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The effusive welcome was almost intimidating at the Embassy condomimiums on Sunday afternoon. The casual visitor would walk past the free valet parking, shake the hand of a man who opened the heavy double door, and immediately be accosted by a smiling woman named Barbara. Barbara would give the full briefing, hand you a brochure, and send you up the elevator to the model unit you might be interested in. If you stood still for too long, a sales rep would ask if you needed anything.

The condos themselves are nice enough—airy balconies, hardwood floors, and some excellent staging accessories (pictured below). Sales started in January, but management put off the big opening party until this weekend, citing snow. The 78 units are 35 percent sold out, and going for solidly average prices ($194 – $233 for a studio, $345 – $382 for a one-bedroom, $452 – $545 for a two-bedroom).

But I’m willing to bet that many browsers, like me, came for the food. Top Chef finalist Carla Hall, who has done similar events in the past, was in attendance with platters of mini cheesecakes, sausage-filled pastries, cheesy tartlets and tiny cookies. My palate couldn’t distinguish the offerings from your average Trader Joes frozen finger food, but I did walk away with a full stomach, and a recipe for minted pea pesto.

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