Forget Williamsburg! Skip Soho! Dare to expand your shopping horizons and boldly go where few intrepid fashionistas have gone...gasp....Jackson Heights, Queens!
For a swipe on your metro card you can (and should) check out the various private gardens along 34th and 35th Avenues.
Alright, that's enough fresh air. We are here to shop after all. This time around skip the multitude of Indian boutiques and satisfy your shopping cravings at a darling little gift shop called LOCKWOOD at 77-13 37th Avenue. I love the quirky selection of candles, limited edition totes, tees,jewelry, gorgeous cards and coordinating wrapping paper.
Do not walk out without buying one of Lockwood's "wall mounted animal head trophies" in wool felt. They're available in 3 sizes and are simply adorable. I'm getting the "sheep", but other species are just as cute and funny. Think of this as cruelty free big game hunting without leaving your house. This shop is a must for off the radar birthday and Christmas shopping.
Spending money is tiring, so head over to LETY Bakery & Café at 77-07 37th Avenue and indulge in any one of their delish desserts. Try he Italian cheese cake...just saying.
The sugar rush should keep you going for a while... so jump on board the local train to the Rego Park Mall (63rd St. and Rego Park subway station... the R or M local train) home of Kohl's and the affordably priced Reed handbag collection. (Reed Krakoff was for many years the creative director of COACH, so you know that he can deliver the goods). I already own one of his bags and can vouch for the chic styling.
So go forth my children and expand your shopping horizon off the beaten track. You never know when the next great find will turn up.
Until next time,