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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 6th 2011

SoHo is short of "South of Houston," meaning anything that lies south of Houston (pronounced HOWS-ton) Street in New York City. The neighborhood is considered very trendy, so you won't find that many "big" department stores (such as Macy's or others). You will find a couple of designer stores, so make sure you visit them.

What you will find are boutiques and out-of-the-way stores that sell unique items, many of which you absolutely will not find anywhere else. There are several different retailers in SoHo, but we've picked some that are really different, plus one or two you'll most likely recognize.

Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street

This store offers both American and international designer merchandise. You can choose from four different areas—merchandise by established designers, merchandise by designers who are just starting to be recognized, retro/vintage merchandise, and even stuff that you would find in an open-air market in a foreign country.

You'll love just browsing through Opening Ceremony. In fact, it may take you a couple of visits to see it all (it's a large store), so plan on visiting frequently.

Kiosk, 97 Spring Street

When you step inside Kiosk, you won't know if you're in a retail outlet or museum. That's because each month, items from a different country are displayed much as they would be in a museum. The only difference is you can actually buy these pieces.

If you're wondering where the items came from, the owner picked them up while traveling, and has made them available for sale. You never know what you might see from one visit to the next.

Uniqlo, 546 Broadway

This is an immensely popular Japanese brand, and there is only one Uniqlo store in the United States. You guessed it; it's the one in SoHo. The store specializes in simple, basic clothing that can be mixed and matched in hundreds of different ways.

This store should definitely be on your "must-visit" list, simply because it's there. When you visit it the first time, your reason for returning will be to buy more "basics" for your wardrobe.

Louis Vuitton SoHo, 116 Greene Street

Everyone is familiar with this popular designer, and you can visit one of the stores that exclusively sell Louis Vuitton merchandise. Other stores, such as large, upscale department stores, carry Louis Vuitton products, but they're sandwiched in among everything else. When you walk into the Louis Vuitton SoHo, you'll find nothing but Louis Vuitton.
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