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Don't forget: You have until midnight on Sunday to submit a nomination to the Hottest Shopkeeper contest. Whoever sends in the best nomination will get two tickets to the MTK Festival, a weekend-long music-and-fashion extravaganza in East Hampton. To enter, just email email@example.com with a photo of your suggestion for NYC's cutest retail worker, whether that person is a store owner or an employee. [Previously]