I took a little walk in the West Village tonight. It will officially be fall in a few hours, and summer decided to give us one last hurrah with temperatures in the 80s and a thunderstorm that I missed by seconds.
One of my favorite shops in New York is Avignone Pharmacy (no website!). They’ve been in the same location at 6th Avenue and Bleecker Street since 1929, but originally opened in 1898 on MacDougal Street. Avignone is exactly what you imagine a perfect independent chemist’s shop to be like—pharmacy in the back, friendly clerk at a low counter in the center, white penny tiles on the floor, and pretty much every amazing beauty product you can think of. They have everything, including the complete Mario Badescu line (I’m totally obsessed). I used to stop in to Avignone all the time when I lived in Brooklyn since it’s right off the F train, but I’m going to make more of an effort to go there now even though it’s a bit of a haul.