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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Lauren DeCarlo is currently in the process of editing the Winter 2012 edition of New York Weddings, so you might call her a wedding expert. Previously, she edited New York magazine's first-ever standalone Design Hunting issue, and she's also been the senior editor at NBC's TheFeast.com (which has since shuttered), senior editor at Manhattan magazine, fashion news editor at Lucky, and a reporter at WWD. When you're considering party favors, Decarlo will point you in one direction—towards By Brooklyn, a spot in Cobble Hill that will not only make your life easier, but also supports local talent.
When you're planning your wedding, there are a few big ticket items that require lots of consideration: the gown, the venue, the caterers, etc. Some tasks—like favors, welcome baskets or gifts for your bridal party—are often left for the last minute. Make life easier and get everyone's gifts at By Brooklyn. Everything in the store is made in Brooklyn, so you can bet that your relatives (and maybe even your coolest friends) haven't gotten their hands on these goods yet.
For grooms or maids, pick up reclaimed slate cheeseboards, Bittermens Bitters, or sweetly scented candles by Brooklyn Flavors. If you're doing a signature cocktail with ginger, give mini-bottles of Morris Kitchen's ginger syrup for favors. I also love the Gowanus Canal glass water bottle for a favor. For welcome baskets you can't go wrong with their selection of sweets. My faves: Davis' Famous' Pistachio Crack, Spoonable's caramel sauce, and bergamot-flavored salt water taffy by Salty Road. Grab a handful of sea salt caramels by Liddabit Sweets for the walk home. They are outrageously delicious.· By Brooklyn [Official Site]
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