Ochre - 462 Broome Street
This is a super chic home design store with lots of unique lighting and accessories. I loved the chandelier - don't those organic droplets look like tadpoles, or ahem, sperm? They're swimming the wrong way! Okay, forgive me, but I am a sex columnist. Anyway, Ochre is beautiful store, well worth a visit.
C Wonder - 72 Spring Street
My pictures don't really do this fresh, preppy, monogram-happy store justice. C Wonder was founded by retailing whiz Chris Burch (Tory's former husband) and I think he's got a winner. The women's clothes and home accessories are reasonably priced and irresistibly happy. I bought this olive green silk dancing zebra blouse, (similar to the orange one below) isn't it fun?
Evolution - 120 Spring Street
Here's where the weird stuff comes in. I could hardly believe what was going down in this shop, which seemed more like a trip to the Field Museum than to a boutique. Still, if you'd like to become the proud owner of a human skull (I saw one for $1500) or a freeze-dried rat, beetle earrings or a grizzly bear skeleton, Evolution is the place for you.
Kate's Paperie - 435 Broome Street
I've got a thing for paper; I love doodling on it, folding it, pasting it together. When I was a little girl I actually used to eat it, so this shop appealed to me in the most tactile of ways. Kate's Paperie not only has the most dazzlingly creative windows, it is full of some of the most beautifully designed papers and cards I've ever seen. The luxurious wrapping papers fascinated both Liam and me. Honestly, I think they deserve to be framed! If you ever get a present from me wrapped in something like this it's either because I won the lottery or I simply adore you. I hope it's both!
Pearl River 477 BroadwaySoho is right next to Chinatown, so this huge emporium dealing in all things Chinese only makes sense. Need a parasol, chopsticks, buddha fountain or tea service? You've never seen such a selection! I wonder where the opium was stocked.