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Friday, December 06, 2019

Having established itself as the one-stop shop to find exactly the right gift for a chatan and kallah, milestone anniversary, housewarming and a “little something” for a Shabbat hostess, Rachel Kupfer, owner of On The Table, has exceeded herself in relocating to a new venue that is three times the size of her old store. Upon entering the store, one immediately is dazzled by the shelves, laden with one gift item more beautiful than the next. Colors abound as do silver and gold pieces.

On Tuesday evening, September 10, Kupfer invited the community to join her at the store’s grand re-opening celebration, where attendees were treated to delicious treats, great music and the popular comedian Leah Forster. At the new location, 1378 Queen Anne Road (just steps away from Glatt Express), near the corner of West Englewood Avenue, shoppers can find a much greater selection of tablecloths, bed linens, flatware, dinnerware, stemware and paper goods. Acrylic trays in every shape and size can easily be monogrammed. Many simcha celebrants have used this option when expressing gratitude to the many Shabbat hosts who have nurtured out-of-town guests.

From multicolored pie and serving pieces with modern, futuristic patterns to totally new and different-shaped havdalah candles, there is nothing that has not been thought of in making the task of finding just “the right thing” easy. One should not feel intimidated by the vast selection. Gifts are available from as little as $10, but one can find more high-end pieces toward the $400 price point. A great bonus is that a buyer is able to purchase something for $15 and come away with it wrapped beautifully, as though the cost was considerably higher. There are no worries at On The Table over how to pack, wrap and make a package look attractive.

It is to the credit of Kupfer and her staff that On The Table has become a mini-neighborhood meeting place. Rarely does one walk in and go directly to what they are purchasing. There are so many choices, and friendly banter goes on between customers and the staff. Aliza and Matias, Kupfer’s helpful assistants, are there to listen to the needs of customers and then might offer their own suggestions. Although the store is laden with shelves of charming items, one should never be intimidated to state what their budget is and what their desires are.

What compelled Kupfer to open this fun and useful store? She explained that as a young girl she worked for her aunt, who owns Lulu’s, a similar gift store in the Five Towns. The bug was planted in Kupfer’s head and she worked hard to be able to fulfill her dream. She is grateful to this wonderful community for supporting her and she often gives back by supporting local community functions.

As much as the store is important to Rachel she wishes everyone to know that most significant in her life would be to find a loving partner! Join the fun of shopping at On the Table and get one year of free shopping if you can come up with a chattan for Rachel! (Written with her permission.)

By Nina Glick