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What was once an Oreo cookie factory is now a gourmet food lover's delight in the heart of Chelsea in Manhattan. Between ninth and tenth avenue at 15th street, Chelsea market's million square feet is shared by about twenty five top notch food retailers and housewares stores.
I spent a few hours this afternoon, wide-eyed and in awe, strolling from one shop to the other, mentally making note of all the goodies I wanted to purchase at some point. I felt transported to another era almost while shopping this way. It was such a refreshing change from the usual, sanitized grocery store with its perfectly ordered aisles and predictably eye-popping displays. At Chelsea market, part of the charm is in hopping from one shop to the next, discovering different items every time one visits. The merchants here are really savvy about rotating items and luring shoppers with daily specials so no trip to the market is like any other. I'll share more details on some of the most interesting shops at Chelsea market in my next posting. Stay tuned!