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Where Gawker's Brian Moylan Finds Velvet Ribbons

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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.


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Brian Moylan is one of the staff writers for Gawker, where he reports on everything from Lindsay Lohan's awful courtroom outfits to Anna Wintour's travel habits. But did you know that he's also something of a ribbon expert?

As a former professional gift wrapper (at Kate's Paperie) I love nothing more than giving a very well-wrapped present, especially around Christmas time. The problem is that ribbons, an integral afterthought of the wrapping process, are so damn expensive. Finally a fellow wrapper (with a W, it wasn't Jay-Z) clued me into B&J Florist Supply Co. in the city's block-long "flower district."
Now, there are no flowers at B&J, just a crammed storehouse of every type of ribbon you could possibly image. They have satin, velvet, grosgrain, chiffon, polyester, solids, strips, plaids, and seasonal snowman flavored. And it comes in every size you could possibly imagine and it's all very reasonably priced.
The store also sells all sorts of other crafty things like peacock feathers, boas, Mardi Gras masks, and all sorts of other shit that as soon as you see it you think, "I must have that thing right now!" and you buy it for like $3 and then you get home and you think, "What the f**k am I ever going to do with this piece of sh*t?" until one day when you're doing some crazy project and you pull it out from the bag under your bed and it just about saves your life.
· Brian Moylan's posts [Gawker]
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B & J Florist Supply Co.

103 West 28th Street New York, NY 10001