrina, Greetings- the card shop, New York Leather, The Pink Tea Cup, etc etc.

Jose Antonio & I (20yrs together) did not get to that night together but Jesus & I did.

New York 1--- mini cam ---was there and before we knew it Michael Herzenberg had Jesus and I on camera asking what it meant to us. Jesus said he was from Venezuela- we already had our immigration fight to keep Jesus here on the FEDERAL level.

I, of course said "RINGS" lets -----shop,----- buy -----, and wear our rings !!!!!

I got calls from Fla. and California that saw my clip on NIGHTLY NEWS.

The locals would give me the heads up that they saw me on NEW YORK 1.

Galleria J.Antonio sells silver, non-traditional wedding rings. They are for the couple that do not want that 47th ST gold band look but need bands that can be worn everyday without fanfare.

Lots more thought will be put into that department. Stop by and look.

Oh yes -- Jesus and I have not set a date for our wedding but we will!!!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

MADE IN U.S.A. ????????????

I continue to sell, showcase, and encourage American Crafter
to show work to my friends and customers @ Galleria J. Antonio-
Does it sell? Will it fit ? Will someone steal my idea?

What's important is to regurgitate the idea and project.
Put it out there and don't worry about the results.
Move through it and onto the next creation of your creativity

This 4Th of July 2011--I had tourist that were glad to obtain an American made product.
Or a product designed by an American Artist and mass produced to meet the Wal-Mart mentality of clients.

I say that with an idea of affordability- rather than sarcasm . It is a tough economy and clients want to be able to afford items , rather , than overreach their budgets.

I enjoy knowing that this week-end visitor's from- Germany, Thailand, and Australia
bought Sandy Baker earrings N.Y.C. ,
Donald M. (Boston) Stained glass mini-mirrors -
and a Galleria J.Antonio WATCH . NYC

The made in U.S.A. products are always going to be up against an uphill financial and distribution battle.
I am determined to keep my lights on and always promote and sell crafts from small crafters.
Its more rewarding and all I have ever done-so-why change now?

Thus - my mantra - always helps me say focused when $$$$ is hard to come by



Thursday, June 30, 2011




Green Amythest and Peridot necklace by Joni Sarah White N.Y.C.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

is it ELITIST to expect people to pay for HANDMADE?

It is safe to say that as goods become more disposable, demand, for craftspeople have shrunk??. Shoes, bags, furnishings ,and paper ect ect On line -off line- 99c shops- Wal-mart, and other discounters have made it easier to replace rather than repair.
To sell cheap goods companies engage in unfair labor, and who knows where you bargain were born????
. Also, we have been taught to look for a bargain , for everything , so goggle and eBay help us feel we have landed a bargain.
At what real cost??????????????? when our shops and neighbor's disappear. Tax revenues shrink and we got a bargain.

What about a balance of bargains and buying local and handmade. ??????

Galleria J Antonio, like many retailers of goods are up against the cheap look alike of our creativity. Its been like that for the
30 yrs Ive been in existence. Quality, Service ,and unique always live up to the clients expectation of letting some cash go for an item.

Some crafters have added commercial pieces to their lines and have knocked themselves off -That does not diminish their roll as an artist. That to will be their creation so that the one of a kinds can sit until someone owns them.

Sometimes Cheap is not worth it because it
: looks cheap , wears cheap, falls apart and the only one that won was the manufacture of that item. maybe?

The New York Times had an article about the number of young people that are turning away from corporate America -these college kids are turning towards something their grandparents did. People are trying to get their hands on something to do that makes a difference on the earth and their communities.
HANDMADE : is for the client that wants one of a kind , not , mass production.
I just had a retailer ask me what a craft was ? He said the term is vague and does not defind a product . Again, it shows me, my world is for a special audience.
I'll drink to that.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Galleria J.Antonio has its own WATCH line

I started selling watches in 1972 at a place called J.J.Elway on Fifth Ave & 42nd street -Its now called -DECO nyc
Quartz was the rage and our Pulsars and Longines lines were popular.
Then I moved on to : Tiffany & Co - Gindi Madison Ave - J.Antonio Christopher St -The Watch Doctor ,Seattle Wa
Time Will Tell Madison Ave ( Stuart Unger) SWATCH 57th st ( I WAS DR. SWATCH ) What fun I had!!!
and then after Graduation from N.A.W.C.C. (National Assoc. of Watch & Clock Collectors) to my present location at Galleria J.Antonio

I have always had sketches and ideas of having my own watch line in an already crowded WORLD OF WATCHES.
I felt no one would buy my watches, if lines like INVICTA sold thousands of units to Americana's on T.V. and every major line had its own store.

I was wrong. That kind of - Google-EBAY-overexposure of product- discounted lines and confusion makes a perfect place for my own private line of watches.
I am not a celebrity or an overexposed person but an ordinary watchmaker that understands that
AUDACITY AND EXPERTISE is what Galleria J Antonio represents.
AUDACITY is an idea, an impulse,or Chutzpah, that needs expertise in order to transform itself into a product.

Its my expertise as a watchmaker and - 30 yrs of retail- that make my small , limited , watch line an elegant , whisper in a collection.

Please visit me at :
Galleria j Antonio 47 Ave A , New York N.Y 10009 212 5059400 - to experience The Ultimate Luxury Timepieces,

Sincerely Jesse Antonio


I have been down here for a long time and the one thing everyone complains about is the ever changing change of the neighborhood.
East village, alaphet city , lower east side , Loisada anywhow you look at it we are still going through changes.

Did anyone see me on Channel 11 pix? The new venue accros the street that is part of Saturday Night Live-- Loren Michaels Upright Citizens Brigade. ----- is opening up a comedy club. The sign HOT CHICKS ROOM was the issue and when they asked me on camera I said that the sign was a target for the tagers to cross out the CH and fill it in with a BIG BLACK D . It would be an easy target for a tager to make a name for him or herself -on the avenue.

One thing is still true The Crafts that are here at Galleria J.Antonio are still in demand as gifts and treasures. I am always having people ask me "When did you Open" I never saw this place before. That gives me another chance to make a friend or customer.

If you have not had a chance to see us come down and look at all the new places to eat, shop, or just plain look at.