Quirky Boutique ‘Object_ify 139’ Quits Essex Street After 2 Years
For Object_ify 139, it’s store no more. The artsy object silo is packing up at the end of the week, and headed for the pastures of the online marketplace. Its last day in business on the Lower East Side is this Friday.
School of Visual Arts graduate Maria Candanoza opened the pint-sized boutique at 139 Essex Street in November 2014. It took over a former mobile store, and anchored the address before Patacon Pisao arrived. The shop offered a quirky selection of collectible zines, books, sculptures, prints, and other sundries.
Candanoza didn’t comment on the reason for the closure, only that Object_ify 139 lives on in cyberspace.
Below is the farewell note:
It’s been two great years and we want to say THANK YOU for your love and support of our store and community.
Looking back on these two years we feel very grateful and lucky to have been able to be a part of New York City with a physical location in which we hosted many great events and collaboration with amazing artists. It’s been a privilege having met so many talented people and having been able to create and share art with you. Our mission still stands and we are certain we will stay in your life. Please follow us in our next step: our website. We have had an online store for a while but our commitment is to make it even better and to keep brining new objects, prints, books and exciting artist collaborations to you every month.
On a more personal note I want to thank everyone who helped me in the journey that has been Objectify from its beginnings in 2013, to what it is today. Our goal is to branch out even more by just being online. The space itself was a very special happy place for me. I hope in one way or another it was the same the same for you, and its spirit of collaboration, artistry and community will live on.
The Object_ify 139 closing party is this Friday, Friday the 13th, from 6pm-9pm.