143 Division St., Chinatown
Conveniently located next door to the restaurant iteration of Dimes—if you're looking for the ingredients to recreate one of the bursting-with-flavor, health-centric dishes you've just consumed and can't stop thinking about, look no further. Dimes Market is a narrow, small but mighty, galley-style grocer, filled with all the provisions one needs to churn out delicious meals, snacks, and smoothies from the average tiny NYC kitchen (or if you're no home-cook, make your kitchen look pretty instead with the selection of linens, ceramics, and premium-grade olive oil also lining the shelves). A tight edit of only-the-best food purveyors, quality produce, all manner of powders and supplements, pretty utensils and, last, but not least, clean beauty products fill the space. Dimes market is the modern apothecary for the thoroughly modern shopper—because sometimes we need to pick up a side of aluminum-free deodorant alongside that bunch of greens and crate of grapefruit La Croix.
41 Elizabeth St. #302, Chinatown
Blurring the line between a modern aesthetic and ages-old craftsmanship, this mother-daughter furniture design studio produces unique, made-to-order sculptural pieces. The background is compelling: Helena Sultan, a former photographer and documentary film maker, founded the collection in 2015, extending her eye for the visual to the physical. Her daughter, Natasha Sultan, later joined after honing her skills in the world of contemporary and vintage jewelry. The duo produces compelling, timeless, design-forward furniture and accessories that encourage you to stop and take a moment: From the lounge chairs with hand-stitched detailing, to the side chairs with tapered legs, each piece boasts contours that seem to naturally fit the human form. It's worth a visit to the the recently-opened Chinatown location (note: it's best to make an appointment ahead).
37 Orchard St., Chinatown
Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria's concept shop on Orchard Street is part of the cadre of businesses blurring the boundaries between the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Barque and Faria originally met working at galleries, and their store is reflective of their art-inspired aesthetic, with reupholstered midcentury furniture, sculptural home accessories, and neon-tinged coffee table books. There's also a great selection of candles and quirky accessories, so it's a home-run for gifting.
Project No. 8
38 Orchard St., Chinatown
Sitting on the edge of Chinatown, this is one of those spare boutiques where everything is impeccably (and simply) designed, whether it's a leather mouse pad from Isaac Rena, a Lindsey Adelman necklace, or a funny little keychain from Various Projects. Their second boutique—in The Ace Hotel—is full of small objects and gifts, like knitted stuffed animals, simple gold rings, and PB0110 totebags.
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