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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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Camilla Gale is one of the co-founders of Thistle & Clover, an awesome boutique located in the heart of Fort Greene. The content of their shop is carefully edited, showing off stacks of stunning wrought iron rings sandwiched between vintage books and cute-as-pie notecards (not to mention their selection of up-and-coming designers). The concept of their store is simple: They search the globe for enchanting and special pieces that are not easily located elsewhere—kind of like the mission behind Gale's favorite shop Greenlight Bookstore. Located on Fulton Street, this independent bookstore acts as a community gathering spot, bringing together Brooklyn locals with a passion for literature.—Yale Breslin
I was beyond thrilled when Greenlight Bookstore opened its doors in 2009. Founded by Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, the bookstore is a product of the Fort Greene community and has become an integral part of the neighborhood. It's open fairly late, and they host a multitude of events throughout the year, including readings and gatherings, while always nurturing new creative talent and showcasing local literary icons. I've spent literal hours combing their shelves regularly, and am always looking to their staff for on-point, under-the-radar recommendations.· Greenlight Bookstore [Official Site]
· Thistle & Clover [Official Site]