Scholar’s Mate: Bishop and Queen

Bishop and Queen (1000 Manhattan Avenue) is a petite womenswear shop that packs a whole lotta punch in Greenpoint. The store doesn’t stray far from its poetic minimalist meets utilitarian enthusiasms and rightfully so. With simple and classic pieces, the emphasis is all on the details.

Dark leggings, laser-cut perforated knits, clog booties, and oversized layering pieces compliment crystal necklaces and long pendants swinging from deer antlers. From trusty neutral tones to bright colored socks and shimmery quartz baubles, there’s something for every Greenpoint gal.

Tonight (12/13) Bishop and Queen is having a holiday/meet the new jewelry designer party from 7-10.

I stopped by the shop a few weekends ago and got to chat with Kimberly Callway on being a new business owner, in addition to working as a Science teacher, and long time Greenpoint resident.

GP: What is the vision behind Bishop and Queen? 

Kimberly: My vision is to have a well curated boutique providing ladies with stylish and classic pieces to incorporate into their wardrobe.

GP: Between teaching full-time and running a new boutique, how do you balance work and your personal life?

Kimberly: I make a lot of lists! I am very organized and thrive off being busy, so I have to plan ahead  in order to get everything done.

GP: What are your current favorite products? Do you curate items with a particular customer in mind?

Kimberly: The Ash Rain and Dark Grey Bunny is my personal favorite. I also am super into the Richer Poorer socks and all their great designs. I love all of the pieces but these are my top picks…and the clogs! Who doesn’t love clogs??

I curate with what I like to call a refined cool gal in mind…

Kimbery Callaway, Owner Bishop and Queen

GP: What goals do you have in mind for Bishop and Queen?

Kimberly: I have many goals for my store, but am currently building my business and customer base.  Eventually, I would like to expand and carry both men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.  But in the not so distant future, we want to get some handbags in here!

GP: Describe your ideal day in Greenpoint.

Kimberly: Best day ever in Greenpoint as follows:

Exercise and then brunch at one of the many amazing options, then swing by ETC and get a mocha and walk my dog Weezey Francis down to Transmitter Park and possibly get a cupcake along the way. A little strolling and shopping is in order after that at any of the great local boutiques. Nap time…I can’t lie, I like to nap a lot! Wine in the garden of Milk and Roses and then…?

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a poet & pathological daydreamer. Her books Hotel Ghost and Waiting For the End of the World are available from Bottlecap Press.

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