C.O. Bigelow Chemists


414 Sixth Avenue nr. West 9th Street

Calling Bigelow a "pharmacy" is like calling Madonna a "singer." As the oldest apothecary in America, this Greenwich Village establishment has reached an iconic status in its own right. I could spend hours in here perusing every nook and cranny. I love the selection of European toothpastes, essential oils, and perfumes. A few years ago, they launched their own private label line which is well-priced and of high-quality. I especially like C.O. Bigelow's Orange & Coriander Hand Soap. I've been coming here since I was a student at Parsons School of Design. There used to a store cat named Rex, who went to kitty heaven a few years ago. He was very much a part of the store.