Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I WELCOME CHANGE BUT THESE DAYS IM PERPLEXED

My, how things have changed
 When I first started Galleria J Antonio the east village still had pink haired punks .
Memory was something you lost with age
An application was for employment
A program was a T.V. Show  ( I love Smash)
A virus was the flu
a CD was a bank instrument at E.A.B. 50 Ave A
A cursor used profanity   and----
A hard drive was a long trip on the road.



I recently met Robbie Robinson ( google her ) , she and I talked about Pat Cleveland , Beverly Johnson , & Susan Taylor (Essence Magazine) -we both had spicy stories about  them & Studio 54 and and how it was on the fashion cat walk in the 70's  and 80's .

It inspired me to go back to Madison Ave ,where I learned my craft at
GINDI  816 Madison Ave @68th street.
Peggy Mellon , Mrs Charles Revson (Lynn) and Mrs Kissinger ( Nancy) graced the Avenue on occasion and bought from the merchants direct , not on line or through their housekeepers.
The Ave has changed but the beautiful windows still bring a special charm to your eyes.
MALO still has my old store Incorporated into itself and it just felt good to know my scratch on the sidewalk is still there.  Ha -ha .

The one thing that does not change is that women still want to look beautiful and buy things to adorn themselves and their homes that say

: I am an individual, not a corporate  BILLBOARD.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I recently started making silver jewelry that used hot glass ,rather than stones.  WoW!!!!!
 The colors are vivid and new .  The medium alive with possibilities.  Come by and see the new lamp made from 1920"s  billiard balls and stainless steel.

Jesus is in the middle of creating a new line of ceramic sculptures and housewares .  You got to see the clock he gave birth to .
Remember that things might change but my love for all of yous that have been loyal to buying small AMERICAN products will never ever change.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I LIGHT YOU GALLERIA J. ANTONIO

Move, Think, Rejoice----   Galleria J.Antonio  has been filled with things to do this spring.
I think the longer I am in retail the more enjoyable- the job becomes.
Here is some of the magic moments that happen around here



I had a young man who wanted to buy a Galleria J. Antonio- watch , he googled , my brand right in front of me .
"I probably can get this on Amazon.com cheaper.  If I can ,will you match the price????
.  I just looked at him and smiled " sure , I think you can find this watch on " Chutzpa.com"
Of course the site exists , but, my watch is only available here-not Goggle"
Perhaps I could make lots more money , but, for now I just love the Internet moves.

April 6th -Jesus and I attended SEDAR dinner at Andrea Rochelle's rooftop on York Ave.  Of the 80 people  who attended- we hit it off with a young couple that had just moved to New York .   He said he grew up in a house of hearing impaired parents and when he got to school he thought everyone was whispering about him.  He later realized that what he thought as normal conversation , was , way to loud for the rest of the world.  He met his wife in law school and they love living in New York . I asked them where they lived and they said at 50 Ave A downtown .  Wait !!! that's across the street for Galleria J Antonio !!!!!  Instant love and high fives followed with I'm sure some good food and talks between us.  

A good friend named Carol who lives in this building came in looking to get me to place ad ad in a talent show program .  When I found out the talent show was going to benefit a food kitchen/shelter I said to her
Yes   I'll take an entire page   The ad will read :                                                                                                        
                                            In 1998 ,after the AIDS related, death of Jose Antonio

                                             I lived 2 months at :St Lazarus's Shelter for men   Seattle , Wash.

                                             In 2012 I will greet you At : GALLERIA J. ANTONIO
                                                                                            47 AVE A NYC

I hope to inspire someone who is down on their luck today but will see that miracles do happen