Four new retailers are setting up shop this month at Turnstyle, the underground market that runs between 57th and 58th Streets below Eighth Avenue, leading to the subway.
The new businesses are Harkiss Designs, 2Dutcheese, Kuru Accessories and Tissi, who will join 39 other retail businesses and eateries.
Harkiss Designs, which is opening a kiosk in the center of the corridor, exports lifestyle, kitchenware and fashion accessories hand-crafted by small, women-owned businesses based in East Africa. Curated by Harriet Zaffoni, products include such unique items as salad and spice bowls made from cow horns, brass, horn-bead jewelry, and wooden bowls, spoons and other utensils.
2Dutcheese will launch its first brick-and-mortar kiosk at Turnstyle. Developed by two culinary entrepreneurs from Rotterdam and Amsterdam, 2Dutcheese was introduced as a digital brand with a wide variety of gouda cheese imported from the Netherlands. Some of the more unusual cheeses will include coconut gouda, white truffle gouda, whiskey gouda, and mushroom and chestnut gouda.
Kuru Accessories, a fashion brand featuring custom-designed jewelry composed of Italian leather and one-of-a-kind apparel from Parisian-based designers, will also be making its entry into the world of brick and mortar.
Partners Saskia Dunn, designer, and Agnes Kanga, buyer, will open at PopStart, the shop-within-a-shop retail incubator on the north side of the Turnstyle corridor.
Also opening in PopStart is Tissi. a brand that was born in the country of Georgia, where silver and gold craftsmanship are practiced on an elevated level. A three-generation family tradition, current owner is Ketevan Gogishvili who began apprenticing in his grandfather’s workshop at the age of 11.