Pandemic schmandemic. These six stores launched (or, in one case, relaunched) in 2020. From handmade leather goods and local art to textiles and tarot readings, each of these stores has something unique to offer shoppers. 


1. House Seven Design Shoppe

111 E. 49th St.

An indoor display of a mirror and lampsInstagram influencer Anissa Zajac and her husband, Brian, opened House Seven in mid-February. They specialize in cozy-looking décor, kitchen goods, textiles, and furniture. And since they focus on natural materials and neutral tones, you’ll find rattan wrapped bowls and clay vases on the shelves. 


2. Artisans

429 Mass Ave.

a window display with fine jewelry and other giftsPasotti luxury umbrellas. Vintage-style puzzles. Fine jewelry. Crayons shaped like donuts. You can find them all at Artisans, which opened its lime green doors in May. With so much art curated from around the world, the shop has a museum-like quality to it. 


3. Early Kind

1901 E. 46th St., Suite C

A black box with the words "Early Kind." There are crystals on the table next to the boxEarly Kind, which originally opened in 2017, relaunched this past spring. The health and beauty apothecary store “puts the ritual in self-care” and offers cruelty-free, non-toxic products. The shop also carries crystals, herbs, tea, and chimes and offers tarot readings and virtual dream analyses


4. 1979 Co.

201 S. Audubon Road

A table full of leather wallets and pursesNate Olp is the crafter and creator behind 1979 Co., a leather supply company in Irvington. Olp describes his belts, bags, clutches, and keychains as “handmade leather goods for those with sophisticated grit.” His items are hand-dyed, vegetable tanned, and 100 percent handmade.


5. Two Chicks District Co. 

1531 S. East St.

An indoor shop with gilded mirrors and home décorMina Starsiak-Hawk and Karen E. Laine, the mother-daughter duo behind Two Chicks and a Hammer, opened this retail store in June. The boutique includes a beer and wine bar and an Instagram-friendly wall that reads “find your vibe.” Find furniture, textiles, jewelry, and ceramics that are best described as “earthy Bohemian meets modern glam.” 


6. Vining Gallery

2620 E. 10th St.

A spacious gallery with painting and couchesArtist Justin Vining and his brother, Nathan, spent a year working on their combination gallery-law office. Nathan, who practices law, keeps an office on the eastern third of the building. Justin has a studio on the western half, and the two brothers share the middle space. (It’s where Justin hangs his paintings.)