Our Story

We take fun seriously!

Our mission at Exit9 is to bring flavor to our neighborhoods, not to mention tons of fun, joy, and even a little diversity to your daily life.  We curate all the gifts, books, toys, cards and novelties at Exit9 with this in mind.

We love being a Mom and Pop store. Mom-and-Pops are part of the DNA of NYC. Every morning when we unlock and roll up the steel gates we know that—along with our fellow small businesses nearby—we are keeping up that old school vibe! This makes us proud.

Shop with us and you are keeping your neighborhood vibrant and tapping into the history of New York City as a place where independent storefronts embody a block by block expression of the uniqueness of our big, inclusive city.

 
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Hit the East Village in 1995

The East Village store was our first, then came Brooklyn. Both of our stores opened at a time when like-minded merchants and restaurateurs were reinventing these parts of the city. We helped each other rise to the occasion.

If you lived in the East Village in the late nineties you will remember Etherea Records, Limbo Coffee Shop, Save the Robots and Exit9 as the next wave at the top of Alphabet City. If you lived in Brooklyn in the decade known as the double aughts, then you were excited to see Smith Street transform with restaurants that left Manhattan behind and shops that reflected Brooklyn’s new local pride. Exit9 was there too and we love our little piece of NYC history. We might have some new neighbors, but our independent commercial districts are strong. We’re all working to stay independent and make these neighborhoods areas where you want to shop.

 
 

Random (Yet Important) Exit9 Facts

  • People always ask about our name. We thought of it while on a road trip. Our original slogan was, "You gotta get off somewhere." Which says more about our road trip than our business. (Or does it?)
  • Exit9 gets involved in the community with schools and organizations, but mostly with our giving program called Tuesdays for Good. We've had wonderful times watching our customers grow up and feel like they’re a part of it in a small way. 
  • We have all sorts of gift services. We will make your school goodie bags for you, ship out care packages to your kid's camp, handle your year-round gift-giving with our curated gift boxes or customize boxes individually with your input. 
  • We have many unique NYC items that make great souvenirs but are not your typical Times Square variety. (Also great for ex-pat gifts.)
  • We have a corporate gift program where we can ship to your list or drop ship a number of gifts to you with proper lead time. Just ask us. 
  • Exit9 is a certified LGBT business from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. This is sometimes important for businesses and corporations that have a diversity supplier initiative or department.
  • In 2010, The Village Voice crowned Exit9 Gift Emporium as New York City's "Best Place to Buy Spur-of-the-Moment, Inexpensive Gifts for Virtually Anyone" in their “Best of NYC” issue. We're thrilled because that's what we were going for. Long Live the Village Voice!