New stores (July 11–17, 2013)

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  • Photograph: Robert Wallace/Daimon Glenn of Time Squared Arts

    Blo Blow Dry Bar

  • Tri Professional Haircare hairsprays, small $10, large $20; both at Blo Blow Dry Bar

  • Dry Divas bejeweled printed shower cap, $30, at Blo Blow Dry Bar

  • Unite texturizing spray, $22, at Blo Blow Dry Bar

  • Photograph: Mayo Studios

    Sleep Studio

  • Photograph: Mike Garten

    Sleep Studio aromatherapy candles, $36–$58 each

  • Photograph: Mike Garten

    Sleep Studio peppermint soaps, $10 each

  • Vint & York rounded frames, $109

  • Vint & York tortoiseshell frames, $109

  • Vint & York neon-detailed frames, $109

Photograph: Robert Wallace/Daimon Glenn of Time Squared Arts

Blo Blow Dry Bar

Blo Blow Dry Bar

  • Price band: 1/4

Although blow-dry bars have recently become all the rage, this Canadian chain claims to have been the first when it debuted in Vancouver in 2007. Having opened 29 branches throughout North America and Asia, Blo launches its first NYC location in a magenta-accented railroad-style space. Guests are greeted with a complimentary glass of water or pink champagne before getting lathered with Unite gluten-free, vegan shampoo at one of the two washing stations in the back. Blowouts ($40) are a flat fee regardless of hair length or texture, and there are seven styles—illustrated in a fuchsia hardcover book—to choose from, ranging from the pin-straight Executive Sweet and tousled Pillow Talk to the High Society top knot and Go Fish fishtail braid. There’s even a version just for guys called the Blo Bro ($25), featuring a 20-minute scalp massage. For special occasions, Blo offers updos ($65) and bridal packages ($160) that include a 45-minute consultation and in-bar service on the day of, but if you can’t make it to the eight-chair salon, Blo on the Go ($75 per style) sends a stylist directly to you. Pick up Parlux blow dryers ($330), Dry Divas bejeweled printed shower caps ($30), Unite volumizing spray ($22) and Tri Professional Haircare hairspray ($20) to maintain your newly coiffed locks. 325 E 64th St between First and Second Aves (646-490-4448, blomedry.com). Mon–Wed 9am–8pm; Thu, Fri 9am–9pm; Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 9am–7pm.

  1. 325 E 64th St, (between First and Second Aves)
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Sleep Studio

  • Price band: 3/4

If you aren’t getting the recommended seven to eight hours of shut-eye a night, visit this bed-and-bath shop’s first NYC location. The tranquil space is divided into four nicknamed areas: Awaken, located at the entrance, displays portable light panels ($160) and alarms ($120) that slowly bathe your room in light; the Refresh bar boasts custom-blended teas ($18), aromatherapy candles ($36–$58) and body products ($22–$66); the Relax area features sleepwear ($80–$400) for both sexes; and the Dream space contains two beds for testing out luxe pillows ($195–$675) and comforters ($650–$1,700). Pick up plush 850-thread-count goose-down pillows ($450–$675) and Oyuna cashmere throws ($1,475), or peppermint soaps ($10) and organic cypress bath soaks ($52) to help create a spa environment in your tub. 73 Wooster St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-756-1280, sleepstudio.com). Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.

  1. 73 Wooster St, (between Broome and Spring Sts)
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Vint & York Pop-Up

  • Price band: 2/4

For affordable vintage-inspired eyewear, head to the Greenpoint location of indie jewelry store Old Hollywood. Inside, you’ll find a temporary section dedicated to more than 30 different unisex frames ($109, including lenses) from locally designed e-commerce brand Vint & York. Bold colors and signature faux-wood detailing help the company stand out from its competition. Try on ombré acetate frames, updated cat-eye versions and matte faux bois looks, then place your order online and expect your specs to ship for free within five business days. 99 Franklin St between Greenpoint Ave and Milton St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-0837, vintandyork.com). Mon–Sat noon–8pm, Sun noon–7pm. Through Sept 5.

  1. 99 Franklin St, (between Greenpoint Ave and Milton St)
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