This is not a “Welcome to the City, Archimage” post. This one-stop shop on Monroe has been owned and operated by the same family (sister-brother team Yong Bom Kim-Fredell and Yong Woo Kim with their spouses Peter and Louisa), in the same location (and they have expanded – twice!), for the last 30 years.
What started in the 80’s as a natural fibers and organic clothing and jewelry shop (during a time of polyester fashion), this store has since built on this culture and vibe.
If you decide to try something on you’ll even get a glimpse of the history and story behind Archimage, as there is an original copy of the article on them that ran in The Post in October, 1984 in one of the fitting rooms!
This “mall-ternative” department store sells unique and unusual items with an alternative flair, like these awesome belts…
What caught our eye throughout the store were the many items that were labeled “Made in Rochester”! We love local goods, like these awesome Zither Heaven Ukuleles and Banjos…
Their instrument collection also includes various hand drums, djembes, percussion instruments, ethnic flutes, tambourines, instruments for kids, and more!
These Modono Glass coasters and trivets were also made in Rochester!
Archimage customers range from people who have been shopping here their whole life, to people to have just walked in off the street, all ages. And the selection… is as diverse!
There really is something for everyone, from balsa wood, laser cut jewelry and moving gear light switch plates…
…to fair trade items from Haiti and Africa.
You’ll find clothing (for guys & gals) and the perfect gift items…
…to the best toy selection around. Anyone having flashbacks to their childhood?
The jewelry collection is unique, quirky and extensive!
Everywhere we turned there was something functional and fun, just like these housewares…
But what about the incense, candles, stones, scarves, hula hoops, journals, soaps and everything else we haven’t discovered yet? You’ll just have to go, there’s much to explore. And if you’re curious like us, “Archimage” is a real English word that means “Great Magician”, which seems quite fitting with the amount of items they’ve magically fit into their store!
We LOVED meeting this family of Rochester enthusiasts and hearing about their life in the city. Stop in and find treasures.
On-street as well as a lot behind the building, accessible by Oxford Street.