Here at Nadeau, we value our community just as much as you do. We’re farmer’s market-hoppers, culture-seekers, furniture-lovers (of course), and most of all, we’re locals. Today on the blog we are introducing a new series devoted entirely to the neighborhoods that we call home and we’re excited to start with our beloved Greenwich Village location. We chatted with store manager, Shay Collazo, to find out where to grab lunch, what happened when Bill Murray strolled in one day, and how Nadeau NYC has established itself as an integral part of the historic community.
Manager: Shay Collazo
How long have you been working for Nadeau?
I started November 14, 2005, so over 10 years.
What is your favorite thing about working at Nadeau?
I love all the facets that come with working for Nadeau, however, my favorite part is helping clients put together whole rooms from our products. Being creative and sharing that excitement allows me to live vicariously through our clients because I love all our furniture so much but have run out of room in my own home!
Where is your favorite neighborhood spot to grab lunch?
The Grey Dog is the place to go for something healthy and quick. The new avocado toast is a favorite! A great place to people watch is Agata & Valentina: hot meals and great European, organic packaged goods.
The best Mexican food is Dorado on 12th Street, and for hot, cheap and fast we visit any Halal cart. Finally, we can’t forget Hundred Acres on MacDougal. It’s the locavore restaurant where we take all our visiting Nadeau family!
What’s your favorite activity to do in the neighborhood?
I used to be a regular visitor to the Village many years ago and now on my days off I’ll bring my son here and introduce him to all the places I love.
I love to walk. I’ll usually go to either Washington Square Park to listen to my favorite busker, Morgan O’Kane, or to the Union Square Green Market. I pick up fresh flowers, stop by a lavender stand, then visit Milford Dairies for the best cheese, pickles, and beef jerky. For shopping and unique NYC-themed gifts, the Strand bookstore is my go-to.
Whenever we meet friends from out of town we park in the Village and start our NYC tour from Nadeau!
What is something that stands out and makes your community/neighborhood unique?
Well, it’s Greenwich Village!
The Village always has something going on — parades, festivals, political marches, indoor and outdoor entertainment, musicians, actors, composers, writers, poets, artists, tech spaces, great medical and educational institutions — and we get to be part of all that.
We also have great neighbors and a wonderful sense of community right here on our block.
How do you see Nadeau impacting the local community?
We have a pleasing aesthetic and unique product at an unbeatable price and quality. That’s what people come to the Village for. We also contribute to local fundraisers every year.
Tell us one of your favorite customer stories!
We have so many. I think my favorite was when the co-founder of Google was shopping at Nadeau. He filmed me for our DIY blog while I was painting a piece – for him! He was referred by his sister and was really interesting. He emailed the video later which was posted to our blog.
Another favorite memory is helping Bill Murray. We had a whole comedic conversation and he was down to earth, fun, and hysterical.
Our local favorite is our next-door neighbor, Kenny from Corcoran Realty, who furnished both his apartment and country home with Nadeau. Recently he bought a wooden teak heart from Indonesia then came back the next week and bought us out, about 16 total hearts to hang in his trees at the country spot. So whimsical. Who does that aside from us?
There are so many special clients and we are grateful to have their repeated business. Nadeau is a part of their homes in a very literal and personal way. From people rebuilding after fires and Hurricane Sandy devastation to first-time apt dwellers new home owners, everyone has a great story. It’s part of the experience at Nadeau.