Can you introduce yourself and your store?
I am Richard Geist from Uncle Sam’s. We areNew York City’s fashion forward Army Surplus Store. We mix art, fashion, with vintage and military surplus and make recycling a lifestyle. We love 8th Street and have been here since 1998. We are world renown for our unique products and super friendly team.
What brought you to 8th street and what do you like about 8th street?
Our first store in New York was in Manhattan Mall but I just knew I had to be in the Village, I knew the roots of music & fashion were here. Bob Dylan wrote most of its song in Washington Park. Jimi Hendrix has a studio next to Ancolie. The Original Whitney is on 8th St. And so much more… the Village is NYC’s history and Greenwich Village is the center, I just had to be there. Uncle Sam’s location used to be The PosterMat- a famous poster and head shop, the owner was retiring and rented his store.
What is your passion?
Life and everything in it. My passion is literally everything.With regards to my business it’s recycling, reusing, repurposing and not wasting. That is my true business passion.
What do you like about Ancolie? What is your favorite thing?
I love how welcoming is it. It feels is like I am coming to my own kitchen and that I am at home. Because of the way you are [Chloé], the way your staff is and because your food feels like mom’s cooking. Also, I just tried your turmeric latte for the first time, I had energy like unbelievable, I am a big coffee drinker but that gave me superpowers. I also love your chocolate love muffins, they rule.
What is your favorite local store in the area?
Storm’s & her Studion (her interview) has really built an amazing store down the street.She has so much wonder and really brings old school NYC back to the street with a mixture of tomorrow. I was just at the FIT gala last week and I sat near Ralph Lauren and Ana Wintour and they loved my Storm painted jacket. Every store has something different on 8th Street, it’s very very unique and is small business – we are UN’CHAINED’ down here and I love that. YOU CAN’t BRAND ME.
Do you have any recommendation for Ancolie? Things you would like to see on the menu?
I did not know you had soups, so may be better signage! And maybe free salads for cool merchants in the aréa, haha.
How would you reuse your jar?
When I finish my salad, I can return it and get a dollar back, which is pretty cool. But I’ll recycle it to store buttons from different militaries or for coins that I have in my office.
Thank you Richard for the interview ! We love our community of such amazing and inspiring people on 8th Street ❤
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