If you're looking for truly unique pieces to distinguish your home, head over to A & G Merch in Brooklyn, NY. Their highly curated collection features goods that infuse humor and joy into one's living space without sacrificing beauty, downgrading quality, or appearing too kitschy. And they do it all at reasonable prices.
Upon entering, it's hard not to be enchanted. It smells like heaven (a lit sample of their namesake Rhubarb and Berry Candle, I'm told) and an employee greets you warmly at the door.
My eyes immediately wandered around the room, delighting in all the things I never knew I needed: Iguana Pencil Holders! Naked Lady Bottle Openers! Brass Animal Touch Lamps! It's hard to know where to start. Wherever you dart to first, the room reads like a story that unfolds from section to section.
The pieces have a twist, but they're not too edgy to leave around when Mom comes to visit. Rotating stock includes everything from stylish desk accessories to sleek sofas handmade by a family of artisans in North Carolina.
The next-level customer experience at A & G will keep you coming back. They provide neighborhood guides to the team's favorite local spots. On display is a bowl of free keychains. The pièce de résistance? A Nespresso machine for browsers. Yes, you heard me right: they encourage you to come in, hang out, and drink free coffee on their lovely couches.
Mat (the friendly employee pictured above) asked if he could make me a cup, prompting me to wonder, How long can I hang out in a store before it gets creepy? But they don't mind. Go ahead, grab a seat.
Something about A & G Merch feels very honest. They're not trying to sell you a "lifestyle" or a box set to turn your home into a catalog. They just like to stock fun stuff, and they hope you'll like it too. Trust me, you will.
This post was written by Lauren.