Coming Soon: Banners & Posters at 161 Allen

Posted on: March 8th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

In retrospect, the Waffin Tea Room never really notched a significant impact on the Lower East Side cafe scene.  The long-gone tea spot first opened in February 2009, but struggled to find a footing. Waffin was listed on the open market eight months later, and eventually closed in January 2010. An extended year-long period of silence commenced, while the signage remained intact.  But now a new commercial tenant is poised to open at 161 Allen Street.  One which will offer printing services for posters, advertising decals, and the like.

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Banners & Posters Shop Inc. has been in the works at 161 Allen Street since early January, when we first spotted workers preparing the space. An eye-catching piece of neon oaktag quickly followed, announcing the forthcoming tenant.  And until yesterday, this was the only semblance of the new venture here.

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[Photo Credit: Roger Paw]

The longstanding orange Waffin Tea Room awning was dressed in its new bilingual outfit of yellow-and-red.  In fact, the entire facade is decked out in their “menu” offerings.  Bowery Boogie correspondent Roger Paw investigated further, and learned that the store will open later this week:

I told him that I saw the poster on the store at 161 Allen Street and asked him when the store would open.  He said in a week and added that the poster machines were ready. I asked him if his store would take special orders as in, if I were to walk in with a photo could they make it into a poster? And he said yes.


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