ABOUT JANAKA STUCKY
Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press Black Ocean. In 2015 Jack White’s Third Man Records launched a new publishing imprint, Third Man Books, and chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title. He is the author of four poetry collections, is a two-time National Haiku Champion, and has taught or performed in over 60 cities around the world.
ABOUT JANAKA STUCKY
How do you balance having a full time job, starting a business, and having a family in Brooklyn? For the answer, visit Greenpoint’s newest lifestyle store Elionne (71 West St), where local fashion designer and momtrepreneur Huong Pham shares the things she loves with hope that others will find as much joy and comfort in them as well. With a focus on local products, indie makers, and emerging designers from around the world, the carefully curated selection of clothes, homeware, books, and art inspires you to create your own soul nourishing environment.
With a bright and airy aesthetic, the space has been tastefully put together with the help of a small cadre of talented friends and family. From the hand-built 20′ table by her designer friend Josh Farley to art work by Huong’s husband Jeremy Lawson, there are touches of laborious love everywhere.
As a young college student in Melbourne, Australia Huong got her first taste of success when at 19, she made cargo pants and tops for a designer concept store, which ended up selling out in two weeks and the orders kept coming in. She expanded to more stores and ended up establishing her own line while still in school. At 21 years old, she was invited to Sydney Fashion Week, and had her own shows. She finished college and jumped right into running her own brand in her own shop. Life in NYC is different from what it was back then – she is married with two kids, working full time for a different label. And yet, she says “There’s something inside me that keeps drawing me to having a shop and creating a special place, seeing someone try on a dress and it making them feel good, seeing the expression on their faces, it just makes me happy.”
Happiness is finding beauty in the everyday or as Konmari-ers might say, what sparks joy. Here, you don’t discard but you discover through the discerning eyes of Huong – “I love creating and crafting so most the books focus on crafts or cooking or gardening. I find these areas very calming and meditative and helpful for New Yorkers who are constantly on the go, we are all looking for that quiet and restful time and for me these areas have really helped so I offer these resources at the shop.”
Like Hudson Naturals’ hand-cut and wrapped soaps. “They smell unbelievable and the candles are one of our best sellers. Her bubble bath and coffee scrubs are my favorite for ‘me time’ with a glass of red.”
Having a brick & mortar store isn’t easy these days but it’s still the only way we can have that sense of community and real life interactions that online shopping doesn’t offer. “I would love for Elionne to become a neighborhood store, to get to know the locals by name and for people to feel comfortable to browse and stay for a chat. I’ve been so many awesome customers already and it’s just the beginning,” says Huong.
Having a physical storefront and space is about making that personal connection, experiencing a space, being part of a neighborhood and a community. In that spirit, Elionne will also be hosting workshops by different artisans and crafters. Follow @elionne.boutique to stay updated on upcoming workshops and activities. Mention Greenpointers and get 10% off!
Elionne is located on 71 West Street. Hours are from 12-6PM (Wednesdays & Thursdays), 11AM-7PM (Fridays & Saturdays ), and 11AM-6PM (Sundays).About: Opening its doors in December of 2018, Elionne is a long time dream come true, for fashion designer Huong Pham. A lovely casual lifestyle store, located in the historic Rope Factory, in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Elionne is home to emerging designers from around the world, we seek out their unique stories and welcome their craftsmanship and attention to detail. Showcasing a beautifully curated assortment of clothing, home and books.
At Elionne we love meeting our customers the most and we have already met so many wonderful neighbors and locals, as well as far flung travelers. The stories you tell us are most treasured and the stories we hope to share with you, is what makes this experience worthwhile.
Thank you Elionne for supporting Greenpointers and sponsoring this article!
There was no trace of the blustery snow falling outside of the new bountiful, tropical-feeling retail space of Greenery NYC, a Greenpoint-based botanic design company whose first brick and mortar store, Greenery Unlimited, celebrated its grand opening last week at 91 West St. near the entrance to Transmitter Park.
Owners Rebecca Bullene and Adam Besheer based Greenery Unlimited on the concept of the beneficial interaction between humans and plants known as Biophilia. The space is overflowing with plants, and the store’s setup allows for the discovery of charming nooks accented by greenery, despite the geometric shape of the floor.
Greenery Unlimited’s sister company Greenery NYC (195 Dupont St.) has been around for approximately nine years, offering large scale design, installation and maintenance services mostly for interior gardens. The online store opened three years ago shipping plants nationwide and delivering large plants in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The retail space features plant installations built into and on top of the walls and store fixtures, fed with automatic drip irrigation, grow lights and natural sunlight, along with a mist machine that sprays a relaxing fog of water droplets to the leaves below.
“We really want to set people up for success and make sure that what we’re installing is reasonable,” employee Madeline Sachs said. “Even though it is automatic, there’s irrigation involved; there’s still maintenance, and I think it happens more often in office spaces where people get to enjoy it,” she said explaining that the green wall installation near the desk area in the store is more common for office settings than for residential.
A custom designed plant installation is displayed in one of the front windows of the space with an industrial aesthetic and wooden planter boxes, similar in design to the Etsy office installation. For customers seeking something smaller in scale, Greenery Unlimited’s stock spans all budgets; a baby ponytail palm tree costs $30 while a full-grown version sells for $1300 without a planter.
“We really want anyone to be able to walk in and buy a plant; anything from a little tiny fern to this large ponytail,” Sachs said. “The problem in New York is people struggle with light in their apartments,” she said, adding that beginner plants that require minimal maintenance are a wise choice for people just starting out with plant care.
Greenery Unlimited is open Wed.- Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appointment Mon. – Tue.
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 Jam, BABE 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:
Over the past 10 years, In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave.) has been a neighborhood staple for unique jewelry at the end of Greenpoint Avenue. Its final day in Greenpoint will be Saturday 1/12, but the IGWT Williamsburg store at 132 Bedford Ave. will remain open.
The Greenpoint store was one of the first handmade jewelers in the area and helped to set the tone for craftsmanship with their engraved necklaces that have a timeless aesthetic.
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IGWT is leaving Greenpoint. After 10 amazing years in our beloved store / studio the time has come to say goodbye. This is the last week the shop in Greenpoint will be open. Saturday the 12th is our last day of regular shop hours. I can’t even begin to relate all the amazing experiences this location has brought myself and the opportunities it presented the company. I will take away from this experience the amazing friendships, community and support that helped me grow and have forever changed my life. Thank you to all that have been a part of this journey. I will forever be grateful @catjanefreeman @bbackman @jules_and_binoculars @lam.a.lam @annielchan @rebecca_mapes @alieatoric @3133 @jukeboxcowgirl @pollizabeth @brimc__ @alexamaas @noelledowning @myraflynn @spfreedman @homecoming @thekarcher ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Art By Daan Spanjers
Looking for the perfect gift this season? Shop handmade and DIY gifts by 30+ local vendors at the Sugar x Spice Holiday Markers Market. It’s happening Sunday, December 16th from 1-6pm at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave). Festive wares run the full gifting gamut, including apothecary, home goods, jewelry, comics & zines, handmade clothes, tarot & spiritual goods, enamel pins, greeting cards, artisanal miniatures, and much more.
The market will feature a free DIY card-making station, a full bar for festive cocktail-sipping, and a fun wintry photo booth. If you’re one of the first shoppers, you can score a special gift bag with exclusive products, samples, and holiday treats—and you don’t even have to be on the “nice” list!
If you’re also a creative maker, you can bring unwanted DIY, crafting, and art supplies with you. There will be a donation box to benefit Friends of Materials for the Arts, a non-profit that supports NYC’s Materials for the Arts program. MFTA provides free art supplies to thousands of creative and educational activities across the five boroughs, diverting over 1 million pounds of materials from the landfill each year.
Sugar x Spice Holiday Makers Market
at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.)
Dec 16th, 2018, 1:00—6:00pm
Ah, Black Friday. Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to scoop up some sweet deeply discounted goods for your friends and loved ones. Maybe it’s also time to treat yourself (or that hot-to-trot lover). Whatever the case might be, there’s a whole lotta sales going on.
But, instead of shopping at corporate chains and big box stores, why not support some cool and dynamic local small business? These local spots are running some of their own Black Friday specials and they’re way too good to pass up. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.
120 Franklin Street
Enjoy 20% off sitewide and in-store all weekend long. If you’re shopping online, use the promo code THANKYOU.
2. Brooklyn Craft Company
165 Greenpoint Avenue
Note: the store will be closed Thursday and Friday, but will be open Saturday and Sunday. Take 20% off all gift card purchases made online. No code required.
On Small Business Saturday, shoppers can score 20% off all in-store purchases over $50.
Holiday lights are strewn up on Manhattan, and the first snow has landed — what could come next besides Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market?!
This Sunday, December 2nd from 1–7 PM, enter our immersive Winterscape inside the cozy Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) that will be donned with an ice castle, snow, snowmen and polar bears thanks to designs by scenic artist extraordinaire Art of Mano. 60+ talented makers & crafters will have beautiful creations ready for sale and there will be no shortage of FREE things to do throughout the day! RSVP on Facebook and stay updated!
While live music is performed by local bands Pink Slater and Love Always, enjoy festive cocktails and mocktails at our bar stocked with Mulled Wine made with BABE “Winter is the Worst” red wine and Woodward Extract’s Spices and refreshing locally Crafted Beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale.
The upstairs mezzanine leads out to the roof deck with views of the East River and Manhattan skyline as well as a number of FREE fun activities including: Continue reading
Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave.) is one of Greenpoint’s latest additions and offers refuge from the always-on tech world in a thoughtfully curated plant shop abundant with nature you can bring home. You can also catch Soft Opening at the Greenpointers Samhain Fall Market happening this Sunday, Oct. 28.
The shop’s name is intentionally mysterious according to the owner, Kristin McLaughlin. “I love the way the words Soft Opening can mean different things to different people. A new bud or blossom can be a soft opening. An art reception can be a soft opening,” she said. Continue reading
October is going to be a jazzy month for pop-up shops and sales. In particular, The Wythe Hotel has a cozy and cool trunk show lined up all month long.
Starting 10/5, the Wythe Hotel’s store will be curated by The Callaway, and they’re putting Greetings from Nashville in the spotlight. Greetings from Nashville will be a pop-up store themed with the Music City’s creative buzz and musical sensibilities. Shoppers can revel and delight in apparel, accessories, beauty and skincare products, art, home goods, and more dope swag all centered around Nashville.
Throughout the month, the GFN space will change, all while highlighting noteworthy Nashville businesses. How cool is that? For many creative types in our lovable nabe, this pop-up shop might just wet your design palate. And if you’re dying to travel Nashville but can’t make it down there just yet, this trunk show might satiate your craving in the meantime.
Keeping an eye out for particular brands or small business owners? Check the schedule below:
The Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue