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Rent Hike Forces Dusty Buttons Vintage Shop to Close at the End of July

Posted July 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

Our hearts are broken over the news that Amanda Loureiro, owner of Dusty Buttons, is closing up shop after six years on East 9th street. Dusty Buttons is a favorite clothing and accessories store, featuring both vintage and new items. It was where we first discovered, among other things, the most perfect red lipstick (a life-long […]

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Three Months on, Enz’s Rockabilly Boutique Seeks Loans to Help Cover Explosion-Related Costs

Posted June 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

The proverbial road to recovery in the wake of the Second Avenue Blast has been a struggle for Enz’s Rockabilly Store. While not in one of the collapsed tenements, the business was nevertheless affected, spending some two months in exile. Enz’s pinballed between a few other Lower East Side storefronts (below East Houston) during the […]

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Yokkoyama Hat Market Opens on Eldridge Street

Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

How’s this for retail diversity on the Lower East Side. A new indie millinery just debuted at the long-dormant 116 Eldridge Street. Yokkoyama Hat Market, as the establishment is called, joined the retail landscape earlier this week with its bilingual signage. Founded by local husband-wife team Shoko and Hirohisa Yokoyama (on the LES for ten […]

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Kenneth Cole Confirmed as Late Entrant to the Ritzy Bowery Fashion Scene

Posted June 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Bowery is swiftly becoming the northerly extension of fashionista SoHo. All the brands are moving into the onetime skid row district. The latest to hop on the gold encrusted bandwagon of Bowery 2.0 is Kenneth Cole, already with a shop in the vicinity. Kenneth Cole settled on 328 Bowery, a retail condo space that […]

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‘Miss Hoe’ Opens Another Pop-Up Boutique at 26 Canal Street

Posted June 3, 2015 at 5:10 am

Ever since Miss Hoe departed 2 Prince Street last June, the boutique has been livin’ like a refugee. It relocated to 11 Kenmare Street (aka 176 Bowery) three months later, maintaining a pop-up presence in the interim. Even after the notorious Thor Equities snapped up the building in early May for $10.2 million. Now, a southerly […]

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Narnia Vintage Departing Rivington Street After 13 Years

Posted June 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

So-called fashion flight continues to plague the Lower East Side… Indeed, the Narnia vintage boutique at 161 Rivington Street – often cited at the top of fashion shopping lists – is moving out. Owner Molly Spaulding is closing the shop after thirteen years on the block. The sandwich board out front reveals as much. As […]

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‘Narifuri’ Cyclist-Centric Brand Opens Boutique Shop on Orchard Street

Posted June 1, 2015 at 5:13 am

Ever since Shi Eurasia moved around the corner last October, its former digs at 143 Orchard Street remained cloaked in secrecy. A drop-cloth hung in the windows as shades while a lone bicycle teased an unknown new entrant. Well, the cat is now out of the bag. A new cyclist-centric specialty store called Narifuri debuts here […]

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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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The Genesis Bridal Shop Finds a New Home on East Houston Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Genesis Bridal Shop, a local stalwart on the block since 1983, officially departed 97 Clinton Street last week. As you might guess, the family-owned store succumbed to the escalating real estate pressures plaguing so much of the neighborhood these days. The landlord jacked the rent to more than double the current amount, making it […]

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‘Balanced Pilates’ Opens its 2nd Studio at 17 Essex Today

Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

When word dropped earlier this year that a half-baked bar concept called Vote for Pedro wanted to open in the 400 square-foot sublevel space at 17 Essex Street, neighbors immediately mobilized to block the application. Both the Orchard Street Block Association and SPaCE posed a united front to ensure Community Board 3 delivered a denial. […]

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