Best Shop, Gallery, and Cult Rolled Into One New York 2000 - Monastery
"Is the Monastery a store, an art gallery, or a cult?" could be a question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The sign outside that reads "This is a store" gives you a hint, but it's still hard to believe. With products ranging from vegetal soaps to healing-sound CDs, African jewelry, Indian handbags, primitive masks, and religious holograms, it seems closer to the cavern of Ali Baba than a Soho shop.