Manhattan – Lower East Side
187 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts
Manhattan, NY 10002
Literally glowing (owners Adrienne Wong and Karin Spraggs used a broom to coat the ceiling with metallic paint), this jewel box of a space churns out some of the coolest custom stationery sets in the city, starting at $500. If you aren't feeling quite that generous but want the illusion of personalization, most of the shop's ready-to-buy stock--gold-edged decoupaged glass trays ($196), card sets ($8), pencil cups ($125) and paperweights ($65)--is embellished with subtly stamped initials. The duo also makes stunning silhouette portraits ($950--$2,100), which can ultimately be co-opted for custom stationery.
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