Best indie shops: Financial District

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  • Babesta Cribz

  • Babesta Cribz

  • Bowne & Co. Stationers

  • Bowne & Co. Stationers

  • Bowne & Co. Stationers

  • Flight Club

  • Flight Club

  • Flight Club

  • The Salty Paw

  • The Salty Paw

  • The Salty Paw

  • Tent & Trails

  • Tent & Trails

  • Tent & Trails

Babesta Cribz

Babesta Cribz
The kids'-gear outpost from Babesta (sellers of the original hipster-child tees) brings its signature design-conscious, downtown style to a nursery near you. Score essentials like the newly reduced (believe it or not) Bugaboo Frog ($759) and the sculptural Skip Hop bottle-drying rack ($32), or pick up crib candy such as a Plan Toys wooden stacking tree ($20) and the Lite-Brite-reminiscent Jellio Lite table ($650), for when your kid has been really good. 56 Warren St between Church St and West Broadway (646-290-5508, babesta.com)

Bowne & Co. Stationers
This restored 19th-century print shop makes quirky, retro-chic designs with on-site vintage presses. Find original letterpress note cards ($4) and customized stationery. plus quirky gifts like Yellow Owl Workshop stamp sets depicting mod sea and landscape designs ($38). 211 Water St at Beekman St (212-748-8651, southstseaport.org)

Flight Club
Sneaks are some serious business here: Flight Club stocks Nike Dunk Quagmires ($125--$190), and a case in the back holds the really good stuff, like Air Jordan 6 Infrareds ($650) and Air Force 1 Supreme Closing Ceremonies ($325). 120 Nassau St between Ann and Beekman Sts (212-233-7178, flightclubonline.com)

The Salty Paw
At this trendy furball spa, you can spoil Fluffy and Fido rotten with Sexy Beast dog cologne (yup) and other I-can't-believe-they-make-this products such as a Black Dog Farm custom-fit raincoat ($35--$65) or a pet portrait by a local artist. More moderate animal owners might be interested in a bag of Canine Confectionery fish biscuits ($6.50) or Kitty Jones handmade catnip toys ($12). 38 Peck Slip between Front and South Sts (212-732-2275, thesaltypaw.com)

Tent & Trails
On the unlikely chance that you actually get off your ass and go camping this summer, you'll want to raid jam-packed T&T. Ditch the smelly plastic Nalgene for a $22 aluminum Sigg water bottle, or invest in a tent: Casual campers will delight in Wenzel's basic (though heavy) ones, while nonposeurs might prefer something fancy like the Bibler ($720). Ask the superknowledgeable staff for advice on an upcoming adventure, and they'll send you home with an excursion-specific checklist. 21 Park Pl between Church St and Broadway (212-227-1760, tenttrails.com)

 

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