shopping 01.16.19

Love Adorned
Every Person in New York

Mayor LaGuardia was so anti-pinball that he liked to take a sledgehammer to the machines (for the cameras) and send the games into the East River. He had pinball banned in the city in 1941, a law which stayed in effect until 1976. Other quirky laws: It wasn't until 2003 that the state allowed stores to sell liquor on Sunday. And it took until 1997 for the ban on tattooing to be finally lifted.

Lori Leven knows this well because she opened her tattoo parlor, New York Adorned, before it was legal, so it had to be hidden in back by a jewelry store front. The tattooing business was finally retired last year but the former front, Love Adorned, 269 Elizabeth St. [Houston/ Prince] 212.431.5683, is thriving. It showcases work by Ms. Leven (with a new emphasis on piercing jewlery) and by designers including Laurie Fleming, Page Sargisson, and Selin Kent. There's plenty to see besides the attractive jewelry, including housewares, apothecary items, and sunglasses.

With its primo selection of merchandise, lots of natural light and creative display, Ms. Leven proves that being a scofflaw can sometimes lead to great things. And Valentine's Day is around the corner.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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