Barbara Streisand has a basement mall.
The mall also includes actual stores where she can buy new presents for her friends.
Along a cobblestone-paved, antique-lantern-lit “street,” a collection of turn-of-the-last-century-style shops beckons “customers” to step inside. Traffic is heaviest during screening parties, when the Sweet Shop does brisk business dispensing licorice, frozen yogurt, and popcorn to guests. Before going out to a dinner party or a friend's birthday, Streisand likes to duck into the Gift Shoppe to pick up a present—a soap dish or a pair of candlesticks—and tie it up with pretty ribbons at the wrapping table.Other emporiums include the Antique Shop, the Antique Clothes Shop, and Bee's Doll Shop (in front of which she thoughtfully installed a bench for men to sit while the ladies are inside). The only items missing are the cash registers."You can do that if it's your own mall," Streisand explains to me on a September afternoon.
My friend Erika sent me an email with the subject line "Were you AWARE of this?" this weekend and the body containing just this link. http://www.harpersbazaar.com/_
Like Erika, no, I was not aware of this. However I find it fascinating, like most things about Babs tend to be.
I'm an old school Barbara fan, with most of my knowledge and love about her focusing on the movies The Way We Were and Funny Girl. I remember watching The Way We Were for the first time with my mom in high school, because she was like, "you need to see this movie!"and not being able to get over how much Robert Redford looked like Brad Pitt at the time! But also just thinking Katie was pretty cool.
And then of course, Sex and The City had their great The Way We Were homage with Carrie and Big in the episode where Big marries Natasha. I love the scene where Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte try to explain the movie to Samantha, that's how I feel right now explaining it to all of you!
I just watched it again. It's so good!
Anyway, the point of this post is to say, isn't it totally weird that Barbara Streisand has her own mall in her house, but also, isn't she super awesome? Yes, I say yes to all of those questions.
Also, when you google "Barbara Streisand's Basement Mall" you find out that someone wrote a play imagining what it would be like to work there, and I have to say, it actually looks pretty good.
In connection to all this, Babs just put out a book about all of her dream homes that she's lovingly decorated over the years. I think I'm putting it on my Christmas list. I know it's only September but as we all know: