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Dean & DeLuca
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When owners Joel Dean, Giorgio DeLuca, and Jack Ceglic opened their flagship store in an old warehouse in 1977, Soho was still a fringe neighborhood that artists were beginning to discover. How times change. The rich chocolate cakes and fruit pies are culled from top local bakeries and at most locations you can get an espresso.
Couples who love to cook (and eat) will find plenty of great options at this gourmet food chain. Offerings like their beautiful spice collections, teapots, and kitchenwares are the perfect splurge. Register online (weddingchannel.com), or go in person.