by Karman Chao, Trent Emanuel and Alice Wong, 08/09/2012
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
43-42 40th St., 718-937-7578
April Glass is an eclectic gift shop with sunny decor and a positive vibe. Its one-of-a-kind objects are chosen by owner Patrice Lee, whose guiding principal is "redefining one's lifestyle by bringing beauty and art into everyday living." What started out as an unassuming shop 16 years ago has turned into a neighborhood fixture, purveying jewelry from local artists, like the Lola's Lost-N-Found collection, made from donated or repurposed materials. There's even a "Healing Room," where you can meditate, take part in a Reiki session, get tarot card readings or participate in a workshop where you can learn about the cleansing power of crystals. So whether you're looking for handmade gifts, incense, aromatherapy candles, soaps, lotions, frames, healing gems or just your Zen, April Glass is worth the trip to Sunnyside.