Minding the Store: A Big Story About a Small Business
by Julie Gaines Author and Ben Lenovitz Author
This nonfiction graphic novel tells the story of Fishs Eddy, an iconic New York City business. It started as an eclectic junk shop, run by a young couple who quickly realized there's a market for the vintage discarded dishware of hotels and restaurants, often emblazoned with those business's logos. Lots of quirky, only-in-NYC stuff happens as their business grows, at first run by their eccentric moms and later expanded into a no-less-eccentric dishware empire. Along the way they start a family, go on a lot of road trips looking for bulk classic ceramics, and realize they're witnessing firsthand the demise of US manufacturing. A poignant all-American story, a fascinating business case study, and so, so, soooo New York.
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