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General Store, San Francisco via uniqueboutiqueblog.com

General Store. A “big, little community,” born on the beach.

May 27, 2016

General Store.  4035 Judah Street, Outer Sunset, San Francisco, California, USA.

“There’s a certain person who has this desire to live near the sea,” artist and shop-owner Serena Mitnik-Miller tells me.  “It’s hard to explain to people who don’t get it, but it’s important in our lives – an understanding you don’t even need to talk about.“  Serena and her husband and business partner, Mason St.… Read More

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An independent Christmas…

November 19, 2014

I came across the image above on Instagram last week, via Boutique Unicorn, a unique boutique in Montreal.  I was about to retweet when I stopped to wonder who created it.  After a quick Pinterest search I found Brighton-based designer and typographer Lola Hoad, who made and posted this and a bunch of downloadable images like it as part of an initiative to do all her Christmas shopping this year at indie shops.  … Read More

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Tinsel Trading Company. A shrine to kept things.

November 6, 2014

 

Tinsel Trading Company.  828 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA

Some people like to keep things.  Arch Bergoffen did.  His thing was thread:  shiny, bright, metal-covered thread, made in France, to be specific.  It’s proper name, in the 1930s, was “tinsel.”  The son of a tailor, Arch (or Mr.… Read More

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Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. The vow of heroism is not to be taken lightly.

April 16, 2014

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. 372 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NYC 11215, USA

A secret within a secret lurks behind the façade of an inconspicuous red brick building in Brooklyn, NYC.  Big, bombastic signs in the style of an old fashioned hardware store declare: “If we don’t have it, a superhero doesn’t need it” ; “Supersonic shipping to select universes” and even “We can help you with your nemesis problem.”

The Superhero Supply Company, at first glance, seems to be just that; a no-frills, one-stop shop for superheroes. … Read More

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Unicorn. Montréal’s antidote to global fashion chains

December 5, 2013

Unicorn.  5135 Boulevard St. Laurent, Montréal, Québec.  +1 514 544 2828

Once upon a time, people designed and made stuff with their own hands.  Merchants sold the work of artisans in their local shops.  Anyone could purchase and own a little piece of cultural history from a place and its people; ensuring the town’s prosperity and future. … Read More

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Cocoa Locale. The ‘cake boutique’ that’s a one-woman show.

December 2, 2013

Cocoa Locale.  4807 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Québec.

Cocoa Locale is no cupcake shop.  It’s not a bakery that churns things out for other businesses.  Nor is it a cafe.  It’s a “home kitchen”:  a single room with an oven and a display case. … Read More

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El Titan de Bronze. A mom and pop cigar shop.

October 28, 2013

El Titan de Bronze.  1071 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida, USA

Until this year, I’d never been to Little Havana, sticking to the glitzy art deco strip of Miami’s South Beach and its mostly big name shops.  Crawling along Calle Oche in a rental car on a deserted Saturday morning, looking for El Titan, I wondered if I was in the right place. … Read More