The Store That "Dolly" Built

About Us

In 1996, Delphinium, Ltd. was founded by John Soroka, Michael Quinn and Gary Alaimo, former musical theatre performers who, looking to create a unique business they could call their own, saw the growing need in their community for a retail store combining unique cards and gifts, sold in a warm friendly environment; a haven from the hustle and bustle of Hell’s Kitchen in midtown Manhattan. With the help and support of family, friends (and a lot of hard work), Delphinium Card & Gift was born! Overflowing with colorful and unusual cards, candles, books, stationery, jewelry, bath products, children’s books, etc. it served the community for over fifteen years.

A few years later, the remarkable success of this store allowed us to pursue another dream of ours by creating a unique home accessories & gift store a block away on Ninth Avenue.  So, in 1999, Delphinium Home opened its doors, filled with stylish, yet affordable gifts/accessories that soon became a memorable and favorite stop for locals and tourists from all over the world for years to come!

As the two stores flourished, we knew that eventually, due to skyrocketing rents in the ever-evolving Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, we would have to relocate somewhere nearby in order to continue serving the community.  After owning and managing the popular “Wear Me Out’ men’s clothing store on 47th St. that was the hub of fashion in our neighborhood for ten amazing years, we made the difficult decision to close that store and combine our other two stores into one convenient location, directly across the street from our original location!

Now customers could enjoy a “one-stop” shopping experience that combines the very best that Delphinium Home and Delphinium Card & Gift had to offer!  Our grand reopening in September of 2011 at 353 W. 47th Street drew high praises from loyal customers and new ones alike to our new home.  Many of our customers visiting from far and wide often mention that they wished there was a Delphinium Home near them, so we have recently updated our website at to reflect the unique collection of gifts and accessories that people have come to love from our store.  We now offer an online shopping experience that is inspired, fun and available from the convenience of your own home 24 hours a day!

And so, the dream goes on…  We hope you enjoy your experience with and if visiting Manhattan, please stop by our new location and experience our vision for yourself!  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for choosing Delphinium Home!


John, Michael & Gary