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Ariston Floral Boutique
425 Lexington Ave., Midtown
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.
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 6th Avenue , Times Square
If you have a stationery or sticker addict on your hands, they’re going to freak. This Japanese mega-store facing Bryant Park is one of our favorite midtown oases, and a solid option for a quick sushi cafeteria-style lunch. There’s an entire floor dedicated to Japanese manga comic books, a solid selection of design books and international fashion magazines, but the basement is the main draw. There, aisle after aisle is stuffed with an incredible array of Japanese stationery goods—adorable pens, pencils, notebooks, and erasers to last a lifetime.
620 8th Ave., Midtown
This Japanese export has been quietly opening outposts all over LA and NYC (the tiny to-go kiosk inside JFK's international terminal is particularly genius), though Muji goods have been shoppable at MoMA for years. The stores are simple in both concept and aesthetic: After all the brand is predicated on the idea that the best design is the least design. Minimalist fixtures and neutral color palettes are used to display the most well-designed utilitarian goods—housewares, t-shirts, stationery, and more—that are as functional as they are generic, which allows them to fit in every home regardless of sensibility.
Olde Good Things
149 Madison Ave., Midtown
Olde Good Things is a fantastic resource for high-end architectural salvage, which is sold as-is to be re-installed in new locations or repurposed into furniture and other décor items. Their New York showrooms in Midtown, Bowery, Union Square, and Chelsea (they also have one in LA) are jam-packed with period lighting, original doors, fireplace mantels, colorful stained glass, decorative iron, antique furniture, and more. For the most comprehensive view of their offerings, their website has a repository of all of the items in those showrooms and in their enormous Scranton, Pennsylvania warehouse.
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