NEast Village, Manhattan, NYC

Happy Birthday, Ray!

As we reported earlier, Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store celebrated his 79th birthday in style with his now-annual birthday burlesque extravaganza at the shop on Sunday night.

He was joined by some friends and neighbors who came for cake and to raise a glass to Our Man Ray. 

And, of course, for the show.

Ray was teased and tantalized by the lovely and talented Justine Joli.

While not one of the more traditional stages on which she’s performed, Justine got right into the spirit of things once she realized how special an occasion it was and how much Ray means to the neighborhood.

Only posting G-rated shots, but let’s just say Ray’s smile was wide! It’s not every day he has a star of screen and stage dancing on his counter…

Good times had by all.

If you’re in the area this week, be sure to stop by the store and wish Ray a very happy birthday!

Thanks to Ray’s friend and one-time employee, Ilya, for whipping the festivities together at the last minute. Happy to help!

More photos and reviews:

Via E.V. Grieve by way of Shawn Chittle

Via Lindsay Wengler

And thanks to everyone who came out!

Follow @RaysCandyStore on Twitter

Ray’s Candy Store on Facebook

And the lovely Justine Joli on Twitter @JustineJoli and Tumblr. (Her proper site is in the works).


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  3PM, Jan 24 2012
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