Coming Soon: Grit n Glory at 186 Orchard Street

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 at 6:42 am by

186 Orchard Street is giving up its longstanding tradition of hosting pop-up galleries, boutiques, and sample sales. That’s right, no more one night stands for this promiscuous…store. Instead we can expect coffee and clothes. And rock n roll.

This image has been archived or removed.

Indeed, the currently-questionable spirit of grit and glory on the Lower East Side are together the inspiration behind a new lifestyle establishment here at 186 Orchard Street. So much so, that the venture is named for it. Behold, newcomer Grit n Glory. The onsite build-out has been ongoing here for the last several weeks, all masked behind sheets of brown paper. But we got the goods.

This image has been archived or removed.

The concept behind Grit n Glory is that of a casual cafe that doubles as a so-called lifestyle boutique. The goal here is reportedly to peddle light snacks alongside “artisinal” goods, all within an American rock and roll context. Owner Emily Conley tells us:

We are planning to sell housewares, men’s and women’s clothing, body products, and accessories. A little bit of everything! The cafe will have seating but light in terms of snacks; little pastries and old school candies. The cafe is meant to be simple a place with boardgames and books instead of computers and wifi.

Wow, a focus on real books and not wi-fi! Did we read that correctly? Anyway, mark us down for a rousing game of Connect Four. Or Battleship.

Grit n Glory hopes to open in mid-October.

Recent Stories

From the Rooftops: The Hell Square Aural Assault

Articles about ear-shattering noise levels, from parties to cruising cars, as well as the general lack of regard for the residents of Hell Square, are rote at this point. Almost a cliche. But to residents living in the bullseye, the aural assault remains a weekly nightmare. And this past Saturday night, by several accounts, upped […]

Pitt Pool Opens for Summer Season

New York City public pools officially opened yesterday. For the Lower East Side, that means the Pitt Pool (aka Hamilton Fish) is ready to go. The launch happened with great fanfare. Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Carlina Rivera, and local kids […]

At Belse, the New Vegan Brewery on the Bowery

Belse, the Texas-based vegan brewery and restaurant, is now in business on the Bowery. The Lone Star State transplant – officially, Belse Plant Cuisine – takes 11,000 square-feet at 265-267 Bowery, in what was previously the fleeting home of the Paulaner Brauhaus brewery. The renovated space features three sections – a restaurant, bar, and Garden […]

East Village Artist M. Henry Jones, Contemporary of Keith Haring, Dies

M. Henry Jones, a member of the East Village arts scene for over forty years, died last week (either June 16 or 17) at the age of 65. We’re told, though unconfirmed, the cause of death was a form of cancer. Jones was a neighborhood fixture for decades, in part, because of his storefront studio […]

Under the Floorboards at Long-Vacant East Houston Lot

Bereft of substantial activity in nearly two decades, the long-vacant parcel at 49 East Houston Street is in deterioration overdrive. An eagle-eyed tipster notes that the floorboards atop the existing foundation are now busted. Creating a pseudo entryway into the cellar level. Before its demise fourteen years ago, 49 East Houston had been a one-story […]