West Village

Footwear designer Jean-Michel Cazabat has opened his first U.S. store in New York City's West Village. The retail space is inspired by Cazabat's own modern, eclectic SoHo loft apartment. It incorporates the vibrant signature colors of Cazabat's shoe line — Napoleon Blue on the entrance wall and a "rouge taureau" ottoman — both colors seen throughout Cazabat's own home.

For the first time since launching the makeup brand 16 years ago, Francois Nars will be opening a namesake, stand-alone boutique. It officially opens on Feb. 10 in New York City's West Village.

Bedbugs — nocturnal, bloodsucking insects about the size of an apple seed and notoriously tough to eradicate — are taking a bite out of Manhattan business this summer. The bugs may be little, but their effect can be big, from damaging a brand's image, to sparking major changes in retailers' return policies, to requiring frequent pest-control checkups that can cost thousands of dollars a visit.

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