NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A coalition of young women – including many from the Tri-State Area – is selling unique, handmade items in an effort to give back to those in need.
Their online store will be a Manhattan City pop-up store for the next two days, and CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis got an early tour on Thursday.
Everything from embroidered t-shirts to hand-painted sneakers and repurposed records as home decor, is handcrafted by women around the world.
All the artists have been brought together by Stella Gray who came up with the idea for the online marketplace Goodz in September.
Gray told DeAngelis: “Right now, you’re in our first pop-up physical store.
It started when Coronavirus pandemic attack.
Gray, a Manhattan resident, is sent home from college and wants to help the heroes with healthcare.
“I actually started a business, Tie Dye for Good, and I ended up selling over 900 pieces of tie dye and raising $50,000 for Montefiore,” says Gray.
That led to another idea.
“Why not create a website that aggregates all the talented female artists from around the world?” she speaks.
Over the next two days, 15 women shopped at the pop-up store on the corner of 26th Street and 11th Avenue in Chelsea.
Cate Ghirardini, owner of Record Land, said: “We are like a group of young women helping women around the world.
Anything purchased here or through the online store supports the artists and The Pad Project, a non-profit organization.
“In the United States, we provide period products and supplies to the homeless, domestic abuse shelters, schools,” said Melissa Berton, executive director of The Pad Project.
The organization also addresses period poverty, which caught Gray’s attention when she watched the documentary “The End of Sentences” on Netflix.
“We have raised over 10,000 pads for the Pad Project and I am giving them specifically to women in the United States because COVID Gray said.
Pop-ups at 601 W. Road 26 (Starrett-Lehigh Building) is open until 9 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Twenty percent of proceeds will be donated to the Pad Project.