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The Shape of Lies
Wed-Fri, 3pm-8pm; Sat-Sun, noon-8pm; Mon-Tue, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
L at First Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard
This artsy shop has been an East Village mainstay since 1979. It originated as a space for owner Peggy Yunque to sell her artwork, then as a jewelry store for East Village and Williamsburg designers, and now as a hybrid of the two. The walls at this homey spot are covered with Yunque’s collage-inspired oil paintings and giclée prints, which start at $200. Yunque creates her own necklaces, earrings, rings, and brooches, as well, inspired by classical shapes and Celtic designs. The store also sells handmade pieces by local designers like Karen Silverman, whose silver necklaces are decked with macabre babies sporting strange appendages like octopus legs and crab claws, a nod to kewpie dolls of the 1920s. Yunque lives in the apartment attached to the shop, and she’ll open the door during off hours to anyone with a “gifting emergency” and the courage to knock.