From our July/August print magazine, a roundup of new Lower East Side businesses:
Yokkoyama Hat Market (116 Eldridge St., near Broome Street) Hirohisa Yokoyama has been making hats for the past 10 years and selling them through high-end Japanese stores. Now he and his wife, Shoko Yokoyama, Lower East Side residents, have opened a retail store and studio on Eldridge Street. In 2008, Yokoyama was named hat designer of the year by Hat Magazine in Great Britain. The store is open Tuesday–Sunday 1–8 p.m. and by appointment. Custom orders are accepted.
Off the Bridge Coffee/Bike Repair (105 Canal St., near Forsyth Street) This new bike repair-and-coffee shop just opened in a prime spot across from the Manhattan Bridge. The business is owned by Qian Hu, who used to be a co-owner of Dah Shop, a bike shop on Division Street. Given his background, you would expect bike repairs to be a main focus, but the coffee is not an afterthought. The beans are supplied by Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, and each cup is made to order. The shop is open 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.
Andrew Edlin Gallery (212 Bowery, near Rivington Street) Another well-established Chelsea gallery is making the move to the Lower East Side this coming fall. After 13 years on the West Side, Andrew Edlin is taking a two-level space across from the New Museum. Edlin is known for showing the works of self-taught artists. He’s the founder of Wide Open Arts, which runs the Outsider Art Fair in New York and Paris. The organization will also be located at 212 Bowery. The gallery’s current building is being redeveloped.
Lyles & King (106 Forsyth St., near Broome Street) Husband-and-wife team Isaac Lyles and Alexandra King Lyles have opened up a gallery in a space formerly occupied by the restaurant Mexicue. They made their debut this past spring at the New York fair of the new Art Dealers Association (NADA). Lyles previously served as director of the Derek Eller and Jack Tilton galleries.
Narifuri (143a Orchard St., near Rivington Street) The small Japanese company makes stylish, sleek urban biking gear. There’s a full line of high-end jackets, shorts, pants, bags and accessories. The shop soft-opened in mid-June, making it the brand’s first location in the United States.