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Fashionable Duct Tape Pop-Up Store Opens in Midtown

By Alan Neuhauser | April 18, 2013 3:37pm

MIDTOWN — Next time your significant other won't keep his mouth shut during the big game, you can keep him quiet with a roll of New York Yankees-themed duct tape now on sale at a Duck Tape pop-up store in Times Square.

"The uses for it are almost endless," said Duck Tape brand duct tape store manager Christina Grozik, 30. "You can use it for everything from sealing boxes to making dresses."

The pop-up store, at 1411 Broadway between 39th and 40th streets, is selling duct tape printed with dozens of patterns, from local sports teams to One Direction, SpongeBob SquarePants, and tie-dye and floral prints through next Sunday, April 28.

"I don't even know what I'm going to do with this," said Juwita Seman, an engineer in Midtown, holding aloft a pink Hello Kitty roll. "I just love Hello Kitty." 

Duct tape flowers, purses, and shoes strewn about the store offered some ideas. Mannequins stood in the windows, wearing dresses constructed from duct tape by "Project Runway" contestants, plus a gown and suit that a high school couple wore to prom.

"I made a tie for my tech. ed. teacher — I used the mustache-pattern," said eighth-grader Jack Riebe, 13, pointing to a white roll printed with brown handlebar mustaches. "He said it was unique."

Prices range from $2.99 for a miniature roll, to $9.99 for one that's full-size. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks' "Light it Up Blue" initiative.

The store is open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.