Sunday, July 24, 2011

TEICH- Mom and Pop Shop

Not far from Bleeker Street, the West Village’s answer to Madison Avenue is a store so not Madison Avenue...TEICH.  Only six weeks old, I was able to chat with Allison McGowan the owner of this “mom and pop” store.  This is her second store, the first being in the East Village on East 7th Street.  Juggling a six month old child, an existing store and husband you wonder why would anyone want to take on yet another obligation. Well that’s where Mom comes in.  She lives in the neighborhood and when this space came up immediately thought it would be a great second location.  Personally, I think Mom just wanted to be able to spend more time with her grandchild. 
Teich, like a mom and pop store carries a little bit of everything.  They feature mostly local (New York) brands of jewelry, handbags (designed by Allison), kids clothing, menswear, art, bath and body.  All this in 300 square feet.  It’s the perfect place to shop for unique items that you won’t find in one of the big brands and you're supporting local artists.   
Teich..22 Eighth

The reason I stopped into Teich...FlyKly

Jewelry from Ecuador by fair trade artisans.  All materials are natural like:
pambil seeds, acai seeds and tagua nuts.

Skinny Skinny a Brooklyn based bath and body  company

Grass & Clover kidswear uses vintage fabrics

Posters by a local Village artist depicting the NYC subway system.  Soon to come, maps based on subway systems in Chicago and San Francisco.

Bags by Allison

Silk screened pillows

Colorful cotton/linen scarves

Accessories from TAGSMITH
Menswear from Gilbert Lewis

Jewelry from Studio DuArte

1 comment:

Enrique Booth said...

Teich looks like a great visit: small and compact, yet wide-ranging in its choices. You don't really see these kinds of stores anymore; nowadays the tendency of stores is to merely correspond to a branded product, hence lacking creativity. This shouldn't be the case, which is why stores like this should be supported. And with proper strategy and support, more of these can be created and even replicated.