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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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Seven Must-See Indie Makers at Sunday’s Winter Candyland (12/10)

Our Winter Candyland Holiday market is just a few days away and we can’t wait for you to join us and reel in 2017 on a sugary high note along with our carefully curated 60+ vendors.

From local businesses to artisans and food purveyors, you can expect some familiar faces and new, hawking their latest creations while you shop, sip, hang out with friends and neighbors in one of the most beautiful spaces in Brooklyn. Here are more deets on what’s in store for the day and RSVP to stay updated!

We are so excited about the items we expect to see from ALL of our vendors but to whet your appetite for the season of unique gift giving, here are seven not to be missed.


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As a Holistic Aromatherapist, Melissa focuses on blending scents with sacred wood essences. Based on ancient roots, the scents create a healing, energetic space full of illumination and wisdom. Everything offered at her table is done with reverence and respect to nature. 100% pure essential oils, ethically sourced, and completely synthetic free, it connects you to the earth and the naturally mystical all around. Create some ethereal Earth Magic to center yourself, or help a loved one gain more balance in their lives with these candles.

Highlights: Eco-friendly Aromatherapy, Positive Vibes, Earthy Scents
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Huzzah! 2018 Brooklyn & Queens Beer Books have Arrived!

Beer Books - a great gift for those who like to imbibeGot a beer lover on your gift list? Maybe you need a beer after all your seasonal schlepping? Even if your reason is simply beer = good,  2018 Upper Brooklyn Beer BookLower Brooklyn Beer Book and Queens Beer Book are out and ready to get you… er, back into the holiday spirit.

The Beer Books are not just a steal that more than pays for themselves, they’re a guide to the discovery of new beer purveyors throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The books are $30 each and contain 30 coupons for a free beer at 30 different bars. That’s a lot of free beer!

Plus, do we need to mention the holidays are arriving and you may want to buy an awesome gift (Beer Books!) for that special someone in your life? Continue reading

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The Essential 2017 Popup Market Roundup!

‘Tis the season for holiday markets! We love to support small businesses, so we collected all of the markets coming to North Brooklyn. If you’re searching for the oh-so-cool gift for your nearest and dearest that is also artisan-craft, locally made, or vintage, we got you covered.

Browse our local popup market roundup below and get shopping!

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Lucas Lucas | 57 Conselyea Street
December 1-3 | 12-7pm

Oh, we do love a good curated gallery and this popup at Lucas Lucas will be no exception. There will be jewelry, pretty objects, clothes from fab brands like People of 2morrow, art, and live music at the Friday night opening (7-10 pm).

 

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Cooler Gallery Super Market at A/D/O | 29 Norman Avenue
December 2-3 | 12pm-8pm

Bibliophiles, take note. The Cooler Callery Super Market at A/D/O popup is part holiday market and part book fair. Giving a book is always such a classic gift – why not transport your bestie or love to a new place with a fantastic story or photo collection? Plus, shoppers can find goods make my local artists, galleries, publishers, and designers. Continue reading

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Sustainable Shine: Greenpoint Glitter’s Biodegradable Cosmetics Help the Planet

Greenpoint Glitter founder Prue Watty
Greenpoint Glitter founder Prue Watty

A little bit of glitter can go a long way. It’s a fabulous way to give your day a little something lustrous, whether it’s on an outfit, an accessory, or even in makeup or lotion. And of course our dance party favorite: body glitter. However, it’s less fabulous, when all those magical sparkles–traditionally made of tiny bits of plastic–wash out into the ocean and float around for eternity. (Sound familiar? Your face wash did the same thing with its now banned microbeads).

Thankfully, Greenpoint Glitter is helping take the eco-guilt out of glitter with their certified compostable body glitter, specially produced from biodegradable film.

We sat down with Greenpoint Glitter founder Prue Watty to get the nitty gritty on her company, the glitter business, and what makes biodegradable glitter so special.

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Shop Small in Greenpoint This Saturday (11/25)—10-20% Discounts, Drinks + More!

Shop Small 2017

The first-annual Greenpoint Fall Shopping Crawl is happening this Saturday, November 25th, all day.

Going all day and through the evening, shoppers will enjoy a full day of holiday shopping discounts— 10% to 20% off in each participating shop—free drinks, music, and light bites. The event coincides with Small Business Saturday and will showcase 20+ Greenpoint businesses, including: Continue reading

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Check out Dusty Rose’s Fundraising Market for Planned Parenthood at Brooklyn Bazaar on Sunday 11/19

Our Damn Selves Market Flyer

Local makers. A great cause. Tarot readings. Sweet prizes. Dusty Rose’s new Our Damn Selves Market will have it all. On Sunday, November 19th, Dusty Rose Vintage is teaming up with Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue) to host the first in a series of monthly makers’ markets specifically for fundraising. Each month, the event will support a different charity selected by the vendors.

This month’s market will benefit Planned Parenthood NYC, and 30 vendors will be on hand with ceramics, jewelry, vintage and contemporary clothing, paper goods, and art. Eva Jane Peck will offer tarot readings.

Planned Parenthood will be on-site with #Resistance advice, swag and more. Bethany Robertson will have illustrated postcards at a “Write Your Elected Official” station, so you can speak your mind in style. The $3 admission goes entirely to Planned Parenthood, and snags you a raffle ticket. Any extra raffle tickets you buy also benefit PPNYC.

Who: Dusty Rose Vintage
What: Our Damn Selves Market
Why: Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
Where: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn
When: Sunday, November 19th 12 – 6 pm
Tickets: available at door or get them here for TWO raffle tickets
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Schlep Your Pooch To The City With a Locally-Designed Stylish Dog Tote by Jaxx Hound

New York living would be way too lonely without our furry friends by our side, who provide us cuddles and kisses not only when we refuse to leave our apartments in the dead of winter, but also increasingly commonly at work. Dog friendly offices are totally on trend right now, but with crowded subways and a recent backlash on “fake” service dogs, bringing your pup to and fro around the city is becoming more of a challenge. Especially if you want your dog bag to match your personal sense of style.

Longtime North Brooklyn resident Tennille Teague was frustrated at the lack of stylish options to tote her lovable daschund Mo to and from work every day. Dogs need to be in a carrier of some type if you take them on the subway, ferry or in a cab—and most of the available doggie travel bags at big box retailers or online come in rather obnoxious colors or patterns, and don’t really fall in line with the fashion forward sensibility of hip New Yorkers. And aside from looks, there were other features Tennille wasn’t able to find in a doggie travel bag—a well-designed pocket for accessible poop bags, detachable straps, a leather bottom with metal feet, or one end open for the dog’s head to peek out, for example. And even if a bag had one of those traits, it didn’t have them all.

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So after more than a year of design and production exploration, Tennille is ready to unleash Jaxx Hound onto the NYC dog scene. Jaxx Hound’s cleverly designed bags, collars and leashes will be produced nearby in Jersey, in production by the end of the year and ready to ship out in early 2018, if she meets her Kickstarter goal of $39,000. To support Jaxx Hound with a $25 pledge, you can rock the McGolrick dog run with a cute “Pup Culture” tee which features illustrations of dogs reimagined as celebs: Billdog Murray, Meryl Sheepdog and Bernese Sanders. And if you’re dying to get your hands on one of the bags, a pledge of $225 will get you one in classic black, grey, navy or olive green. And while that might seem like a lot to some, in the realm of locally-made and ultra-stylish dog fashion (with 5% of proceeds going to NYC shelter Animal Haven) the price makes sense. Your best friend and daily companion is worth whatever it costs. The Jaxx Hound Kickstarter ends in a few weeks; hook up your pup with the chic-est way to travel, before everybody else is doing it.

Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
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Maha Rose Just Launched Their Online Shop With All The Crystals You Ever Wanted

Local boutique wellness spot Maha Rose (97 Green St), has been imparting divine wisdom and disseminating new age vibes in the neighborhood for a few years now, offering classes, workshops and trainings in holistic and magical subjects ranging from reiki to hypnosis to ayurveda. Last year, they launched their upstate location, Maha Rose North, to house retreats and events. And now, they’ve just launched their online shop, which mirrors the items in their boutique—carefully selected crystals, jewelry and handmade goods. So even if you don’t live nearby, you can still raise your self care vibration. Below, check out our favorite crystals from their shop:

Amethyst cluster @ Maha Rose
Amethyst cluster // Maha Rose, $35

These high vibe amethyst clusters are 4-5″ long, and honestly you can’t have enough amethyst laying around your house. It’s not only pretty and makes a chic tchotchke, but the stone is also ideal for protection and connecting to a higher power. Additionally, ameythyst is: Extremely beneficial for the mind; improves mental focus and control, and helpful in decision making. Helpful for insomnia caused by an overactive mind. Protects from and purifies negative environmental energies. Overcomes addictions and blockages of all kinds.
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Standards Manual in Greenpoint Finds Success in Reissuing Relics

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Jesse Reed. Photo by Ian Hartsoe

“We had a hint there might be an interest in this book.”

That hint was raising over $800,000 on Kickstarter to reissue the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. But before the online support and incredible demand, this lucrative endeavor began more innocently — with buried treasure.

“We found one of the original manuals in our old office’s basement,” Jesse Reed said of the copy he and his business partner Hamish Smyth discovered and — through enormous fundraising — reissued for public consumption.

New Yorkers love griping about the subway, so it may come as a surprise that this manual elicited such fervid response, but these backers are seeking more than just a handsome coffee table book or conversation starter.

Standards Manual storefront on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. Photo by Ian Hartsoe
Standards Manual storefront on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. Photo by Ian Hartsoe

 

“We knew designers were into it, but once we launched the Kickstarter we found other audiences, and one was people who live in New York City,” Reed said. “They saw the manual and subway signs for the first time as designed objects, and it struck a chord with a lot of people who ride the subway every day. If you were here in the ’70s or earlier, you knew how horrible the signage was, and then you see the manual and how it’s now made.”

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