Fair Folks & a Goat, the West Houston Street design shop and café, has opened a retail store over in the East Village, and will soon bring its $25-per-month unlimited-coffee memberships to the neighborhood as well.
According to Anthony Mazzei, who opened the original store with his wife Aurora, their second location, on East 11th Street, sells a similar variety of housewares and accessories, with more of a focus on women’s jewelry (much of it sourced from local designers). Even if you don’t see them on display, you can order quirky items like East Coaster coasters and goat pillows, which Anthony says are one of their biggest sellers. “It’s fair to say that people have a real affinity for goats, for whatever reason,” he insists.
That, and manatees.
The Mazzeis considered opening their second shop in Brooklyn, but the East Village seemed like a more natural place for expansion. “With the community of people we’ve built so far, so many of their friends or so many of their last apartments or their next apartments have been in the East Village,” Anthony said.
In the new year, the dynamic duo (Aurora was previously a buyer at the MoMa Design Store and they’ve also operated a B&B in New Orleans) hopes to add espresso drinks from Crop-to-Cup as well as cold brew made in partnership with Coast Roast. Everyone who’s already paying $25-per-month for unlimited coffee drinks at the Houston Street store will get grandfathered into membership at the East Village store, as well.
Of course, certain rules will apply. “Our legendary customer is a great lady who forced us to instate the rule that you’re not allowed to give coffee to your dog,” Anthony said.
Fair Folks & a Goat, 330 E. 11th St., bet. First and Second Aves.
Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the address.