About This Item
WEST SIDE SPIRIT JUNE 21, 2012
Quirky Shops Live
By Helen Matsumoto and Amanda Woods
The Upper West Sides retail landscape is always changing. Big stores edge out smaller ones on some blocks, while mom-and-pops thrive on others. We set out to find some of the quirkiest shops in the neighborhood.
A little girl peered into the window of Granny-Made one morning, eyeing a stuffed giraffe wearing a tutu and dolls dressed in real baby clothes. The store owner, Michael Rosenberg, said it was not the first time children have gaped at the window.
The store supply of zippered cable-knit baby sweaters attracts many customers, said Rosenberg. He displayed one light blue sweater made by his grandmother, who he said was the inspiration for the store.
We are still a little old-school, but we like that about Granny-Made Rosenberg said.
Woven alphabet wall hangings which have become favorite baby gift also adorn the front of the store.
Granny-Made sells unique, handmade quilts, including one embroidered with characters from the Paddington and Thomas the Tank Engine stories. The store is distinctively New York cardigans with images of the city skyline and yellow taxi booties are also stand-out items.
There are much fewer stores like this one Ł Rosenberg said. Big box stores are coming in. But we will always have people who want specialty.