This week, Shopping Confidential morphs into Bodega Confidential, in which some beloved local designers tell us about their favorite convenience stores around the city.
Today's a three-part Bodega Confidential. First up are Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, the designers behind Vena Cava:
We've frequented many a bodega in our time, but would have to say the most magical ones were the half-99-cent/half-bodega hybrids in Greenpoint. I'm actually not sure if they still exist, but they had a bizarre spectrum of polish makeup brands, Top Ramen products you could buy in bulk, not quite matching socks, and of course—the bodega staple—Goya brand foods. I found the perfect red/orange lipstick there and still have ten of them in my freezer—they recently started to grow ice crystals.
Next is neo-grunge downtown designer Charlotte Ronson:
I just moved so I haven't found my new favorite bodega. The bodega closest to my apartment now is sadly owned by a very grumpy old man, luckily they deliver during the day. But if I had to pick just one I would say Jin Market in Tribeca it has everything you could wish for and more.And lastly, here's Chrissie Miller of Sophomore, who recently opened the own boutique 143 on the Lower East Side:
My favorite bodega is called Sam's Deli on 123 Second Avenue. I use to live above them, and sadly I moved. It was like having a personal concierge/doorman/cook/security living with me. They would take packages, make me food, help me carry stuff up my stairs, etc. Really the nicest people ever. I was alone in the apartment a lot (my roommates were always traveling) and they would always make me feel safe. I love them! I still go and visit them when I am in the neighborhood!· All Bodega Confidential posts [Racked NY]
· Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock on Dressing Up Like a Bodega [Racked NY]