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What a Crock! February 6, 2022

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 I have been coming to my neighborhood store, Fishs Eddy since 1990 and still frequent it on any given day. When I read that owner Julie Gaines has a small museum above the store I was inspired to visit. Ms Graves is charming, funny and filled with incredible stories and knowledge about all the many things in this wonderful space. Fishs Eddy is an the eccentric dishware emporium on the corner of Broadway and East 19th Street, where you can find classic 1950s-style cafeteria-ware, mugs with the face of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and butter dishes that say “BUTTAH.” Founders Julie Gaines and Dave Lenowitz started the business in 1985 at a storefront near Gramercy Park, selling unused plates they had rescued from the basements of restaurant-supply shops on the Bowery. They used salvaged nail kegs and wooden crates to display their wares and decorated the store’s walls with Gaines’s collection of flea-market paintings. Gaines recounts all this and more in a new graphic memoir, Minding the Store: A Big Story About a Small Business. Most of today’s photos are from the museum but you can see lots of photos of the actual store in my links.

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1. Ellen Lee - February 6, 2022

What an interesting place to visit

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judylobo - February 6, 2022

I highly recommend.

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2. Ruth Klein - February 6, 2022

I love Fish’s Eddy. I remember years ago when the store was on Hudson St, near my apartment. One of the best stores for browsing! I bought my dishes for the cabin in the Catskills there. Then, a couple of years later, I discovered that there is actually a town called Fish’s Eddy up in the Catskills. No store for dishes, though. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g47725-Fishs_Eddy_Catskill_Region_New_York-Vacations.html

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judylobo - February 6, 2022

That is how they got the name for their store. One of the links on today’s post refers to that very thing.

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3. Irina - February 6, 2022

Fascinating but I do not need to accumulate!

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4. joel dowshen - February 6, 2022

Wow! You bowled me over, BUT I’m hiding this post from Marsha!

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judylobo - February 6, 2022

Hahaha – you better. They even have flamingo stuff.

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joel dowshen - February 6, 2022

OY!

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5. Mark W - February 6, 2022

i’ve been by that store many times, maybe once — maybe — went in. will have to go in next time i’m in the neighborhood … when i feel ready to brave the cold to again go shopping at the union square farmer’s market (!).

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judylobo - February 6, 2022

Spring is just 40 days away. Meanwhile…bundle up

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6. Mary Radice - February 6, 2022

Nice presentation of interesting wares. Love the gloves up pic….
And speaking of gloves – did you hear about the bear who actually used gloves when eating honey? Yep – he did this – he just didn’t want to touch it with his bear hands.

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judylobo - February 6, 2022

LOLOLOL

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7. harb43 - February 6, 2022

I’m putting Fishs Eddy on my itinerary for my February visit, see you there?

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judylobo - February 6, 2022

Ha ha – absolutely

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