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All chopsticks all the time?
December 17, 2008, 10:50 am
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Sound like a good business idea? Well, Yunhong is NYC´s Chinatown is the first all-chopsticks boutique for the city. Racked blog has exposed this diamond in the Chinatown rough, “Yunhong a new store that sells nothing but chopsticks. (Actually, that’s an editorial exaggeration—80% of their stock is chopsticks, but they do also carry mirrors and combs and other little beauty items.) We’re usually skeptical of one-item retail because it seems like such an empty gimmick, but chopsticks come in such a variety, and they make such good gifts, that an all-chopsticks store seems genuinely useful. Also, while Yunhong does have other chopsticks shops in China, there’s nothing like it anywhere else in Manhattan. Many of the utensils costs around $100, but as Village Voice critic Robert Sietsema found, you can pick up a pair for only $14.”

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