An unexpectedly pleasant find with a variety of cute and quirky items.
3rd St. & Ave. A
Doing things a little differently again, here's a nonfood gem in the East Village: Exit 9 Gift Emporium. While waiting for a friend to check out Downtown Yarns just a couple doors over, I stumbled into this shop to see what they had to offer, and despite the slightly rundown sign outside, the venue was filled with cute, quirky, funny and even ridiculous things.
Pretty journals and jewelry — loved the packaging of those earrings!
The employees were also very friendly and helpful — one guy told me he wished he had the guts to nakedly dance on some island when he was on vacation? (To which I replied, "Someday!" ...)
All in all, this shop was definitely fun to look around, making it a good place to keep in mind when shopping for, well, anyone. Exit 9 seems to have something for everyone.