You walk into your local corner store with all your favorite products on the shelves. But when you reach for that box of Ritz crackers, it’s soft to the touch…and made of felt. This is what British felt artist Lucy Sparrow’s debut US exhibition 8 ’till late: A Felt Convenience Store is like.
Situated in a storefront on Little West 12th Street behind the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel near the High Line, it looks like your neighborhood bodega with everything you could possibly need from fruits and veggies
to frozen pies and ice cream.
But here, it’s all recreated in felt.
You can even get a felt Coca-Cola from a felt Coke machine.
Mmm…pupusas…my new favorite food…
In the back room, the felt pieces are displayed as art, with an Andy Warhol-like depiction of Campell’s Soup.
The items may not be edible but you can purchase them. Prices are a bit steep, but I couldn’t resist taking home this package of one of my favorite childhood candies, Skittles.
This exhibition has been here since June 5 and will be ending next Friday, June 30, so get there while you can. There may be a line but it went quickly when we visited. The exhibit is free to attend, but the felt pieces are for purchase and prices vary.
Posted in America, Art, Event, New York, Store
Tagged 8 'till late, art, bodega, convenience store, felt, felt artist, High Line, Little West 12th Street, Lucy Sparrow, Meatpacking, Standard
If you are looking for the best in kitchen appliances, Krup’s Kitchen & Bath in Chelsea is the place to go. If you want something with a retro feel or in a unique color, Krup’s has it. Look at this adorable 1950s-style refrigerator from Smeg in pink:
How about this adorable oven range from BlueStar in purple:
Fishs Eddy is the quintessential store for dinnerware with its interesting and kitschy designs. If you’re a NYC fan, there are many local patterns like the New York skyline, the tunnels, the Brooklyn bridge, dog walkers, Brooklyn and more. I got the Brooklynese set for my mom.
They have other designs too like Alice in Wonderland, the New York Times crossword puzzle and this pretty pattern from Lotta Jansdotter that I wrote about before.
creamer and coffee mug
Fishs Eddy also has a cool collection of vintage dishes dating back to 1903.
I also like these small trays. I got one that’s a recipe card, but there are others like a parking ticket, a lotto ticket, a restaurant check, a prescription and more.
Posted in New York, Store
Tagged 1950s, appliances, BlueStar, Brooklyn, dinnerware, dishes, Fishs Eddy, kitchen, Krup's, New York, oven, refrigerator, Smeg, vintage
I compiled this list of 7 cool shops on Etsy that have food-related goods.
1. Cutting boards in the shape of your favorite state from AHeirloom. Yeah, that’s mine.
New York-shaped cutting board from AHeirlooms–photo used with permission
2. AJ Sweetsoaps, my favorite Etsy shop, with soaps that look real enough to eat! Look just as good and a lot less calories!
Banana cream pie soap from AJ Sweetsoaps–photo used with permission
3. Get your grandma’s recipe in her handwriting on a kitchen towel at Small Home Design.
Grandma’s recipe on a tea towel from SmallHomeDesign–photo used with permission
4. Custom kitchen canister labels from Kreative Corner.
Custom canister labels from Kreative Corner–photo used with permission
5. Funny pin-up recipe cards from Istria Design.
Pin-up recipe card from Istria Design–photo used with permission
6. Personalized recipe on a bamboo cutting board from Marcellas Engravables.
Custom engraved cutting board from Marcellas Engravables–photo used with permission
7. Heidi Schweigert’s illustrations at the redcruiser shop on Etsy–These cards, calendars, prints, tea towels and journals give you an easy way to get your veggies.
Greeting card from redcruiser–photo used with permission
Posted in Gift, Store, Tool
Tagged AHeirloom, AJ Sweetsoaps, calendars, cards, custom, cutting board, engraved, Etsy, greeting card, Heidi Schweigert, illustrations, Istria Designs, journals, Kreative Corner, labels, Marcellas Engravables, pin-up, pin-ups, prints, recipe card, recipe cards, redcruiser, shops, Small Home Design, soap, tea towels
Union Square Wines & Spirits recently hosted a wine tasting of NYU alums. There were some trays of Murray’s cheese (standard at a NYC party) and Italian meats, pates and other finger foods. The event was for the NYU Women’s Initiative and the wines of the evening were all produced by female-owned wineries. We were given some info on the wines and the women who make them. Then the sampling began, from white to red: Lini 910 NV Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy); Shinn Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island); Heidi Schroeck 2009 Ried Vogelsang (Burgenland, Austria); DeMorgenzon 2011 Garden Vineyards Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa); Foradori 2009 Teroldego Vignetti delle Dolomiti (Trentino, Italy); Herdade do Esporao 2010 Quatro Castas (Alentejano, Portugal); and Dominio de Atauta 2009 Parada de Atauta (Ribera del Duero, Spain).
My favorite of the evening was the Austrian wine. It had a crisp, clean taste that appealed to me. I enjoyed learning about wineries run by women. This was a perfectly planned event for a women’s group.
In addition to hosting private events, Union Square Wines & Spirits also hosts its own tastings. Some upcoming ones include vodka, gin and a tapas party.