Just in time for your holiday shopping, it's another edition of Storefronting. Seen a store open or close in your neighborhood? Please do tell us about it. If you want to be on our holiday list, attach a digital photo. Thanks.
1) Soho: Another day, another epochal Soho opening. This here is Té Casan, loosely refered to as the "Zara or H&M of shoes," with prices in the "Sigerson Morrison neighborhood." Surely you know this already. So let's follow blogger Almost Girl inside Té's new 7,500sqft superpalace on West Broadway at its gala opening last week: "The store itself is stunning. With three levels, curving staircase, and fancy shoe pods it is exactly the kind of Soho flagship that every multinational corporation dreams about. While it is not quite the size of Uniqlo it is nevertheless quite an impressive presence." [Almost Girl]
2) Soho: The Shophound checks out two more Soho openings designed to keep you in denim: the brand new True Religion jeans shrine at Prince and Wooster, and the new Von Dutch store on Spring Street (at Mercer/Greene, right). Of the latter, he opines, "Spring Street is no more interesting because of it... They have rushed to get the place open for the holidays. In fact, the store is not completely finished... What can we say? If you feel like dressing in the height of trend for 2002, then your lucky day has arrived!" [The Shophound]
3) Central Village: Hot off the StorefrontingWire, a reader emails, "Amsterdam Billiards is opening in the old Corners Billiards place on 4th Ave (at 11th Street)." AB's website confirms the word, claiming a January 1 opening date. Rack 'em up. [Amsterdam Billiards Club]
4) Tribeca: Retailer-cum-design-blog Trunkt pens an interesting essay about the evolution of Tribeca into "Manhattan's last bastion for indie retailers." While we're disinclined to that conclusion, the site does serve up a juicy photo tour of shopping options in the nabe, and this haunting tidbit: "There are signs that Rachel Roy will be opening a boutique in a space across the street from Nobu." [Trunkt]