Join fellow alum for a one-of-a-kind tour on the side streets of Manhattan to go behind the scenes and meet some of the incredible people who own businesses on the side streets.


Starting point: Les Toiles Du Soleil
261 W 19th Street
New York, New York

Event Details

Led by the Manhattan Sideways team (, participants will discover hidden gems from a French fabric boutique to a vintage store filled with collectibles, to a extraordinary woodworking shop. They will hear the history of a 150 year-old company and of how a father came to NYC from Japan in 1960 and built a successful business with his son.

What is a walk in the city without some good food and drink? Participants will be treated to a variety of baked goods and gelato, and will conclude the event at a fantastic wine and cheese shop where the owner will chat about his unique wine and culinary selections.

Detailed Agenda:

6:00pm: Les Toiles du Soleil (261 West 19th Street) Sandrine and Jean-Luc, the lovely couple behind this fabulous French fabric shop, will speak about the 150-year-old history of the family company in southern France - while we browse through their colorful inventory of pillows, espadrilles, bags, kitchen items, and more.

6:15-7:15pm: Alternate visiting the places below for snacks, shopping, and chats with business owners and local artists.

- Amorino (162 Eighth Avenue) Opened by two friends from Italy who serve outstanding gelato.

- Authentiques (255 West 18th Street) For over forty years, partners Paul and Robert have been selling one of Manhattan's best collections of vintage items. The boutique brims with NYC postcards, glasses and barware, Disney memorabilia, and more.

- Miya Shoji (228 West 18th Street) Engage in conversation with father and son master-craftsmen who will demonstrate how they make their natural and elegant Japanese furniture.

- City Cakes (251 West 18th Street) This mini sweet shop creates some of the best cakes, cookies and cupcakes in the city.

8:00pm: Stinky and Back Label Wine Merchants (107 & 111 West 20th Street) The owner of these two outstanding shops will educate us on meats and cheeses, with samples to savor, and then we will end the evening with a wine tasting.

Please note: Times and locations subject to slight changes. 


Pre-pay: $40 flat /participant


Register Online

Maximum Number of Registrants: 45

Deadline: 6/8/2015


Clare Boerschlein Hare '88 

Other Information

Since 2002, the Chicago Booth Women's Network (formerly known as the Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network) is the worldwide organization of women graduates of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Our mission is to support our alma mater, facilitate a global alumnae network online and in person, and support women in business worldwide. Visit our web site:>