When Franklin Avenue first started to become a shopping destination, one of the first people I met there was Jade Elzien, who was then working at one of Greenpoint’s earliest boutiques, Dalaga. Her upbeat attitude, warmth and genuine personality helped me feel comfortable and excited for what the neighborhood had in store. So it was very exciting to find out that she was opening her OWN boutique, Violet Pepper (688 Manhattan Ave.) last summer.
To celebrate the shop’s first year, Violet Pepper‘s hosting a big celebration with sales Friday July 25-Sunday 27th. Everything will be 20% off and sale items an extra 20% off. On Saturday the 26th there will be an added bonus of Brooklyn Brewery beers!
A little more about Jade and her journey from friendly Greenpoint neighbor to independent Greenpoint business owner after the jump! Continue reading →
Transforming furniture is one of the things we love to do the most at Suite Pieces (located at 162 Huron Street)! We’re going to share with you how fun and easy it is to change the look of something you already own without the hassle of sanding and priming. We’ll be using one of our favorite product lines that we offer in the shop, Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. By the time you do all that prep-work with traditional latex paint, you’re ready to call it quits and leave yet another unfinished project sitting around your apartment taking up precious, expensive square footage. When you use Chalk Paint® for your painting projects, you get instant gratification that keeps you going till it’s back in place ready for a photo op! Continue reading →
It’s almost summer. North Brooklyn bike lanes are busy and the parks are full of folks like you who want to feel great and get into shape. But getting fit isn’t just hitting the running track. Wellness is also about eating great and staying active with fun fitness routines. There are a variety of ways to get healthy in our neighborhood, meet new people and enjoy irresistible perks. A great way to get started is through Athletes Club.
Athletes Club is a members-only service suited for everyone that loves to live healthy and active! It’s the best way to discover, experience, and save at top-notch fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and active shops in New York City and North Brooklyn. Members receive unlimited benefits to use at over 100 partnering businesses, including Brooklyn Boulders, Summer’s Juice, JackRabbit Sports, SYNC Studio, and Torque Fitness, Ride Brooklyn, and Awakening NY.
Plus, members can experience free classes, social outings, and other unique experiences, like the all inclusive World Cup Viewing Party. Say goodbye to your boring fitness routine!
Members save $100s each month. Get started today for only $19.
As most of you have probably noticed Greenpoint’s population is rising faster than new condos. As each year goes by, I find it harder to cross the street. What was once relatively quiet area with stray dogs running around, is now a small city in its own right. I decided to measure the local transportation boom by counting the number of bicycles that rode passed me in an hour’s time and I was pretty surprised by the answer.
Last week, we asked YOU, dear readers, for your guesses and here were the results: there was a total of 44 guesses, ranging from 42 bikes to 1002 (and one special guy guessed $1). Continue reading →
She put up with you your entire life (not to mention MADE you alive) so you clearly owe her more than a phone call and a mass produced greeting card.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but don’t worry, you still have plenty of time. We’ve put together this Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide so you can keep the shopping local and still shower her with awesomeness. We are making this REALLY easy so don’t phone it in this year. Your welcome. Happy Mother’s Day! Continue reading →
Free yourself from the toxic chemicals you put on your skin everyday at a Beauty Liberation Party this Saturday from noon-8pm at Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave). Spring cleaning beings with your body, so throw away those harmful synthetic cosmetics and come to this non-toxic skin care party with lots of freebies!
Try natural beauty products, score a complimentary (that means FREE!) makeup consultation and check out a presentation of flawless long lasting airbrush makeup at 7pm. All brides-to-be (and your entourages) are welcome! Wait, there is more…
Enjoy a free mini facial and take your chance in a raffle to win prizes like cosmetics sets or brunch for two at Raizes, Greenpoint’s new Portuguese restaurant.
Not to mention there will be complimentary wine carefully selected by Vine Box and get grooved away with music by DJ DLP! Healthy make-up was NEVER this fun before.
Did you know that flowers have purpose and their colors have specific meaning? On Valentines Day, there will be a plethora of options for flowers, candy and other gifts to chose from, but can you offer a purposeful and meaningful gift?
The Little Glass Slipper, a floral design boutique located at 200 Franklin St in Greenpoint, uses colors, herbs and herbal flowers to create a sensory gift giving experience and shares some insight about what these flowers can do. Continue reading →
Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! We have a deal for you.
NYC Farm Chic Flowers is offering FREE NuNu Chocolate with an order of gorgeous flowers (thru Feb 9th)! So get your butt in gear and score some roses + chocolate for your sweetie (in one shot!) before it’s too late.
Did you know that 90% of roses sold in the US are imported? Surprised? NYC Farm Chic Flowers was, too – which is why they offer US grown flowers, USA Made vases + Brooklyn Made Chocolates. Keeping it local.
Plus NYC Farm Chic has plenty of gorgeous floral options to chose from – like this stunning “Mad For You” Rose Assortment + Vase combo.
As we know all too well from the past month, New York weather BE CRAZY. One day it feels like Spring in January and the next, we wake up only to trek through a few feet of toxic slush to a delayed train. If only there was a better way to get the weather report than sifting through an hour-by-hour forecast in a state of half sleep, trying to determine what shoes to put on…
Welcome to the world of Poncho, a personalized weather service that emails/texts you each morning with an update specifically tailored to your daily habits. It’s just like the device in Her, except instead of Scarlet Johansson whispering sweet nothings into your ear, it’s an adorable cat in a poncho telling you the weather. Continue reading →
Let’s talk about the wonderfulness of a clean home that you didn’t lift a finger to accomplish.
It may seem like a luxurious thing to do, but that feeling of getting home after a long day at work and your entire apartment is tidy and smells terrific is really priceless – and you deserve it, because you did work hard for it – but you didn’t have to do it yourself!
Sure you could clean your own apartment but you could also cook for yourself and pour yourself a glass of wine, but you still go out and have someone else do those things for you on a regular basis, right? One night out in this town could easily be more expensive than that amazing clean home feeling. So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to justify it to anyone – even yourself.
So you are ready for a really clean home – now what? Finding a reliable and trustworthy cleaning person is a whole other endeavor. Not anymore!
The folks at Vervelux, a North Brooklyn based cleaning service for over 6 years just made getting your apartment spotless AND your laundry and dry cleaning done a whole lot easier with a customizable online ordering service! And they service Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint & LIC. This is the future of cleaning, people!
Picture this: you’re at your desk and check your calendar and realize you have guests coming over for dinner but your place is a wreck and you don’t have a clean shirt to your name. Type in Vervelux.com and they will magically take care of everything!
And as a Brooklynite who cares about your own health and the environment, Vervelux is a green cleaning service, using only eco-friendly products that will get your home truly clean, rather than covered in toxic chemicals. That goes for their Laundry & Dry Cleaning services as well. Think pick-up, clean, fold and drop-off.
This isn’t just house cleaning and laundry service – it’s peace of mind. Vervelux are professionals you can trust to clean your home so you can enjoy living there.