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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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Journalist Sloane Crosley has written for Vice, The New York Times, Elle, Glamour and Vanity Fair, has written two books (I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number), edited The Best American Travel Writing 2011, and just released a Kindle single called "Up The Down Volcano." So yes, she definitely has a large variety of interests, which includes shopping at Global Table, her favorite Soho store that houses a hand carved cherry wood salad bowl that she's lusting after?for her next life.
I was introduced to Global Table years ago and immediately fell in love with it. The space is so charming without being overwhelmed with quirk. I've always had a tough time justifying purchases for myself here (do I really need a porcelain and glass decanter as tall as a bar stool? Or how about that hand carved cherry wood salad bowl with matching tongs? Maybe in my dream life?) but it's the perfect place for a gift when the mind blanks. Which mine does and often.
There's a kind of unidentifiable quality to the store—it's everyone's taste. I've bought wedding gifts, birthday gifts, thank you gifts and 'I've been an ass' gifts here. When one of my family members was bedridden, I got him a beautiful lacquered tray. They stock these giant vases and bowls, and they're generally reasonably priced. If they're not, there's a smaller version in a different color that's just as pretty and located on the next shelf over. Global Table's only drawback is that all these lovely breakable things are so close to the edges of surfaces. Best to walk softly and carry an unstructured purse.
· Global Table [Official Site]
· Sloane Crosley [Official Site]
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