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Free New York City Shopping Experiences

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MePa (Mee Pah)? Originally called the Gansevoort Market, today known as the Meat Packing District, and was the center of New York City's meat packing industry. In the late 90's, this area had been transformed into one of the city's chic hot spots for today's trendsetters. A display of upscale couture clothing stores unlike any other area in the city. Rustic cobblestone streets and trendy cafes where the young and free-spirited strike a pose. New York Magazine called the Meat Packing district "New York's most fashionable neighborhood". Today, the High-Line Park is the latest attraction. Over one mile of railroad has been transformed into an elevated urban park.

With ZTrend you get what you pay for. We have an eye for beauty and have taken the time to research the city for you. We have also found that it is impossible to shop the upscale stores within a two-hour period as most suggest that you do. We want you to enjoy yourself and experience the neighborhood the way a denizen of New York would. Because we care about your experience, ZTrend also provides additional literature that our competitors do not provide. We have taken great care to hand-pick a top quality boutiques just for you.

How much time will I spend shopping? Up to 20 minutes in each store. ZTrend Shopping Experiences are designed to show off the better boutiques for your venue in the selected area. Our day trips will familiarize you with the neighborhoods and the latest shopping the areas have to offer. Most of the day is spent shopping and soaking in the New York culture.

What is the latest I may book a ticket?

  • Shopping days are best arranged 24 hours in advance.
    Last minute bookings: Individual guests may book tickets up to 2 hours prior to start time.
  • All private experiences are required to be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance.
  • Custom start times are at the request of the requesting hostess.
  • A $25 set base fee for each additional guest will apply for custom and private shopping experiences greater than 5 participants. Please consult with ZTrend.

Are there additional hidden fees? No hidden fees on our end. The price we quote is the price you pay.

Is transportation included? No, there is no transportation provided. You will be required to set up your own transportation to meet your shopping advisor. This shopping day requires a significant amount of walking, so please dress appropriately in comfortable clothing.

What stores will we be shopping in? We will showcase 15 + boutiques which will include gift shops, shoes, purses, dress shops, clothing and accessories. Shops will vary in price range. Your experience will be determined by your shopping advisor. If you have particular interests, it may be advantageous to make it a party and book a private shopping day for as little as $250 (includes up to 5 shoppers)..

Will we stop and rest along the way? You are welcome to stop in a deli or cafe for a refreshment to go. Expect an active afternoon!

May I take pictures of the stores interiors? Photographing outside the shop is permitted. No interior photographs are to be taken during the shopping day without requesting permission from the shop owner.

GRATUITY:
Should I tip my guide?
It is customary to tip your guide at the end of the shopping day. Tips are a nice gesture to show your appreciated to your guide.

If there are two shopping advisors, should I tip both of them? No. When being accompanied by two advisors, you may assume that they are together. Therefore, they are sharing their tips as well.

How many people will be coming along? As a graceful gesture to the stores on our shopping experiences, a maximum of * 8 shoppers will be in the group. Small groups ensure a personalized quality experience. *complimentary weekly events and private or customized Shopping Days may include more than 8 persons.

What if I want to bring my child? Sorry, absolutely no children are allowed. ZTrend shopping experiences are designed for adults and are unsuitable for children under 12 years of age.

May I bring my little dog? Unfortunately no animals are allowed on ZTrend's shopping experiences. While many boutiques in New York City are pet friendly, restaurants and other venues do not allow animals due to health laws.

I am considering meeting my guide for breakfast. How expensive is the meal? We select meeting places that are interesting and easy on the wallet.

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About ZTrend Experiences

Itinerary, Start Time and Meeting Times:
You will receive your meeting location once you book your shopping Day. Please be sure to provide ZTrend with the correct contact information (email and telephone when possible.)

Age: 12+

Launguage: English.
While English is the primary language, for Custom and Private Shopping Experiences, an alternate languages may be requested in advance. We will do our very best to accomodate your request.

Be Comfortable: Please wear appropriate walking shoes and bring whatever will keep you comfortable for the day. Carry some cash ~ most stores accept major credit cards but there may be exceptions with some delicatessens, restaurants, and refreshment spots.

Availability: Day trips are available Tuesday through Sunday; holidays on special request ~ please inquire. Custom private day trips are available with proper advance notice. Individual guests may be reserved up to 1 hour prior to the start time. Call for availability.

Brunch or Breakfast: You are invited to join your shopping advisor one hour before your start time for breakfast or brunch. *Brunch; breakfast and refreshments is a la carte and are not included in the price.

Purchase: Reserve online or You may email your reservation to us through our online contact form and include the following information below: Please be sure to provide at least one way for us to contact you - we will confrirm your shopping day the day prior to your reserved date.

CONCIERGE CODE: (if available)
NAME:
PHONE:
CONTACT EMAIL:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE:
DAY AND DATE OF DESIRED SHOPPING:

Payments Accepted: We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and cash payments. You may reserve online by using our "Buy It Now" link. You may book up to 2 hours prior to start time: Individual tickets will be accepted when telephoning to confirm availability - credit cards and cash will be accepted prior to the "shopping day" start time.

We ask that all ticket holders provide us with a valid email and telephone number when reserving their shopping day. Reserved customers will be contacted the day before the shopping day to confirm ticket holder's attendance. Please be courteous and respond in advance, by confirming or canceling your shopping day.

Cancellations and No-shows:
Guided shopping days are given rain or shine.

Individual Ticket Reservations : A $25 fee will be kept from the advance payment for each ticket (shopper) reserved.

Custom and Private Shopping Experiences:
Because we have taken the time to plan your day and have reserved the calendar day just for you, $250 from the deposit/payment is non-refundable.

Promotional and Special Offers: ZTrend promotional and special offers may not be combined with any other ZTrend offer or promotion.

Refunds and Credits: All refunds and credits will be applied in the same manner they were originally paid.


*All private and custom dates must be arranged in advance; Translators for "custom" shopping days may be arranged; It is best to purchase our shopping experiences in advance as they do sell out.

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About ZTrend Experiences

How to reserve: You may reserve one of our set shopping days by:

1) ONLINE BOOKING - Book an online reservation using our "Buy it Now" and entering your concierge code when paying with a credit card.

2) CONTACT FORM - You may email your reservation to us through our online contact form and include the following information below: Please be sure to provide at least one way for us to contact you - we will confrirm your shopping day the day prior to your reserved date.

CONCIERGE or PROMOTIONAL CODE:
NAME:
PHONE:
CONTACT EMAIL:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE:
DAY AND DATE OF DESIRED SHOPPING:

Confirmation: Once we receive your request you will receive an email confirmation from us.

Payment for emailed reservations: Please pay in advance online through our website: reserve here. We ask that you show up at the cafe 30 minutes prior to handle transactions. We accept all major credit cards and cash - sorry, no personal checks or travelers checks.

Payments Accepted: We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and cash payments. You may reserve online by using our "Buy It Now" link to on or call with your credit card. You may book up to 2 hours prior to start time: Individual tickets will be accepted when telephoning to confirm availability - credit cards and cash will be accepted prior to the start time.

Meeting location: The time and meeting location is on our online reservation page. In addition we will email you a confirmation the day prior to you shopping day.

Concierge code conditions: You may use one concierge code toward each full priced ticket. This is not valid when purchasing one of our self-guided shopping day. This offer may not be combind with any other ZTrend offers or specials.


*Please read the fine print.
*All private and custom dates must be arranged in advance.
*Translators for "custom" shopping days may be arranged.
*It is best to purchase our shopping experiences in advance as they do sell out.

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