Welcome to the Neighborhood, Maison Kayser

We are thrilled to welcome Eric Kayser’s boulangerie, patisserie, and café, Maison Kayser, to the Upper East Side!

You may have visited a Maison Kayser on your travels through France, Russia, Japan, Ukraine, Greece, Morocco, or Senegal. We are honored that our little pocket of Manhattan is the first US outpost!

With approximately 1,000 loaves of the fresh bread emerging from their ovens every day, not to mention delicious pastries, tartes, sandwiches, and more, Maison Kayser has already proven to be the perfect breakfast, lunch, and hot-bread-on-the-way-home detour. 


Maison Kayser is dripping with chic Parisian style from the minute you spy the sweet, orange delivery bikes complete with basket and bell to the striped shirts and scarves worn by the staff.

 We say “Oui, oui!”

We’re pitching My Cupcakes and Crackers – Eric’s latest culinary exploration – for our book club once it’s released. We’ll need to brush up on our French!

Is it Griffin, Gryphon or Griffon?

With deep roots in heraldry and family crests at Dempsey & Carroll – almost 135 years to be exact – we are very familiar with a common element of the crest, the griffin. Originally spelled gryphon, this traditionally mystical creature stands tall with the head, wings, and claws of an eagle on the form of a lion. In classical heraldry, he stands for courage, strength, bravery, military service, and divine protection. 

Here at Dempsey & Carroll, we have our very own modern-day griffin ready to serve and protect.  Meet Chief – a fine specimen of a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Look at that face!

Our second favorite use of gryphon is GRYPHON New York – stunning must-haves for the fall season.

Emily K. Melton of Dempsey and Carroll

Ted Kennedy Watson on the Note

Ted of Watson Kennedy has written an eloquent post about the Beauty of the Handwritten Note on his blog, Ted Kennedy Watson.

“I think what stops many folks is they think it needs to be lengthy,” he writes. “It does not. A few well-crafted sentences is all you need. Just make it personal and heartfelt. The mere fact that it is handwritten will make it so very special.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Notes from Notables

from Letters of Note

Letters of Note, one of our favorite blogs, features letters and notes written by significant figures in history and culture.

The letters often reveal insight into their character, sometimes provide details about historical events, but always illustrate the importance of connecting with hand-written correspondence.

The following persons of interest embrace the importance of gratitude and the gift of a thank-you note:

Roald Dahl to a Young Fan 

Barack Obama to author Yann Martel

Elizabeth Taylor to Andy Warhol

My Heart Beats in Bergdorf Goodman

I swooned during my recent quick visit to Bergdorf Goodman as I went through the Akris collection Albert Kriemler designed to commemorate the store’s 111th anniversary.

This dress caught my eye but the black Loro Piana Storm system coat lined with the same subtle silk pattern won my heart.

My pulse quickened at the sight of Christian Dior’s wallet in Whisper Grey –it’s the quiet cousin of Mauve, my favorite color.  Many believe Mauve to be the first synthetic color, discovered in the 1850’s.

I stopped by Bergdorf Goodman’s Beauty Level to replenish my supply of Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise. One deep whiff of this heady fragrance and all was well with the world.

What’s the Fuss?

As a young woman entering the work force, I often find myself wondering… “What is the big deal?  What is all the fuss about Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo!) and other women like her?” It seemed much ado about nothing … so I thought I would dig a little deeper to find a connection to hold on to; I am, after all, part of an ever-growing group of female professionals.

In my reading, I stumbled upon two truly inspiring women – Dr. Sally Ride and Marlen Esparza.

NASA’s Mercury 7 team was exclusively male until Sally Ride joined their ranks in 1978 and on June 18th, 1983, she became the first woman to orbit with the STS-7 Space Shuttle mission. What a trailblazer! Tragically, she passed away this past June at the age of 61. What I find most interesting about Dr. Ride is that much of the attention she received was focused on her gender rather than on her many accomplishments; people rarely mention that she was a physicist with a Ph.D. from Stanford, a children’s book author, or that she held various positions on Government and Space committees. Ride’s accomplishments and groundbreaking entry into an exclusively male field changed history and inspired many young women to pursue dreams previously thought unattainable.

Another remarkable trendsetter is Marlen Esparza, a professional boxer representing the United States in this year’s London Olympics. She is young (only 23), driven, beautiful, extremely athletic, passionate, and smart (she was student body president and graduated in the top 2% of her class!). And furthermore, she is incredibly persistent! When her now-coach told her “[He] only trained boys,” she returned to his gym countless times until he agreed to train her. She is fearless and unrelenting. You can see her in action today as she takes on Karlha Magliocco of Venezuela in the quarterfinals at 1:45 PM EST. Tweet at her to show your support!

So what’s all this fuss about? Sally Ride and Marlen Esparza are inspirational and fearless women whose entry into male-dominated fields have inspired women like myself to think outside of the “female sphere” and to try something a little less typical to make their dream come true.