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Best Bets: Week of November 3, 2014

Three in One
Bushwick’s recently expanded Flea Market Alley (867 Broadway) is home to a series of shipping containers–­cum–shops with a punk streak.


1. Jams at Rebel Rouser. A 1957 Little Richard LP ($50), plus collectible rock-and-roll vinyl from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s in the $1-to-$20 range.

2. Tomes at Better Read Than Dead. A used copy of Chandler’s The High Window ($3), plus poetry and science fiction in the $3-to-$7 range.

3. Threads at Dripper World. Screen-printed Total Control tees (from $15), plus all issues of Happiness, New York’s biannual comics-and-art magazine.


Side by Side
Two new nail boutiques—the gallerylike Paintbox and very Zen pH7 Nail Couture—are ready for your Instagrams.


Paintbox
17 Crosby St.

Schtick: Beauty editor Eleanor Langston creates salon look books and handpicks polishes from Tom Ford et al., minimizing color-choice anxiety.
Stations: 18, facing catty-corner and banquet style, so friends can chat without craning their necks.
Signature: Ice Queen, a shimmery nude-to-silver ombre effect (from $55).
Specials: Mani-cam for nail selfies, marble-topped bar for gel removals, Champagne.

pH7 Nail Couture
227 Grand St., Williamsburg

Schtick: Sisters-in-law Cici Huang and Helen Ke helm a nontoxic sanctuary: formaldehyde-free polish, pregnancy-friendly all-natural lotions, scrubs.
Stations: Eight for manis, in reclaimed wood; six for pedis, with simple basins in place of whirlpools.
Signature: The Indulgent, a 10-minute essential-oils hand massage, exfoliation, and polish ($30).
Specials: Quick-dry drops by Zoya replace fans, mini-iPads for pedicure distraction.


Store Stats
Jordan Heads (302 Malcolm X Blvd., Bed-Stuy) sells Air Jordans exclusively (plus the odd sneaker-shaped air freshener).


Square footage of shop: 333

Michael Jordan Wheaties boxes on display: 3

Percentage of sneaker sales pocketed by the consignors: 80 percent

Other New York shops stocking cult Kikstyo tees from Tokyo: 0 Most affordable pair at Jordan Heads: Wolf Grey 1s for $100

Value of Derek Jeter retirement Jordans upon release: $140

Value at Jordan Heads, after selling out in stores: $1,000


2X2: Tray Tables
Dress up your Lean Cuisine.


Circle:
Colorful: Mariska Meijers table, $185 at Bobby Berk Home, 59 Crosby St.
Neutral: Lee Kirkbride table, $548 at the Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St.


Rectangle:
Colorful: Ukiyo table, from $566 at Moroso, 146 Greene St.
Neutral: Mahogany table, $3,700 at Rose Tarlow Melrose House, 979 Third Ave.


Ask a Shop Clerk
Rachelle Friedman, the R in the recently shuttered electronics mainstay J&R, opens J&R Express November 11 inside Century 21 (22 Cortlandt St.).


Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

Why Century 21? My husband [co-founder Joe] and I have had a good relationship with them, especially since 9/11; we were among the first stores down here to reopen after the attacks. We’ll be on the lower level, right by housewares.

How did you decide which products would follow you? Pairing down from 50,000 square feet to 1,500 really changes things. We used to carry every price point of every product. Now, products that interact with a smartphone we’re keeping: Sonos, GoPro, Fitbit. We used to have 50 camera models, but the new store’s just going to have 12 SLRs. But we’re still going to carry vinyl and turntables. It’s the young kids who want the vinyl.


Pop-up of the Month
An alternative for those who get heart palpitations at big-box stores: Starting November 5 through the holidays, Target will be featuring a selection of its wares at Rachel Shechtman’s Chelsea gallery-shop Story (144 Tenth Ave.).


Faribault wool throw, $80. “Faribault products have been milled near Minnesota’s Cannon River since 1865,” says Shechtman.






Jacquard coat with fur collar, $27. “I immediately fell for the mash-up of trends—jacquard and faux fur.”






Nate Berkus furry foot stool, $55. “This stool can double as a chic coffee table with a tray on top.”






Copper tray set with ice bucket, shaker, and pitcher, $100. “I picture a 60-year-old mixing a sidecar with this set, or a 20-year-old passing out Moscow Mules.”






Sonia Kashuk zipper pouch, $17. “There are two separate compartments, so you can keep your blush brush separate from your eye-shadow brush.”






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