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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 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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Pret-a-Surf co-founder (and Annie Leibovitz's Studio Manager) Karen Mulligan prefers a hardcover book to a Kindle any day. When she's not managing the production of a women's surf gear line (perfect for both ready-to-surf and ready-to-wear) and organizing photo-shoots around the globe, Karen stays close to her West Village home. There, she frequents Three Lives & Company bookstore...a place where words like "iBook" and "Steve Jobs" are strictly left at the door.
I love books. Photography books. Fiction. Non-Fiction. Art. Cookbooks. Fashion. Travel. I read it all and I read a lot. With iBook, Kindle, Nooks, and chain bookstores, the corner shop bookstore has become obsolete. The days of sharing books, recommending your favorites and passing them along to your friends and family are over. An icon has replaced these moments. Luckily for me, I live in the West Village around the corner from Three Lives where books trump icons. Three Lives feeds my brain and my library. I visit regularly, and when I do, there is is often a lively discussion about books, culture or a topical event. The staff is warm and friendly and knowledgeable. They make suggestions...and good ones.
· Pret-a-Surf [Official Site]
· Three Lives & Company Bookstore [Official Site]