It's that time of the year again. As 2017 draws to a close, we at City Weekend take a look back at some of our favorite openings of the year. Read on to find out which are our favorite shop openings of 2017.
Address: 5/F, 218 Xinle Lu (near Donghu Lu) 新乐路218号5楼 (近东湖路)
Why they made the list: Shanghai's first female-focused adult store
Topping the list of our favorite openings of 2017 is V Spot. This high-end adult toy store located on that Xinle-Donghu-Fumin junction caters to a largely female clientele, though they do carry a small selection of male-oriented products. Interiors are bright and classy, with a built-in bar and an open area towards the back that they populate with a schedule of women-empowerment classes and talks. They've been pretty successful in their quest to show that adult stores needn't be seedy, dingy places hidden down dark alleyways, but what we're especially appreciative of is what a good job they're doing on educating the public on female sexuality, and how they've started and encouraged open discussions on a topic that is unfortunately, still very much under-explored here in China.
Address: 27 Hengshan Lu (near Wulumuqi Nan Lu) 衡山路27号 (近乌璐木齐南路)
Why they made the list: Bringing a touch of class to your yoga routine
Sugarmat calls out to the inner yogi in all of us. This Montreal-based yoga company very recently opened their first Shanghai brick and mortar location, and it's gorgeous. Interiors are a mix of light herringbone floors, dainty pink walls (have you not heard of millenium pink?), and rose gold accents, all culminating into a feature wall showcasing rows upon rows of stylish, luxurious yoga mats. Sugarmat mats feature suede synthetic tops that absorb moisture and provide great traction, plus their natural rubber bottom, along with their water-based inks make these mats hundred percent biodegradable, sustainable, recyclable, and reusable. They're also not difficult to maintain and washing machine-friendly, and best of all, they come in a variety of prints and designs. Fashionable, easy to take care, and good for the environment—what's not to love?
Address: 3-5/F, 1077 Zhaojiabang Lu (near Tianyaoqiao Lu) 肇嘉浜路1077号3-5层 (近天钥桥路)
Why they made the list: A home furnishings option that isn't IKEA
NITORI opened their three-storey Shanghai flagship in Xujiahui back in the summer, and immediately saw perpertual mobs, especially during the weekends. It's not difficult to see why; this Japanese home furnishings brand offers a mind-boggling selection of accessories and decor items that are all incredibly affordable. Prices are cheaper than IKEA, and the brand is supposedly one of the most popular lifestyle names in Japan, selling twice as well as MUJI. For a more detailed review, click here.
Address: 1-2/F KiNG88, 88 Changning Lu (near Wanhangdu Lu) 长宁路88号KiNG88广场1-2层(近万航渡路)
Why they made the list: Affordable decor items, renovation services, and decor sold in packages
Hanssem bills themselves as China's first, true, one-stop guide to achieving your dream home. The double-level store in KiNG88 Plaza is the Korean lifestyle and home furnishings brand first Shanghai location. They're structured similarly to IKEA, with showroom set-ups, plus a retail area filled with (incredibly affordable) home decor and tableware. Different from IKEA however, is that they also carry construction materials and offer renovation services. They sell decor in packages—if you like the look of a particular showroom, simply point and they can help you reproduce it, down to floor panels and doors. For a more detailed review, click here.
Address: 494 Jianguo Xi Lu (near Yueyang Lu) 建国西路494号 (近岳阳路)
Why they made the list: Affordable, tailored suits and house-designed pieces for the gents
Housed in the city's largest shikumen structure, GENTSPACE is a classy menswear boutique with a "high value products at accessible prices" ethos. You can easily get an excellent suit made for under RMB10,000 here; a total look ranges from RMB5,000-RMB7,000, while single items will set you back somewhere between RMB3,000 and RMB4,000. All clothing pieces are private labels—meaning they're house-designed and made in China—using quality, imported fabric. They also have a well-curated lifestyle section carrying brands like Claus Porto soaps, Fabiano stationary, and Philip B toiletries. For a more detailed review, click here.
Address: 60 Yongkang Lu (near Xiangyang Nan Lu) 永康路60号 (近襄阳南路)
Why they made the list: A treasure trove full of goodies
SiDo may be small, but it's mighty. This little store on Yongkang Lu is packed full of surprises, carrying a vibrant selection of colorful tote bags, cold press soaps, jewellery, and fun knick knacks. But it's their homemade soy candles that make them so popular. They come in a variety of scents, all quirkily named: Bye Mosquitos (lavender, lemongrass and citronella) sounds perfect for summer, the Emergency (cedarwood and tea tree) is great for when you need your home to smell pretty for unexpected guests, while their Relaxing combo of lavender, rose and geranium is perfect for a quiet pick-me-up at home. All these scents also come in the form of pillow mists, room sprays and roll-on oil fragrances. For a more detailed review, click here.
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