Hester Holiday Market


One of the most fun places to get all of your holiday shopping done in NYC is at the pop-up holiday markets. There are a handful of great ones, like Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, that I’ve vended at, but one worth checking out is the Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza. 


There are about 30 amazing vendors there at the convenient and famous 34th Street right near Macy’s, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. There are booths selling handmade jewelry, accessories, art and artisanal foods and beverages.  I’ll be there selling my Squish Marshmallows (follow on Twitter and Instagram to see what dates I’ll be there) there, by the bag, holiday gift boxes, and even by the piece with the option to have your marshmallow roasted. 


I’ll also be sharing my booth with two other amazing vendors. There’s Jam Jar Bakery, selling all natural, made from scratch, pies in little mason jars. They’re ready to eat and super delicious. I even wrote a a previous post here


Also at at the booth is JLR, fun, whimsical pop-art paintings and designs. These are beyond fun and adorable and make incredible gifts for others, or, great artwork for you to hang up in your own space. 

You can find a full list of all the other great vendors here.

The Shorts:
Name: Hester Holiday Market
Location: One Penn Plaza (between 33rd and 34th Street and 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC
Dates: December 1st-21st


Culture Espresso


Midtown Manhattan. It can be a really scary place, full of tourists, businessmen/women, and weird cell phone accessory, perfume and bag stores. But, there’s somewhere you can go to escape all of that anxiety provoking energy, and have a great cup of coffee in a simple, yet chic environment. That would be Culture Espresso in Midtown. 


Quality coffee, some baked goods, and chandeliers are what make up this coffee spot. They focus on working with one coffee roaster at a time, and right now, they’re partnering with Heart Coffee Roasters from Portland. 


I went for my old faithful, Americano. It had a great, smooth flavor, that I was able to enjoy without any added sugar or milk, which, is always a good sign. 

The Shorts:
Name: Culture Espresso
Location: 72 West 38th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? While the area gives me agita, this is a really nice safe haven to escape it all. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, they have a really relaxed, chic vibe there with some really great coffee. And who doesn’t feel fancy around some chandeliers?