Blue Tree (boutique)

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Blue Tree
Founded October 2005
Founder Phoebe Cates
Headquarters New York City, United States
Website www.bluetreeny.com

Blue Tree is a boutique on the Upper East Side of New York City, which was opened by former actress Phoebe Cates.

Background[edit]

The store sells jewelry, clothing, antiques, perfume, candles, art, photography, books, vintage LPs, and stuffed animals.[1]

The New York Times referred to the store as "a version of Elizabeth Street for the Carnegie Hill crowd, a little oasis of downtown aesthetic at Ladies Who Lunch prices," and said that "the celebrity boutique is a way for famous people to admit the civilian into their universe; it is a presentation of themselves, their likes and desires, their preferences—and does not require them to step in front of a camera."[1]

Cates feels just as happy working at the store as she felt when she was making movies. She stated, "I always wanted to have a general store." Cates also said that some of her customers tell her that she looks like Phoebe Cates, and that she responds to them by saying, "I get that a lot."[2]

The name of the store was suggested by Cates' husband, Kevin Kline. The store's name is a reference to the blue trees in Fauvist paintings—with the idea being that just as blue trees seem out of place in a forest, a store like Blue Tree seems out of place on the Upper East Side.[2]

One popular item at the store is a talking Abraham Lincoln doll. Although it was created as an educational tool for children, it ended up being a popular gift among seniors.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Some Chocolate With Your Diamonds?, The New York Times, November 24, 2005
  2. ^ a b Phoebe Cates, sittin' in Blue Tree, USA Today, March 22, 2006
  3. ^ Perfect Gifts, According to Phoebe Cates, ABC News, June 1, 2006

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Coordinates: 40°47′04″N 73°57′22″W / 40.78433°N 73.95613°W / 40.78433; -73.95613