Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Gifts, candles, pottery, soaps
Pro Tip: Original works, many made by local artists and artisans; most of the store inventory is made in the USA
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
At GadgetsAndGear.com, an ever-updated selection of one-of-a-kind gizmos, futuristic toys and gadgets, and goofy party favors break the ice at social gatherings and infuse a dose of fun into gift-giving. Wireless smartphone shutters snap family photos and selfies from across the room, while nightvision watch spy-cams discreetly capture footage in the darkest of nights and even underwater. Liven up parties with a wine-bottle-sized glass that's actually a single serving, or don a lifelike horse-head mask to convince your friends they've entered a nightmarish dimension where everyone wears masks.
Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.
Baby Chic NY gives local and visiting parents access to quality rental gear, such as Bugaboo and Bob Revolution strollers, car seats, and scooters, offer parents short-term modes of transportation while their regular strollers are in the shop for a transmission overhaul. The store also offers a concierge service, which provides necessities such as diapers, wipes, and bottles.
Strat-O-Matic games harness the power of real, official statistics and countless hours of research to simulate sports play in professional baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and college football. Strat-O-Matic applies unique ratings to each player, allowing at-home fans to analyze the data themselves and simulate seasons, compile all-star teams, or simulate past seasons with historical teams dating back decades and even centuries.
Ken Benshish and Yi Qian both grew up loving music, but the process of learning to play it ranged from uninspiring to mind numbing. The two musicians started iSchool of Music & Art to provide a much different experience—a positive, supportive atmosphere that takes into account each student’s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can’t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don’t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, while intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and tour of a real recording studio.