Crafts >Little Shop of Crafts
431 E. 73rd Street, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.767789 -73.953840
Neighborhoods: Lenox Hill, Midtown, Upper East Side
unfriendly staff – Be careful if you decide to arrange an event here....make sure you have all the terms in writing.
NOT ONLY FOR KIDS – I came here with my girlfriends one day, just so we would have something to do on a rainy day. Well, let me tell you this was the most fun I have had in a while. The staff was beyond friendly and accomidating, and they made us feel right at home. On top of it all I walked away with a beautiful mug that I get to drink my coffee out of every morning. This is a great place to come if you're in need for a gift, or you just want to have a good time with your friends. Don't be fooled this isn't just for kids, this place is for people of all ages!!! I can't wait to go back.
great spot for an afternoon with the kids – My kids just loved this place! We spent several fun-filled hours one Saturday afternoon doing crafts together. It was a great way to spend time with the kids. My daughter loved the beading and jewelry- making area and my son got to create a plaque for his room representing his beloved Yankees! They can't wait to go back for more. I was very pleased with how the environment sparked their creativity. The staff was extremely helpful, friendly and patient. The facility was clean and well-organized and I thought the prices were quite reasonable, especially given the wonderful time we had together. It was well worth the expense. My daughter is already making plans to go back for her upcoming Birthday party. I highly recommend this experience for parents and kids alike.
A friendly Oasis of creativity in NYC...for kids and BIG kids too – I'm a single Dad and was told about Little Shop by 2 single Mom friends. They made it sound so inviting and easy , so of course I had to take my 8 year old son.
I can't say enough good things about this place. Immediately my son and I felt at home. After having been to other painting craft shops in the City , the Little Shop concept of no charge for paint time, stay as long as you like, was like a V8 moment...or something like that. After staying for 2 hours, which would have cost me an additional $20 at other paint studios, I thought "that's it ...why go anywhere else".
Before my son and I left he already picked out his next project...a braclet for his Mom.
A sweet kind place and in our NYC. The staff's wonderful.
CAn't wait to take him again. Might even do something myself.
Great vibe.The place to go, with or without kids. – There is something for everyone in the family or any of your friends to do. It is a great date place in the evenings and they even have Wine & great music!
The people who work there are warm, friendly & helpful.
They are great with kids too if you are planning a kids party.
They do awesome Adult parties too.
It's an easy no brainer and it's a great value. You walk away with immediate gratification as well as a useful piece.
I am partial to the new Beading! A girl can't have too much jewelry! I love the Little Shop of Crafts and go there as often as I can!
An Oasis for Young and Old – I first brought my mother and 5-year-old son to this delightful studio. All three of us had a ball choosing our projects and spending a blissful and creative afternoon together. The staff were just great; helpful while also respecting our space. I recently brought my son back with a friend and I plan to have his 6th birthday party there this November. Thanks to all the staff and most of all to Herb, the owner, for creating this delightful oasis.
Gem of a store – Great place to spend time. Abundance of materials, helpful staff, fun atmosphere. Allows for an environment of creativity without any sense of being judged, watched or under a time restriction. Lovely!
Terrific place, which I haven't taken advantage of yet, for parties. It would make a great venue for a kid's party or for a shower (bridal or baby) with whatever theme you come up with.
Imagine the possiblities..... – I recently moved to NYC and discovered that the Little Shop of Crafts is only a few blocks away. The first time I stopped by was just to see if this was a place where I could bring the little boy that I care for there. The staff was very friendly and informative. I came back later that day and they helped us pick out a suitable piece and explained what we were to do, along with where all the supplies were. Since that first day, I have visited many evenings to paint or work on a mosaic. Not only is the atmosphere relaxing, but the music is also great. I also have brought the soon to be 2 year old a second time. Again he enjoyed painting and the staff was extremely helpful. I would recommend this place to anyone who feels creative, just needs a break from everyday stressors, or people with children,friends, or family who are looking for a great activity to do together. Some suggestions for when you go 1. - Remember that prices will seem high, but they really aren't once you consider that it includes all the supplies, studio space and there isn't any time limit as long as they are open. 2. Plan to come when you have enough time to spend there or come back on another day because once you start the time flys by. 3. Less is more when it comes to painting (I don't know how many times I have seen people create beautiful works of art, but they continue to paint only to be less satisfied when they are done). Thanks to Christine, Denise, and all the rest of the staff for making me feel welcomed.
Helpful staff, friendly atmosphere, a great value! – I have tried many of the creative studios in NYC and this is by far the best! Not only were there many crafts to choose from but the staff was more than helpful. They helped me pick out colors that worked well together on my vase and even showed me examples of techniques that were easy to do and stunning to see. Since there was no charge for time I didn't feel the pressure to get my project done too quickly- I really relaxed and enjoyed my time there and now I have an original piece of art that coordinates with my apartment! The prices are so fair that I am thinking of making this my staple place for personalized gifts. If you are looking for something fun to do with friends or you just want to relax while being surrounded by friendly creativity - This is the place!
children aren't welcome after 6:00--no exceptions! – My husband thought this would be a perfect place to bring my children to make a mother's day present for me. He looked at the website and called to make sure it would be open since it would be a trek for my 4 and 5 year old from Long Island. Nowhere on the website did they say there are no children after 6:00! Even when he called to make sure they take walk-ins, they did not mention that children are not allowed in the store in the evening! I drove for an hour and a half to get there, look for parking, then have these people refuse to let my children paint some pottery--even though the store was empty!!! My children didn't understand and kept asking why they wouldn't let them paint any pottery. It was only around 6:15 or 6:30, but I will never go back to people who were so rude for no reason at all. I still don't understand why they couldn't let them paint for a little while. They're young boys. They would have been done in 10 minutes.
I'm the owner of Little Shop of Crafts and when I saw this review I was shocked. I have asked evryone that works in the Shop if they remember any incident for any reason where we might have not allowed a child to come in at any hour. They looked at me like I was crazy..."turn away a child?" I traced back the staff that was on those weeknights (Mothers Day week) and again asked only to get the same puzzled response.
We do ask the evenings be left for adults...serving free wine, the music...lends itself to a more adult feel. However, not at the expense of turning away our bread and butter...kids.
I don't know what happened and would love to get more information. We wouldn't be as popular as we are turning away customers of any age.
I wish I could do more to make this right.
Owner of Little Shop of Crafts
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