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June 27, 2017 AT 3:00 am

Felt Bodega Sells Out #ArtTuesday

If you don’t know the word “bodega” you’ve probably spent your whole life in the Pacific Northwest. Bodegas are little convenience stores where you can buy essentials, loosies, and bags of ice. That sort of thing. And in New York, folks make them out of felt. – via HYPERALLERGIC

The only bodega that can afford to thrive today in the Meatpacking District is one made entirely out of felt. 8 ’till late, installed by artist Lucy Sparrow below the High Line, sold all you’d expect from your average convenience store: soap, boxes of instant grits, bags of frozen corn dogs covered in honey batter. Only the items were immortalized in fabric, individually hand cut, stitched, and painted. Business was so good, in fact, that Sparrow shut down her full-scale replica store yesterday, over a week before its intended closing date of June 30.

On any given day over its three-week run, a line of visitors streamed out of the store’s entrance, waiting under the hot sun to Instagram or purchase everything from a plushy $40 chocolate King Cone that will never melt to a $65 cushioned replica of Mamma Bella’s frozen Pre-Sliced Garlic Bread (“made with fresh crushed garlic”).

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