Madison Avenue Rolls Out Welcome Carpet For Japanese Tourists And Shoppers

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Traditional Travel and Shopping Season During Japan's "Autumn Golden Week" Series of National Holidays September 19-27, 2009

An Uchimizu ceremony, a traditional Japanese water sprinkling on sidewalks to cool down the area and welcome guests, to celebrate the business partnership of the Marunouchi District and Madison Avenue. Photo credit: Martyna Borkowski

We are pleased that so many of our businesses have signed on to participate in Autumn Golden Week

For the first time ever in New York City, the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is organizing a targeted promotional program for Japanese visitors who are in New York during Japan's Autumn Golden Week, which will take place on September 19-27, 2009. Golden Week, a series of national holidays, is a busy vacation and travel season in Japan, and traditionally a busy time for U.S. retailers who cater to Japanese visitors.

Sixty retailers, hotels, galleries and restaurants on Madison Avenue will participate in the Autumn Golden Week promotion with special offers, special shopping hours that include salespeople conversant in Japanese, discounted hotel room rates, and gifts with purchase (see complete list below). The BID is also setting up a Madison Avenue Autumn Golden Week Information Center, located at Ito En, 822 Madison Avenue, between East 68th and 69th Streets, (212-988-7111).

"We are pleased that so many of our businesses have signed on to participate in Autumn Golden Week," said Matthew Bauer, the President of the Madison Avenue BID. "This is a great incentive for Japanese tourists who are coming to New York during this traditional travel week to stay and shop on Madison Avenue. At the same time, it is a great opportunity for our local retailers to take advantage of the influx of Japanese tourists."

This will be the first marketing program in the U.S. that results from the Madison Avenue BID's partnership with the Marunouchi District and the Mitsubishi Estate in Japan. The Marunouchi District is Tokyo's central business district and financial center, and the real estate in the Marunouchi District is managed by the Mitsubishi Estate.

To promote this program, the Madison Avenue BID has partnered with Morris Visitor Publications -- publishers of IN New York & Where New York to create a special Japanese-language Golden Week brochure featuring offers provided by participating businesses. The brochures will be distributed to hotel concierges and at the Official NYC Information Center. The BID is also working with NYC & Company to distribute the brochure to tour operators.

LIST OF AUTUMN GOLDEN WEEK PARTICIPATING RETAILERS AND SPECIAL OFFERS AND SERVICES:

Aaron Basha
680 Madison Avenue (61-62)
Tel: 212-935-1960
Inspired by Joie de Vivre and youthful innocence, Whimsy takes center stage in Aaron Basha's charm collection. Purchase any charm and receive a complimentary 18K silk chord ($300 value). Offer valid September 21st to 23rd.

Alain Mikli
986 Madison Avenue (76-77)
Tel: 212-472-6085
Receive a 15% discount on any purchase.

Anne Fontaine
677 Madison Avenue (61-62)
Tel: 212-421-0947
Receive Anne Fontaine's signature home fragrance, Ame Blanche, with every $300 purchase.

Arader Galleries
1016 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Tel: 212-628-7625
We will have on view a magnificent display of antique maps and views of Japan.

Bally
628 Madison Avenue (58-59)
Tel: 212-751-9082
Receive a Bally gift card valued at $100 when you purchase any Bally Trainspotting or Busy B product.

BCBG MaxAzria
770 Madison Avenue (65-66)
Tel: 212-717-4225
Receive an exclusive gift with a purchase of $300 or more. Gift available while supplies last, with a minimum US $300 purchase before tax of regularly priced merchandise. Exclusively at BCBG MaxAzria Madison Avenue boutique.

Bistro Chat Noir
22 East 66th Street
Tel: 212-794-2428
Complimentary glass of house champagne and dessert with the purchase of a main course.

Breguet
779 Madison Avenue (66-67)
Tel: 212-288-4014
Complimentary champagne, gift with purchase, wrapping service and delivery to your hotel. Special shopping hours with Japanese-speaking salesperson (advance notification required).

Caffe Grazie
26 East 84th Street
Tel: 212-717-4407
Receive a 15% discount on food, excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity.

Carolina Herrera New York
954 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Tel: 212-249-6552
Complimentary shipping to Japan and a gift with purchase of $5,000 or more. Customers are responsible for all duties and taxes.

Christofle
680 Madison Avenue (61-62)
Tel: 212-308-9390
10 percent discount on your entire purchase at Christofle. Some restrictions apply. See store for details.

Clarins
1061 Madison Avenue (80-81)
Tel: 212-734-6100
Receive a 20% discount on facials and body treatments. On September 23rd and September 24th receive a complimentary make up workshop, promoting the look for the fall season and mini facials spotlighting the top Clarins treatment products in Japan. Refreshments will be served. Receive a gift with purchases of $75 or more. Offer valid for shoppers presenting the Marunouchi credit card.

Coach
595 Madison Avenue (57-58)
Tel: 212-754-0041
Receive a gift with purchases of $200 or more. Japanese spoken on premises.

Dalyah -Diamonds from the Source
625 Madison Avenue at East 58th Street
Tel: 212-575-5511
Stop into Dalyah and receive a $500 discount plus a gift with your purchase from her stunning collection of original designs featuring the utmost in quality diamonds at wholesale prices.

Daum
694 Madison Avenue (62-63)
Tel: 212-355-2060
Receive a Daum crystal turtle with any purchase over $850. Valid to Marunouchi credit card shoppers only. Limited to one gift per customer.

David Yurman
729 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Tel: 212-752-4255
Receive an exclusive gift with any purchase over $200. No exchanges or returns, one gift per customer. Limited quantities available.

De Grisogono
824 Madison Avenue (68-69)
Tel: 212-439-4220
Receive a 10% discount on any purchase totaling $3,500, or receive a $250 gift certificate for Kai Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant (822 Madison Avenue). With the purchase of $3,500 or more, receive a 15% discount or a $500 gift certificate for Kai Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant. Gift certificate is valid for lunch or dinner. Reservations required.

Di Modolo
703 Madison Avenue (62-63)
Tel: 212-644-6564
Special price offering for all visitors during Autumn Golden Week.

Edith Weber Antique Jewelry
987 Madison Avenue (76-77)
Tel: 212-570-1033
Receive a 10% discount on any purchase.

Fratelli Rossetti
625 Madison Avenue (58-59)
Tel: 212-888-5107
Complimentary women's leather wallet or leather laptop case with $500 purchase. Limited to one gift per customer, while supplies last.

Galo Shoes
895 Madison Avenue (72-73)
Tel: 212-744-7936
Complimentary pair of cedar wood shoe trees ($25 value) with a purchase of $150 or more.

Gem Antiques
1088 Madison Avenue (81-82)
Tel: 212-535-7399
Receive 10% off any purchase. Receive free shipping to Japan on orders over $500.

Godiva Chocolatier
793 Madison Avenue (67-68)
Tel: 212-249-9444
Receive a 10% discount on any purchase and one free sample per customer.

Gucci
840 Madison Avenue (69-70)
Tel: 212-717-2619
Enjoy a personal shopping experience at Gucci Madison with a Japanese speaking sales associate. Please call the boutique to schedule a private appointment.

House of Mai
27 East 67th Street
Tel: 212-288-8332
Receive a 20% discount on any non-sale item and an additional 5% off with the Marunouchi credit card.

Imperial Fine Books Inc.
790 Madison Avenue (66-67)
Tel: 212-861-6620
Leather-bound sets and fine bindings in all fields: children's history, poetry, literature, first/rare editions, illustrated books.

Jack Vartanian
996 Madison Avenue (77-78)
Tel: 212-988-2887
Receive a 15% discount on purchases.

Jane Kahan Gallery
922 Madison Avenue (73-74)
Tel: 212-744-1490
Jane Kahan Gallery is world famous for modern art; Picasso ceramics; lithographs by Chagall, Miro, Leger and others. Receive free shipping to Japan for all purchases.

J. F. Lazartigue
764 Madison Avenue (65-66)
Tel: 800-359-9345
Complimentary hair and scalp analysis. Receive a free hair fragrance gift for any purchase of $100 in the Gold line. Receive a 15% discount on the entire J. F. Lazartigue line.

J.J. Marco
1070 Madison Avenue (80-81)
Tel: 212-744-3202
Your gift with any purchase: a beautifully crafted leather jewelry box or picture frame.

Jo Malone
946 Madison Avenue (74-75)
Tel: 212-472-0074
Complimentary fragrance combining experience with choice of two fragrance samples or a complimentary hand and arm massage with choice of two fragrance samples.

Kai Restaurant
822 Madison Avenue (68-69)
Tel: 212-988-7277
Offer welcome drink: When you join us for dinner, we will offer a complimentary glass of wine or our famous bottled ice tea, "Teas' Tea."

Kapoor Galleries Inc.
1015 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Tel: 212-794-2300
Showing of selected works from India, Nepal & Tibet, with a special selection of Gandharan artwork.

Kwiat Boutique
725 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Tel: 212-725-7777
Receive a complimentary $500 gift card usable on any purchase at the Kwiat boutique, Madison Avenue location.

La Boutique Resale - Consignment Shop
1045 Madison Avenue (79-80)
Tel: 212-517-8099
Receive a complimentary gift with any $50 purchase or more. Receive free shipping to Japan for purchases over $500. Offer valid for shoppers carrying the Marunouchi credit card.

La Maison du Chocolat
1018 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Tel: 212-744-7117
Receive a complimentary gift with any $50 purchase. Offer valid for shoppers carrying information regarding Autumn Golden Week.

LAI Luxury Accessories International
35 East 65th Street
Tel: 212-794-3874
Experience luxurious exotic skinned handbags and accessories, hand crafted in New York City. Receive a complimentary red Tinga letter "J" crocodile key chain with any purchase over $100. Sales staff conversant in Japanese.

Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery
39 East 78th Street
Tel: 212-249-7695
Receive a 5% discount on any artwork purchase.

The Lowell
28 East 63rd Street
Tel: 212-838-1400
Complimentary "Classic Tea" for two in the Pembroke Room with a minimum two-night hotel stay. Special rates starting at $575.

Luca Luca
1011 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Tel: 212-288-9285
Champagne reception on Thursday, September 24th from 6 to 8 pm. Receive a 10% discount on purchases.

Marbella Gallery
28 East 72nd Street
Tel: 212-288-7809
19th and early 20th century American paintings.

Mario Caldi
743 Madison Avenue (64-65)
Tel: 212-327-4874
Receive a 30% discount on purchases over $500.

Mauboussin
714 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Tel: 212-752-4300
Receive a 15% discount on purchases (see store for terms and conditions). Receive a gift of French pastries with every purchase. Complimentary dinner for two at Daniel restaurant (60 East 65th Street) for any purchase over $5,000.

MaxMara
813 Madison Avenue (68-69)
Tel: 212-879-6100
Schedule an appointment at the Madison Avenue boutique with a MaxMara stylist and enjoy complimentary limousine transportation and shopping bag delivery service.

Montmartre
1157 Madison Avenue (85-86)
Tel: 212-988-8962
Receive a 15% discount on purchases. Offer valid for shoppers carrying the Marunouchi credit card.

Mulberry
605 Madison Avenue (57-58)
Tel: 888-685-6856
A beautiful Mulberry gift will be given to all who make a purchase using the Marunouchi Credit Card.

Nicholas Brawer Gallery
28 East 72nd Street
Tel: 212-772-2664
An exhibition of large-aperture Imperial Japanese Navy binoculars.

OPTYX by Gruen
1022 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Tel: 212-988-5832
Receive a 20% discount on complete prescription lenses and frames. Receive a 10% discount on any non-prescription sunglasses.

Petit Bateau
1094 Madison Avenue (82-83)
Tel: 212-988-8884
Back to school promotion. Receive a $10 discount with the purchase of $80 or more. Receive a $20 discount with the purchase of $120 or more. Receive a $30 discount with the purchase of $150 or more.

Praxis International Art
25 East 73rd Street
Tel: 212-772-9478
Receive a complimentary limited edition silkscreen from our graphic collection of Latin American artists with any purchase. All silk screens are signed and numbered by the artists.

Rene
786 Madison Avenue (66-67)
Tel: 212-249-3001
Receive a 10% discount with purchase over $550.

Robert Talbott
680 Madison Avenue (61-62)
Tel: 212-751-1200
Receive a 15% discount on purchases made using the Marunouchi credit card.

Samantha Thavasa
965 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Tel: 212-535-3920
On September 23rd from Noon to 2 PM, visit us at the Boutique and meet Tinsley Mortimer. Tinsley will be previewing her autumn / winter 2009 collection and sharing fashionable ideas of things to come.

Selima Optique
877 Madison Avenue (72-73)
Tel: 212-988-6690
Receive a 15 to 20% discount on eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories.

Stephen Knoll Salon
625 Madison Avenue (58-59)
Tel: 212-421-0100
Receive a 20% discount on all hair services. Offer valid with presentation of In NY, Where NY or Autumn Golden Week brochure.

Stephen Russell
970 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Tel: 212-570-6900
Receive an exclusive gift with purchase. Upon purchasing select jewels from our vintage collection, you will receive a beautiful diamond line bracelet from our contemporary collection. When you arrive, please mention Autumn Golden Week.

Steuben Glass
667 Madison Avenue (60-61)
Tel: 646-497-3753
Receive a 10% discount on all purchases and an additional 5% off on purchases over $1,000. Receive a gift for every purchase: The Legacy of Light and Design, coffee table book, while supplies last. Private shopping after store hours (6:00-7:30 pm) available for groups of ten or more, cocktails and refreshments provided, must be reserved in advance. Special service by a Japanese speaking sales consultant. Promotion cannot be combined with any other discount offer.

Yael Sonia
922 Madison Avenue (73-74)
Tel: 212-472-6488
Receive a gift with purchase when carrying the Marunouchi credit card.

Yves Saint Laurent
855 Madison Avenue (70-71)
Tel: 212-988-3821
With any purchase at the Yves Saint Laurent Madison Avenue boutique, receive an exclusive Autumn Golden Week gift.

Zitomer
969 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Tel: 212-737-5560
Complimentary make up application and makeover, using Z New York cosmetics.

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