Shopping in New York this weekend? Here are 15 stores with cool perks

Shop like a pro, and never miss out on the best perks and freebies while shopping in New York

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The best shops in New York offer the most experience for your buck. We took it up a notch and scoped out the stores that offer a bit more. From best deals, perks and awesome freebies—these are the shops that will leave you smiling.

1. If you burn through your smartphone battery faster than the money in your wallet, this Urban Outfitters location conveniently offers free plug-in charging lockers for you to power up while you shop. 526 Sixth Ave at 14th St (646-638-1646, urbanoutfitters.com)

2. Shopping in Soho sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon—until nature calls. Head to Saturdays Surf NYC for the best in-store bathrooms we’ve visited—the sunny salvaged-wood and surf decor feel like paradise. Runners-up: Brooks Brothers and Henri Bendel. 31 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-7875, saturdaysnyc.com)

3. Inside C. Wonder’s delightful dressing rooms, you’ll find digital screens that can be adjusted to mimic daytime, club or bedroom lighting. They also double as jukeboxes with premade playlists, so you can create your own fashion show. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway (212-956-9760, cwonder.com)

4. Not only does Brooklyn Denim Co. offer one of the city’s best selections of high-quality denim, it also provides free hemming with purchase, so your jeans will always have the perfect fit. 85 North 3rd St at Wythe Ave, suite 101, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-2600, brooklyndenimco.com)

5. Thirsty? Browsing through the diamonds with a sales associate at Tiffany & Co. will get you a free glass of champagne, so go ahead and channel your inner Holly Golightly. 727 Fifth Ave between 56th and 57th Sts (212-755-8000, tiffany.com)

6. Try on luxurious silk and lace lingerie at Journelle while a friendly saleswoman urges you to gorge on complimentary chocolates. 1266 Third Ave between 72nd and 73rd Sts (212-255-7804, journelle.com)

7. Attention, young scholars: Grab your student ID and prepare for your dream internship or first job interview by taking advantage of Ann Taylor’s 15 percent discount for students. Locations throughout the city; visit anntaylor.com

8. Apart from checking coats, storing packages, and offering free beverages and excellent shopping assistance, the Macy’s visitors' center at Herald Square will book tickets and hotels in a multitude of languages—just in case you want to play tourist for a day. 151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave (212-695-4400, macys.com)

9. Work in the media? West Village women’s boutique Tracy Reese offers a media discount with proper proof. (Rebecca Taylor, Vince and lots of stores around town offer similar deals, so it never hurts to ask.) 641 Hudson St between Gansevoort and Horatio Sts (212-807-0505, tracyreese.com)

10. Makeup powerhouse Sephora is the best spot to pick up your favorite beauty essentials and skin-care regimens. You can even ask a sales assistant to make you a sample of any skin-care product in the store—without the pressure to purchase. 555 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-625-1309, sephora.com)

11. Purchasing furniture for your space is already pricey and enough to drain your bank account. Plus, no one wants the additional cost of delivery and assembly fees. Luckily, International Furniture Co. saves you cash and time by delivering and assembling your furniture for—yep, you guessed it—free. 113 Bowery between Grand and Hester Sts (212-925-7477, internationalfurniturenyc.com)

12. Head to Onassis Clothing for some affordable, high-quality menswear, and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee (courtesy of the charming built-in café) while you shop. 71 Greene St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-966-8869, onassisclothing.com)

13. Stepping into Keihl’s is basically like Christmas. The store is bright, beautifully decorated and friendly. The best part? A sales representative will load you up with a bundle of fantastic free samples at the checkout counter. 109 Third Ave between 13th and 14th Sts (212-677-3171, kiehls.com)

14. Shopping on a hot summer day quickly becomes an excursion to quench your thirst. Head to J.Crew where you can request a mini-bottle of Poland Spring water to hydrate while you shop. 99 Prince St between Greene and Mercer Sts (212-966-2739, jcrew.com)

15. MAKIÉ Clothier not only carries the most adorable, handmade gifts and clothing for babies and toddlers, but also offers very intricate complimentary gift wrap. Your gift box is dressed in colorful bows and decorated with a vibrant orange feather for a touch of pizzazz. This is the perfect shop for picking up a last-minute gift on your way to a baby shower or children’s birthday party. 109 Thompson St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-625-3930)


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