6. Absolutely Everything Else
Think of Lindsi Shine and her team at Insider NYC as real-life elves with the power to work magic. Every year, they’re the behind-the-scenes team for a slew of VIP clients. They work on everything from holiday cards—she estimates they handle around 5,000 every year—to gift-buying, for which Shine produces an exclusive, in-house version of the Neiman Marcus catalog, filled with impossible-to-find treats. She estimates that they spend around 20 percent of their time during the holiday season handling decoration, from sourcing a local tree-trimmer for a client’s second home in Aspen, Colo., or stepping in to help during an emergency.
“Last year, a client had bought a new house in Pebble Beach [Calif.], and we had two hours to get a tree for him when he asked,” Shine tells Bloomberg by telephone from her New York office. “So we persuaded the local Pottery Barn to take it off the floor and deliver it to their house. The store’s lead decorator went with it so he could put everything back on the tree exactly as it was.”
Even better, in January, Insider NYC will happily tackle the hassle of returning all of those unwanted gifts.
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