Best gift shops: Chelsea
Fri Nov 9 2012
Photograph: Krista Schlueter
- Price band: 2/4
Husband and wife team Lana Sexton and Henry Stozek carefully pick every item for their reliably excellent home goods shop, so you’ll find everything from one-of-a-kind creations by small, local artisans—with a special focus on Chelsea photogs—to globally sourced objects and vintage treasures.
- 172A Ninth Ave, (between 20th and 21st Sts)
- Price band: 1/4
Walk through the doors at this Chelsea fragrance shop to feel instantly relaxed by the clean scents, soft music and soothing pastel color-scheme. The peaceful space is a cross between an old American country store and a Provence boutique, outfitted with a faux orange tree, violet walls, potted flowers, white cabinets and brown wood furniture. Fifteen years ago owner Christine Dimmick started crafting her scent-and-home-goods business in her kitchen, selling her products online until she opened this NYC store. Find all-natural cleaning products in four signature fragrances: Italian Citrus, Pure Grass, Village Lavender and Beach Days. We’re fans of the recycled-plastic beads, which release aromas when used in a vacuum (one $15 container supports 12–14 uses). But the pièce de résistance is the potpourri bar, where customers can choose from 18 botanicals. Handpick a potpourri blend (starting at $15 for two cups), add an essential oil, and watch a staffer mix it right before your eyes.
- 132 ½ W 24th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)