Ame Ame

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Just as its name—translated as “rain candy” from Japanese—implies, this cozy, brick-walled boutique specializes in sugary confections and high-quality, stylish rainwear from abroad. Owner Teresa Soroka left her post as acting CFO at a tech start-up in July to pursue her dream of opening a rain-gear store, and decided to incorporate sweets based on her own habit of indulging on dreary days. “Rain or shine, candy always creates a smile,” she explains. Glass canisters of gummies from Holland and vegan chocolates from Ecuador ($3/quarter pound) sit on backlit shelves lining one wall of the store, while the other half of the space is filled with equally colorful umbrellas ($29–$65), boots ($36–$199) and weatherproof coats ($100–$350) for men, women and children. Shield yourself from a downpour with Knirps German-made tartan collapsible umbrellas ($55), lacy parasol styles from British brand Fulton ($40) and Pylones tropical-colored versions ($32) that resemble figurines when closed. Kamik tall, solid-colored wellies ($65) and printed London Underground rain boots ($75) will keep your tootsies warm and dry. For men, ankle-height jodhpurs ($129) from French brand Aigle offer a chic alternative to clunky galoshes.

Venue name: Ame Ame
Address: 17 W 29th St
New York

Cross street: between Broadway and Fifth Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Sun 12-5pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to 28th St (Broadway)
Price: $$
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