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New Arrivals on the Lower East Side

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Photo: Evolution Enrichment Center.
Photo: Evolution Enrichment Center.

Our roundup of recent openings from the October 2014 print edition:

Evolution Enrichment Center (30 Delancey St.): The new daycare center, preschool and enrichment program is operating from a 15,000-square-foot space in a high-rise building bordering Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Evolution Enrichment, which opened this summer, offers a variety of classes for children ages 2 to 14, including chess, martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, musical theater, art, SAT prep, ballet, dance and Chinese language. The center is awaiting permit approval to operate the daycare and preschool facilities. The center offers tuition assistance. The partners in the privately held business also run adult daycare centers in Manhattan.

Ricky’s NYC (250 E. Houston St., 104 Delancey St.): The ubiquitous New York City chain is opening a Halloween supplies store in the one-story shopping strip connected to the Red Square apartment complex. A spokesperson called it a “test pop-up.” If successful, it could morph into a full-fledged Ricky’s location, selling a complete line of hair, body and bath products. The space was formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video, which closed in 2012. Another Ricky’s Halloween store opened at 104 Delancey St. Both locations are open Momday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ludlow Hotel (180 Ludlow St.): After years of financial difficulties and construction delays, the Ludlow Hotel is finally officially open for business. Offering 184 guest rooms, a lobby bar and a restaurant, Dirty French, the property from the operators of the Bowery Hotel and the Mercer raises the bar for luxury on the Lower East Side. Owners Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier and Richard Born hope the Ludlow becomes a celebrity hot spot, along the lines of their other trendy downtown properties. The hotel’s in-house reservation system showed nightly prices for an early October weekend ranging from $325 for a basic room all the way up to $1,950 for the penthouse. The hotel has been in soft-open mode since the summer.

Arielle de Pinto Designs (286 Grand St.): The Canadian jewelry designer leased a 1,200-square-foot space to serve as a New York headquarters. Working in Montreal since 2007, de Pinto is well known in the fashion world for her crocheted chain and metal necklaces. The Lower East Side location is a studio, not a retail outlet, but is available to customers on a by-appointment basis only.

Colfax & Bale (174 Ludlow St.: The Lower East Side gains another men’s streetwear boutique with the opening of Colfax & Bale in the former home of Daredevil Tattoo on Ludlow Street. The store offers clothing, footwear and accessories, plus there’s a gallery space for art shows. The store held a grand opening September 27.

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