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Beauty & Style

Boutiques & Bites

Author of the Eat/Shop guidebooks Kaie Wellman pinpoints the three hottest new shopping 'hoods.

North Bucktown, Chicago

Soutache Refresh your wardrobe with ribbons, buttons, bows—and the miles of could-be accessories you'll find at this quirky embellishments store. 2125 N. Damen Ave., 773/292-9110,

Grace Choose from Luciano Padovan sophisticated heels, Sue London ballet flats, and Bo'em summer sandals at a new-kid-on-the-block shoe store. 1917 N. Damen Ave., 773/384-7223,

Takashi French meets American with a Japanese twist at this hot new restaurant. Try the trio of tofu and the chicken in a clay pot. 1952 N. Damen Ave., 773/772-6170,, entrées from $23.

Crossroads District, Kansas City, Mo.

Birdies A lingerie emporium known for its exquisite Clo lace underthings and local designer Stella Replied's corsets, showcased in vintage candy cases. 116 W. 18th St., 816/842-2473,

Spool A good source for chic finds by local designers: Standouts include hand-crocheted baby booties by Grandma G and knit halter dresses by Amanda Nervig. 122 W. 18th St., 816/842-0228,

Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates Savor a chocolate filled with yuzu (Japanese citrus) and you'll agree that these treats are edible art. 1819 McGee St., 816/842-1300,

West End, Portland, Ore.

Frances May Vintage with a modern twist: Discover items like Thea Grant's cool directional-arrow rings and girlish yet grown-up Church & State dresses. 1013 SW Washington St., 503/227-3402,

Odessa In a shop specializing in unusual labels, you'll spot Isabel Marant linen dresses—hard to find outside of France—and Martin Margiela harem pants. 410 SW 13th Ave., 503/223-1998,

Clyde Common Join a communal table and make (new) friends while sampling exotic dishes like scallop crudo with blood sausage and grapefruit. 1014 SW Stark St., 503/228-3333,, entrées from $15.

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