Best Specialty Shops Manhattan
June 25, 2017
New York City is a town famed for having everything a resident could possibly desired within the confines of its fabled streets. This is especially true for Manhattan, which itself is home to a wide range of niche stores catering to the tastes of very particular shoppers. Around the vicinity of the much-lauded Renoir House Luxury Apartments, just about any fancy can be satiated. From unique clothing to specific pastries to delectable candies and beyond—if you can dream it up, there's a good chance you'll be able to find it within the bounds of New York's most densely populated borough. Just what will you stumble across when venturing this tiny island?
Manhattan Specializes In Specialities
You might not imagine that so much would be able to fit into an area only 22 square miles in size. The truth is, though, that Manhattan is bursting at the seams with unique offerings. So many, in fact, that going through them all would be prohibitively lengthy. Instead, we'll concentrate on a few standouts that dot this small section of the Big Apple.
Dylan's Candy Bar
Few can resist the allure of delicious, sugary treats. When those treats come from Dylan's Candy Bar, the probability decreases even further. This huge candy shop is a celebration of all things saccharine, with it's diverse selection of chocolates, gummies, lollies, and more. To top it off, they sell apparel, lifestyle items, and other "branded gifts," all themed for the discerning candy connoisseur.
For those who are really into candy and treats, Dylan's offers the "ultimate dining experience without ever leaving [their] store." Make a reservation at their café, then order a few items off the menu to satiate your sugar needs. They also offer party packages for those looking to host events at their store. Corporate gatherings, kids parties, bridal showers—you name it.
Most who frequent Dylan's remark that it's has a fun atmosphere (expected for a candy shop), and a large selection of candies—both new and old. A perfect spot for kids, or adults who still feel like kids at heart.
Not far from Union Square Park, you'll find Strand Bookstore. The title gives it away, but for those that prefer the feel of actual paper in their hands as they read, this store is anything but predictable. Their options run the gamut—new books, old books, philosophy, finance, humor—whatever you might be interested in cracking open, chances are you'll be able to track it down at Strand.
In addition to having mountains of books for sale (some even cheaper than e-books, as they proudly advertise), they also hold regular events. Visits from authors are a common occurrence, as are readings of popular titles, wine tastings, and other varieties of fancy gatherings.
The staff at Strand are widely-known as friendly book enthusiasts themselves, and can assist with recommendations, custom collections, and, in general, helping clients design their "ideal personal library." Customers sum up Strand with but a single word: awesome. They also note that ancillary items the store has for sale—buttons, games, shirts, and the like—are great add-ons for book lovers.
The LEGO Store
The LEGO name needs little introduction. Over on 5th Avenue, right across from Madison Square Park, you'll find The LEGO Store, ready to supply you with just about anything LEGO you might be hankering for. A veritable paradise for both children and adults who love LEGOs, this location is perfect if you want a few blocks, or need to round out your collection with entire sets of specialized LEGOs from the catalog.
Being a kid-oriented specialty shop, they also offer the option of holding theme parties at their store. Held in their dedicated party room, the "party experience" includes a pair of qualified LEGO hosts, known as "brick specialists," and includes party favors and group photos to memorialize the whole experience.
The LEGO Store is also keen on hosting events, including mini model builds, LEGO enthusiast meet-and-greets, and the LEGO Americana Roadshow, "a traveling display of large scale LEGO models replicating some of our nation’s most well known landmarks."
A store dedicated solely to light bulbs? It might seem strange, but it goes to show you just how niche Manhattan can really get. Just Bulbs, located at 222 East 58th Street, knows everything there is to know about light bulbs, and they'll gladly share that knowledge with interested customers. They take their position as the "best source for lighting in NYC" seriously, supplying just about every kind of bulb you can imagine, in varying color options to boot.
Their expertise has been chronicled by publications like the New York Times and Ask A New Yorker, and, in addition to supplying a wide range of bulbs for purchase, they offer complimentary services like lighting consultations, repairs, relamping, energy efficiency surveys, room lighting color analysis, and more.
No list of specialty stores would be complete without an entry dedicated to some clothing. Orvis delivers on this front, with an expansive selection of men and women's wear, along with fly fishing gear for those that love to wade the waters. They're well-known for providing some of the "finest fly-fishing gear in the industry," a unique combination of superior technology with immaculate style and comfort. In addition to the gear, they offer classes for anyone interested in grasping the basics of this relaxing pastime.
Find Your Specialty From The Renoir House Luxury Apartments
For easy access to all the specialty stores you could ever need, you needn't look any further than Renoir House. This classically-styled Upper East Side complex provides the top-tier of rental living within Manhattan, a delightful community with premiere residences in a fabulous location.
Step inside, and you'll immediately sense the grandeur when you enter the renovated lobby. Venture to the upper levels, and you'll see a wealth of choice provided by the spacious studios, one bedroom, and two bedroom units. All of the floor plans are modern and equipped with the best features necessary to provide luxury and convenience to residents, and the complex itself is stuffed with convenience-enhancing amenities that elevate Renoir House into a league of its own.
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