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Areaware's holiday Stop Shop pop-up is a curated collection of unique, high design gifts options in the middle of a neighborhood known more for falafel and porn. Squatting in the same Port Authority space that hosted the first Save Fashion, Stop Shop is sort of a cooler, more expensive, skewed-older Urban Outfitters stocked with upscale novelties and impulse purchases. You certainly don't need hyper-realistic metallic piggy banks, artisinal dinnerware printed with red-winged blackbirds, or cast plaster rollerskates—but these artful oddities would make delightful presents for that slightly hard-to-shop-for art snob on your list.
Open through January 2nd, the quirky merchandising and retro-ridiculous holiday displays definitely make a visit worthwhile even if you're not in the market for Kid Robot, those ceramic deli coffee mug dealies, or a new STRiDA folding mini-bike. That said, a trip is very necessary for independent designer clothing whores. Find a selection of Kenzo Minami tees starting at $50; woolly United Bamboo outerwear starting at about $500 (prices are about 25% below retail); plus a fine selection of wearables by A Détacher, threeASFOUR, Cheap Monday and Rogan. Then, since you're in the neighborhood, you might as well pick up some falafel and porn.
· Spot Check: Gifts for Arty Tourists at Areaware [Racked]
· Areaware Stop Shop [Official Site]