The latest from Racked, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up.
1) Soho: Above, the final touches being applied to the Greene Street newcomer Droog, which Racked toured today. Those who've been to the famed avant-garde design store's Amsterdam store need no introduction to this madness, but for newcomers, Racked puts it thusly: "All in all, the product and store experience are hard to describe. But if we had to try, we'd say the place has got a wacky, Willy Wonka-esque feel to it—with creative people dreaming up limited-edition runs of exciting, innovative furniture and home goods." The store opens Thursday.
2) Meatpacking: More new store photogallery goodness: fashion retailer Ports 1961 finally opens after eons of construction on the corner of Gansevoort and Ninth Avenue.
3) Midtown: Yikes, is it time to start worrying about Barneys? Seems the financial middlemen the high-end retailer relies on to buy merchandise aren't, um, approving Barneys' spring orders. Quick, join the commenter panic!
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