New stores in New York City (August 9–15, 2012)

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  • Photograph: Kayla Rice

    Kathy Kemp silk dress, $179

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    Renee gold cuff cast from pinecones, $170, at Anna

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    Kathy Kemp striped cutout frock, $198

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    Belluci Napoli polka-dot tie, $115

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    Belluci Napoli purple gingham shirt, $350

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    Belluci Napoli pocket square, $45

  • Cornelia Spa at the Surrey

  • Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

  • LiSi Cosmetics

  • Lululemon running tank, $68

  • Lululemon polka-dot shorts, $54

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    Magpie

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    Dconstruct recycled-resin cuff bracelets, $34 each, at Magpie

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    Michael Roger cork iPad case, $38, at Magpie

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    Kiel Mead for Areaware wall hooks made of painted New York driftwood, $25 each, at Magpie

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    Prada polka-dot peep-toe pumps, $250, at NYC Consignment

  • Pink Sands

  • Retro Super Future vintage-inspired sunglasses, $163, at Steven Alan

  • Steven Alan women’s chambray shirt, $168

  • Bag’n’Noun roomy canvas tote, $110, at Steven Alan

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    ThinkPink Nails & Spa

  • Yves Saint Laurent Tribute sandals, $580, at Trunk Show Designer Consignment

  • Paul Smith wingtips, $200, at Trunk Show Designer Consignment

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Kathy Kemp silk dress, $179

Anna 

  • Price band: 3/4

After outgrowing her tiny East Village shop, designer Kathy Kemp moved her womenswear boutique eight blocks into a chic space that’s almost double the size of the original spot. The store is named after Kemp’s grandmother, who taught her how to sew when she was 13 years old. Whitewashed brick-and-cement walls and striped chiffon curtains serve as an airy backdrop for her eponymous line’s locally produced dresses ($145–$265), skirts ($150–$375) and tops ($68–$188). Gals can find timeless colorful silk dresses ($179), vibrant convertible jumpers ($245) and striped cutout frocks ($198). Denim wrap skirts ($175) will look fab paired with either multicolored tops ($127) or structured shirts ($172). Don’t forget to peep the one-of-a-kind baubles, such as Renee gold cuffs ($170) cast from pinecones.

  1. 330 E 11th St, (between First and Second Aves)
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Bellucci Napoli 

  • Price band: 3/4

Owner and designer Nedo Bellucci honed his craft as a bespoke seamster in his hometown of Naples, Italy. After opening his first custom menswear shop in Midtown East in 2007, he’s moved his operation into three floors of a luxury high-rise building just down the street. The elevator brings customers to the production level, where you’ll pass tailors cutting and sewing on your way to the spiral staircase. Head one floor up to encounter a fitting room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden trunks, leather sofas and oversize mirrors. Here, customers can browse roughly 3,000 fabric swatches and trims- sourced from Naples, and begin their made-to-order process. The top floor is reserved as a lounge area, with a whiskey bar for complimentary drinks, additional seating and an outdoor terrace boasting a view of midtown. Two-piece suits generally range from $3,000 to $5,000, and shirts, including solid and patterned fabrics and contrast-color stitching, are $350–$700. Accessories, such as silk ties ($95–$230), leather bags ($1,200–$2,000) and Talarico wooden-handled umbrellas ($395–$600), which are exclusive to the store, are displayed throughout. After two fittings and four to six weeks, you’ll have your handmade goods.

  1. 5 E 57th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
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Cornelia Spa at the Surrey

  • Price band: 3/4

For the past three years, Midtown East residents have been mourning the loss of this boutique spa, but husband and wife Rick Aidekman and Ellen Sackoff have finally reopened the popular spot in a smaller hotel setting. The intimate oasis is luxurious in an understated way, and is designed to make you feel like you’re lounging in your own living space. Inside the five treatment rooms, some of which are the size of small studio apartments, you’ll find a full-size armoire to store your stuff. Attention to detail is further evident in the warm welcoming, during which guests are greeted with a ginger-and-neroli–infused hand cloth and a heated herbal neck pillow. A so-called botanical tasting bar serves savory and sweet treats to complement your service, such as cooling sorbet and a glass of champagne paired with massages. Splurge on the Reparative Caviar and Oxygen Quench facial (90mins, $325), which uses laminaria seaweed and sea mud to exfoliate, and a caviar mask and marine collagen cream to hydrate and smooth skin; or indulge in a signature massage (60mins, $175), which combines deep-tissue, Swedish and shiatsu techniques customized to your needs. Manicures ($35), pedicures ($65) and waxing services ($20–$125) are also available. Stick around for the daily 5pm champagne pour and enjoy seasonal access to the private roof garden.

  1. 20 E 76th St, second floor, (at Madison Ave)
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Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

  • Price band: 3/4

Red Door Spa The luxe spa chain opens its second NYC location (the first is in Midtown East). The subterranean spa is located inside upscale hotel the Chatwal and features three treatment rooms, each with its own changing suite, steam shower and vanity displaying Elizabeth Arden products. Nab a massage (25mins, $85; 100mins, $250) or a body treatment, such as a detox seaweed wrap ($135). There’s also a nail studio for olive-oil manicures ($55) and paraffin pedicures ($85). Take home Elizabeth Arden products, including antiaging cleansers ($36) and scrubs ($28).

  1. 130 W 44th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
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LiSi Cosmetics

  • Price band: 1/4

Budget-friendly beauty lovers will want to visit this NYC brand’s first store to pick up high-quality cosmetics priced $20 and under. The all-white interior boasts bright lights that highlight the merchandise’s sleek, vibrant packaging. You’ll find jewel-toned eye shadows ($5–$7), SPF-infused liquid foundations ($15) and neon nail lacquers ($5). Before you leave, hit one of the so-called glam stations and let a trained makeup artist apply the trendy products for free.

  1. 741 Broadway, (at Astor Pl)
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Lululemon Athletica

  • Price band: 2/4

The chic yoga brand welcomes its seventh NYC store. The interior features reflective optical art pieces depicting the 72nd Street subway stop that’s inspired by the work of Vancouver artist Roderick Quin. Even the non-yogi gal will appreciate running tanks with built-in bras ($68), polka-dot athletic shorts ($54), shell jackets ($108) and cropped workout pants ($86). Guys can stock up on moisture-wicking tees ($64), chinos that double as breathable pants ($128) and vented zip-up jackets ($168). Sporty accessories include yoga mats ($48), slip-proof silicone headbands ($14) and colorful cotton-modal undies ($14).

  1. 2139 Broadway, (between 75th and 76th Sts)
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Magpie 

  • Price band: 2/4

Sylvia Parker worked as a buyer at the American Folk Art Museum and South Street Seaport gift shops before opening this eco-friendly boutique. The funky space, which is decorated with no-fume paints and bamboo shelves, is packed with locally made, handcrafted, sustainable and fair-trade items ($2–$350). Unique finds include Peekeeto greeting cards ($4 each), vintage hankies ($5), Mushmina handmade Moroccan tote bags ($88) and Dconstruct recycled-resin cuff bracelets ($34). You’ll also find eclectic home goods, such as vintage floral quilts ($200), Kiel Mead for Areaware wall hooks made of painted New York driftwood ($25) and Green Tree Home beeswax Buddha-head candles ($36).

  1. 488 Amsterdam Ave, (between 83rd and 84th Sts)
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NYC Consignment 

  • Price band: 3/4

For luxe designer duds and inexpensive knickknacks, head to this chic resale haven from Sabina Palterman. The West Village native grew up shopping with her friends at vintage stores, and after a music career as Lady Saba, she was inspired to start her own retail business. Gents will find classic necessities such as crisp Brooks Brothers button-downs ($30), colorful J.Crew blazers ($40), Theory dark-wash jeans ($35) and even a Prada tux ($375). Fashionistas will love a Roberto Cavalli peasant top ($220), a Balenciaga printed dress ($525) and a Chloé silk skirt ($175). Men can accessorize with Pucci silk ties ($50) and leather John Varvatos boots ($100), while ladies can don Prada polka-dot peep-toed pumps ($250) and a Coach vintage leather satchel ($125). Random extras include Hello Kitty iPhone cases ($12) and Jelly Bath foot soaks ($15). If you have garb you want to sell, drop by anytime for Palterman to take a look at it—if she likes what she sees, you’ll get half of the price when it sells.

  1. 22 Jones St, (between Bleecker and West 4th Sts)
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Paper Doll Beauty Bar 

  • Price band: 2/4

Owner Victoria Shelton has added an underground beauty bar to her eclectic boutique for makeup applications ($35–$60), nail services ($15–$50), waxing ($10–$45) and massages ($90–$110). Although prices are reasonable, the treatments are frills-free—it isn’t uncommon to find three services going on in the same room at any given time. Since there is no drying station, express manicures ($15) stay true to their names as a quick polish change. Guys can get in on the action with 60-minute gentlemen’s facials ($85), which include cleansing, exfoliation and a mask. For a night on the town, go big with mink faux lashes ($180).

  1. 921 Fulton St, (between Clinton and Waverly Aves)
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Pink Sands 

  • Price band: 2/4

This salon is the first in NYC to use Infinity Sun’s airbrush tanning system, which combines lotion with coloring agents. Step into a tanning room in the buff or a bathing suit, and a technician will use a soft mist to coat your skin. Prices run from $30 for just your face, neck and chest to $70 for a full-body session. The salon also offers exfoliating scrubs ($75–$150), which will help your tan be as even as possible, and holistic, destressing bodywork ($70–$230) using ayurvedic oils. On your way out, grab some Infinity Sun products such as at-home tanning creams ($40), hydrating serums ($40) and fruit-infused exfoliants ($40) to help make your faux glow last.

  1. 829 Third Ave, (between 50th and 51st Sts )
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Punto Ottico 

  • Price band: 3/4

This Italian import carries luxe European sunnies ($300–$1,200) and unisex glasses ($300–$2,000) from exclusive brands such as Mykita, W-eye and Jacques Durand. Although most frames require a bloated bank account, these swanky specs will stay in your accessory arsenal for years to come. Girls who want to spice up their ensemble should grab Veronika Wildgruber plastic shades ($450) and Traction Productions colorful cat-eyes ($350). Dudes can block rays with W-eye wooden sunglasses ($770) and Jplus aviators ($450). Rad unisex glasses such as Vergo vintage-inspired frames ($430) and Theo metallic asymmetrical styles ($615) are perfect for those looking to correct their vision in style.

  1. 994B Madison Ave, (between 77th and 78th Sts)
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Steven Alan 

  • Price band: 3/4

This local designer has been providing New Yorkers with hip, comfortable duds since 1994, and his seventh shop brings the urban label to Chelsea. The modern space is Alan’s largest store yet, so expect plenty of classic staples such as house-brand button-down shirts for men ($178) and women ($168) in both solids and prints. In addition to the designer’s eponymous line, the store is chock-full of threads from other well-known brands curated by Alan himself. Ladies should pick up Anniel Italian leather oxfords ($225) and accessorize with Retro Super Future vintage-inspired sunnies ($163). Guys can score Jungmaven hemp-and-cotton tees ($29), Richer Poorer colorful striped socks ($12) and Bag’n’Noun roomy canvas totes ($110).

  1. 140 Tenth Ave, (between 18th and 19th Sts )
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ThinkPink Nails & Spa 

  • Price band: 2/4

This Asian-inspired salon opens a fourth NYC location (the others are in Soho and Midtown West), offering manicures ($18–$55), pedicures ($40–$120), waxing ($12–$65) and massages ($15–$150). Splurge on a green-tea pedicure (60mins, $85) and soak your feet in a bath infused with organic tea extract, or relax with an hour-long Swedish massage ($100). Facial standouts include 45-minute glycolic-acid peels ($150) that will leave your skin smooth and moisturized. On your way out, pick up Dermalogica products such as calming face cleansers ($32) and skin-refining masks ($38).

  1. 215 E Houston St, (at Essex St)
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Trunk Show Designer Consignment 

  • Price band: 3/4
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Harlem gets its first designer reseller with this boutique hawking contemporary apparel ($30–$800) and accessories ($80–$1,200) from high-end brands such as Chanel and Alexander Wang at up to 60 percent off retail prices. The spacious spot features black-and-white walls, marble floors, a black chandelier and crisp painted white clothing racks packed with designer fare. We spotted a silk Diane von Furstenberg blouse ($40), a lightweight Missoni sweater ($150), a Stella McCartney linen dress ($300) and a Proenza Schouler PS1 tote ($800). For guys, we found a Ralph by Ralph Lauren button-down shirt ($60), a never-worn pair of Balmain jeans ($700) and Lanvin cuffed sneakers ($500). Make an appointment to sell your goods and receive 60 percent of the retail price in store credit or 50 percent in cash.

  1. 275–277 W 113th St, (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvds (Eighth Ave))
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YeloSpa 

  • Price band: 2/4

This space-age spa made a name for itself with its signature napping pods in 2007. Now that YeloSpa has moved just four blocks from its original location, it’s taking its relaxation menu in a new direction by offering flat-rate pricing for the spa’s three categories of treatments (massages are $2.40 per minute, facials are $2.50 per minute, and sleep therapy is $1 per minute). When booking an appointment, simply arrange for a day and time slot (between 30 and 90 minutes in 10-minute increments), instead of choosing a specific procedure. After taking the elevator up to the 12th floor, you’ll immediately be greeted by a host at the front door with an iPad in hand. The associate will sit and chat with you about your needs for the session before leading you into one of the eight backlit, cocoonlike rooms. Those in the mood for a massage might choose a reflexology or lava-shell version, and the overtired can try a spin in the zero-gravity chair, which raises your legs above your head to slow heart rate and speed up relaxation. Stop by the retail store to stock up on products used in the treatments, including Bach homeopathic sleep-inducing oral sprays ($16) and Eminence citrus exfoliating face washes ($40).

  1. 5 E 57th St, 12th floor, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
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