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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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Virginia native Mia Tucker Wiliams moved to NYC and began her career as a stylist in 2007. She spent some time interning for stylists while simultaneously working backstage as a dresser during New York Fashion Week, which lead to gigs with Vogue Latin America, John Frieda, and Elements magazine. Based out of a Brooklyn studio, MTW is a big supporter of local designers, and she's been known to rummage through The Shops, a selection of stores and boutiques from Brooklyn entrepreneurs.
When I'm not working, I like to venture over to The Shops at 145 Front Street in Dumbo. What I like about The Shops is that it's an intimate little cluster of retail stores owned by young Brooklyn entrepreneurs, so when I purchase something I feel like I'm supporting my local community. I happen to be a bit of an accessories junkie and I can always find unique pieces of handmade jewelry there. They have everything from couture paper dolls to antiques to contemporary art so there is something for everyone. It's also a great shopping destination if you're buying a gift. I often find unique little "thank you" gifts for my clients, and to me, this is one of the coolest spots in Brooklyn.· Mia Tucker Williams [Official Site]
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