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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 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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Michael Schwartz manages Nouveau-PR, an agency that reps über-hip clients like Mandy Coon, Risto, and A.F. Vandervorst. On his down time, Schwartz likes to do two things, ideally together: shop and drink. That's why he visits Dress Shoppe II in the East Village, where he stocks up on beautiful Indian gear, then heads right across the street for what might be NYC's best slushy tequila drink.—Yale Breslin
I would have to say that one of my favorite shops is Dress Shoppe II at 83 Second Ave. This is probably one of my favorite East Village stores because upon walking in, you discover some of the most beautiful Indian relics, which include antique saris from the early 1900s when they were actually still threaded with real silver. Not that I walk around wearing saris, but they make awesome covers over dresses and great runners on tables. They even work really well as drapes. I also have a love from the broken clay deity masks that hang all over the shop. Aside from the being my favorite shop, it's directly across from my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant Henrietta's (which happens to have the best and strongest margiratas in town).· Nouveau-PR [Official Site]