Folk Art Store La Sirena is Looking for New Space

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 at 6:33 am by

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La Sirena, the beloved Mexican folk art store located at 27 East Third Street, is looking around for new space. The story is, sadly, all-too-familiar these days: after 14 years in the same location, the rent is just too damn high. Word is that the rent is going to nearly double, and that they are negotiating, but the future of the space is uncertain.

Owner Dina Leor is staying put for the moment, which we are relieved to hear, since we always seem to need more Day of the Dead items, El Diablo earrings, and Mexican wrestler handbags. (Seriously. We’re not joking.) However, she is keeping her ears open for another space, preferring to stay in the neighborhood if possible.

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She also hopes the new space can be large enough for workshops and classes, creating, in her words, “the La Sirena cultural space…a place for cultural exchanges, creative workshops, spiritual teaching, gallery space, language exchange, cooking classes, folk art shop…and lots, lots more!”

Leor is looking for assistants and interns as well. Interested parties can go to her facebook page and contact her there.

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Meanwhile, Leor continues to put together walking tours of Mexican neighborhoods (it sounds like there is delicious food involved, among other things). The new season kicks off in June. You can get info by getting on her mailing list through her website, or by going on her facebook page. While you’re there, you can also let her know about any leads on a new location.

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