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New York City Organic! Gust Organics Restaurant, ABC Home Organic Products, and Funky Subway Man!

So, my singer/actress/teacher sister Susannah,

(seen above amidst terrifying gang of stuffed animals),

and I took a trip to New York City recently on our usual starving-artist-style, shoestring budgets!

We are so grateful for wonderful friends who offered us beautiful, cozy accommodations and a delicious breakfast!

We stopped by ABC Home which must be the biggest indoor bazaar in the world.


A little about the incredibly inspiring head of ABC home, Paulette Cole.

  • In 2004, Cole decided to transform ABC Home, the Manhattan-based retailer of upscale home design, into a mission-based business focusing on the environment and social responsibility. She began by asking furniture manufacturers where they sourced their wood. Today ABC Home sells 650 choices of “good wood” furniture…
  • In 2009, She was one of Time Magazine’s Green Design 100. Time Magazine 2009 Green 100: Paulette Cole
  • Paula Cole in Healing Arts Magazine: Best of Responsible Capitalism 2009
  • This Sept. 2011, Paulette Cole at the Urban Zen WIE (Women Inspiration and Enterprise) Symposium  ForaTV (VIDEO) The Green Revolution Go to 24: 42 for Paula.

Because of her amazing leadership, today, ABC Home carries a huge selection of deliciously pure, non-toxic, and organic products.


ABC Home carries sublimely gorgeous, GOTS certified organic, vegetable dyed  Raksha Bella Organic  Linens. Angels sing when people make fabrics like this. If you listen closely you will hear them.

ABC Home also carries the top organic skin care, and non-toxic perfume and cosmetic lines.

Redflower Perfumes: Pure flower and herb distillations in usda certified organic oil.

Packaged in 80% post consumer recycled paper.

Produced and printed at 100% wind-powered plant in usa.

Two seriously great guys wearing sparkly gold crowns

let me take their picture. LOVE this picture.

In addition, ABC Kitchen, ABC Home’s new restaurant,  just won Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation. This restaurant is sustainable, local, and organic – from the decor to the food and they have committed to sourcing 70% of the menu from within 90 miles of the restaurant between May and October.  Have I said that I love Paulette Cole? Paulette, wherever you are, I love you.

Next time I am going to bring my suit case and move in like Corduroy the bear in the children’s book by Don Freeman.

We look forward to trying brunch there!


For this trip, we ate lunch at Gust Organics Restaurant, the first USDA certified

Organic Restaurant in New York. I have heard

that it’s USDA certified organic bar is the first of its kind on the planet!

Very reasonably priced!

This was our outrageously sweet and adorable waitress!

We drank yummy green drinks!

and ate the following truly delicious meals.

Here’s a blurry page from their incredible menu.

Every town in America needs a Gust Organics!!

No, really,

EVERY town needs a Gust Organics instead of McDonalds!

Listen up venture capitalists, the time is now!


For the red meat eaters out there,

I had to take a pic of this organic beef burger restaurant sign. Go NYC!

No antibiotics. No growth promoting hormones. No pesticides in the cow’s food.

Some very cool eco-friendly displays at Anthropology

Old tennis rackets with mirrors

Reused glass orange juice bottles, jars, and

other glass containers make beautiful terrariums

test tubes and gutted light bulbs hold dried flowers

Man on his way to Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.

And on a final note, no trip to NYC is complete without the amazing

funked-up-musician-on-the-subway experience.

Can’t tell you the rest. A girl’s gotta have her secrets!

About Heather

My name is Heather Ferris. I am the founder and creator of Nurture Nature Project! I believe together we can re-imagine the future and re-create systems to support the sustainable regeneration of healthy life on our planet. Listening to your own heart and living from your inner truth is the first step to building a better world. Every person has something important to offer.


3 thoughts on “New York City Organic! Gust Organics Restaurant, ABC Home Organic Products, and Funky Subway Man!

  1. Love this blog! While I took my first step switching to natural and organic skin care products and created a blog to show everyone that they have a choice about what they put on their bods, I am now working on becoming “more” organic in all areas of my life and home.

    Posted by Charlene | December 27, 2011, 1:12 pm


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