Eight new quirky stores in New York
New York continues to delight its residents and visitors with a variety of new places and opportunities for shopping and recreation. From boutiques with rare Korean designer items to specialty shops for active lifestyles and antique shops, Curbed has compiled a list of unusual stores in New York.
Dae is a home improvement store, cafe, wine bar and private event venue. Lacking a single focus, the company focuses equally on retail, dining and, above all, tranquility. DAE is a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, within the walls of the store, guests and visitors are invited to pause and enjoy the care with which snacks, drinks and household products have been created and selected.
The store features mostly Korean designers that cannot be found elsewhere. The store currently features handmade metal coffee filters and wooden bowls made by the Loewe Craft Prize finalist.
Address: 385 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens
Brooklyn’s first outdoor specialty store that stocks Patagonia, Arc’teryx and Salomon, as well as small designer pieces like Allmansright Dyneema bags, ToughCutie merino wool socks and Hikerkind clothing. Benye Williams and Ken Bernard, the owners of the store, plan trips for customers once every two weeks.
Address: 722 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights
3 Christopher Cawley
Christopher Cowley opened his antique shop on the second floor of the East Broadway mall in Chinatown, right between PopGun and Janky Vintage. While visiting flea markets with his grandfather, he began collecting antiques as a child, and by now he has a collection of objects from the 16th to the 19th century – leather chairs from the 1800s, Ming vases and Flemish tapestries.
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“Here, for example, is a chair made around 1820. It has ebony wood legs. He’s on roller skates and has an Egyptian Revival medallion,” Coley notes. “This is a timeless design that will fit in both a period room and a modern interior.”
Address: 75 E. Broadway, no. 231
4. Reservations Only Vintage
Olivia Kanter’s vintage clothing store has appeared in the East Broadway Mall. Since her school days, she has been collecting and selling leather goods online, but in June, after graduating from Parsons, she decided to open a store that would feature “a mixture of vintage designer pieces and affordable Y2K fashion.” There are plenty of Prada shoes, Jean Paul Gaultier dresses, and Dolce & Gabbana jeans – prices usually don’t exceed $500. There is even a Lutci Magazine Clutch on sale, like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City.
Address: 75 E. Broadway, no. 212
5. The Ripped Body
When the first The Ripped Bodice store opened in New York, people lined up an hour before it opened. It is filled with books of various genres, including paranormal, historical, and LGBTQ+. The owners renovated the store by hand-painting the floors pink and turning the book pages into wallpaper.
Let’s say the book “The Seven Year Leaf” by Ashley Poston costs $17. It is recommended by sisters Leah Koch and Bea Hodges-Koch: “It tells the story of a woman who inherits an apartment from her aunt where she can travel through time – and a man lives there in the past.” The store is a godsend for lovers of printed publications.
Address: 218 Fifth Ave., Park Slope
6. Biggie’s Bodega
The new store in Dimes Square is modeled after a 1950s candy store: red and white awning outside, black and white tiled floor, old-fashioned Stuckey’s candies for sale. But it’s actually the city’s only antique smoking shop specializing in tobacco paraphernalia, which co-owner Sammy Levin restores herself. There are 1940s Japanese lighters, ST DuPont gold-plated lighters (“Those are Birkins lighters,” she says), and plenty of Murano glass ashtrays.
A Japanese table lamp from the 1940s can be purchased for $425. “They look like lamps, but they are actually lighters,” Levine explains. “As soon as I receive them, I immediately repair them and they are sold.”
Address: 139 Division Street
7. Kosuge Bachman
Yuka Kosuge and Megan Bachman met when they were both selling their vintage items as part of a collective secondhand store. Kosuge specialized in Edwardian dresses, while Bachman specialized in more modern pieces. Now their namesake store in Greenpoint sells both, including menswear. They often visit Japan and Europe, bringing back Issey Miyake pleated shirts, Dolce & Gabbana runway pieces from the early 2000s, and Italian silver jewelry.
Address: 170 Franklin St., Greenpoint
8 Fe Noel Little Caribbean
After ten years on the internet, Fe Noel opened her first retail store in June. It’s filled with unique apparel made from unsold fabrics, discounted pieces from past seasons (a $228 puff-sleeved mesh cardigan, originally $598) and limited editions (like a very popular swim t-shirt that’s printed with the names of various islands). ). On the shelves you can also find Terra-Tory sea moss soap and Edas accessories.
Golden Hour slip dress, $298. “We had a blouse made from this fabric and we had a roll left, so we made a slip dress out of it for our Brooklyn store. If it was released by Fe Noel, it would cost $200-300 more,” says creative director Itaisha Jordan.
Address: 1133 Nostrand Ave., Little Caribbean
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