Though the sign on the front of the shop at 110 Liberty Street may still say E.M Weikart Plumbing, make no mistake, this shop is M. Lewis Men’s Lifestyle Boutique. This shop blends the old with the new, keeping the architecture of the original 1904 plumbing shop and adding new modern fashion and home products for a new generation. With a friendly staff and laid-back atmosphere, this shop has run successfully for a whole year with many more to come.
M. Lewis’ owner Mike Carter has always wanted to open a Men’s Lifestyle Boutique. This is the third store Carter has helped run in his lifetime. When he was still in Brooklyn, he and his family tried to open a women’s fashion boutique, but it ended up falling by the wayside.
“With me being away at college, I wasn’t around to run the shop properly so it ended up failing.” Carter said.
The second shop was a Christian bookstore called the Faith Resource Center in Randolph New Jersey, which opened five years ago and is still running to this day, “There we would sell Christian-based fiction books along with clothing,” he said.
While Carter had been to Newburgh a few times in the past while he was at college he didn’t find the right space until his sister, a real estate agent, found the E.M Weikart Plumbing shop available for sale and bought it for him. This makes it the first time in 100 years that a new retail space has opened on Liberty Street. Carter moved to Newburgh on May 4th of 2018 and had to do a lot of the work on the store himself. But thankfully all of his hard work paid off and the store opened on August 4th of 2018. The name comes from Carter’s father, Michael Lewis Carter.
Carter, along with his partners Eddie Duncan and Vincent Crawford, sells a variety of different products at their Men’s Lifestyle Boutique. Taking inspiration from Lifestyle stores of New York City, this store consists of fashion like T-shirts, sneakers, hats, sweatshirts, pins, backpacks, and bags as well as home products like video game controllers, lighting kits, candles, artwork, apothecary products, shaving kits, and cologne. Carter even stated that their cologne and apothecary products are made with all-natural “earth-friendly” materials. There’s also a couch with a TV where guests can sit and relax while others shop or until they make up their minds on what to buy.
On Saturday, August 24, M. Lewis celebrated its first anniversary at the store with catered food and drink along with music and dancing. Here’s hoping for many more years for this unique and stylish shop, and much more business in spite of the lack of accessibility.
M. Lewis Men’s Lifestyle Boutique is located on 110 Liberty Street in the City of Newburgh. It can be reached at 732-674-1668 and on Facebook.