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Three years after opening in Bucharest, the local Arthur Murray dance studio is getting ready for a consolidation year and ponders adding a second location.

The school takes its name after founder Arthur Murray, a US ballroom dance instructor and entrepreneur who opened his own dance studio in New York. During the 1930s, the studio offered such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple, widely popular at the time. The first franchised Arthur Murray studio was set up in 1938 and in April 2014 Bucharest joined the network of more than 280 studios worldwide.

Published in Business
Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:36

Grand Café Van Gogh

Still very much Bucharest's default 'meet you there' venue. Its genius is that it's ideal at every time of day: morning coffee or breakfast sat in front of one of the long windows, a casual lunch at one of the wooden tables, a meal and a late night at the bar.

Published in Tourism

The National Village Museum of Bucharest is unanimously deemed by foreign tourists a sight not to be missed out, being rated one of the best and most complete museums in the country. Enjoying a virtually central location in Bucharest, the museum stands out in sharp relief as an oasis of tranquility, a dreamlike set seemingly clipped from a time immemorial rural legend.

Published in Tourism
Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:47

Bucharest - Little Paris of the East

Bucharest was once known as "Little Paris," a capital that blossomed under King Carol, who imported French architects to give his city a grand feel.
Much of that work was disfigured by concrete Socialist-style architecture.

Published in Tourism

The owners of Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture The Wisdom of the Earth, considered a national treasure in the artist’s native Romania, are looking to sell the masterpiece. However, since the work is considered so important (it’s valued at €20 million) the government has the first right of refusal in any potential sale, and its lack of response in the matter has left the owners unable to sell. 

Published in Culture

Work has started on expanding Bucharest – based shopping mall AFI Palace Cotroceni, which will reach 82,000 sqm, from about 80,000, and plans are ongoing for another 8,000-sqm expansion phase, the mall owners have announced.

The current expansion work will start close to the Galaxy entrance, and will see the Reserved store reach the anchor size of 2,000 sqm. The same retailer which runs Reserved, LPP Fashion, will bring some other brands in its portfolio, Mohito and Sinsay.

Coffee shop Starbucks will also reopen under a new concept, covering more space, and including both a summer, and a winter terrace.

Published in Business
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