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!
This May 2-12, raise a glass and celebrate the neighborhood! Hang out at your favorite Greenpoint watering hole with 25% off. Bring a friend (or two, or three) and discover a new cuisine, try out a new wine pairing, or enjoy a local craft brew, all within walking distance.
Here’s how it works: From May 2-12, use code TOAST25 when you pay with the Cinch app at local Greenpoint bars, restaurants, and wine stores. With Cinch, you can explore your neighborhood and find cool experiences and great deals. New to Cinch? Download the app here.
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Paper Street Real Estate LLC, headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, has come onto the real estate scene in late 2018. Founded by Kamilla Mishiyeva, a local attorney with 5+ years in the legal industry, previously worked as an agent throughout Brooklyn for several years prior to acquiring her legal education.
“ Real estate has always been on the radar for me even as an attorney since I would constantly have exposure to it on transactional side. As a probate lawyer, assisting with the administration of an inheritance is part of my day to day, and most inheritances always have real property involved whether it is a house, an apartment, or a vacant lot.” says Kamilla.
What led her to open up her own brokerage? She tells us “Getting to closing is already stressful enough considering the fact that you are dealing with the mortgage banker, the seller, negotiating on the price, as well as a whole slew of other nuances taking place until you finally get to the point of being handed the keys to your new home. When there is a broker involved who complicates things and acts unprofessionally, which is what happened in my case during my own apartment purchase, I realized any headache from a real estate agent is not only unacceptable but completely unnecessary. After hearing horror stories about other agents and having to deal with a subpar broker on my own, I realized this industry needed a real estate firm that is fast, competent, and relentless in their client-first approach. That’s why I started my firm, Paper Street Real Estate LLC.”
Her firm concentrates on the Financial District and Battery Park City in NYC but also brokers deals for seller’s in Brooklyn.
Simply put, you just can’t exercise the fat away. Some of you have been exercising up to 5 days a week only to jump on the scale and see very little difference in your weight. This can be frustrating when you’re putting a lot of effort into your workouts; and can often make you question your weight loss game plan.
We’ve been demanding answers to these questions from the muscle gods; and as always…nothing! But studies have given us some good clues as to why we’ve been getting steadily fatter for the past few decades, despite a growing increase in physical activity.
Statistics show that health club revenues increased from $200 million in 1972 to a whopping $16 billion in 2005!!
The first NYC marathon was in 1970 with only 137 entrants; and in 2008 there were 39,000 entrants and nearly 60,000 applicants.
So if being lazy makes us fat and exercise prevents or inhibits it, shouldn’t this fitness revolution have launched an epidemic of leanness? Hmmm. But in reality, this so-called fitness revolution has been coexisting with an epidemic of obesity. Another hmmm.
Very little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calories we expend has any effect on how fat we are. When you increase the energy you expend, the evidence is very good that you’ll eat more to compensate. We actually burn very few calories with moderate exercise; and the effort can be easily undone with even the smallest bite or beverage.
There was a Berkeley study that collected detailed information on over 13,000 habitual runners over the course of several years. And although those who ran the most tended to weigh the least, they all got fatter with each passing year – even those who ran over 8 miles a day!
It might be time to question our underlying beliefs. Is it something other than the amount of calories we consume and expend that determines whether we get fat?
Now, this is all not to say that exercise doesn’t have benefits. It absolutely does; and without it, you could be setting yourself up for failure on your weight loss journey. But, to rely on exercise as a “cause” for weight loss will only serve to disappoint you.
But don’t take our word for it, go ahead try it. But when you find yourself spinning your wheels, it may be time to start looking for other solutions. And when the time comes that exercise is not enough to induce weight loss… and it will; here are some things you can start to look at that could make the difference.
The first area you should start questioning is your diet.
What does your diet look like?
How much alcohol do you drink per week?
How much sugar is in your diet?
What percentage of carbohydrates make of your total daily calories?
Are you eating too much after your workouts?
What type of food are you eating after your workouts?
These are just some of the questions you can start to explore. However, if you’re still unsure on how to make healthier food choices, the second option can be to seek professional guidance.
The B.E.S.T. Diet Revival is a powerful food plan sent to you in structured phases, and is ideal for those seeking:
A customized regimented meal plan focused on your success
Detoxification and self-control from harmful processed foods
Reconditioning of food-associated habits
Accountability and structure in food planning
A practical and sustainable life-long diet
Wholesome, mindful eating behaviors and habits
Increased energy and vitality
Weight Loss, specifically excess fat-loss
More confidence around food!
“Since participating in the B.E.S.T. plan, I’ve lost weight easier than ever before, I’ve had more energy and more mental clarity, and I’ve been confident to take on endeavors, both personally and professionally, that I would not have attempted before the program” – BEST Diet Revival Client 2016
Invest in your health by learning how to detoxify your body, gain energy, lose weight, and create healthy sustainable habits around food.
Starting this Friday, March 15th through Sunday, March 24th, feast at over 15 local restaurants while supporting a local cause! Whether you want to help abused and abandoned animals find their forever homes or support early childhood education & more, “Dine and Donate” makes it easy – All you have to do is eat delicious meals for a discount!
The deets: Go to a participating restaurant and pay using the Cinch app. 10% of your bill will go to a local non-profit and you will also get 10% or more off their bill. Not a Cinch user yet? Download the Cinch App here
Oh and if you are snapping shots of your meals “for the gram” no judgment here cuz Cinch is also donating an extra $5 every time you share your experience and tag @cinchwallet + the restaurant you ate in or the non-profit you donated to. Be selfie to be selfless, y’all.Continue reading →
Wedding Crashers, the only wedding fair in NYC that spans two entire venues, returns to Gowanus, Brooklyn on March 17, 2019 with even more tastings, live music, and inspiration to plan an upstate or New York City wedding.
At this one-stop wedding planning festival produced by Brooklyn Based, couples can find their every wedding need from photographers to venues, all while sipping bubbly, slurping oysters, and enjoying live music and DJs.
Located at both The Green Building and across the street at 501 Union, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, it is the only fair in NYC so interactive and extensive, it takes place in two venues. Attending our fair, filled with good food and drink, original touches such as custom gowns, aromatherapy bars and unique photobooths, is like crashing the kinds of weddings we inspire. Continue reading →
Hey pet parents! As Petland Discounts on Manhattan Ave is closing shop, a new store has opened just two blocks away to fulfill all your pet spoiling needs. Pet Supplied (87 West St) carries holistic and quality pet food, treats, and a variety of specialty items like pet friendly CBD oil and natural products for pain and anxiety.
After serving the pet community for over 5 years online out of their Greenpoint warehouse, brothers Alex and Danny noticed that there wasn’t a place immediately around them, where people can “take a walk in the park, stop by the shop, ask questions, grab what they need, and go.” So they decided to open up their first brick & mortar shop to better connect with their customers. Customer service has always been their top priority and this was a way to meet people face to face along with their beloved pets. With years of experience and as pet parents themselves, Alex and Danny have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to pet products and they pay special attention to educating customers on what they are buying.
Alex and Danny are looking forward to meeting you and helping you find the best products for your fur babies. So stop by, say hi, and be sure to give them your feedback – they aim to make a more pleasant and satisfying shopping experience for their community and customers.
Mention “Greenpointers” and get a free bully stick or 10% off for first time customers!
Pet Supplied is located on 87 West Street and is open Monday-Saturday 10AM-7PM. Sundays from 10AM-6PM.
(Sponsored by Pet Supplied) Pet Supplied is a family owned and operated pet store that prides itself on making customer service its #1 priority. They carry only the highest quality products including holistic pet food & treats, CBD oil treats, frozen food, and more. They will stock with items by request as well as products for aquatic and small animals.
From taco meals, lox bagel and coffee, falafels, vegan breakfast burritos, pizza, poke bowl, Vietnamese sandwiches, and more you can try a range of delicious flavors in the neighborhood for less than the price of coffee.
For just $1, starting today, Friday March 1st through March 10th check out almost 20 local restaurants and bars in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
Here’s how: Download the Cinch App and apply code “GP1”. Once it’s all set up, go to any of the participating restaurants (listed below) and pay with your Cinch Wallet! (Note: Deal applies to new sign-ups only.) Continue reading →
Grand Street Restaurant Week is back and starts TODAY (Monday, February 18)! Through Sunday, March 3rd, diners can enjoy discounted prix fixe menus with special offerings at 15 Grand Street restaurants!
Long-time neighborhood favorites like Desy’s Clam Bar as well as neighborhood newcomers like Thompson Brooke are participating as well as local favorites including Le Barricou, AmmazzaCaffe, and Forcella. Two-course lunch offerings start at $10 and three-course dinner offerings are all less than $35 per person. For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit grandstreetrestaurantweek.com. Continue reading →