37 E. 18th St., Chelsea
If you're renovating, this is the place to go for absolutely any style of tile. Their library is vast and they carry a variety of materials including stone, wood, leather, and porcelain. There's also a location in Midtown.
Ariston Floral Boutique
110 W. 17th St., Chelsea
Ariston is a great go-to florist for Manhattan flower deliveries. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Midtown, and the website has a wide array of flowers and plants to choose from: Green cymbidium orchids mixed with hydrangea, peonies, and callas, Bird of Paradise plants, and much more. Their bread and butter, though, is the kind of compact glass-vase arrangements that are particularly brilliant for brightening an office desk.
449 W. 14th St., Chelsea
At this legendary boutique—an early pioneer in the Meatpacking/Chelsea area—you'll find all the big brands from Alaia to Dries van Noten to Prada, each with its own rack and an eager sales person nearby. The house DJ in his booth may be a sign of better times now past, but it's still a worthy shopping venue. (And if you're ever in Atlanta, you have to go to the original.)
245 W. 29th St., Ste. 1501, Chelsea
John Robshaw continually conjures new designs for textiles and accordingly, the showroom (by appointment only) carries a staggeringly impressive range of his signature colorful, printed bedding, furniture, pillows, blankets, and shams. It's the perfect place to hit up for finishing touches.
146 W. 22nd St., Chelsea
This is where you should go to to outfit a classy man cave. It's also a good place to find one-of-a-kind antiques in general. You'll find big industrial pieces alongside Hermes travel bags, Louis Vuitton trunks, and designer furniture by people like Isamu Noguchi and Jean Prouvé. And, fittingly, come here if you’re looking to outfit a bar.
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., Chelsea
Family-owned for 20-odd years, Posman Books has managed to stay both independent and right in the mainstream: Instead of gravitating to quiet neighborhood corners, they look for spaces in two of the city’s most bustling centers—Chelsea Market and Rockefeller Center. It’s wise, because they’re thriving, and offering a great array of books, toys, games, and cards in the process.
Steven Alan Annex
140 Tenth Ave., Chelsea
We head to Steven Alan for the perfectly tailored yet lived-in men's and women's shirting that comes in an endless variety of plaids and stripes. Beyond that, it's the relaxed mix of pieces from designers like A.P.C, Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, that keeps us coming back. The outpost in Tribeca is the flagship and the original, though there are now locations scattered around the city. They have a home goods shop, too.
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