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Odd Man Out

Everyone has them, secret needs that cannot easily be met in everyday stores. Here are some stumpers.


Personalized fortune cookies: Fortunately Yours (800-337-1889).

Organic bed linens: Terra Verde Trading Co. (120 Wooster Street; 212-925-4533).

Men's short-fingered leather gloves: Cadet manufactures a line of gloves with short fingers, and they're available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Personalized bookplates: Bowne & Co., Stationers (211 Water Street, South Street Seaport; 212-748-8651).

Christening gowns: Au Chat Botté (1192 Madison Avenue, near 87th Street; 212-722-6474), The Stork Club (142 Sullivan Street; 212-505-1927), Trouvaille Française (212-737-6015; by appointment only), and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Old-fashioned back-scratchers: Pearl River Mart (277 Canal Street; 212-431-4770).

Ski rentals for kids: Paragon Sports (867 Broadway, at 18th Street; 212-255-8036), Princeton Ski Shops (21 East 22nd Street; 212-228-4400), and Scandinavian Ski & Sport Shop (40 West 57th Street; 212-757-8524).

Scooters for preteens: Larry & Jeff's Bicycles Plus (1690 Second Avenue, near 87th Street; 212-722-2201).

Twenty-four-inch men's handkerchiefs: Leron (750 Madison Avenue, near 65th Street; 212-753-6700) and Sulka (430 Park Avenue, at 55th Street; 212-980-5200, and 840 Madison Avenue, near 69th Street; 452-1900).

Wedding-gown rentals: Just Once (290 Fifth Avenue, near 30th Street; 212-465-0960; by appointment only).

Custom-size mattresses: Charles H. Beckley (979 Third Avenue,at 58th Street; 212-759-8450) and Long Bedding (121 West 72nd Street; 212-873-1752).

Men's wool capes: Custom-made capes, Winston Tailors (11 East 44th Street; 212-687-0850).

Monogramming: Hoofbeats (232 East 78th Street; 212-517-2633).

Personalized mugs: Axis Promotions & Events (568 Broadway, at Prince Street; 212-226-0886; 50-mug minimum) and Evergreen Corporate Gifts (22 West 21st Street; 212-242-4438; 144-mug minimum).

Oversize tablecloths: E. Braun & Co. (717 Madison Avenue, near 63rd Street; 212-838-0650), Frette (799 Madison Avenue, near 67th Street; 212-988-5221), Leron, Pratesi Linen (829 Madison Avenue, at 69th Street; 212-288-2315), and Schweitzer Linens (all locations).

George Nakashima furniture: 1950 (440 Lafayette Street; 212-995-1950) and Lin-Weinberg Gallery (84 Wooster Street; 212-219-3022).

Stationery for boarding-school kids: Infinity (1116 Madison Avenue, at 83rd Street; 212-517-4232) and Kate's Paperie (all locations).

Left-handed tools: Mahler kitchen knife, The Lighthouse (111 East 59th Street; 212-821-9384); Felco flower shears, Gracious Home (1220 Third Avenue, at 70th Street; 212-517-6300); Corona pruner, Grass Roots Garden (131 Spring Street; 212-226-2662); Felco pruner, Japanese weeder, and angle weeder, Smith & Hawken (394 West Broadway; 212-925-1190).

Party favors for preteen-age girls: Claire's Accessories (All locations), Infinity (1116 Madison Avenue, at 83rd Street; 212-517-4232), Mandee (2544 Broadway, near 95th Street; 212-666-1652), Party City (38 West 14th Street; 212-271-7310), and Marsha D.D. (1324 Lexington Avenue, near 88th Street; 212-534-8700).

Vintage ice-fishing decoys: American Primitive Gallery (594 Broadway, near Houston Street; 212-966-1530).

Software for Mac, not Windows: J & R Music/Computer World (15 Park Row; 212-238-9000).

Snowshoes: Paragon Sports, Princeton Ski Shops, and Scandinavian Ski & Sport Shop.

Personalized T-shirts: Pic-Shirt (800-952-4314).

Customized art portfolios: Brewer-Cantelmo (350 Seventh Avenue, near 29th Street; 212-244-4600).

Prom dresses for chubby girls: Custom-made prom dresses in all sizes at Infinity (1116 Madison Avenue, at 83rd Street; 517-4232).

Kitchen mandolines: Bridge Kitchenware (214 East 52nd Street; 212-688-4220), J.B Prince (36 East 31st Street; 212-683-3553), Eli's Manhattan (1411 Third Avenue, at 80th Street; 212-717-8100), and Zabar's (2245 Broadway, at 80th Street; 212-787-2000).

Pet photographers: Petography (25 Central Park West, at 62nd Street; 245-0914; by appointment only).


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