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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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Megan Deem is one of the senior editors at InStyle, where she writes and edits copy for the Your Look and Shop It sections of the magazine, as well as the monthly Man of Style feature and the Ask a Designer page. She lives in Union Square and loves to frequent Idlewild Books, which she conveniently discovered while walking her dog, DB, who she describes as "The World's Most Adorable Pug."
The literary offerings at Idlewild Books are organized by country, not publisher, and include way more than the typical travel guide-fare—or than what you'd find on your own searching Amazon. The section on Istanbul, for example, could contain works by Orhan Pamuk or a guide to regional cuisine among the Fodor's, Lonely Planets, Luxe Guides, and Streetwise maps. The staff is beyond knowledgeable about what's stocked on the shelves and definitely won't let you purchase something you don't need (such as three maps on Barcelona when two will be plenty). For the birthday of my good friend, accessory designer Jennifer Behr, I found a compilation of Parisian stores that specialize in handmade items and a new mystery novel set in France for her to take with her to Paris Fashion Week.
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