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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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NY-based writer Alex Catarinella may have thick "Italian hair", but he knows how to deal with it. In between scribing for the digital endeavors of i-D, V Magazine, Huffington Post and Blackbook, he ventures inside this makeshift Williamsburg salon, where he gets his tresses trimmed while indulging in one of the best head massages he's ever had. The tough-to-find Salon 87 is an appointment-only shop where texting the owner is often the best method of gaining access. Do you have his digits? Alex clearly does.
Like most New Yorkers, I love a good deal. But with my thick Italian hair that grows like a Chia pet on Miracle Grow, I require a haircut at least every three weeks. A good haircut experience usually isn't cheap in this town, and despite my buddies who swear by the barber shop thing, I have yet to convert. Nothing against barber shops, but haircut time for me is what I imagine yoga time is like...relaxing with the end result hopefully being you looking hotter. Which is why I swear by Japanese hair salons. My first encounter with a Japanese salon was at this cozy salon complete with a super cute staff rocking their head-turning looks, with haircuts at affordable prices. When my hairstylist left and opened up his new venture with his wife, they set up Salon 87, a salon in their massive Williamsburg loft.
A men's haircut is only $35 and a female's $40, and they even do Japanese hair straightening. It's quite the quintessential Williamsburg hole-in-the-wall experience. You enter the salon (which basically is a living room converted into a salon) through a gate on the side of The Roebling Tea Room building, and briefly walk through a colorfully graffiti-colored alley. In short, it's professional, awesome cuts with crazy good prices. I guess it's now no longer my best kept secret.
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