So back to that weekend.
Our plan was to go to the Moll's place after our rendezvous for a Fantasy Football BBQ for the league Trist is on this year (which is he majorly excited about, might I add), so we're carrying a Pyrex of spinach artichoke dip, a 6-pack, our laptop, and Bella's bag with her in it. And by "we carried", I mean "Tristan carried" (sans Bella's bag). So we look up the store before we leave the apartment and head down to the East Village.
We get to the store, and it's closed. And not necessarily 'shut down' closed, but it seemed just 'closed-closed'. No sign, no hours posted, just a dark store with its gate locked in front of it. At 1215p in the afternoon on a Saturday? Frustrating. But we remember seeing on the website that there was another store who carried TOMS around the corner, so we head that way.
After a couple up and down the streets, we realize, that store doesn't exist. Alrighty. So we stand around for a while on the sidewalk, having broke out the laptop to see if we can pick up some WiFi and look up another store, and finally find one about 14 blocks away (which is an additional 9 blocks away from the Moll's place in the opposite direction). Tristan insists he doesn't mind hauling around all that crap and that we should go look.
Let me add here, the name of the street is called Great Jones Street. Great Jones Street?! Any of you New Yorkers ever heard of that? Especially in the EV where we're still on the grid? (For all you non New Yorkers, street names don't exist until you hit lower manhattan or way up in Washington Heights at the top of the island, barring Broadway of course).
So I break out the iPhone and look up the address on Google Maps... 2 Great Jones Street. Nada. (Although if you look it up on your computer, like I did just now, it does come up. Go figure. I woulda thought their mobile browser and web browser were completely identical). So now I'm absolutely positive this street, and probably store, doesn't exist either. Tristan was more optimistic though and wanted to press on. It was a rather nice day out, despite the heavy load hubby was carrying. So even though we have no idea where this place is, from the thumbnail on the website saying where it was supposed to be located, Trist says he can at least get us in the general area where he thinks it is. I'm just following him.
After some wandering around and Tristan declaring 'this is where he thinks the map was pointing to', we look up, and lo and behold: Great Jones Street... and the store half a block down. After all that, we disappointingly find a very slim selection, none of which we particularly love, but try on anyway, despite the pushy sales person. We left empty handed, but at least successfully knew for certain what size we should order online now. From there we hopped on a bus to the Molls, had a great time, and ordered our shoes online that night. They arrived yesterday, and we love them! Very comfy and versatile.
So the moral of the story is: if you're looking for some new kicks, you should definitely consider TOMS and their One for One cause. And if you want to take the participation one step further, you can enter to win a chance to go on a shoe drop with them. How cool is that?