Best Bets: A Feminist Bookstore Opens in Bushwick, Material Lust’s Favorite Home Décor Pieces, and Natural Products for Spring Cleaning

Troll Hole is a 100-square-foot feminist bookstore and sex shop constructed inside a Bushwick laundromat.
Troll Hole is a 100-square-foot feminist bookstore and sex shop constructed inside a Bushwick laundromat. Photo: Courtesy of the vendor

First Look
On May 21, hands-on bath-and-kitchen retailer Pirch (200 Lafayette St.) will open a three-floor Soho store with a test kitchen and “showerhead sanctuary.”


1. Patio: Chef Juan Branez demonstrates Evo ($3,995) grills and Woodstone ($16,900) hearths.
2. Connected loft: Futuristic home products like Urban Cultivator’s hydroponic garden ($2,500).
3. Bliss Cafe: A barista makes coffee drinks with a La Marzocco espresso machine to sip while browsing.
4. Test kitchen: Branez teaches visitors how to bake cookies in a pink La Cornue Château oven ($49,900).
5. Shower den: Test showerheads like Rohl’s EcoModern ($83) and the Mr. Steam ($14,000).

2x2: Natural Cleaning Products
Mean, green, ready to spring-clean.


For fabrics: Ecos Eco Breeze, $5 at
For counters: Better Life all-purpose cleaner, $6 at


For fabrics
: Ecover stain remover, $6 at
For counters: Haven scrub, $10 at

He Said, He Said
Old college buddies Ryan Powers and Chris Schneider now run Shipwrecked (621 Court St., second fl.), a theatrical mini-golf course in Red Hook ($14 per game).

Photo: Courtesy of the vendor

Chris Schneider: “Before you start golfing, there’s a show in the captain’s chamber with fog, strobe lights, and holograms. Then he sends you off to play the first hole at the bottom of the ocean. From there, you enter a submarine, make your way up to a beach jungle, through a skull volcano, and into the booby-trapped caves, which have the most difficult holes. You end the journey on a gold and glittery subway car, because the moral is that there’s treasure in your own backyard.”

Ryan Powers: “Or you can skip the show and still play a really fun 18 holes of miniature golf.”

Ask a Shop Clerk
Courtney Claghorn just opened a Union Square outpost of her sugaring-and-spray-tan salon, Sugared + Bronzed (114 Fourth Ave.).

Photo: Murphy Lippincott

So sugaring is the new waxing? 
“It’s actually not new. It’s an ancient Egyptian form of hair removal. For every Brazilian ($49), our sugaristas mold a ball of lemon, sugar, and water onto your skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Then they gently flick the hair off.”

Three in One
Troll Hole (226 Knickerbocker Ave.) is a 100-square-foot feminist bookstore and sex shop constructed inside a Bushwick laundromat.

Photo: Courtesy of the vendor

1. ReadLetter to My Daughter, by Maya Angelou ($5); So, About That … A Year of Contemporary Essays on Race and Pop Culture, by Seren Sensei ($10); and Selfish magazine ($20), on floating bookshelves.

2. Play: Ben Wa rose-quartz kegel balls ($40), Cosmic Bear glow-in-the-dark lube ($14), old-school Duke jockstraps ($14), and Rush-popper pins ($20), displayed on purple-tinsel table runners.

3. Wash: Ten-ounce Tide detergents ($2.75) and 34 Bounce sheets ($2.75) for the washing machines (from $2) and dryers ($.25 per seven minutes), open 24/7.

Top Five
Lauren Larson, one-half of the esoteric design duo Material Lust, picks her favorite oxblood sofas, surrealist coatracks, and steel-rod planters from her first shoppable showroom, the Material Lust Annex (195 Chrystie St., ninth fl.). 


“We usually work in black and white but made this sofa ($18,000) in an oxblood velvet to show we can do color. We call it Twin Peak because it has two mountains on it.”


“This children’s chair ($7,250) has hands and feet, but it’s still beautiful enough to put in the living room, and you don’t have to hide it when the guests come over.”


“The coatrack ($4,667) is inspired by a Man Ray photograph of a manikin. We wanted something to hold its own but still work when you pile on tons of coats and bags.”


“Europeans put lighting on the floor, and it’s so casual. This table lamp ($6,000) is meant to move throughout a room, and it almost looks like it’s going to crawl away.”


“These planters ($2,100 each) are made from a leftover steel rod that was originally used for something else. We cut a slit, so if you put a flower in, you can actually see the stem.”

*This article appears in the May 16, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.