Ladies and gents looking to add some variety to their wardrobes will love the selection at Star Struck—expect to find everything from well-worn Fleetwood Mac, GNR and Pink Floyd concert tees to vintage Christian Dior silk scarves. Complete your rock-star look with a vintage brass belt buckle and a hat from the extensive collection that includes cowboy hats, top hats in a range of neutrals, goes-with-everything fedoras and even pork pies.
This temple to curds has been selling quality cheeses to New Yorkers for years. Browse and sign up for classes at Murray's Cheese
You’ll be transported to Paris once you step inside this opulent bath-and-body shop. Rich burgundy carpets, gilded wallpaper, a gloriously huge chandelier and a mahogany desk that serves as the checkout area set the stage for the luxurious fragrances ($50–$300), candles ($20–$400), lotions, and soaps from brands like Diptyque and Annick Goutal. Curiosity cabinets house many of the store’s exclusives—the West Village outpost is the only location in the country to sell several items, including candles by Les Secrets Ladurée Paris.
The PPB's main focus is on couples looking to invigorate their sex lives with props, potions or costumes. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the store carries a huge number of toys, starting with cheap bullet vibes and topping out with $100-plus extreme dildos. The company's been in business since 1972, which makes Pink Pussycat a trusted name for dommes and submissives alike.
This stationery store—with exposed brick, cheerful floral wallpaper and a pink overhanging lamp—exudes West Village charm. It’s owned by sisters Amy Swanson and Beth Salvini, whose family has been in the printing biz for three generations, and nearly everything is designed in-house and produced on an old Gutenberg-style press. Aside from note cards and stationery, GLP also offers notebooks, rubber stamps, labels, gift tags and striking wrapping paper ($3–$5 a sheet).
By law, SoHo Trees—with nine tree-stand locations and one huge SoHo store—can’t officially open until after Thanksgiving, so hold off on heading over until then. When it does open, go wander among the trees and decorations to pick and choose—or have the store take care of all the trimming and shipping for you. You’re also welcome to just wander around and pretend you’re walking in a winter wonderland.
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; after a music career under the name 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 JellyBath foot soaks ($15). If you have garb you want to sell, drop by anytime, and Palterman will take a look at it—if she likes what she sees, you’ll get half of the price when it sells.
Guilt-free shopping surfaces in the West Village with this nonprofit thrift shop’s second store (the original is in Gramercy). Both donate all proceeds to the United Jewish Council of the East Side (ujces.org), which works to preserve the Lower East Side community. Sift through men’s and women’s clothing ($30–$600) hanging from reclaimed pipe racks, and browse accessories ($15–$400) displayed in an original Tiffany jewelry case. We spotted accessories such as Versace ($60) and Pucci ($80) neckties, Fendi leather handbags ($95) and Givenchy platforms ($100). The threads pack the same designer punch, with 1990s Betsey Johnson grunge dresses ($120) and a ’70s Yves Saint Laurent patterned blouse ($175). An Etro military jacket ($165) and vintage Nick Cave concert tee ($65) are highlights for guys.
Here’s where the magic happens: At Jacques Torres’s Hudson Street retail location, kids can peer through the glass wall to the chocolate factory’s floor, where cocoa and sugar are processed into chocolate. (Of course, you can buy it here, too.)
Nylon messenger bags sporting the skyline label and zippered sweatshirt hoodies are just the tip of the iceberg at this New York-born chainlet. You'll find reasonably-priced items for the entire for the family, including Brooklyn-emblazoned onesies, casual pants for men and graphically printed dresses.