Your Personal Concierge
Top Picks for Specialty Stores in the City
There’s no shortage of specialty retail stores in New York City—carrying everything from 18th Century buttons to quirky toys and figurines. Susanne Carter, Chef Concierge at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, shares her top picks for specialty stores in the city. Tucked away on the sixth floor of a commercial building in Midtown West is Worth & Worth By Orlando Palacios. The hat shop, which carries styles for both men and women, boasts a small selection of ready-to-wear hats. Customers can get hats made to order from the intimate workshop behind the showroom. “If you are ready for a new hat and you don’t know what exactly you are looking for, Worth & Worth’s warm and knowledgeable staff will help you decide,” Carter says. “W & W is a real five-star experience.” Those looking for a knockout dress for a special occasion should head to Blue (248 Mott St., near Prince St., 212.228.7744), an East Village boutique that specializes in wedding, bridesmaids and cocktail dresses made to order. “This is one of my favorites,” Carter says—noting that she had her own wedding dress made at the shop. “Designer Christina Kara has an eye for elegance and style,” she continues. “Her works of art are a combination of a traditional line with a modern twist and absolutely unique and tailored to your own style.” The reasonably priced wedding dresses take about six months to make. For merchandise of the whimsical variety, Carter suggests HomBoms Toys, which has three locations in Manhattan. “You will find anything from mass-market toys to ones that are more about creativity and education, as well as the classics,” Carter says. “They also offer fast delivery service.” Another toy store Carter recommends is the East Village’s Dinosaur Hill, which is located on a quaint and charming block in the popular Manhattan neighborhood. “You do not have to have children to love this adorable store,” she says. “The interior is filled with an exquisite display of unusual and unique items—like Tibetan hand puppets and beautiful marionettes.” Customers can even get their purchases gift wrapped, which Carter describes as “so beautiful and creative it is a gift in itself.” Those who want to browse the shelves, as opposed to buying books online, should head to Rizzoli Bookstore. The shop rests in an elegant six-story townhouse, complete with a vaulted ceiling and cast iron chandeliers, which “makes it a serene oasis in Midtown Manhattan.” The store carries an extensive selection of coffee-table books and current publications. European books and magazines can be found on the second floor. “The music collection is eclectic and visiting the store is a real experience,” Carter says.