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21st Century Kilts, Edinburgh, via uniqueboutiqueblog.com

21st Century Kilts. A ‘radical evolution’ led by an inspiring revolutionary.

March 13, 2015

21st Century Kilts.  48 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

When I first moved to Edinburgh, dark mornings of ‘dreich’ Scottish weather were brightened by an unusual sight on the school run.  A smiley, young, bearded dad on a bicycle, cute son bringing up the rear in his own bike seat:  a nice enough scene in itself.  … 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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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

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Fortnum & Mason. “So nice to be treated like a duchess when one is buying a pound of coffee…”

October 22, 2013

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER

If a single shop can embody a country, its history and in some ways its very spirit, Fortnum & Mason is it.  A very English company with a very English way of doing things, F&M is famous for its tea, wicker hampers filled with luxurious foodstuffs and for its iconic Piccadilly windows, but is perhaps most famous for serving the British upper classes — for over 300 years.… Read More