Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard! Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).
1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila 2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane 3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust 4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists 5. Vintage VHS, The Thing 6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza 7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood 8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing 9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina) 10. Donut, Peter Pan 11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District 12. Sweet shades, Alter 13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow 14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box 15. Beach tote, M. Carter 16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin 17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine 18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel 19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket 20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated 21. Basketball, BQ Sports 22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within 23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch 24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes 25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle 26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!) 27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word.
While on one of my wanderings on Franklin St, I walked into the new home interiors shop called Bklyn Curated (88 Franklin St). My eyes were happily devouring all of the vintage and antique Americana, Folk and Native American finds when a familiar face came into focus.
Kevin Jakob, the shop’s owner wasn’t a Greenpoint face though – he was from my former and very different life at Polo Ralph Lauren. It was great to see him doing his thing in Greenpoint away from the Midtown hustle and comforting to see that life goes on after Polo.
Kevin sat at a nearby cubicle on the 11th floor at Polo’s Madison Ave office before my desk was literally moved into a closet a la Milton in Office Space. His grounding sense of humor was a relief in an office of talented folks who were often drinking the corporate Kool Aid. His inspired desk in Bklyn Curated is a much sweeter spot for sure. Continue reading →