In the beginning, Pearl Paint was a humble, industrial paint store on Chambers. But as the Bohemian artists thronged to Soho, the need for paint supplies grew, and Pearl became the beast on Canalaselling everything from expensive canvases to origami paper. Although sometimes a bit haphazardly organized, the store has just about everything, and, thankfully, the staff manages to stifle snickers at ignorant questions much of the time. If the walk up Pearlas endless, steep, stuffy staircase seems too much, ask about the unadvertised elevator in back.
Pearl Paint is populated by overeducated, underpaid employees: Most of the sales staff have BFAs and are making their own art when they're not hocking paintbrushes, decorative paper, canvas stretchers, calligraphy pens, or plaster. Thankfully, though, the knowledgeable staffers don't hold that against you. There is, after all, an Acrylic Paint Set for Dummies on display right next to the $100 tubes of oil paint. That's the great thing about this place: It's an art-supply store for every... More »