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Greenpoint Power Couples – Beth & Chris, Eastern District

Beth Lewand & Chris Gray of Eastern District, on their wedding day in 2009

In the grand finale to our Valentine’s Day power couple series, we saved the most unique neighborhood love story for last, as it encompasses not one, but three couples with Greenpoint roots. Beth Lewand, who owns craft beer and cheese emporium Eastern District on Manhattan Avenue and Eagle Street with her husband Chris Gray, wrote a beautiful and historical narrative of her family’s relationship to the neighborhood. We think you’ll really enjoy it. Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers and to all the couples who shared the love in this series! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Power Couples – Dave & Alex, The Diamond

Dave & Alex Pollack at The Diamond (Dave said: "This is when we first opened; look how bare the walls are!")

Many of us in Greenpoint have enjoyed a nightcap at The Diamond on Franklin Street – but did you know that a husband and wife team is behind this awesome tucked-away bar? For our Valentine’s Day series, owners Dave Pollack and his wife Alex tell us more about their power partnership and their favorite things about the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Power Couples – Grace (Design*Sponge) & Julia (food writer)

Julia and Grace (photo by Lauren Volo)

In this couple’s own words about their professional pursuits in Greenpoint, pioneering blogger Grace Bonney humbly says, “I run a website about design;” her talented wife, Julia Turshen, answers in equal modesty, “I write about food. And I do a lot of dishes.” In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked these creative newlyweds to tell us more about their lives together in the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Power Couples – Kimmee & Evan, Greenpoint Trading Co.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the love that wafts through the air in Greenpoint with profiles of some of our favorite entrepreneurial power couples. You might already shop in their stores, eat their food, take their classes, follow them online, or recognize them as fellow regulars at your local haunts, but now it’s getting personal! We asked our power couples to tell us about what they love about living and working in Greenpoint with each other, and the results were very sweet indeed.

To kick off this series, we bring you Kimmee Arndt and Evan Hoffman of Greenpoint Trading Co., our neighborhood spice purveyors.

Kimme Arndt & Evan Hoffman, Greenpoint Trading Co.

GP: How did you two meet?

Kimmee: We met through my college roommate, who was Evan’s childhood friend from growing up on Long Island. Our first date was at a bowling alley. Continue reading

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Digital Pointers with Eat Drink Jobs

Julie Lerner is the energetic and cheerful Founder of EatDrinkJobs who, along with her co-founder Jason Miller, launched their venture the Fall of 2012.  With her background working years for the New York State Restaurant Association, Julie knows the NY restaurant industry well, and knows its pitfalls.  Julie talks about solving the pain point of connecting great restaurants with stellar applicants, beating the Craigslist system of finding jobs, and getting cappuccino at Five Leaves.

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Digital Pointers with Ashe Avenue

At the Propeller Coffee Shop  along Manhattan Ave, I sat down to talk with John McKinney, the CEO of Ashe Avenue.  John was at the Future of Web Design Conference (Oct. 7 – 9) and gave a talk on “Designing for the Forgotten User: Aesthetics and UX in the Editorial Platform”. Ashe Avenue was also behind the Creator’s Project which won the 2012 Webby Award Winner for Music and Branded Content.

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DigitalPointers with Glass Embassy

On a Sunday morning, I met with  Sam Jones and Ben Bernstein of Glass Embassy at Cafe Grumpy to talk about going from video production to web design to video games (in the future) and disregarding conventions a little too much.  

Meet the two friends behind Glass Embassy: Sam Jones and Ben Bernstein.  Ben is the Founder and President of Glass Embassy, and occupies several roles: creative director, producer, composer, and editor.  Sam is the Vice President and director and cinematographer for the company.  His expertise is chiefly in video and film production.

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Spice Fix – “Seasonal Spices” Spice CSA

I’ll admit it. My spice cabinet is a bit of a mess.  And it seems the more cooking I do, the greater into disarray my cache of seasonings falls.  A six-year-old, nearly untouched jar of marjoram rests atop a pillow of unlabeled ziploc bags filled with heaping spoonfuls of unidentified yellow and green aromatic powders. Towards the back of the cupboard, a tub of oregano the size of a house cat mocks me. Too much of this, too little of that, and what to do with it all, assuming the old stuff still has pungency? Greenpoint’s Tara Suan, has come up with an idea to combat these common kitchen conundrums.

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Get Your Sew On at SewMoni

Brooklyn is a highly creative and crafty hub for many gals and guys. New businesses are constantly opening. Sew Moni is no exception! This super cute new shop has everything you need for supplies, ideas and crafting lessons of the sewing persuasion. Sew Moni’s Monica Briones (owner and founder) and Katie Mann (managing partner) know what it takes for business to meet creativity. I was able to visit the shop, and Monica provided me with a wealth of information as to what this new hot spot is all about.

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