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Best Bets: Week of July 13, 2015

First Look
In late July, local entrepreneur David Selig will open the Palms, a 5,000-square-foot shopping and event space (189 Beach 96th St., Far Rockaway).

Illustration by Jason Lee  

1. Mud bath: designed by artist Frank Trainor; $7 per treatment.
2. The Notion: Cynthia Rowley wet suits ($210); Well Received stationery ($9).
3. BYOB movie nights: Greta Gerwig–curated movies about changing New York neighborhoods.
4. Feather: Wax & Cruz Moon shibori-cotton hats ($78).
5. Tropical-plant garden and wellness: yoga classes next to palm, pineapple, and passion-fruit trees; hibiscus plants.
6. OCafe Coco Shack: arroz con leche ($4); tamarind-coconut popcorn ($5).

2x2: Beach Pails
For kids or grown-ups.

Silicone bucket, $40 at
Sand: Infusion Living collapsible bucket, $30 at

Artland Oasis steel pail with bottle opener, $15 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Sand: Red metal sand pail, $16 at

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

Ask a Shop Clerk
Richard Oates, former chef de cuisine at Freemans, just opened East River Skate Shop (86 Greenpoint Ave.).

Why the career change? I found myself having to be an asshole to get people to listen to me. I got back into skateboarding a while ago, as a way to blow off steam, so the jump to a skate shop seemed logical. We’re supporting local brands like 5Boro, which did a line of airplane-motif decks designed by the German artist Stefan Marx ($49). Actually, the guys who built Freemans built my display case. They all skate, so they were stoked.

Side by Side
Two new futuristic man-clothes flagships.

Shirts from Bonobos Guideshop (left) and Ministry of Supply.  

Bonobos Guideshop
95 Fifth Ave.
Origins: In pre–Warby Parker days, two Stanford business-school students sell better-fitting khakis online.
Product: Bright washed chinos ($88) with a curved waistline to match the natural shape of the midsection; short-sleeved shirts with tapered-fit and in-house-designed prints ($78).
Store: 4,000 square feet (its biggest space yet) with 20 style “guides” on call.

Ministry of Supply
138 Wooster St. (opens July 17)
Origins: In 2012, three MIT students Kickstarter-fund a high-tech, odor-controlling dress shirt.
Product: The Apollo dress shirt ($98) uses NASA-developed body-heat-regulating technology; the Gemini shirt ($148) is designed with underarm perforations for ventilation.
Store: The research-lab-inspired space has a coffee bar and open workspace with Wi-Fi.

Moving In
This month, record collector Javi Velazquez opened HiFi Records in vinyl-starved Astoria (23-19 Steinway St.).

“When you walk into the store, I set up six plywood record racks carrying about 4,500 albums: Elvis Costello, the B-52s, Calvin Harris, Madonna, you name it. Facing the front window is a counter with turntables where you can try out records as you drink drip coffee from our back bar. I’m a project manager for a construction company, so most of the material here, like the wood paneling, is recycled from old demolition projects. I also dusted off my old lava lamp and amplifiers from the ’70s. I have the original “Purple Rain” in a purple 45. That’s for sale if the price is right.”

Top Five
One Kings Lane’s head designer, Alexander Reid, calls out some of his favorite pieces now available at the online retailer’s first IRL studio (appointment preferred; 205 Hudson St.; 212-430-7800). Consultations and shipping are free.

“The Solana bench ($649) is wrapped in rope and upholstered in raised velvet, but when you touch it, it actually feels like terry cloth.”

“This blue-and-white pitcher ($56) is handmade in Portugal, so each one looks different. It’s great for summer parties.”

“I love this brass-and-black chair ($1,199) because it looks like a flower, in a way.”

“I have three of these porcelain garden stools ($149) in my apartment. I use them as side tables and extra seating when people come over.”

“This is a vintage rattan-and-cane ottoman ($279). It’s superlight, so you can toss it in between chairs or use it as an end table.”