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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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Jenna Wilson, one of the co-founders behind bright and easy clothing line Ace & Jig, is originally from Vancouver, and like any transplant, she yearns for a little taste of home. With the Pacific Ocean a long ways away, she loves Red Hook's family-run soap shop Saipua for their close proximity to the water.—Yale Breslin
My most loved hidden gem is Saipua in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is my local go-to for unique artisanal floral arrangements as well as small batch olive oil soaps. The fact that it is a small family run business just adds to the character. I adore the intimacy of the wooden storefront, which feels like stepping into a snug weathered cottage on a windswept beach somewhere. And since it's located by the water, you literally smell the sea salt in the air.
The stunning floral arrangements are other-wordly in variety, ranging from simple to decadent. I wish this store existed when I was getting married! I'm blown away by the colors found in nature and the hand-selected blooms from this fantastic shop continue to provide a sweet source of inspiration. Their blog also hosts a 'free flowers Friday' where a reader can win one of their spectacular custom bouquets!· Saipua [Official Site]
· Ace & Jig [Official Site]