Shop Talk: New York's 100 Most Interesting Stores, by MUG's publisher, is on track for its publication date of October 29 and it's been a pleasure to assemble. One of our favorite stores, Kiosk, 95 Spring [Mercer/Bway] 212.226.8601, though, won't be in it. That's because the store's owner tells us the building has been sold and will be torn down. As of now, there are no plans to relocate but we really hope that that will change. In the meantime, you can visit, something we highly recommend. Here's the writeup we had to cut.
The stairs that beckon you from Spring Street suggest something illicit is going on upstairs. When you get up to the second floor, graffiti-covered hallway walls provide plenty of throwback atmosphere unlike current-day Soho, but not much optimism for a memorable shopping experience.
Surprise! Once you enter Kiosk's small space, there's the most delightful assortment of things on display. They're from all over the world, from Japan and Germany, Mexico and Iceland, and from the U.S., too, selected by the owners as they travel the world. What a great job!
Stock change frequently, though there are ongoing items that you can count on finding. A few from the ongoing category: Stick-Um Candle Adhesive, the Famos Vegetable Peeler, the Zuidwester Rain Cap, a 1950s-style Red Sugar Bowl from Portugal, and the Safety Wing Bike Reflector.
Currently in the shop for nervous types: Klosterfrau Melissengeist—a tonic from Germany with 13 different herbs to calm you down (plus 79% alcohol). There are Ashidavox headphones that you can use with your iPhone, and a Shaker Onion Basket.
Practical, unexpected and just plain cool stuff from anywhere and everywhere. One Sephora more or less won't make a difference to New York. If Kiosk closes, we're going to need a case of Klosterfrau Melissengeist.