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For this week's edition of Critical Shopper, Alexandra Jacobs went to Brooklyn's Dekalb Market. Once inside, she headed to Kooj, but left empty handed because "it makes me sweat when I can't pace several cubits before considering a purchase." Then, she went to Dog Tag Designs, where "a comic-book blond beauty" was selling costume jewelry. Her ending thought: "This little community of shopkeepers is tremendously endearing, their relaxation contagious. They chat and smoke, and open when they please — and never before the civilized hour of 10 a.m." [NYT]