Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Led Zeppelin: NYC Physical Graffiti store to become Zep-themed tea shop

An iconic building in New York City’s East Village with ties to both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, is getting a facelift.

The building, at 96 St. Mark's Place, was featured on the cover of Zeppelin's classic 1975 double album, “Physical Graffiti.”

Currently housing a vintage clothing boutique called “Physical Graffiti,” the 2011 makeover will continue to capitalize on its Zeppelin connection, reopening next month as “Physical Graffi-tea,” a tea emporium that reportedly specializes in loose leaf teas and Japanese matcha.

The new shop will exist under the same management.

“It’s so sad, but there is just no market for the clothes,” said Ilana Malka, 45, the store’s owner, as she packed up boxes of clothes for the transition.

“Teas are affordable,” she said. “People eat and drink anyway, even when the economy is bad, and there are a lot of people out there who are looking for good, fresh, loose tea.”

In 1981, the building was featured as the backdrop for the Rolling Stones' video, “Waiting On A Friend."

Find out more about the history of the building in a New York Times report here.

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