Holiday Shopping in NYC

by staff, 10/12/2011

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  • Kiosk
    95 Spring St., 212-226-8601, SoHo, Manhattan
    Tucked up on the second floor, beyond a graffiti-covered stairwell, is Kiosk, a store that's like the demented love child of Moss (a sophisticated home goods store) and an Archie McPhee novelty toy catalog. Everything is displayed as if in a museum, with little curator's notes that tend toward the kooky—but, amazingly, stuff is affordable. Kiosk's owners, Alisa Grifo and her husband, Marco ter Haar Romeny, travel the world to find cool items to import, devoting the store to the goods of a different country every few months. As a result, the shop feels like a roadside market—if that road were to run through the middle of SoHo and appeal to the sort of consumer who loves a German bottle opener as much as an aluminum trivet from Portugal. Objects from the United States, specifically Vermont, take center stage this holiday season.

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