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The Sweet Ones
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B, D at Grand St.
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This venue is closed.
Owner Alyssa Pallett, a former film student, named her vintage spot after the eponymous song by fellow Ontarian Sarah Slean. The store, decorated and stocked single-handedly by Pallett before its November 2009 opening, feels like a girl’s childhood dress-up fantasy. Kenny Hwang jewelry, pillbox hats, deco clutches, Prada heels, and other baubles litter velvet settees and brightly painted tables, and there’s a working swing suspended from a ceiling beam near the entryway. The antique vending machines lining the chalkboard-and-exposed-brick walls may have been impulse eBay buys, but when it comes to the clothing, Pallett is meticulous: She treats her space like a gallery, filling its racks with intricate, reasonably priced pieces dating back to the Victorian era. Elaborately styled mannequins wearing metallic skirts, tailored jackets, and ultra-feminine lace blouses surround a papier-mâché tree adorned with silk flowers and graffiti in the store’s center. Pallett’s DIY, anything-goes attitude is further reflected in her surreptitious inclusion of hand-painted T-shirts among a selection of Bill Blass blazers, Versace tops, and Alaïa dresses. The Sweet Ones also doubles as a collaborative space for FIT students and their LES artist kin, playing host to local benefits and garage sales both in the storefront and evolving refurbished basement.
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