The center of shopping in Jackson Heights is at 37th Avenue and 82nd Street. National chains like The Children's Place, Starbucks, and Payless Shoes, along with national and regional banks, anchor the area, along with a variety of locally owned and operated shops. There's a nice mix of unique and chain stores.
Shops along 37th Avenue include Ultima Floral (8102 37th Ave) for plants and flowers. The shopkeepers are great sources of advice about plants, especially taking care of them in sunny apartments.
Rudy Volcano (7907 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY) sells Latin American-inspired clothing and authentic crafts, a good source for gifts.
The Y Gallery (3270 85th St) has brought more style to the neighborhood, and its colorful opening parties are nice to have in conjunction with the restaurant scene on Northern Boulevard. This art gallery showcases the work of emerging artists, from the neighborhood and from across the country.
The Little India section of Jackson Heights is primarily a two-block area along 74th Street from Roosevelt Avenue to 37th Avenue. For Indian newspapers, books, and art, try Butala Emporium (37-46 74th St., Jackson Heights, NY). Shopping in Jackson Heights for gold jewelry? Little India's many jewelry stores are a fine destination for quality, India-style 22k gold jewelry at a good price.