Shop Small in the Garment District
The Garment District is known for its fabric and trim shops, but these days there are more varied shopping experiences to be had than ever before. Here are ten unique specialty retail stores for you to discover.
GQ Magazine calls it “New York’s Last Great Independent Boutique,” and its fans around the world know it as the home of Engineered Garments along with other hard to find streetwear labels. Stop in on Small Business Saturday, and make someone you care about too cool to hang out with you any more.
The Mecca of comic books, Midtown Comics opened here in 1997 and has since become the largest comic book store in the United States. Whether you’re looking for new releases, old favorites, or even some like-minded individuals to talk to about how they screwed up the Justice League movie, this is the place to go for fans of all things comic books.
Naturally, America’s oldest fishing shop is located here in the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan. Not only will you find rods, reels, baits, and lures here, but also 120 years of knowledge and experience to help you finally catch the big one.
You’ve got phenomenal taste in music. People actually follow your Spotify playlists, but you know no one really respects an iPhone DJ, right? Legitimize yourself and your skills with a visit to Rock and Soul who have been providing NYC with DJ equipment, classes and new vinyl since 1975.
Not all gifts have to last long to make them memorable. A bite of the handmade confections from Kee’s Chocolates is an experience someone will not forget. There’s a pretty good chance they’ll remember you gave it to them too.
Considered by many to be the finest in their craft throughout the world, Blatt Billiards has been handcrafting pool tables since 1923. They create life-lasting works of art that will help you teach your friends and family not to trust anyone who wants to play for money. Even if billiards is not your forte, you’ll find equipment for darts, cards, ping pong, and many other table-based games.
Do you desperately want your Senpai to notice you this holiday season? New to the Garment District this year, but in business since 1992, Image Anime Is the place to go for all of your Japanese toy and novelty needs.
The premiere source for theatrical works in NYC! The Drama Book Shop is a haven for those who tread the boards, with 8,000 plays in stock at all times, and a 60 seat black box theater in the basement. It is the perfect place to go to find something for the more dramatic people in your life.
If you’re looking to cover your family and friends with handcrafted love this holiday season, look no further than Gotham Quilts. Founded by two fabric nerds, the go to shop for NYC quilters features fabrics from the biggest names in modern quilting, a hand-picked selection of patterns by the best modern designers, and kits that you won’t find anywhere else.
In a bit of fortunate timing, designer Leanne Marshall will have her annual Holiday Sample sale on Small Business Saturday, giving you an amazing opportunity to get your hands on some of her exquisite pieces at an almost unreasonably low price. Bridal, Ready to Wear, Evening, Accessories and gifts items will all be included in this sale.