Written by Jimmy Zhang
Flushing is commonly known for delicious food spots like New World Mall, tourist meccas like the 1964 World’s Fair Unisphere, and cultural institutions like Flushing Town Hall. But this diverse community is also home to Alumni, a trending “hype” shoe store.
“This is not just a sneaker store, but a premium high concept boutique,” said Jaeki Cho, store owner and longtime resident of Queens. He wants to “create a retail space that offers premium products for this market – something [he] thought was missing.”
This store offers a variety of exclusive products and features iconic brands, including Adidas, Nike, and Timberland. Alumni provides the Flushing community with convenient access to fashion products. As Cho puts it, “this could be a place where younger folks don’t have to travel out of Queens to get access to great products.” Alumni is not just any regular retail store, the back story is what makes it unique.
Cho grew up in Queens and has always been passionate about creating and selling products. As a kid, he fell in love with “OG Nike Shoes” but the price was astronomical. He didn’t have that kind of money, but his desire to own those beloved shoes inspired him to become a successful entrepreneur.
More than just a sneaker store, Cho plans to “hold amazing events, invite artists, and also do community engagement panels to reach out to younger folks,” he reveals. Alumni currently hosts World’s Fair Wednesdays, the World’s Fair Run Crew meet-ups, every Wednesday at 6:45pm
Alongside sneakers, the store offers candles, accessories, toys, Bearbricks, perfume, magazines, and more.” Stephan Han, fellow consumer, said that he “loves the vibe that it brings people.” Another consumer, Kristine Rodriguez, pointed out the unique way “the products were displayed made you feel like you had to buy it.”
All in all, this small business has brought great satisfaction to many people, and we know you will enjoy the store atmosphere and products they have to offer. Stop by Flushing and check out Alumni!
135-18 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354
Mon-Fri, 12pm – 8pm
Sat and Sun, 12pm-7pm