I hate to mention the C word while we’re still in October, but before you know it Christmas (there I’ve said it) will be upon us. Every year around this time I have good intentions to seek out the perfect gifts that cannot be found at the nearest mall or giant online retailer. That, of course, takes time and advanced planning, so ever the optimist, I’m approaching this year with a new strategy.
Every week I’ll report on an independent specialty store that offers interesting and unique product. Regular readers know a recurring theme at Prima Darling is to support independent designers and retailers. It saddens me to see so much sameness when it comes to products. Manhattan has lost many of its small, independent boutiques to chains that can be found in any mall. Designer boutiques are not much better with the same look, feel and merchandise from here to Shanghai. I hope you’ll tune in each week to discover the latest indie store featured. Even if you’re not based in or near New York you can expand your retail horizons online when available.
Goods for the Study – McNally Jackson Store
This week features the McNally Jackson Store – Goods for the Study. One of the best and most beloved indie bookstore, McNally Jackson, is the parent of Goods for the Study. The bookstore has been in the local news recently for the announcement that they will be moving from their Prince Street location, which they’ve occupied since 2004. A rent hike of more than double precipitated the move. Goods for the Study will be moved into the new space, but for now is located around the corner at 234 Mulberry Street. There’s also a West Village location at 50 West 8th Street.
Goods for the Study is a treasure for those who love writing instruments, notebooks and every conceivable type of desk accessory. A trip to the two tiny adjacent stores, one for pens and pencils, the other stationary and accessories, will induce dreams of a well-ordered existence. Where an enticing desk encourages the simple pleasure of putting pen to paper.