By Michelle Christina Larsen

About Michelle Christina Larsen

Michelle Christina Larsen is a writer, designer and DIY addict living in North Brooklyn. With half of her family hailing from Greenpoint, the neighborhood holds a special place in her heart. She's been an avid reader and contributor to Greenpointers since 2011, shortly after vending at the first-ever Greenpointers Holiday Market.Michelle Christina is also the founder of local holiday market Sugar x Spice, Brooklyn-based lifestyle and DIY blog Hey Mishka, and freelance writing resource Day Job Optional.

Sealed with an XOXO: A Nostalgic Recap of our Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market

Inside the bustling Greenpoint Loft (photo: Ben Shirai)

The Greenpoint Loft was buzzing with amore and filled with the sentimental vibes of Valentine’s days past on Sunday afternoon. The stunning space was packed with incredible vendors, excited shoppers, supportive sponsors, and community members who came together for a lovely day of shopping, music, photos, and fun activities.

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On the roof deck of Greenpoint Loft (photo: Ben Shirai)

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Consider Yourself Tempted… Greenpointers Valentine’s Market (Sunday, 2/10) Vendor Preview!

Open Sea Designs at our Polar Vortex Holiday Market 2018 (photo: Gustavo Ponce)

Can you feel it in the air…? That hard-to-put-your-finger-on feeling that makes you see the whole world in rosy hues? It’s called looove, friends. And it’s what we’re celebrating this weekend a market that takes dreamy to another level!

The Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market is happening Sunday, February 10 from 1-7pm at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St), and we’re in full-blown amore with our incredible vendors. Here’s a quick peek at some of the wares you’ll be able to shop at Greenpoint Loft!—And by the way, if you haven’t already, RSVP here!

If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be rocking out to live music by Love Always and Kendra Morris, posing in our Vintage Rose Garden photo booth, and sipping lovely local libations provided by Greenpoint Beer & Ale,Brooklyn Gin + BRINS JamBABE Wine, and Brooklyn Boocha. Did we mention that visitors will get to grab TWO FREE DRINKS courtesy of Cinch?

As you shop and frolic, you can partake in a range of charming activities from nail art and tarot readings to floral DIY’s, face painting & much more. See more deets about what we have in store here.

Browse some of the vendors below. We dare you not to get sweet on ’em.


A neighborhood favorite, Adelina’s is a plant based and vegetarian Italian restaurant and natural wine bar in the heart of Greenpoint. They focus on making their food from scratch, sourcing the best ingredients and finding best small production natural wines.  We are so excited to have them join us to serve fresh locally made Italian fare at our market! Follow them on Instagram and stop by their restaurant at 150 Greenpoint Ave if you can’t wait until Sunday!

MLE integrates the artistry of old‐world techniques with modern designs, using high‐quality materials and unique details. All of MLE’s pieces are handcrafted in Greenpoint. Check out her latest creations like “A Gentlewoman’s Agreement” and other special Valentine’s pieces at our market and follow her on Instagram!

 


Check out the rest of our love-at-first-sight-worthy vendors below:

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Get Nostalgic at our Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market (2/10): Flower Crown Making, Rosewater Gimlets, Live Music, Nail Art, Photo Booth, & More!

Prepare to fall in love… with 60+ local vendors! The Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market is happening Sunday, February 10 from 1-7pm, and we’re already feeling kind of dreamy. You’ll be transported to a simpler time… A time before swiping right and sliding into DMs, when the art of hand-writing a Valentine was alive and well. The Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street) will be cast in a rosy glow with perfect Valentine’s Day gifts of every variety. RSVP HERE!

Poster designed by Open Sea

Live music by Love Always and Kendra Morris will set the mood — and you’ll want to capture the day’s enchanting memories in our free custom painted oversized Vintage Rose Garden photo booth. Lovely libations? We’ve got ’em. Choose locally brewed craft beer from Greenpoint Beer & Ale, feel the warm-and-fuzzy vibes of rose water gimlets mixed withBrooklyn Gin and BRINS jam, cozy up with hot mulled wine with BABE Wine, or chill out with Brooklyn Boocha’s CBD Kombucha. Plus guests will get to have TWO FREE DRINKS courtesy of Cinch! Continue reading

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Need a Perfect Gift? Preview the Sugar x Spice Holiday Makers Market! (12/17)

sugar-x-spice-market_brooklyn-bazaar_greenpointers_mclarsenHoliday markets are a beloved Brooklyn tradition (you know we love ’em). This year, a brand-spankin’ new one is hitting the scene right here in Greenpoint! It’s the Sugar x Spice Holiday Markers Market (RSVP here for updates), happening this Sunday, December 17th from 1:00–6:00pm at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.)

The market’s 30+ vendors will include a full range of gift-ready wares, from eco-friendly clothing to artisanal dioramas, bath and body products, handmade jewelry, crocheted accessories, stationery, artwork and more.

Extra-festive fun awaits in the form of a free wintry photobooth, live performances, tarot card reading and other seasonal surprises. If that’s not enough to convince you, the first 20 customers are getting gift bags at the door… and they don’t even have to be on the “nice” list!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift or you just want to support small businesses and artists in our area, you owe it to yourself to come by this quirky, fun market. Did we mention? Admission is free! Be sure to RSVP here, and pop a note on your calendar! Read on for a preview of some of the creative, stylin’ vendors…

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Balkan Beat Box Bring Serious Global Flavor To Brooklyn Steel

Have you ever gone to see a band, super pumped, and witnessed a crowd of people standing around sipping craft beer and stubbornly refusing to do little more than nod their heads in time to the music? Yeah, we’ve all been there—it’s awkward for everyone. Refreshingly, when Israeli trio Balkan Beat Box took the stage at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St) in late April, this was definitely not one of those moments. In fact, inside Bowery Presents’ newest place to party—specifically designed for large crowds and good visibility of the stage from virtually any vantage point—I experienced a moment of live music euphoria: a few seconds of music video-worthy bliss where literally everyone in the massive venue was off their feet, jumping in the air.

Long story short? When vocalist Tomer Yosef tells you to jump, you jump… splashing craft beer and all.
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Thursday Spotlight: Michelle McLaughlin of Calyer Ceramics

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Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics

If you’ve ever sought out quality ceramics in our nabe, you’ve no doubt discovered a crowded market. And yet Calyer Ceramics has managed to break through and shine. Founder Michelle McLaughlin grew this independent, creative brand from the ground up, starting out in her own apartment.

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See Snaps from Line & Label’s DIY Dreamcatchers Workshop

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Dreamcatchers in progress at Line & Label. Photo by Michelle Christina Larsen

Manhattan Avenue’s hip boutique Line & Label held a successful first Dreamcatchers Workshop at the end of last month, and we stalked around the work table to snap pics of our local DIY lovers making their own beautiful creations.

For $50, attendees were given instructions and a wide array of materials to experiment with including leather, feathers, beads and fringe. The resulting dreamcatchers varied in color, size and decoration. “We were truly impressed with everyone’s finished piece, and so happy everyone finished in time too,” says founder Kate O’Riley on the boutique’s website.

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Shop All Weekend at Bushwick’s First Annual Vintage Crawl (6/4-6/5)

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Local lovers of vintage are revving up their engines (and eating extra protein bars) for Bushwick’s First Annual Vintage Crawl—an event that’s sure to see hoards of shoppers rummaging through racks and sprinting from shop-to-shop this weekend (June 4-5).

Here’s a breakdown of the stores involved, so you can get hyped up and plan your shopping route…

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Get Inspired: Our Favorite DIY Wares At The Renegade Craft Fair

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Colorful dinosaur planters by Plaid Pigeon

The Holy Grail of craft fairs took place last weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center, proving once again that Brooklyn knows how to get seriously creative. We were mesmerized by rows of homemade house wares, clothing, jewelry, and paper goods. A refreshingly unique assortment of products were on display, from metallic inlay ceramics and vintage jewels, to hysterical signs.

Couldn’t make it to the market? Never fear. We snapped the best booths so you can relive the Renegade experience–and shop some of our favorite brands online.

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