THE HOME FRONT
The East Village has always been on the cutting edge of fashion, but now its antique stores are the hip place to shop. And Chartreuse, located at 309 East 9th St., is packed with a mix of eclectic furniture, paintings, lamps and objets d’art from the 19th and 20th century — in fact, everything you need to furnish your own little nest. Owners Thomas F. Hogan and Johanna McElfresh, friends since high school and life-long collectors, scour flea markets and estate sales to fill their shop.
“We like to think we’re doing a service for our clients,” says Hogan. “We go out, we find it, we clean it up and we bring it back,” McElfresh adds. “People just don’t have the time to do all that for themselves.”
But all this service doesn’t cost a lot. Prices start at $10 for a Thirties desk set and stop at $2,500 for a Sheraton sofa.
So where did the name Chartreuse come from? “Well,” says McElfresh, “we wanted something French and sophisticated. We also love the color.”