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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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Designer Michelle Zacks started a blog called Holy Tee where she would post a photo of a t-shirt every day. Over time, the idea for a clothing collection based on the concept of a perfectly worn ("holey") tee started to emerge, and that's how Holy Tee was born. The collection is now carried in retailers such as Net-A-Porter and Shopbop. Here, the designer fills us in on her favorite East Village shop for plants, gems, and more.
I used to live down the street from Gea's Garden Jewels, a nothing-too-unusual-from-the-outside garden store. There's a huge variety of rare plants and succulents literally sitting on and hanging from every surface. My home is filled with many plants that I've gotten from this store, some over 10 years old now. The guy behind the counter will even re-pot your new plant for you if you buy a planter from there, no problem.
The real amazingness about this place is what's inside all the glass cases that line the walls of this tiny shop. Inside you'll find everything from turquoise and amber jewelry, all types of crystals and minerals, and other little treasures like porcupine quills, tiny pyramids and other Southwest/Aztec relics. If you're a lover of small details like I am, then this is a place you're going to want to spend some time digging through.· Holy Tee [Official Site]
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