Peoria Emporium (CLOSED)
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Upon entering this elaborately decorated shop and spotting the neon fluffy chairs and shocking-pink walls, you might be inclined to think that you’ve walked into a kids’ shop—or another planet entirely. Owners Patricia Stevens and Elena Agostinis have consciously curated their second store (the first is in Bronxville) to feel like a giant playhouse for adults. Agostinis trolls the world in search of unique offerings with which to fill the candy-colored space, such as necklaces made from loops of recycled rubber ($89) and patchwork jackets by New York designer An Ren ($375). Everything inside the store is for sale—and answers the burning question of what to buy that person who already has everything—including the quilts made from Indian saris in the upstairs loft space ($229) and the outsider art on the walls, like a series of paintings depicting enchiladas and sweet-and-sour pork ($65 each). Don’t miss the house line of accessories, such as a scarf made from Stevens’s husband’s shirts ($44) and handmade stuffed animals inspired by toys that Stevens’s grandma used to make ($24–$39).
25 E 20th St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Park Ave South|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 23rd St (Lexington Ave)|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.|
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