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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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Gio Metodiev has come a long way since his days as a PR executive. He worked in-house at both Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana spearheading the brands' public relations initiatives, then set up shop as a shoe designer under the name Gio Diev.
I love checking out places like Clic and Posteritati Vintage Movie Posters on Centre Street, and all that art-gazing makes me very thirsty, so I love grabbing amazing and inexpensive Chilean wines from Puro Wine store just down the street. They specialize only in wine from Chile and they also apparently ship to 13 different states.
Luckily, I came upon Puro Wine just by walking around the area. I thought it was going to be one of those super snobby wine shops, but the staff are super friendly and very helpful. There's a young guy who works there and always recommends their best deals. I especially love their Sparking Rosé. It's totally delicious and I cook lots of Thai food at home so it works perfectly with the dishes. And the Puerto Viejo Pinot Noir is fantastic for the winter nights. It has a rich, smoky feel with a bit of black cherry.· Puro Wine [Official Site]
· Gio Diev [Official Site]
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