Department-store culture can seem a tad antiquated in a city full of fabulous boutiques. So we were thrilled to discover Nordstrom's new concept shop, Treasure & Bond, whose souk-inspired setup and grassroots-level donating practices are anything but big name.

Each quarter, the shop tallies its sales, subtracts its expenses and gives every extra penny to a different New York City nonprofit. Through October, proceeds will benefit the New York Public Library Children's Department and the New York City Young Men's Initiative. (Other charities on the horizon include Memorial Sloan-Kettering and the Coalition for the Homeless.)

The shop celebrates New York in ways large and small--from illustrious books like High Society ($65) and Hamptons Gardens ($150) to mini subway-map stationery.

There are also plenty of international goods to ogle, including spectacular dishes by Mud Australia and luxurious cashmere throws by Hong-Kong textile company Serenity Fair.

The second floor boasts an eclectic range of fashions by small-scale designers like Colleen Eitzen and Leigh Schubert, plus a spacious terrace for enjoying treats from Stumptown Coffee and Balthazar Bakery, both opening next month.

Though it's associated with a retail giant, this shop is a trove of feel-good treasures.

Treasure & Bond, 350 W. Broadway (between Watts and Grand sts.); 646-669-9049 or treasureandbond.com

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