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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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On her website "House of McNairy," Lia McNairy blogs about stylish ideas for a beautiful life. It also helps that she's married to Mark McNairy, the designer who has made a name for himself with colorful brogues, quirky ties, and acid camo expo shorts. Together, they ensure their son Ryder is dressed to kill, outfitting him from Makie, a children's shop in SoHo that has everything from cashmere sweaters to army green parkas.
"My favorite hidden gem is a children's store named Makie at 109 Thompson Street. I've been shopping there for my son Ryder since he was born for classic and well-made pieces like coats, blazers, sweatshirts, shoes, cashmere sweaters, shearling mittens, blankets, and stuffed animals. The owner is Japanese and the quality and attention to detail is outstanding. Last summer I bought Ryder a pair of sandals that looked like mini Birkenstocks. I literally could not walk down the street without someone stopping me. My sister-in-law Harumi just got him the army green raincoat with the charcoal fleece lining for his birthday and it's AMAZING! Oh and did I mention it's also my go to spot for baby presents like little shearling fur booties?