Blue Tree (boutique)

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Blue Tree
FoundedOctober 2005
FounderPhoebe Cates
United States

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


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]


  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