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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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Fiona Byrne is the founder and editor of The Byrne Notice, a new online lifestyle endeavor that debuted a few days ago with a launch party at Noho's Acme restaurant. Her online bio goes a little something like this: "Fiona Byrne lives on the Lower East Side. Likes: chocolate, salted caramel, gelato, salted caramel gelato. Dislikes: When people misuse the word 'weary.' Would like to be friends with Judy Blume." One more like: Shi Eurasia, Byrne's favorite LES spot for specialty goods by way of Dublin and Asia.
I'm always telling people about Shi Eurasia, a small specialty grocery store on Orchard Street. Not only do they have all my favorites from Ireland including Pat The Baker loaves of bread and Tayto crisps, they also have foods from Australia (hi Tim Tams!), Scotland (Irn Bru!) Sweden as well as goodies from all over Asia (as the name suggests). It's so close to my apartment that running to the store is just like how it was when I lived in Dublin: I'd grab my chocolates, crisps, tea, bread, and baked beans. Oh how I love this place. Easter is on the way, and they currently have Cadbury Mini Eggs as well. And for an extra kick, they actually stock some great British memorabilia like William & Kate mugs.· The Byrne Notice [Official Site]
· Shi Eurasia [Official Site]
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