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Shop Talk: The Good Company, Erik Shoe Repair, Ethik and More

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"Golf Wang" at Good Company
“Golf Wang” at Good Company

The Good Company (97 Allen Street), a tee shirt and tattoo nook hiding under scaffolding near the intersection of Delancey and Allen streets is a man cave, of that you can be sure. But it’s a spot that cool, tomboyish girls might want to infiltrate. Tee shirts ($48 and up) from hip indie designers across the U.S. line the shop’s walls, giving it the vibe of a skater’s walk-in closet.The store’s music is the gentle buzz of a tattoo gun; on the day I happened by, there were no less than five guys just hanging out. Pick up a cool tee shirt and heck, maybe even a guy…

The Good Company is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Erik Shoe Repair (353 Grand Street) is one of the last little spots on the Lower East Side where you pay a dude money to do a thing. The shop has been located in this tiny storefront for at least fifteen years. Shoe repair is his deal, as well as watch repair and umbrella sales, but on the day I happened by, I also noticed there were a collection of new mens’ shoes, mostly loafers and business shoes, on sale for $22/pair or two for $40. If I were a dude, I would’ve bought two pair on the spot. Erik was inside working, and greeted me warmly. These little spots are part of what keeps the neighborhood so damn cool, in my humble opinion.

Erik Shoe Repair is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, closed Fridays and Saturdays, open Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Knickerbocker Village Flea Market Sale (14 Monroe Street) happens every year in the fall. KV, as it is affectionately known, is a 1600 unit housing complex at the very tippy tip of Manhattan and annually, a whole slew of members of the NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) go through their closets and sell their old clothing, shoes, jewelry and household items. It’s free to attend and it happens right there on the street. If you love going through Grannie’s goodies, this sale is for you.

Save the date for Thursday, September 4th from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come on the early side for the best deals, and bring your own bag.

The boys at Ethik Clothing Company (160 Orchard Street) are having a clearance sale on over twenty items to make room for their fall line. Shop in store, or online and enjoy a “Mystery Chest Drop” which, for $49, includes two tanks, one tee shirt and a hat. It’s like the Cracker Jack prize of street wear.

Ethik is open Monday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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