On Tuesday, September 20, Apolis celebrated the opening of its first NYC store, The Apolis Community Centre, located at 243 Centre Street. This unusual retail concept, which opened in mid-August, blends commerce with community-focused workshops, readings, residencies and events.
At the even Conde Nast Traveler style editor Matthew Hranek interviewed Shea Parton and his brother and co-founder Raan Parton on building a sustainable business and how they find inspiration and measure success.
Their talk was followed by a performance by blind jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, who wowed the crowd with his three-song set, which included a cover of Sufjan Stevens’ “John My Beloved.”
Drinks throughout the evening were provided by Happy Cooking, the restaurant group behind such NYC eateries as Fedora, Joseph Leonard and Bar Sardine.