Zuri Dispatch 02.01.22 // Some Big News--Welcome to Our New Digs! 💘

Posted by Sierra Rostal on

We're thrilled to share some very happy news about the next phase of the Zuri journey, in which we pack up the entire contents of our basement, move them to Chinatown, and slurp MANY delicious soups along the way as we try to clear a path forward (literally)! In addition to a culinary tour de force of all the noodles 10013 has to offer, we're so excited about this next big step, and we could not have done it without you!

Many of you have been with us since the beginning, and while we do tend to share quite a bit, one thing that we've never said much about is what it means to us to have been able to grow our business organically, with your support. Since day one, it has been our priority to shape every aspect of Zuri into something we truly believe in. From the artisan groups we source from, to printing 100% locally made, grown and designed fabric, we have stood by our belief that if the product is truly good, then the business will sustain itself (and all of the people in its ecosystem). Now, although we waited until we were literally bursting at the seams, your support has enabled us to scale in a healthy and manageable way. So this is a big THANK YOU--we couldn't be happier to take this next step together!


We have been lucky enough to have the driest, most space-efficient basement on all of Bleecker Street, and landlords who truly feel like family. When Kent saw how our shipments were getting delivered, he personally came down to the shop and installed a ramp to slide our boxes down the sidewalk hatch more easily and through the years has continued to come up with ingenious ideas for making our work and lives easier! It was pretty emotional on moving day, but we're really excited to have space to unpack, plan ahead, and WORK! Now at last, rather than doubling as a worldwide fulfillment center, our store can be its best self:)


Some decisions are better than others! Hand-carting our Craigslist finds through sleet-laden, cobblestone streets was not one of our finer moments, but we live and we learn. And, now we have eight free desks happily awaiting their chairs and us!



We've been loving the food situation in the neighborhood, and have not held back when it comes to noodles, fancy boba concoctions, or rice rolls (which just yesterday we treated ourselves to as a little amuse-bouche pre-souping)! Anyone up for a neighborhood little food tour at some point?


Ska and reggae legend Desmond Decker was born in Kingston, Jamaica and worked as a welder, where his co-workers to encouraged him to pursue a career in music. One of his fellow welders was Bob Marley, whose talent Decker spotted and helped bring to the attention of Jimmy Cliff and Leslie Kong, an influential Chinese-Jamaican record record producer whose label was called "Beverley's", after the ice cream parlor/record shop he owned in Kingston with his brothers. This is one of our albums-we hope you'll love it as much as we do!

Yinka Ilori is one of the most inspiring, community-minded multidisciplinary artists out there right now. His recent creation of a Lego Launderette reimagines everyday space as a playground for children, and his rainbow colored 3D basketball court in London is just as incredible. Here's a piece about him in Deezen Magazine, and we hope you'll follow along with his work to see what he comes up with next!
WHAT WE'RE READING // Star Child by Ibi Zoboi

Acclaimed novelist (and member of the Zuri team of champions!) Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights Movement, Butler experienced an American childhood that shaped her into the groundbreaking science-fiction storyteller whose novels continue to challenge and delight readers fifteen years after her death. 

If you'd like to see how fabulous she looks in our Walking on Sunshine dress, we've provided a convenient link to her Instagram here:)

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