Making your NRF Show plans? Don’t forget to allow yourself time to check out the Big Apple’s exciting retail scene. Here’ s a quick hit list of the city’s newest retail stars:
Aeropostale: The mall-based teen fave is look to attract tourists and locals alike with its 19,000 sq. ft., two-level flagship. The design mixes New York City-inspired accents with high-tech interactivity: a digital billboard illuminated by 2 million LEDs wraps around and into the store, with content that includes shoppers dancing with virtual models. (1515 Broadway, at 45th St.)
Cire Trudon: The centuries-old, legendary French candle maker (Marie Antoinette was a client) makes its U.S. debut with a design inspired by the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles. Antiqued mirrors, stucco, French molding and hardware, and molded Victorian busts -- candles never looked so good.
(54 Bond St.)
Disney: With a digital billboard that towers six stories above Times Square, the 25,000-sq.-ft. Disney store is a showstopper. It’s a real crowd-pleaser with all sorts of bells and whistles packed into its second floor, including a princess castle with “magic mirrors.” Wave an RFID-enabled wand and talk to Cinderella. (1540 Broadway, at 46th St.)
Eataly: A temple to the food of Italy, Eataly takes shopping -- and eating -- to new heights. This 45,000-sq.-ft. marketplace is a culinary extravaganza, a sprawling grocery store complete with tasting rooms and restaurants and a culinary educational center. There is nothing quite like it anywhere -- with the exception of the original Eataly, in Turin, Italy. (200 5th Ave., at 23rd St.)
Forever 21: The fast-fashion chain is testing the wat