Science began in dimly lit prehistoric caves, where neanderthals smashed rock against rock in an effort to create fire and be published in scholarly wall paintings. Celebrate advancements in knowledge while decorating your home with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of merchandise at The Evolution Store.
Oddities abound at The Evolution Store, with towering aisles of real and replica artifacts adorning the store's interesting insides. A member of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, the staff is licensed to sell historical odds and resiny ends, from framed butterflies ($29+) to replica human skulls ($210). Outfits can take on an organic edge with accessories such as jewel-beetle earrings, where the iridescent blue-green hue signals potential mates that wearers are mildly poisonous ($10). Quirky collectables such as the shark in a jar ($29) or the 9-inch alligator head ($39) make for creepy conversation pieces or effective ornaments to brighten a neighbor's lawn. A bevy of fossils, shells, and natural memorabilia makes for great presents, delighting and fascinating a wide range of giftees.
The Evolution Store
When CNN Money began looking for places to showcase in their segment on exotic gifts, they went straight to The Evolution Store. That’s because the shop, a staple of the SoHo arts scene since 1993, specializes in quirky gifts, decor, and toys that can surprise even the person who seemingly has it all. The staff curates a stock of biological specimens, fossils, and curiosities from paleontologists, private collectors, entomologists, and great-grandmothers’ purses, creating an ever-changing supply of natural history artifacts that add a unique flair to living rooms and supervillain lairs. The shelves are bursting with sights that almost seem surreal, showcasing actual skeletons standing next to dinosaur teeth, medical models, and preserved butterflies in the bustling shop. The Evolution Store’s items are so revered that the staff also rents out specimens by the day, allowing movie-makers to create realistic scenes for hunting lodges with the shop’s bear-skin rugs.