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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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Andrew Kibble is the creative director and founder of nCuddly Monkey, a new line of colorful canvas tote bags. He considers himself a do-it-yourself kind of guy—always fixing things around his home and more often than not, taking on the role of handyman himself. So he's a supporter of Soho's OK Hardware, where it's all about customer service.
In an age of sprawling, big-box hardware chains, it's refreshing to see a store like OK Hardware hold their own. A quaint hardware store located in Soho, it's fully equipped with all the do-it-yourself essentials. It feels family-owned and the sales consultants are incredibly knowledgeable about the tools that they're selling. I can go in there with a vague idea of what I want to design or fix, and the sales consultant can tell me exactly how to do it and what I need for the job.· Cuddly Monkey [Official Site]
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