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1) Blue Ribbon General Store: Initially, we thought that the papered-up exterior of Blue Ribbon General Store hid shelves filled with gourmet foodstuffs. But now the place is open, and it's actually stocked with books, gifty items and toys. Founder Ann Lopatin has a wealth of retail experience: she toiled at Coach, Ralph Lauren and Talbots before deciding to strike out on her own. 365 State St at Bond St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; (718) 522-9848 [Racked Staff; Brownstoner]
2) Urban Zen: Donna Karan's philanthropic arm, the Urban Zen Initiative, now has its own boutique. The vegan designer, a fan of yoga and eastern medicine, started the project after being frustrated by the shortcomings in our medical system that she noticed during her husband's battle with cancer. The Shophound, who visited the space, describes it as such: "The store...[is] classic Donna in her spiritual, world roaming mode. The space is whitewashed and furnished with natural materials and artifacts from her travels and, unlike her other stores, features other designers in addition to the Urban Zen label. The house brand consists of the kind of soft, drapey, layered dressing that never goes out of style for a certain customer." 705 Greenwich St between Charles and W 10th St; (212) 206-3999 [The Shophound]
3) Zakka: Clothing, housewares, books, music and toys are some of the items offered at this design-focused shop. The store, which had originally opened in Soho, recently made the move to Dumbo after nabbing a larger space there. Zakka also features a Creator's Market space, where up-and-comers can display their wares. 155 Plymouth St between Jay and Pearl Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn; (phone number n/a) [Dumbo NYC]