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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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Jenna Fain currently works at Bedrocket Media Ventures, which she calls a "next-generation" media company. Previously, she helped usher retailers like Club Monaco and Coach into the social age. She's also a voracious reader, a fanatical foodie, an occasional yogi, and a proud Brooklynite. When she needs to update her kitchen with new appliances and tools, she heads over to A Cook's Companion, her favorite way to waste away a Saturday afternoon.
Set on Atlantic Avenue, A Cook's Companion is a dream for Brooklyn's domestic set. Affectionately known to locals as the "Brooklyn Panhandler," it stocks cream-of-the-crop products like colorful Le Creuset cookware, Cuisinart appliances, and an impressive array of chef knives. The range of merchandise is trumped only by the store's amazing (read: low!) prices—usually 10-20% below retail. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly without being pesky. Whether I'm on the hunt for a new basting brush or an obscure culinary gadget, A Cook's Companion is that cozy little shop I can't walk out of empty-handed.· A Cook's Companion [Official Site]
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