Not far from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, there resides a place that celebrates a certain lifestyle. This way of life has been upheld by fans of the cult classic film, “The Big Lebowski.” Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you the Little Lebowski Shop.
Originally a comic book store, the Little Lebowski was born once the owner, Roy was being threatened with eviction. With that in mind, The Dude’s philosophical views apparently overcame Roy because the little comic book shop on Thompson Street soon became The Little Lebowski. Roy has since been seen working in pajamas, a bathrobe and slippers. That sounds like my type of job uniform.
The shop consists of licensed merchandise from the movie such as t-shirts, stickers, playing cards and etc. The t-shirts are a bit on the expensive end for your typical broke-ass (starting at $25) but if you really love the film, I’d say it’s a good investment. Most other items are under $20 but it’s the environment that makes visiting this place a unique experience. The store really captures everything that has made “The Big Lebowski” an iconic film. From the owner dressing akin to The Dude to the little bowling alley inside the shop. Even the quotes and artwork in and around the store make this a must see for the film’s fans.
If you’ve never seen “The Big Lebowski,” here’s my advice: go visit the store without having seen the movie. Leave and then go home and watch the movie. I’m sure you’ll see the store in a whole new light once you’ve sat through two hours of Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. You don’t have to listen to me but I think you broke-ass dudes should abide.
The Little Lebowski Shop
215 Thompson Street (between Bleeker & 3rd Street)
Photo Credit: littlelebowskishop.com