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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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Rachel Jacoby began her editorial career at InStyle and InStyle Weddings as an assistant editor, and later, as a fashion news writer for the InStyle site. She's also worked at HGTV Magazine (as a part of the core launch staff), Major League Baseball and Bridal Guide Magazine. Currently, she's the online features editor at SELF. When she's not at the office, she's running the streets of Brooklyn, shopping online, going to concerts, and checking out her favorite local record shop in Greenpoint.
Whenever I need a pick me up, I don't head to the salon or to the jewelry store—I head to Record Grouch. Just a few blocks from my apartment in Greenpoint, this relatively new shop sells exactly what it says it does: vinyl. My fiancé and I have been listening to records since I bought him a vintage record player for his birthday a few years back. The sound quality is incomparable, and Record Grouch has everything I could ever want: Paul Simon's Graceland, Phish's Junta, or even Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. Imagine a hipster shop carrying a mainstream record in the most hipster neighborhood. To me, it's like heaven.
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