Husband-and-wife team Aslan and Jenn Cattaui fill their cozy 450-square-foot store with the stuff kids dig—Junk Food tees, Uglydolls and vintage wear that’ll make parents envious. The shop mainly focuses on the under-six set, but the Cattauis also stock pieces like retro-inspired band tees for older children.
A Gucci men’s suit for $300? A Marc Jacobs cashmere sweater for less than $200? Stella McCartney sunglasses for a scant $40? No, you’re not dreaming—you’re shopping at Century 21. You may have to rummage to unearth a treasure, but with savings from 25% to 75% off regular store prices, this is a goldmine for less-minted fashion addicts.
This restored 19th-century print shop makes quirky, retro-chic designs with on-site vintage presses. Find original letterpress note cards ($4) and customized stationery. plus quirky gifts like Yellow Owl Workshop stamp sets depicting mod sea and landscape designs ($38).
The thought of a department store usually conjures images of massive crowds and messy racks, but this modern spot is the antidote to typical multibrand behemoths. The store is the first of its kind for the company (it hopes to expand to London and Paris) and features both trendy and classic womenswear ($35–$600) from 21 under-the-radar European brands such as Veneno en la Piel, Goldie London and Trollied Dolly. Look for ultragirly clothing pieces, including Miss Patina sheer blouses with lace collars ($68) and chiffon maxidresses ($75), mixed with edgier duds, such as Toni Francesc slouchy jumpsuits ($353) and Sylvia Lee draped miniskirts ($250). Among the accessories are Rock & Royal stone necklaces ($110–$360) and the Leather Satchel Co. colorful leather tote bags ($145–$195), spread throughout the store. Perforated oxfords ($59) and hidden-heel leopard-print sneakers ($85) from the store’s parent company, Le Bunny Bleu, are stylishly lined against a back wall. So far, just the first floor is open to shoppers, but the store plans to expand, with kids’ clothes on the second floor and menswear on the third.
Chefs and restaurant insiders have known about this kitchenware specialty shop since it opened in 1982. Lucky for us non–Top Chefs, the showroom finally welcomed the public in 2002, allowing anyone to snag Japanese- and Western-style knives ($30–$5,800) and specialty tablewares ($2–$600), like a plum-shaped soy sauce dish ($4). One of the highlights of the high-ceilinged space, lined with Japanese Shoji sliding wooden doors, is the opportunity to watch house knife master Chirau Sugai sharpen customers’ cutters (the service costs $15–$25) in a glass room. Sugai also offers free sharpening demo classes (Tue, Sat 2pm; reservations required), but before you get in on the action, score Misono Swedish steel knives with dragon graphics engraved on the blades ($65–$210) or Togiharu hammered-texture steel knives ($50–$150). If Martha Stewart is your homegirl, you’ll be itching to use the store’s eye-catchingly colorful printed plate sets (five for $29), Toruku Blue Nanban rectangle dishes ($13), cherry-printed chopsticks ($15) and Mishima Donabe flower-patterned ceramic pots ($25) for your next dinner party. Or make any pregame that much cooler by snagging a modern clear-glass sake carafe with a blue ice reservoir ($11).
This rustic shop is a South Street Seaport gem: Catering to mutts both large and small, owner Amanda Zink holds events like "Puppy Proms" and has "Santa Paws" visits at Christmastime. Among the boutique's amusing offerings are L.A. label Shabby Dog T-shirts, emblazoned with cheeky sayings like MY OTHER LEASH IS A GUCCI and TOO CUTE TO FETCH ($26), and thirst-quenching Bowser beer ($4) made with beef broth for the dog days of summer. Collars range from simple rope styles ($18) to design-your-own leather pieces ($100), though customers go barking mad for the tough nylon all-weather coats ($40--$65), which can be custom-fitted for every size and are inspired by racing horses.
The Oculus is the world’s most expensive train station, so it makes sense that it threw in a brand-new mall, too. The new shopping center has posh stores like Lacoste and UK-based Westfield, the latter of which invested 1.4 billion bucks into the project. Not too shabby.