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Travel: NYC Shopping

This piece formed part of a "where to go for Valentine's weekend". Each contributor wrote about their romantic spots near Cape Town. I decided to stay in town to explore its possibilities...


Melet Mercantile
Make an appointment before showing up at Melet Mercantile, a carefully crafted vintage showroom that, once inside you see why it’s one of New York’s best kept shopping secrets. Bob Melet travels the world in search of truly one of kind pieces, and reinvents his store four times a year to display his unique finds.

84 Wooster Str (btwn Spring Str & Broome Str)

Goods for the Study
This is a companion store by McNally Jackson Books owner Sarah McNally. While both stores are dedicated to intellectual pursuits, this new outpost, sunnily outfitted with crisp white walls and light wood accents, offers the tools needed to create a workspace. It’s impossible not to leave inspired.

234 Mulberry Str (btwn Prince Str & Spring Str)

A display of the best in every-day items from around the globe, focusing on a particular country’s merchandise for four to five months then switching to another. Everything is reasonably priced, practical, and whimsical on a worldly level. This is the go-to for unique gifts for any and every occasion.

95 Spring Str (Prince Str & Spring Str)

The Impossible Project
The heart and starting point for lovers of analog instant photography. You’ll find a retail section for purchasing cameras  films, accessories, and books, as well as an exhibition space. Their exhibits feature well-known photographers like Autumn de Wilde, Maurizio Galimberti, and others who consider analog instant photography an art form.

5th Floor 425 Broadway (btwn Howard Str & Canal Str)

The Evolution Store
Depending on your tolerance for macabre oddities of nature, this store is almost worth a visit in itself, catering to children and parents alike with an impressive array of unique natural history collectibles usually found only in museums.  It may just be the only store in New York where you can satisfy those elusive cravings for candied scorpions.
120 Spring Str (btwn Greene Str & Mercer Str)


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