Editor’s note: The Lower East Side has been a bastion of entrepreneurship for many decades. In the last couple of years, one trend being seen here and elsewhere is the establishment of “hybrid stores.” Reporter Wyatt Marshall talks with some of the business owners experimenting with this growing retail phenomenon:
The next time you find yourself browsing the racks for board shorts and need a little pick-me-up, why not grab that latte at the same store?
You can do just that at Lost Weekend on Orchard Street and fulfill a number of other one-stop shopping missions in the neighborhood. On streets that were once lined with mom-and-pops that have long since shuttered their windows, hybrid stores are thriving.