SoHo Shops I love
95 Spring Street (between Broadway and Mercer St)
Charming shop in which each piece is hand-picked during the owner's travels and developed out of some specific need in the country in which they were found. Geisha cards, specialty kitchen knives, veggie peelers, and much more.
2. Pearl River
477 Broadway (between Grand and Broome)
Every item you've ever associated with Asian people can be found in this store: birdcages, chopsticks, tea, gongs, woks, cheap flip-flops, dragon kites, posters of Mao Tse Dong. It feels like a store created as a lite version of the real Chinatown, catering the the West's every cliche idea. Somehow the kitsch is part of the fun of shopping here.
546 Broadway (between Prince and Spring)
How is it possible to have so many T shirt designs for $15?
4. Evolution Nature Store
120 Spring Street at Greene Street
Who doesn't love Evolution? I've met people in little towns in odd corners of the world who had visited this store. Enough said.
153 Prince (between W Broadway and Thompson)
I wouldn't actually buy anything here, the cheap jewelery is waaaay too tacky. But a feather boa costs only $7.99, so I guess this is the place to go if you're a drag queen on a budget.
6. Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe
126 Crosby Street at Houston
The place looks like a library in an old mansion, and the people who hang out here and young and obviously like to read. This used book store donates all profits to charity.