Reviving the 50’s in the East Village

Ever since the 1970’s, Enz’s, a boutique specializing in 50’s style Pin-Up fashion, has been a staple in the ever-changing East Village community. Mariann Marlowe, the owner, has created this Rockabilly, Pin-Up fashion culture in New York City through Enz’s, proving that the 50’s are alive and well in the 21st century! With a sister shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Second Ave location is the original, and where her dreams for the shop initially took form.

Mariann first opened Enz’s, the famed 50’s Rockabilly boutique, in the late 1970’s, and it has been thriving ever since. She’s styled, outfitted, and designed clothes for many a celebrity, from Pat Benatar to Lou Reed, and boasts a huge and well known clientele base (Helen Mirren, anyone?!).

[Mariann posing in her beloved Enz’s, before the explosion in late March of 2015. – Photo from http://thevillager.com/]

But since late March, following the 7th Street gas explosion, Enz’s presence in the East Village community has been jeopardized. Mariann has been working to rebuild Enz’s, but sadly the shop’s insurance did not cover fire, and so many of the expenses are coming out of her own pocket.


[Enz’s next to the rubble after the explosion in late March 2015 – Photo found on http://gawker.com/]

Luckily for everyone, Mariann has an incredible support system of her friends and loyal customers. Through this support, she’s been able to start funding a $10,000 loan through Kiva Zip!

While Mariann and Enz’s have many a loyal customer base, she’d love all the support possible from anyone who wishes to make a loan to her dream of keeping her beloved shop thriving. It’s as simple as loaning as little as $5, or as much as her full loan amount.

[Mariann in Enz’s, posing with some of her beautiful merchandise!]

As an East Village resident myself, it’s so important to me that we all support Enz’s to help the shop make it through these rough times. The East Village is one of the few neighborhoods left in NYC that is so supportive of small businesses, and it would be so awesome to ensure that this locally owned treasure, and it’s amazing owner, can remain a part of the community that they have made their home for the last 30 years!

After meeting Mariann in person, I could see how much she truly loves her business. Her entrepreneurial spirit and personality shine through in her store’s design and merchandise, and in her dedication to rebuild her shop after the devastating fire that shook the whole East Village community. Mariann’s determined to not let this one situation keep her from sharing her love of Rockabilly and Pin-up fashion with the world, and is excited to have her loan fully funded so she can work towards making Enz’s the best it’s ever been!

Please support Enz’s, Mariann, and her Kiva Zip loan by checking out her page at https://zip.kiva.org/loans/13934 and making a loan today!

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Posted by Megan Monroe, Kiva Zip Operations Intern

Jun 15, 2015

Megan was born and raised in the Bay Area, but moved out east about 3 years ago to attend NYU. She will be a senior in the fall, finishing up her studies in Sociology and Social Work. When she's not in class, though, she loves to run, explore all that NYC has to offer (mostly all the restaurants!), and works part time at a bakery! She is working as a Kiva Zip Operations intern in NYC. This summer she will be helping out the Zip team in NYC to guide new borrowers in their application and loan process, and support them through the fundraising periods.

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