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Best Bets: Week of October 6, 2014

Three in One
Justine Lynch, of the new herbal pharmacy, acupuncture clinic, and café Mountain (903 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights), on anti-flu shopping.

Shop: Wind Pearls Chinese herbs ($39 for 90 capsules) Treats itchy eyes, runny noses, coughing, irritated skin.

Sip: Magenta Ginseng cold-pressed juice ($10 for 16 ounces) Chinatown ginseng, along with local beets and apples, boosts immunity.

Poke: Five Element Acupuncture ($250 for two hours) Revs energy and speeds up the body’s healing process.

Side by Side
Two new tattoo parlors are exceptionally women-friendly.

Bang Bang
328 Broome St.; October 15
Founder: Keith McCurdy, a.k.a. Bang Bang, 28; cut teeth at Last Rites Tattoo Theatre.
Female factor: Three-to-two female-to-male customer ratio.
Space: 2,000 square feet, mirrored surfaces, six tattoo stations, plus a VIP area.
Standards: Fashionable wrist and hip-bone scripts, from $300 per hour.
Signatures: Responsible for Rihanna’s side-breast gun and Cara Delevingne’s finger lion.

Meattt, Inc.
184 Knoll St., Bushwick
Founder: Marina Heintze, 28; Tribeca-raised graphic designer; practiced on grapefruits.
Female factor: All-lady staff.
Space: 430 square feet, butcher’s fridge stocked with merch, meat-motif windows.
Standards: Traditional black and red snakes and skulls, from $100 per tattoo.
Signatures: A now-rare spit-shading technique: tattoos sketched with spit-wet brushes.

Top Five
Picks from John Neamonitis of e-shop WorkOf (, home to 70-plus indie furniture designers, relaunching mid-October.

2x2: Naked Desk Lamps
The exposed-bulb style, at the office.

Transparent Bulb: Lunar lamp, left, $145 at
Opaque Bulb: Pop Light, right, $149 at Schoolhouse Electric Co., 27 Vestry St.

Transparent Bulb: L lamp, left, $150 at
Opaque Bulb: Omer Arbel Bocci lamp, right, $495 at Matter, 405 Broome St.

Ask a Trainer
InForm Fitness founder Adam Zickerman takes his Mobile Gym—a full circuit of machines bolted to the interior of a gutted bus—to Manhattan ($95 per client, minimum three clients; 212-755-9895).

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

What inspired the van?
I founded my first gym in 1997. A few years ago I was waiting on line for a food truck, and I was like, Aha! I customized a short bus—stripped out all of the seats and secured six machines around the edges, including a leg press and a rower. There’s an aisle down the middle for floor work.

Who’s your typical client?
CEOs and people in the Financial District. The 30-minute workout—which is high intensity but slow motion, so you don’t sweat too much—fits into a lunch break. We have commercial plates, so it is actually not too difficult to park.

Trend Spawning
Splatterware—that enameled staple of Midwest campsites and ’80s wedding registries—is suddenly showing up in Paris concept shops.

1976: Crow Canyon Home (né CGS), one of two U.S. splatterware wholesalers, launches. (Virginia-based Golden Rabbit follows in 1989.)

January 2014: Crow Canyon notices a surge in demand, attributes it to the sudden popularity of “glamping” and sturdy, attractive kettles.

March 2014: British design shop Dyke and Dean becomes Crow Canyon’s European distributor. Among the high-profile design shops that pick it up is …

April 2014: … Paris’s Merci, where Brit Michael Zee finds black splatterware. He Instagrams it (@symmetrybreakfast), garnering tons of likes.

August 2014: Anthropologie introduces atypical taupe splatterware by Golden Rabbit, the company’s largest wholesale order to date.

October 2014: In collaboration with Crow Canyon, Dyke and Dean take the splatter motif from table settings to pendant lamps.