Check out the latest cool write up about the shop- on StoreAdore.com–
Everyone loves a good old-fashioned general store—the kind you’d always see when you went on family camping trips to the mountains as a kid. The ones with the penny candy, hand-formed bars of soap and all the fun kitschy toys and knick knacks your parents gladly bought you just so you’d stay quiet on the long car ride. Ann Lopatin, owner of Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, has transformed her 500 square-foot space into the modern day urban general store in order to satisfy those with sophisticated taste, along with an affection for the simple life, with a smile. Neighborhood locals, all of whom know Ann by her first name, walk in to pick up their New York City home necessities. Items such as Meyer’s soap products, Nellie’s laundry nuggets, Harvey & Strait cocktail napkins and pocket-sized sewing sets fly off the shelves. But so do the whoopee cushions, the Woolly Willies (remember him?!) and the wonderful party items. The shop is split up into easily navigated sections including (but not limited to!): candy, cleaning, pets, games and toys, party supplies and wall art. Apartment walls looking a little too drab? Pick up some Butch & Harold wallpaper. In-laws coming to visit so you have to retire the ratty t-shirt and boxers combo (or maybe you wear the sexy stuff)? Either way, Needham Lane Pajamas will do the trick for something that’s cute and appropriately conservative. In need of a fun birthday treat for your favorite kid-at-heart? Try the Message Bean, a plant that actually grows beans with the word Happy Birthday lasered onto them. For the kids, there are the too-often-overlooked classics like silly-putty, pick-up sticks and magic trick sets. Acting like a kid on vacation never felt so good.
Thanks for a great write- up Lexi!
is not actually for sale! ha! I got this great new doormat that is a total lifesaver. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to mop the floor on foul weather days lately but now that I have this trusty new doormat right at the shop’s entrance I am in much better shape to handle the bad weather! You can get one too- at Rolands Gifts- http://www.rolandsgifts.com/personalized/doormats/coir/
People always ask me at the shop if I have fun picking out fun new products for the store and the answer is a Big YES!! I have soo much fun pouring through catalogs, websites, customer requests, the Gift Show (going on now, btw)– to find cool fun and functional items for the shop. If I like it, I figure (and hope!) that everyone else will too. So, it is with particular glee that I present you my latest funny find– Space Ice Cream For $3.75–
Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Ox! (It officially started yesterday 1/26) Since this year looks its going to be challenging for everyone, I find it interesting that the chinese interpretation of the Ox year is one of hard work and fortitude, it represents honesty and openness, calmness and dependability. It seems quite in line with what we are all experiencing right now, and as always I appreciate and value the Chinese Astrology. So as they say in China- Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
Personal note here- I often do not make (or keep!) my New Years Resolutions, but by the time Chinese New Years rolls around, I use this opportunity to make my Chinese New Years Resolutions. So, in case you have already fallen off the wagon from your promises from 1/1, here’s your chance to try it all again!
Published January 22, 2009
Treasures to Think About
My favorite saying is Christopher Wallace’s (AKA Notorious BIG) “Spread Love, it’s the Brooklyn Way” So in honor of Valentine’s Day I had some pins made up to give away (and therefore Spread the Love) at the store– check them out. Stop by the shop to pick yours up (we only ordered 100- and I know there is lots of love to give).
In a typical Annie Lo maneuver, I had NO IDEA there was a Notorious movie coming out when I had these made up until someone mentioned it last night when I got these in. My friends say I live in a Pop Culture time warp, stuck in the 80’s.
Have you all seen this great video from will.i.am?? I love it!
Thanks to my friend Eleanor and her Creative Times Blog for turning me on to this!