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This is Store Sidekicks, an end-of-the-week feature in which we profile the fuzzy wuzzy creatures that inhabit shops across the city. If you'd like to nominate your favorite store animal, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've spent any time on Orchard Street between Stanton and Rivington in the past six months, then you might know Monkey, the almost unfairly cute Boston Terrier who hangs out in front of Any Old Iron. Monkey's sociability is the store's secret weapon: She spends her days befriending strangers out on Orchard and then luring them into the shop to browse hard-to-find British menswear.
Monkey belongs to Andrew Clancey, who opened Any Old Iron back in March. But she's already best friends with half the Lower East Side. Clancey tells us that she's managed to round up a pack of model handlers, professionally gorgeous locals (including Jen from America's Next Top Model's short season) who stop by asking if he'd mind if they take his dog for a walk. She's got to be the photographed dog on the street, too; Clancey estimates that people snap her picture some 15 or 20 times a day.
As it happens, today is Monkey's birthday: She just turned one. Plans for this year include charming people into buying punk dog jackets from the British label Red Mutha, which Any Old Iron will start carrying soon.
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