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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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Katie Deedy is the founder of a company called Grow House Grow, where she designs narrative-inspired hand-printed wallpaper, as well as fabrics and handcrafted tiles. Each pattern has a specific story/inspiration, which have included everything from female scientists to vanishing hotels. She currently lives in Bushwick, but when she heads to Williamsburg, she makes sure to stop by the quaint gift shop inside the City Reliquary Museum.
One of my favorite stores is the gift shop at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg. It's actually a charming museum filled with NYC-centric historical odds-and-ends (like the First Avenue Deli sign!), but it's so much more. They have a small shop up front, and they occasionally sell items from their more contemporary exhibits and events. I just bought my new beach umbrella there—they had an exhibit/party for Embee Sunshade, one of north Brooklyn's last manufacturers. The shop beautiful and oh-so-New York, and the people who run it are absolutely fantastic.
· Grow House Grow [Official Site]
· City Reliquary [Official Site]
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