Sep-Jun: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, closed; Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, closed
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College
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If individuality is teetering on the brink of extinction, Creel & Gow may be one of its last purveyors. This shop is a haven for home decorators on the hunt for one-of-a-kind accessories, not to mention for Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus buyers who stock R&G’s signature silver-dipped shells. Co-owner Christopher Gow refers to his collection as his “treasure trove of natural curiosities,” and rightly so—the former Sotheby’s sculpture expert scours the globe for these eccentric decorative touches: trays accented with iridescent butterfly wings (from Brazil), a narwhal tusk (from an arctic whale), and armor-like jewelry (from the Maio tribe in China). Admittedly, the goods are not for the faint of wallet, but if you’re buying a small slice of natural history, you can’t expect to get Pottery Barn prices.