Here’s our roundup of recently opened businesses on the Lower East Side from the June print magazine:
Buddy Warren Inc. (171 Chrystie St.: Interior designer and contractor Buddy Schussel has opened an eye-catching showroom and coffee bar in a quirky space alongside New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street, near Rivington Street. The store features unusual antique furniture Schussel has acquired over the years, as well as one-of-a-kind handmade items. According to Schussel, his focus is on a “holistic approach to renovating and healing spaces into safe, creative and empowering environments.” The space boasts very high ceilings, a garage door-style entryway and there’s even what looks to be a former horse carriage doorway in the back of the store. Visitors are treated to coffee and other beverages and Schussel says in the near future he “plans to hold seminars on aromatherapy and home organization.”
Coming Soon (37 Orchard St.): Helena Banquet and Fabriana Faria bring backgrounds in the art gallery world to this eclectic shop on lower Orchard Street. After searching for spaces for quite a while, they ended up leasing a storefront previously occupied by their real estate broker. Coming Soon will feature a rotating collection of home furnishings, accessories, art and clothing. Faria and Banquet say they were attracted to the area because, in their view, it hasn’t quite carved out a distinct identity, giving them the luxury of evolving along with the block.
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (250 Broome St.): In the storefront formerly occupied by clothing boutique Old Hollywood, Uptown dealer Catinca Tabacaru opened a small gallery in May. The debut exhibition, titled, “It Begins on Paper.” is a group show. According to Tabacaru’s website, “themes of geopolitics, identity, gender, time and spirituality” run through the program, which began as an appointment-only salon on the Upper West Side. There are plans to expand into the basement in coming months, adding to the 550 square foot exhibition area on the ground floor. The gallery is open Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Marianne Boesky Gallery (20 Clinton St.): One of Chelsea’s blue-chip galleries has opened a new space on Clinton Street, in an 1,100-square-foot storefront that was formerly a hair salon. Boesky East soft-opened in time for the spring art fairs. After minimal renovations, the gallery will have an official opening in the fall with several exhibitions already scheduled. Boesky told the New York Observer she wanted to expand on the Lower East Side because Chelsea is not where people come to “discover things.” For emerging artists, she said, “the whole community around the Lower East Side is about discovery… People come there with a different mindset.” Boesky also maintains a gallery space on the Upper East Side.