Not only does Warby Parker boast the most stylish, innovative design in spectacles and sunglasses, but their "Buy a Pair, Give a Pair" social mission has provided over 3-million pairs of glasses to people in need.
With an eclectic range of styles inspired by mid-century and 90s heartthrobs, at Warby Parker, there really is something for everyone.
Daiso is a Japanese dollar store concept, full of treats, trinkets, and joy.
When I step into Daiso, I feel like Dorothy crossing over from her mundane Kansas farmhouse to the colorful world of Oz.
When you think of a "dollar store" the mind can often drift off to the nightmare of a disorganized, crowded-aisled discount store. That is definitely not the Diaso way. Constantly clean and full of Japanese imports that you didn't know you needed. I've purchased hand-painted teacups, tiny Japanese Neko cat figurines for my desk and doorstep, and several of the world's finest notebooks in shades of 70s orange and mustard yellow.
Shakespeare and Company
There is only one greatest bookstore in the world and it resides at 37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Paris, France.
Shakespeare and Company perhaps the most famous bookstores in the world and is celebrated for its literary pedigree and tireless dedication to writers and artists of all walks of life.
Shakespeare and Company special because it is not only a store, but a home. Writers without a roof are often invited to sleep in the store. They then join the ranks of "Tumbleweeds" who have called the bookstore home. Previous hangers-on at Shakespeare and Company include Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce. And later, Sebastian Barry, Ethan Hawke, and Geoffrey Rush.
Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris.
You'll spot the store in many films. My favorites are Midnight in Paris and Before Sunset. If you find yourself in Paris, find Notre Dame, and cross over to the Left Bank and into a literary mecca.
Nick Bridwell is a novelist (The Ties That Bind, 2014) and journalist living in Plano, TX. To see more of his work, visit his profile at www.nickbridwellwriter.com.
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