When Franklin Street 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 →
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, one of our favorite new vintage shops in Greenpoint – People of 2morrow – is having a Valentine’s Fete this Thursday 2/13/14 from 6-9pm. Support local artisans at this warm festive gathering and shop for you lover or your fine self. Continue reading →
Tucked away off of Manhattan on Meserole is the most adorable mid century modern vintage furniture and home store called Vintage Modern. I’ve found so many great pieces there. I want to move in and live in the storefront.
Tonight, 3/3/12 from 6-9pm, designer Erica Savard is having a trunk show of her jewelry collection called We See Stars. Refreshments, 20% off jewelry & 15% off everything else in the store.
I want these vintage arrow studs! Only $18. See you later!
It’s no secret that Brooklyn is a giant hub for locally made anything. If you’re a local junkie and are looking for a one-stop-shop for a sustainable living environment look no further: Kerry Jones is the owner of one of Greenpoint’s newest stores, the one well, which Jones describes best as a lifestyle store. “This is for the highest degree of care about your health, your planet, and how you’re affecting your planet.” Over 50 artisans are currently featured in the one well with products ranging from hang crafted bags to locally made honey, chocolate, skin care, vintage lamps, vintage clothing, art pieces and many other lifestyle items (including vegan products!)
Kerry takes a great deal of pride in ensuring that all artisans whose products are sold in The One Well meet her standards of sustainability. She has tried every single product in the store, be it skin care, food or cleaning products (which she says work better than any other cleaning products she’s ever used, and without all the chemicals!) There are times when she has had to turn artisans away because their level of sustainability just didn’t make the mark, but in order to maintain her own credibility as a business owner and the mission of her business, it’s not surprising that this happens.
Join the one well on Thursday February 9th from 6-8pm for a Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting & Friday February 10th from 7-10pm for an Opening Reception for Artist Chris Platt. More info below…
Don’t forget, the one well features many excellent Valentine’s Day gifts including: yummy local goat milk caramel sauces (perfect for Valentine’s dessert), one-of-a-kind vintage heart boxes, pillows, baskets, & dishes, recycled paper Valentine’s Day cards & gift wrap, an incredible selection of jewelry, (because isn’t that what she really wants?!) and an entirely organic shaving needs line (because isn’t that what he really needs?!)
Chocolate & Whisky Tasting
Thursday, February 9th, 6-8. With expert Jonathan Wingo from the Whiskey Shop. Great deals on all killer vintage glassware with the purchase of a bottle of whisky. (After all, what better Valentine’s Day gift than booze and special glassware?!)
Opening Reception: Artist Chris Platt
Friday, February 10th, 7-10. Chris’ stunning yet subtle works draw attention to the laws of physics, and what amazing art is made in nature. Stop by and enjoy bites, sips, and jams from good friend and DJ extraordinaire Scott Kiernan.
Have you walked by Fanaberie on Nassau lately and noticed the creative window display? It’s up until Thanksgiving and is a marvelous collaboration between store owner Ella, a long-time Greenpointer originally from Poland and Charlotte a Greenpointer originally from Louisiana. Yes, they were not born here and I am calling them Greenpointers. Do you have a problem with it? I don’t care. I don’t want to hear it anymore. The absurd questions (and insults) the website receives. “Are you born and raised in Greenpoint?” one person asked or “Go back to Kansas.” Once and for all, who cares? We all live here and love it. No one choses where they are born, but they do chose where they live and Greenpoint it is. It’s nice to see what can happen when we get along!
Ella was designing the windows herself until she met Charlotte who was one of her first customers when the boutique opened a year and a half ago. With the help of her employee Ewelina, they create a “unique and friendly environment…so we are not only the store but also a social circle of customers that often are becoming our friends.” This is the perfect environment that fosters such creative endeavors. With a “yearning to do something with no boundaries creatively,” as Charlotte describes, she was inspired to ask Ella about the collaboration. On the Falling for Fanaberie window display Ella says: “I love the outcome of our little collaboration, Charlotte is so creative and she delivered exactly what she promised…In the past every change of the windows generated interest, comments and compliments; and this time specifically we are getting twice as much of compliments!”
Behind all great work there is a narrative. About the windows Charlotte explains: “It’s a love story. Falling for a summer fling. A transition. A change in seasons. The fling and Fanaberie are interchangeable. I’ve always thought of summer as a season to be free and to meet new loves, and fall is when you get to snuggle down with the most special one you met over the summer. This is a fairly tale. Real life comes what may. The story is personal, and I think that is why it’s been so well received.”
Perhaps its about falling in love with Greenpoint. I myself am smitten and can relate. When I asked Charlotte why she decided to live here she told me, “I fell in love with the neighborhood, instantly. The vibe of the neighborhood was great. I also love the authenticity of the neighborhood. My neighbor has lived here all of his life, he keeps me up to date with the goings and comings of the rest of the people on our street. I’m friends with the family that owns the corner store. Once I came home late, was hungry with no money, and he loaned me $2 for a slice. The neighborhood looks out for one another. It reminds me of home.”
If you’ve met me, you know I am as tall as a super model (among the little people population) so all my jeans need a hemming. I went to Loren, over on Nassau & Manhattan and while perfectly fitting me, I got to chatting with Loren Cronk, the owner. I’ d heard through the grapevine he had worked for Ralph Lauren, my current employer, but that is not where his long journey that ended him up here in Greenpoint began.
Aside from employment over the years by Levi’s, Polo, Rocawear, Ecko Unltd (my last employer) & Lip Jeans, he launched his own start-ups: Bilt, Beta Project & Civic Movement. With a resume like this, Loren doesn’t consider himself a “fashion designer,” but we can at least call him a denim designer, since he designs his own Soldier & Brave line, which he sells along with a few other brands as well as vintage and custom denim in the store.
Specializing in denim has been successful for Loren’s Greenpoint shop rather than designing full clothing lines. Aside from the financial benefits of a business tailored to creating one kind of product, he is able to work on his own terms. To focus so closely on materials, fits and washes and because his customers buy directly from him, he gets real time feedback, not from a fit model (with perfect proportions), but from real people who wear his jeans.
Aside from selling denim, Loren specializes in custom jeans, for customers he calls “denim heads,” as well as denim repair, which is why I was visiting the shop.
A new product are these awesome denims bags he creates in the store with 19oz “hard to find” Japanese salvage denim in 4 different styles and sizes and the straps are made from old leather belts. With computer compartments, they are perfectly sturdy for toting around your laptop. Most wearable denim is made in the 14oz variety.
He carries local designers as well. The baristas over at 5 Leaves, Carlos and Alston, hand paint onto vintage denim vests; the themes are based on made-up games.
And when Loren isn’t busy working in the shop and hanging around the neighborhood with his family (he lives 3 blocks away), he is out searching for killer vintage finds, like this rad eagle vest or this bad ass autographed Rod Stewart jacket he proudly showcases in the store window.