This year, retailers have been testing new recipes to get you tipsy with joy, and one particular trend has emerged along the way: shopping bars. They are as good as they sound—basically portions of stores that are carved out as spaces to belly-up to and order a specific service, from customizing your own watch to making your own scarf to designing a personal beauty look. Scroll down to learn about four fashion and beauty watering holes where you can slake your thirst for looking and feeling like a champ. Because, as any true shopper knows, there’s no better buzz than getting something you really want.
The Bar: Nixon Watch Bar
California watch and accessories brand Nixon opened a new store in Soho this month. It’s not particularly large, but it’s full of heart: At the center of this cozy outpost is a customize-your-own-watch bar, where you can mix and match bands, faces, knobs, and more to create a personalized look.
What to order: The Time Teller. Its clean design has made it one of the brand’s bestsellers and with customization, you can make it the exact color you want, plus engrave it with a word (or two) of your choosing for free. (Starting at $125; 122 Prince Street, between Wooster Street and Greene Street. Visit nixon.com for more information.)
The Bar: Burberry Scarf Bar
The British brand’s bar is available in select stores and online. It offers more than 100 cashmere options to snuggle up with, including monotone autumnal hues, plaid variations, and, of course, the classic Heritage check. Make your mark by adding a monogram.
What to order: A print! Chief creative officer and CEO Christopher Bailey has introduced hearts and polka dots into the label’s iconic pattern. The ones you see above are cashmere and range from $475 to $650. (Visit us.burberry.com/scarves.)
The Bar: Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge
Get your pretty on at this go-to spot for makeup and lashes. It boasts five locations, including a new outpost in N.Y.C.
What to order: The $55 Lucky Stars special. Start with a glass of Champagne and end up with a holiday-party look, complete with a dramatic eye and bold lip, 40 minutes later. “This one can be amped up or toned down,” says founder Stephi Maron. (Visit blushington.com for locations.)
The Bar: YLang 23 Ring Bar
Find a hot stack at this hot spot in Dallas. Owners Charles and Joanne Teichman have dedicated of their shop into a space to mix and match alternative styles. They even staff the area with a ring bartender.
What to order: A combo of your choosing from about 40 designers, such as Yannis Sergakis, Satomi Kawakita, Jennifer Meyer, Maison Margiela, and more. (Visit the store at The Plaza at Preston Center, 8300 Preston Road, or the online Ring Bar at ylang23.com.)