Kiosk & shops in NYC

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

Quite a few years ago, I discovered the independent concept store, Kiosk, located in Tribeca, NYC. I love the concept of showcasing and selling a range of products sourced during their travels from all over the world in a rotating exhibition format. The sourced products are mostly everyday objects that reflect the local culture and aesthetic style.

The shop has since moved to Soho, hidden from street level on the first floor with a narrow graffitied stairway entrance, it feels like a gem in the area that is more touristy and commercial than Time Square these days.

The small shop does feel more like a mini museum than a retail shop, displaying quirky and unusual finds from different countries. My only complaint is that the lighting is rather dim and sometimes it's hard to examine all their curiosities.

If you are tired of the standard gift shops, a visit to Kiosk may be an inspirational one.


Not far from Kiosk is an unusual shop love by many locals, Pearl River Mart, which moved from its original Chinatown location to Soho in 2003. At first glance, this shop looks more like a kitsch/ tacky Chinese 'theme' shop, but actually there are many interesting and fun items to be found here and at reasonable prices too. The range of products are huge, from household products to stationery, clothing, food and tea etc. The space is much airier and less cramped and hectic than its previous location making the shopping much more pleasant.

Another interesting store in the area is the Evolution Store, a mini 'Natural History Museum' shop filled with fossils, taxidermy, animal skulls, dried bugs and many other quirky and weird finds. Even if you think it's creepy to give an animal and even human skull to your friends or loved ones, the place is a great place for browsing and it's easy to linger for a long time when it is not packed.


Pearl River Mart and Camper store in Soho


There are many unusual and cool shops outside of the Soho area esp. in the West Village, Lower East side and Chelsea ( while the Meatpacking district has become too 'trendy'). In Chelsea, the Olde good things is a architectural salvage shop ( with three locations in the city) that sells vintage and refurbished furniture and furnishings. However, it wasn't their shop windows that attracted my attention, it was their truck near Union Square that initially caught my eye. What a fun way to advertise the shop and its furniture, cool!


Olde Good things truck and 'food' pouches at the MoMA design store


For design items and books, there is nowhere better than the MoMA design store. Personally, I prefer their Soho location than the two next to and opposite the museum in midtown. There is a diverse selection of design objects and gifts designed by the more established designers as well as many up and coming designers from all over the world. Since Muji has yet to established their US presence, they have a store within the store for Muji fans.


Interior of Chaos and shop window of Malin & Goetz in Chelsea



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