Best Of 2003

Best Place to Buy Mood Lighting: City Buddha

It's easy to spend hours and hours in this little shop in Ohio City, sorting through baskets of beads or skeins of cloth, looking for Indian treasure. The whole store is fun -- but the little room tucked toward the back is truly extraordinary. It's nothing but lamps, each more exquisite than the next: globes covered in pink silk, geometric tubes in scarlet, softly patterned cubes. They look great in the store and even better in your bedroom. They're a flash of the Kama Sutra, affordable enough for the lowliest apartment.

Readers' Poll Winner for Best Gift Shop: The Secret Closet