Fans of this quirky design shop were bummed when it lost its Soho lease earlier this year, but luckily they didn’t have to wait too long for its return. Kiosk’s Noho pop-up is scheduled to stay open through early 2015, and like the original, this outpost features a variety of whimsical curiosities from around the world. Think geometric watering cans ($24), Finnish hangers ($18) and cartoon masks from Mexico ($28).
Head first to this West Village outpost to find a flirty spring dress on a budget, and it’ll likely be your last stop (we recommend scanning the racks for locally made frocks by Kisses by Darling and Raquelle ($128–$328). Fresh flowers displayed throughout match the sunny disposition of the staff. Tables and chairs bordered by ivy-covered walls make for the perfect rest stop for shopping buddies (even four-legged ones) when the backyard garden isn’t being used for vintage sales in the summer. Other dresses range from $98 to $398 and tops cost $50 to $225, with the average vintage necklace ringing in at $58.
Look for the deep blue awning on Bleecker Street and venture inside to scope out high-end paraphernalia from brand names like Sheldon Black, Medicali and JBD. The clerks are reputably knowledgeable and can service all your tricked-out pieces and one-of-a-kind accessory needs. Make sure to ask about Illadelph Glass products—they’re beautifully crafted and come in many different iterations.
This temple to curds has been selling quality cheeses to New Yorkers for years. Browse and sign up for classes at Murray's Cheese
This French brand is family-owned, so expect a homey feel at its new West Village outpost. Unwind in the Parisian-flavored space, discuss your skin-care needs with on-site experts and shop high-end beauty products, such as the 'So Intense' volumizing mascara ($67). The store houses a spa “cabine” and private makeup room so you can splurge on a full facial (60mins $200) and get a free makeup application.
Gift-giving is a whole lot easier with this cozy West Village boutique, whose selection of pretty, tasteful items—ranging from handmade jewelry ($30–$150) to artisanal home goods ($15–$50)—offers something for every hostess, birthday girl and bride-to-be in your life. Reclaimed-wood shelving showcases Julie Nolan’s brass-disc pendants featuring astrological constellations ($45) and Coatt’s Morse-code necklaces that spell out love, peace and friend in gold-filled dots and dashes ($36). Considerosity also specializes in items that are practical (S’well colorful stainless-steel water bottles, $35), thoughtful (West Third Brand daily affirmation wish candles, $16) and just plain delicious (Macaron Café macaron gift boxes, $14–$49).
In operation since 1965, this friendly West Village institution sells all manner of fetish attire, as well as books, sex toys, magazines and plenty more.
Love A.P.C. but hate the prices? Then head over to A.P.C. Surplus, where you can snag overstocked and unsold A.P.C. merchandise for up to 70 percent off.
What started with two Austrian students discovering a small Russian camera in the 1990s resulted in a company, community and movement based on experimental, color-saturated snapshots taken with Lomo cameras. This one-stop analog shop attracts everyone from amateur photogs to School of Visual Art professors with its diverse array of color-splash, instant and fish-eye point-and-shoots; instructive and historical photo books; and easy-to-use Diana, Action and 35mm cams. While the “Lomowall” covered in prints lends the store a distinct gallery vibe, the shop also offers weekly workshops, negative processing ($7–$20) and monthly DJ parties.
Designer Marc Jacobs’s West Village empire continues to expand with the opening of this high-fashion bookstore, which has replaced the beloved Biography Book Shop. Though Biography’s blond-wood shelving remains, its memoirs have been replaced with coffee-table tomes, such as House of Versace ($26), artist Dawn Mellor’s namesake book depicting nightmarish renditions of pop icons ($35) and shutterbug Mario Testino’s photographic ode to muse Kate Moss ($700). It’s not all glossy photos, though: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ($25) leans against a dishy book about Hollywood scandals ($25). There are also Marc Jacobs–branded souvenirs galore, including condoms packaged in matchbooks ($2), broken-heart compacts ($5), USB cassette tapes ($15), lipstick-shaped pens ($4) and canvas Bookmarc totes emblazoned with a pixelated lightbulb ($20)—perhaps the only MJ handbag that falls within your budget.