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Best Knitting Store
Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Knitting has enjoyed quite a resurgence this year, thanks to the many intricately woven capes/vests/ponchos currently gracing high-end runways. And why spend a few thousand on a Rodarte dress when you can make it yourself through months of the endlessly repetitive motions? Really, though, knitting is quite therapeutic, and no craft mart offers a more welcoming shopping experience than Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Flatiron. The small, brightly lit space specializes in endless varieties of yarn, from the basic namesake Lions to the jazzier niche line Vanna's Choice (yes, as in letter-turner White). A treasure trove of needles and accessories rounds out the offerings, all reasonably priced. Numerous classes and free in-store assistance ensure that your shawl turns out perfect, not knotted. This place is quite a hub for your hobby. 34 West 15th Street, 212-243-9070, lionbrandyarnstudio.com (10011)

34 W. 15th St., New York, 10011
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212-243-9070
Best Indie Boutique for Women
Dear Fieldbinder

Always ahead of the pack, Lara Fieldbinder knows what hip ladies want to wear even before they do. She stocks her Smith Street boutique, Dear Fieldbinder, with an eclectic mix of established designers (Twinkle, Lauren Moffatt) and daring up-and-comers (Margarita Saplala, Maurie & Eve), as well as cute pieces from her own DF label. And, unlike many other boutiques that carry mostly high-end labels such as Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dear Fieldbinder has plenty of affordable brands, such as Funktional and Motel Rocks, making shopping a relatively guilt-free experience. On a recent visit, we found a skull necklace by L.A.–based jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney for $31, the perfect black maxi skirt for fall by Aiko for $118, and an open-back cropped tunic by Grey Antics for $99. In other words, prepare to step into your dream closet. 198 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-852-3620, dearfieldbinder.com (11201)

198 Smith St., Brooklyn, 11201
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718-852-3620
Best Indie Boutique for Men
Steven Alan

Who likes to iron? Nobody. Which is why Steven Alan's signature rumpled look wins us over time and again. Since opening his first eponymous shop in Soho in 1994, Alan, a native New Yorker, has steadily expanded his empire with boutiques scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and East Hampton as well as three stores in Los Angeles. His famous relaxed-fit button-downs, which come with reverse seams and twisted plackets, are perfect for the guy who wants to look fashionable without appearing as if he tried too hard. Alan also makes great skinny ties, comfortable trousers, casual jackets, duffle bags, vintage-inspired scarves—you name it. And everything proudly comes with the Made in the U.S.A. label. The shop also stocks top brands for men, such as Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills, and a killer selection of vintage Rolexes. For the dude who hates to shop, a major plus is the friendly, knowledgeable staff, who direct their customers to the right fit and style. The store also offers excellent sample sales twice a year that are a must for great deals. And guys, Alan also has an excellent line for women—you know, just in case you want to buy something for your lady. 103 Franklin Street, 212-343-0692, go to stevenalan.com for more locations (10013)

103 Franklin St., New York, 10013
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212-343-0692
Best Haircut For Women
Blackstones

We know some salons today can be a bit gimmicky—they're more interested in selling their brands than the service. Blackstones does the same thing on its website, which seems to double as a video game with multi-clickable options. But don't let that stop you from booking an appointment at this East Village salon. The stylists are obviously the main draw, led by owner Joey Silvestera, a taxidermist-turned-hairdresser. (A-ha! Now the deer and bear heads mounted on the wall make sense.) He has an impressive team of hipster hair-doers, cutely clothed with the locks to match. Instead of taking in a picture of Jennifer Aniston in order to emulate her latest hair craze, you'll want to look just like these lovely hair-cutters. Silvestera also launched his own line of hair products, which work perfectly to complement your new look. 19 East 7th Street, 212-353-2680, blackstonesnyc.net (10003)

19 E. 7th St., New York, 10003
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212-353-2680
Best Barbershop
Persons of Interest

When Giorgio Zocco (a/k/a Sal the Barber) died last year, it was feared that his Sal's Barbershop, a Carroll Gardens institution for more than three decades, would be lost forever. Enter television producer Steve Marks, who fell in love with all the old-school charm (such as the shop's classic red chairs, striped barber's pole, and—the pièce de résistance—a mural of a tropical coastline). With the blessings of the Zocco family, Marks kept most of it intact, lending a retro feel to his barbershop, Persons of Interest. Grab a complimentary Brooklyn Lager and have a seat in one of those red chairs to get a first-rate cut from one of the shop's stylish barbers. Although Sal's nice price of $20 for a haircut is gone, the cost is still reasonable: Haircuts are now $40, or treat yourself right and get the Combo Platter: a shave and a haircut for $75. 299 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-858-5300, personsofinterestbklyn.com (11231)

299 Smith St., New York, 11231
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718-858-5300
Best Vintage Jewelry
Erica Weiner

Since starting her business out of her Lower East Side apartment in 2005, jewelry designer Erica Weiner has quickly become the lady to seek out for vintage-inspired treasures at the most affordable prices. Her devoted fans rejoiced last fall when she opened her first brick-and-mortar shop, an intimate space in Nolita where antique wooden furnishings nicely complement her eclectic mix of vintage pieces and hand-cast reproductions of jewelry she has found on her travels to estate sales, auction houses, and flea markets in the U.S. and Europe. If you're looking for a gift, it's easy to find something to match anyone's style: Your utilitarian friend will appreciate the functionality of a vintage bottle opener on a chain ($100–$170); the hopeless romantic will cherish a brass forget-me-not ring made from a 19th-century Scottish wax seal ($80); and the nature-lover will adore a pair of dainty 1970s butterfly earrings ($25). About to tie the knot? The shop specializes in antique engagement and wedding rings for women and men, starting at the nice price of $110 for a Herkimer diamond solitaire. To that, we say, "I do!" 173 Elizabeth Street, 212-334-6383, ericaweiner.com (10012)

173 Elizabeth St., New York, 10012
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212-334-6383
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