Exploring Turnstyle At Columbus Circle

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New York is filled with various food courts and markets, but there is one that stands out among them. Turnstyle starts at the Columbus Circle station and runs underground along Eighth Avenue to 57th Street. Around 39 business — including 20 eateries — call this market home. Whether people are heading to the subway or looking to shop, here are some of the places to check out at Turnstyle. By John Friia

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Exploring Turnstyle: Wovenwell

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WovenWell

1000 South Eight Avenue
New York, NY 10019

www.wovenwell.com

TO SHOP: WovenWell is a profit-for-good apparel company that donates 20 percent of each sale to fulfill their mission of providing mental health initiatives in Ghana and other developing countries. Their fashion accessories and home accents are hand-crafted in the United States and made from products that are indigenous to the countries receiving aid.

Exploring Turnstyle: Tiny Treats Caf

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Georgia & Aliou’s Tiny Treats Café

1000 South Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
646-767-9797

www.tinytreatscafe.com

TO EAT: This well-known Upper West Side bakery as brought their treats to Columbus Circle. Georgia and Aliou’s stunning cupcakes take three days to make and are topped with detailed, hand-painted buttercream flowers. It is the perfect place to start and end the day with a little dessert to indulge.

Exploring Turnstyle: Spectre Co

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Spectre & Co.

1000 South Eight Avenue
New York, NY 10019
914-589-0982

www.shopspectre.com

TO SHOP: Once fashion-conscious gentlemen walk through Spectre & Co., they will find it hard to resist leaving without bags full of dress shirts, ties, wallets and vests. Since its conception in 2013, this New York-based clothier has provided quality and affordable menswear to young professionals throughout the Artists and Fleas Chelsea Market, and now their first storefront at Turnstyle. Spectre & Co. also sells various Italian leather goods that make for perfect accessories.

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Blossom Du Jour Express

1000 South Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212-765-6500

www.blossomdujour.com

TO EAT: Before people waited in long lines for vegan food, Blossom Du Jour was one of the first vegan fast food eateries serving mouthwatering and nutritious vegan dishes in Manhattan. Since opening their first location in 2010, Blossom du Jour has spread throughout the city and opened an express version for on-the-go commuters and busy New Yorkers at Turnstyle. People can choose from sandwiches to burgers and wraps that will satisfy anyone’s appetite. Every meal that Blossom du Jour serves follows their goal of offering healthy food that does not cause negative consequence to animals.

Exploring Turnstyle: Kits

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Kit’s Underground Wine & Spirits

1000 South Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212-262-6000

www.kitsundergound.nyc

TO SHOP: With the mission of offering wines that are not found in other shops, Kit’s Underground avoids big national brands of wines and spirits. Instead, the store offers bottles from smaller producers that people might have never seen before. There is a wide selection of organic and biodynamic wines, along with New York State spirits, including the Brooklyn-based Doc Herson’s absinthe. The owners of Kit’s Underground are also happy to provide advice on types of wine that pair with meals and various celebrations.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.