Lights on in Lower Manhattan

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By Kelly Rush This week's edition features a department store that is at home on Broadway as it would be in Milan, a new restaurant that has diners buzzing, a spa, and a Halloween costume shop in honor of a holiday that gives everyone the excuse to dress up and go wild. Opening Trinity Place Department Store 61 Broadway (Entrance on Trinity Place), 917-300-1184 This beautiful new department store, which feels more like a charming European boutique, is a fresh country breeze in a city known for its humidity. The style is vintage romantic with a modern twist. Expect soft lace accents and retro patterns side-by-side with more modern pieces. One of the store's greatest strengths is the unique nature of its clothing; some of the items reminded me of a lovely boutique in Brooklyn in which all the pieces are handmade. You can also find an assortment of leather shoes and handbags to accessorize your look. The store currently occupies the ground floor of the building and will soon expand to the second and third floors within the next few months. This retail location is a first for the company, which previously was internet- based. New locations will be launching in London, Paris and Milan next year. The Exchange at The Setai, 40 Broad St., at Exchange Place, 212-809-3993 Same luxurious, yet serene surroundings, great new menu. The Exchange at the Setai, which follows predecessor SHO Shaun Hergatt, is bringing San Francisco-based contemporary American cuisine to Lower Manhattan. Executive Chef Josh Capone is using ingredients that are both locally sourced and seasonal. The menu now features both a la carte and prix fixe options for lunch and dinner. The three-course prix fixe menus are now priced at $28 for lunch and $45 for dinner. As an experienced baker, his breads and focaccia are now made on premise. Top off your night with a dessert prepared by Alise Ciucci, formerly of Aureole. NV Salon & Spa 1 World Financial Center, at Vesey Street 212-757-2561 The salon formerly owned by Joseph Cione has been sold and reopened as NV Salon & Spa. In celebration of its grand opening, the salon is offering a special of 10 percent off any service. Men's haircuts run about $30 and women's haircuts start at $45. A manicure/pedicure combination is $30 pre-discount. Come to the lobby of the building and look for the Au Bon Pain; the salon is next door. Ricky's 100 Broadway, betw. Pine & Wall streets, And for those looking for Halloween costumes, check out the Ricky's pop-up, and do it soon, because you don't want to fight the crowds the day before the holiday. Closing Daffy's 50 Broadway As usual, if you spot any new retailers or changes to existing establishments, please email me at

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