After becoming incapacitated when an old injury flared up, therapist Michael Colberg kept busy by beading. Almost three years later in November 2010, Colberg has translated his hobby into a full-fledged business run from a quaint East Village storefront. A few glass cases display Colberg’s creations made from internationally sourced beads, such as necklaces with amber and African glass ($160) and multistrand necklaces consisting of gilded Ethiopian trading beads and precious stones like garnets and emeralds ($525). You’ll also discover pricey one-of-a-kind treasures that Colberg collected while traveling in Africa, Spain and Mexico, such as metal, bone and wood inlaid Moroccan mirrors ($650–$1,000). Everything you see in the boutique is for sale—including the intricate chandelier hanging from the ceiling ($475), the stacks of woven scarves and shawls piled on tables ($60–$90) and the brightly colored Moroccan containers scattered throughout the shop ($85–$500).
The Michael Colberg Collection
|Venue name:||The Michael Colberg Collection||Contact:|
320 E 11th St
|Cross street:||between First and Second Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Astor Pl; L to First Ave|