I've been able to find some of the fragrances my mom loves at Manhattan Perfumes & Cosmetics. She loves some of the older staples that you would think would be easy to find, but I sure can't. I don't bother wasting my time looking elsewhere when I know I can count on Manhattan Perfumes to have whatever I need.
Posh Cosmetics is one of my favorites. I know I'll always find what I want regardless of the product I'm looking for. I've been very happy with them since I discovered them a couple of months ago.
I wasn't impressed at all by the cheapness of the makeup I bought from Pacific Cosmetics NY. I found a compact in a beauty supply store that crumbled within days of using it. It wasn't dropped, it just crumbled. I also bought one of their eyeliners that dried up within a week of opening it.
Justin Allen Cosmetics (aka Eyes, Lips and Face) are pretty good. I bought a sampler that I've taken with me when I travel that works out pretty good. I didn't mind the price of the sampler, but I think the price vs. value of their full size products is too much.
For about a half a minute, I seriously considered getting my lips tattooed by Elite Permanent Makeup. I love the idea of not having to put makeup on each day, but when I met with the lady who was going to do the application, I just didn't get a good vibe from her. I wanted to leave as soon as I walked in, but wasn't rude. I let her talk, then left.
The Astoria Fish Depot has some of the best fish around. It's fresh, prepared just the way you like it and best of all, you avoid the fishy stink by not having to cook it yourself. They have a good variety that's seasonal, so you can rotate out what you eat.
If I'm in the neighborhood, I make it a point to stop into the Pet Boutique. It's a family run pet supply store that's personable, friendly and chock full of quality items. I don't mind paying extra for all the extra services and attention I get when I go in. This is like your old fashioned store where they know who you and your pets are.
Like most pet supplies, CC Pet Supply carries mostlly items for dogs, but they did have a small supply of cat things. They were very friendly to me and I also thought they were great with the couple of dogs that were brought in.
Vogel Boots are so well constructed, it's hard not to fall in love at first sight. You have to be in the know about Vogel, because they don't look like much of anything when you walk in. But if you do know what they're all about, you're in store for a fun shopping experience.
I bought my cat carrier from Furry Land. I liked their selection of pet supplies after looking at several styles in various pet stores and thought theirs was the best. Their service was very friendly and I thought the entire experience was great.