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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 of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our island (and beyond) 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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Katherine Krause is the Editorial Director of Dossier, the bi-annual arts and culture journal that is homegrown and produced in New York. It incorporates the worlds of photography, fashion and creative writing, and hails from the French word for "file". Part of the magic is that Dossier, while independently published and owned, has no themes or required guidelines to their issues. Therefore, the content is geared to what they want to produce, and what they know their readers will want to read. And while Beall and Belle hasn't made it into the pages of Dossier yet, we're psyched that Katherine told us about it for our Shopping Confidential feature. Day trip anyone? —Yale Breslin
I think part of what makes Beall and Bell so amazing is that they are located in the North Fork of Long Island. Place this store in the Hamptons or New York City, and it could run the risk of being just another antique store. However, being tucked away in the tiny town of Greenport and housed in a former Masonic temple gives them a few advantages.
Owners Virginia and Kenneth have tons of space to display their wares, so everything is beautifully styled. The set-up allows you to imagine exactly how that coffee table or lamp might look in your house, as opposed to the set-up of cluttered antique stores where everything is so jumbled. Most importantly, the prices are completely reasonable with a large 19th Century butcher block farm table costing you $700 to $1000 or a pair of matching mid-century lamps costing $60 to $100.
I think they can keep the prices so low because they have a serious cult following—myself included—making their turn-over very quick. Half of my furniture and definitely my most loved pieces all originate from B&B. Chances are, if you think about something for more than a week, it is gone. Each Thursday they open the shop after scouring the East Coast for treasures all week—making the best time to go when they open Thursday afternoon.· Beall & Belle[Official Site]
· Dossier Journal[Official Site]