Next, visit neighbor Keet in huis for loads of kid-themed trinkets that appeal equally to adults
Come here for journals, calendars, pens, organizers, and notebooks of every shape, size, page count, and color—at prices largely running way under $25. From Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood store listing.
An inordinate amount of hair baubles, umbrellas, pillowcases, pajamas, dishware, and suitcases, all emblazoned with cartoony images (dancing gumdrops, winking clouds), is crammed into this impossibly tiny space. From Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood store listing.
One of the best-known stores in Tokyo, this seven-level behemoth sells a little of everything, from wrapping paper to kitchen utensils. From Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood store listing.
Specializing in volumes on Japanese and American art and culture, this inviting, well-stocked bookshop, decorated with Eames walnut stools and a Jenny Holzer-esque LED ticker, makes for a stimulating rest stop. From Tokyo's Nakameguro neighborhood store listing.
The Japanese equivalent of Walgreens, but stocked with super specific products—like scented floss to string through your earring holes to clean them—this mega-drugstore is supremely entertaining. From Tokyo's Harajuku neighborhood store listing.
This paper goods shop has the intimate ambience of an eccentric professor’s study. From Chicago's Old Town/Gold Coast/River North neighborhood store listing.
When Heiji Choy-Black opened her iconoclastic store—a Lucky favorite—back in 2004, there was nothing like it in town. She took a chance on esoteric, then-unknown lines, and her indie-centric focus has not wavered. From Chicago's Bucktown/Wicker Park/Ukranian Village neighborhood store listing.
Dedicated to unusual foliage and well-designed accoutrements used to nurture them (curvy glazed vessels, minimalist steel watering cans); it also offers a range of outdoor-themed goods, like buried-wood platters and blown-glass bird feeders. From Chicago's Bucktown/Wicker Park/Ukranian Village neighborhood store listing.
Housed in a refurbished neighborhood watering hole, Willow is warm, inviting, and full of decorative objects with a vintage undercurrent—handcarved-owl bookends, Sarah Cihat rehabilitated dishware, vases that resemble tiny motor homes, and crayon-bright melamine lunch trays. From Chicago's Bucktown/Wicker Park/Ukranian Village neighborhood store listing.