Robert Irwin sells items from a huge range of jewelry designers, including INOX, Argento, and Zable. Accoutrements abound for all parts of the accessorizable body, from anklet (Argento, $15) to earlobe (Sterling Reputation, $81). Stand out with a distinctive touch of Murano glass beadwork (starting at $29.99 per charm or bead), or steel your image with one of INOX's distinctive tungsten carbide ($70.50) or starred steel ($13.50) rings for a look that screams sentient automaton. In-store merchandise may vary from online selections, so don't hesitate to snap up what you want, either on-site or virtually.
The choosy clothes-hounds at Charm Boutique heap hangers with lightly used apparel from high-end brands such as Betsey Johnson, Free People, and DKNY. Lounging atop jewelry-strewn tables, a bevy of mannequins don colorful blouses ($9.99–$19.99) to attract attention from potential buyers or handsome headless horsemen. Alternately, scour overflowing racks of skirts ($12.99–$24.99), dresses ($15.99–$49.99), and shoes ($10.99–$29.99) for style surprises such as a sequined Free People frock or Betsey Johnson button-down. Clients can also make a wish list of their most-wanted garments so that staff know to alert them when rhinestone-studded Snuggies finally come into stock.
Summer Kids aims to furnish junior fashionistas' closets with stylish, gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and accessories at below-retail cost. This cornucopian shop adds an average of 200 items daily, each of which must pass a close inspection and correctly answer three riddles before joining the host of previously adored accouterments on the sales floor. Shoppers may swaddle newborns and children up to size 12 in fashionable frocks, such as the size 2T smocked summer dress ($14.75), or enswathe their toes in size 1 New Balance sneakers. Summer Kids also boasts a selection of school uniforms, bathing suits, and flattering maternity garb for bun-baking mothers. Or explore the assortment of toys and equipment, which includes the Fisher-Price baby play gym ($7.75) and the Chicco Trevi stroller ($69.75).
De’s Delights effortlessly awakens somnolent tongues with alarmingly tasty sets of chocolate-dipped strawberries. Customers can eliminate the need to haggle with math-deficient bakers and obtain a solid dozen dipped strawberries spun in either milk or dark chocolate, which subtly dress naked fruit in a silky-sweet, edible wardrobe. Though not included in today’s Groupon, additional toppings as diverse as almonds, rainbow sprinkles, and coconut are available to help win over the heart of a special someone or an uncertain juror.
Midtown Nursery supplies phytophiles with a selection of flora and garden products. Bolster your flower portfolio with chrysanthemums ($6)––whose petals both prettify a garden and can be boiled to create a germ-slaying tea that's necessary for survival when playing in fast-food ball pits––and pansies, a colorful walkway decoration ($2.25 per half dozen). Pumpkins are available for autumnal carvings ($1–$45), and Christmas trees (starting at $45), most of which are fraser firs, are delivered to Midtown Nursery by elves brandishing human-sized axes.
Masters of the art of giving, Persono Galleria boasts an array of custom balloon creations and other gift-worthy items. Customers can opt to transplant any image or likeness of a loved one onto the spherical surface of a decorative balloon. Bearing the image or portrait of your choice, a personalized inflatable can serve as a distinctive gift, a memorable centerpiece at a surprise party, or a cumbersome form of photo ID. A men's jewelry set by Chisel appeases fashion-minded dads, helping them to better bond with the family pooch with a dog-tag-style necklace and matching bracelet, both crafted from stainless steel and black carbon fiber. Persono Galleria is open Thursday–Sunday, as well as Monday–Wednesday by appointment.