I live in Queens, in a neighborhood that's about a 25 minute subway ride away from Manhattan's Garment District. Besides the obvious appeal (tons of top-notch fabric, trim, and notions stores within a three block radius), there is definite magic to this place. There are hidden gems everywhere. Here are the first five of my favorite sites: the outrageous, the beautiful, and the offbeat.
1. The Mood elevator. Mood, the fabric store made famous by Project Runway, is one of my favorite places to shop. They have three floors of fabrics, and they sell a full array of notions, making this the perfect one-stop shopping trip for a lunch hour.
To get to Mood, you need to take an old-fashioned elevator up to the third floor. I love everything about these elevators. The gentlemen who run them are very chivalrous. Here is one of the friendly operators.
2. Fur and Furrier (aka Northern Furs, Ltd.). This is an odd little store on 37th street, which you'll pass on your way to Mood. The windows are filled with vintage furs in every color, as well as fabulous old hats. I'm an animal lover and not a fan of fur, but there is something eye-catching about a vintage lavender stole.
But my favorite part of this shop is not the wares, but an odd little sign in the window, which begins, "Dear Smokers, the Second Hand Smoke that comes thru our door is killing us . . . "
Now, isn't this ironic when placed next to a bunch of animal skins? And furthermore, what exactly do they mean by "killing us"? Slowly killing them through second hand smoke inhalation? Or killing their business by stinking up the furs with cigarette smells?
3. The ric rac wall at Daytona Trims (see above) really speaks for itself. But the best thing is this jumbo size ric rac!
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