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Palermo Body: Small Batch Skincare Products Mindfully Handmade in Williamsburg

Palermo Body founder Jessica Morelli

Palermo Body is a collection of truly natural skin care products made by hand in small batches by founder Jessica Morelli. Each product is consciously formulated by choosing every ingredient with purpose, and mindfulness of its benefits to your skin and effect on the environment. And it’s all made and packaged with attention and style in Williamsburg.

GP: How was Palermo Body born?

Jessica: Palermo was born out of my love for creating and the desire to have natural skincare options that are luxurious yet fit seamlessly into my daily routine. The concept of completely natural products was important to me because of the holistic values my Grandmother instilled in me as a child so to honor her I decided to name the brand Palermo Body, after where she was from in Sicily. Continue reading

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In God We Trust Sample Sale This Weekend! (8/5-8/6)

IGWT Sample Sale August 2017

Greenpoint (and Williamsburg) go-to fashion and jewelry staple In God We Trust (170 Greenpoint Ave) is hosting the summer session of their semi-annual multi designer sample sale this weekend, which includes more than 20 designers. Expect a selection of women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories and home goods.

In God We Trust Sample Sale | 170 Greenpoint Ave.
11am-7pm, Saturday August 5 & Sunday August 6
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The Karcher is Supporting Trans Rights by Offering Non-Gendered Haircuts

The Karcher - non-gendered haircuts
Via Instagram

Nackie Karcher and Madeline Jacobs, who are the Owner and Manager of local salon The Karcher (72 Greenpoint Avenue) have been talking about showing their support for women as well as the LGBTQ community for several months. “Since November and the election we’d been thinking about what can we do. We had pre-printed postcards for people to write their representatives sitting up at the desk for a while. We closed the day of the women’s march. And we’ve been thinking about ways we can use the space, for having community engagement. Being a non-straight-identified person myself… what can we do to make people feel accepted?” Madeline says.

Yesterday, the salon announced via its Instagram account that they would be offering Non-Gendered haircuts, stating, “We now offer a Non-Gendered Cut service option when booking on our website. We recognize that not everyone fits the commonly used gender binary service options and we want to make everyone feel welcome in our salon.” It was no coincidence that earlier in the day, President Trump tweeted, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” On its Instagram post, the salon continued, “It’s a small action, but in light of today’s attack, we want to #resist how we can. You are welcome here. #transrightsarehumanrights”. Continue reading

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Plant Apothecary: Meet The Woke Couple Making Beauty Products That Are Beyond Skin-deep

Photo by Nadeem G. Salaam, taken at Plant Apothecary’s Office in Greenpoint

Meet the husband-and-wife co-founders of Plant Apothecary, Bjarke and Holly.

Holly McWhorter and Bjarke Ballisager, are a well rounded husband-and-wife team with backgrounds in architecture, journalism, and music. They started PLANT Apothecary back in 2012 when they saw an opportunity to promote healthy ingredients, environmental friendliness, and social responsibility. Starting with organic bodywashes, the line has since grown to include moisturizers, masks and more. We chatted with them to explore their current product line and what’s next for this dynamic conscious duo.

GP: Say I just stumbled blindly upon your company, how would you describe what it is you provide?

Holly: We’re an organic skincare and bath products company based in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. We also have multiple missions, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, [with] cool package design to whatever extent we can! We both [looks to Bjarke] have design and architecture backgrounds, that was a big part of where we came into this industry from.

GP: What was the local landscape of organic products when you entered the market?

Holly: At the time we started, about 5 years ago, there weren’t as many organic all-natural skincare products that were really straight forward with contemporary design focused on minimalism. It was either, we’re trying to sell you something luxury so you felt you were buying into the luxury life-style, or hippie centric, and either way, things were very status conscious, but we liked very straight forward products and packaging, so we created Plant Apothecary to fill the hole in the market. Continue reading

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Alev: Smart Jewelry That’ll Make You Look Sharp From Dawn to Dusk

Did you attend Greenpoint Open Studios last month, darlings? If so, you might’ve peeped at some shiny baubles and sparklers at Alev studio. The shapes are arty, geometric, and versatile. Sign me up for something pretty and edgy.

Peek some of our fave picks below and get ready to stock your jewelry box with one our local Greenpoint artists.


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Even Keel: Wow-worthy Nature Inspired Soaps Made in Greenpoint

I recently had the chance to get burgers and beer with Greenpoint resident En Tsao, in the backyard of Williamsburg establishment The Meat Hook. En is the brains and the creative force behind Even Keel Soap.

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Even Keel’s products, in the face of a market flooded with all kinds of natural, organic, and locally sourced ingredients remain unique and fresh.

Part of it has to do with design, a lot of has to do with the quality, and all of it has to do with En. She utilizes just about every aspect of her experience and past insights to make something very personable and true to her spirit. Continue reading

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Airy & Chic: Pas Mal Spring 2017

Warmer weather makes me feel like floating. Pas Mal (99 Franklin Street) is the perfect little shop for pieces that are breezy and effortless. So chic, no?

And if you want to mix in some Provence-influenced fashion into your wardrobe, then you must check out Pas Mal’s new arrivals. I picked 10 awesome pieces to add to your collection. Personally, I have my eyes on the lemon shoes. They’re so dreamy and perfect for that I-just-visited-a-vineyard-today look. Or you know, reading a book of poems in Transmitter Park.
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Keep Spring Alive: Oak 2017 Arrivals

Are you the style queen or king of minimalism? Oak (55 Nassau Ave) has a pack of too-cool-for-school pieces that are perf for Greenpointers with a streamlined capsule wardrobe. With their simple-but-chic with rough around the edges aesthetic, it’s no wonder that this shop is a Greenpoint mainstay.

Browse some of our top picks for major swag and style.

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Light + Ladder: Transform Your Palace With These Home Products

Our homes are sanctuaries from the hustle and bustle of city life. Greenpoint is an especially fun and relaxing respite from the daily grind for many of us with Transmitter Park, cozy bars, and zen coffee houses and blissful yoga and meditation spaces. But, what about your own place?

Enter Light + Ladder. This airy design studio based in Greenpoint crafts pieces that will make your home feel both relaxing and cool. Check out these 10 picks to transform your house into an oasis.
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Macha Jewelry: Rebel With Fine Jewelry this Spring

Macha Jewelry is a witty, brazen little jewelry line that some Greenpointers might not know about. Bernice Kelly started the brand in 2009 and opened her design studio on West Street. Naturally, I had to share these sparkly gems with you. The pieces are certainly pretty but also carry a rebellious edge – it’s fine jewelry with a twist. And, what’s not to love?

If you’re thinking of making a shiny or glittery splurge this season, check out these ten new arrivals at Macha for your oh-so-cool spring aesthetic. You can also get a peek inside Bernice’s craft at her studio during Greenpoint Open Studios (June 3-4) in a couple of weeks.

1. Ragged Diamond Slice Ring in Red, $2,300 (above)
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