Celebrate Violet Pepper’s One Year Anniversary This Weekend!


Jade Elzien in her shop, Violet Pepper.

When Franklin Street first started to become a shopping destination, one of the first people I met there was Jade Elzien, who was then working at one of Greenpoint’s earliest boutiques, Dalaga. Her upbeat attitude, warmth and genuine personality helped me feel comfortable and excited for what the neighborhood had in store. So it was very exciting to find out that she was opening her OWN boutique, Violet Pepper (688 Manhattan Ave.) last summer.

To celebrate the shop’s first year, Violet Pepper‘s hosting a big celebration with sales Friday July 25-Sunday 27th. Everything will be 20% off and sale items an extra 20% off. On Saturday the 26th there will be an added bonus of Brooklyn Brewery beers!

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Dalaga Store Closing in 1 Week

Photo © Dalaga

Dalaga will shutter its 150 Franklin Street location. The boutique will close on March 2nd, but won’t be gone for good. Sisters and co-owners, Michelle and Mary, plan to keep the online store. Michelle and Mary are both expecting their own little ones and felt the transition to an e-commerce shop was the best move for their families.
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Mega-Records, Future Hotel? Local Relief, Pee Wee, Drinking Agists — The Hook-Up (11/25)


Artwork by Tamara Garvey


Vinyl is alive and well. Besides a smorgasbord of little and medium-sized record stores throughout north Brooklyn, today marks the opening of Rough Trade, a 10,000 square foot monster of a music store with all the bells & whistles.  (NY Times)

Speaking of big buildings, the Pencil factory building next door to where Kickstarter has opened for business on Greenpoint Avenue is for sale.  “The three-story structure includes 17,485 square feet of space and is zoned for hotel, retail or office use” As long as it doesn’t become a Duane Reade I’m good.  (DNA Info)

The push to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan continues locally with the help of the owners of Dalaga who are asking for much needed supplies, including: energy bars, tents clean blankets, towels, batteries, soap and medications. They will also be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the store’s own line of jewelry, greeting cards and tote bags to the cause. Awesome.  (Greenpoint Gazette)

Our friends at Brokelyn let us know that somebody in Greenpoint was selling their Pee Wee Herman Chairy Chair on Craigslist and that’s news because Pee Wee Herman rules.

And finally, a rowdy bar in Red Hook hiked their drinking age to 25 because it was too noisy late at night. It’s a controversial move, but I’ll admit it, it sounds kind of nice.  (Time.com)

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Dalaga Collecting Donations for the Philippines

Many of you have likely shopped at Dalaga, the lovely boutique on Franklin Avenue. But you might not have known that the name of the store is actually a Filipino word that means “lady in her prime.” The two sisters who own the store, Michelle and Mary Mangiliman, chose the name as an ode to their Filipino heritage.

They recently send us this call for donations, in the wake of the tragic typhoon that hit the Philippines.

“Thankfully the area where our family lives was not so badly hit, but nearly 480,000 others were displaced and 4 million more ‘affected’ by the typhoon in 36 provinces,” the sisters wrote to us.  “They are expecting another storm to hit them this morning. Relief agencies are immediately calling for canned food, water, medicine and tents for the homeless. We will be accepting any donations starting today and making regular drops to the Philippine Red Cross. We appreciate any support you can give and hope you’ll help to spread the word.”

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Halloween Deals

Go in costume to Dalaga on Halloween and get 10% off your $50 or more purchase during their Speakeasy Halloween Party! More info

Plus, there will be a $31 Halloween Tattoo Special at Three Kings Tattoo (572 Manhattan) on Halloween from noon-10pm. Choose a design from a flash sheet of images, which won’t be revealed until Halloween day. Get there early to put your name on the list.

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Dalaga’s 5th Anniversary Party

Dalaga, the sweet and flirty boutique on Franklin Street, is throwing a party this Friday to celebrate their 5th Anniversary and to introduce their new fragrance. Spritz a new scent, have your cupcake, and get a discount on that flowy top.

Complimentary drinks will be provided
Sweet treats by Kumquat Cupcakes

15% off your purchase all day Friday
10% off your total purchase Saturday and Sunday

Friday, July 15, 2011 5PM – 9PM
150 Franklin Street

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Spring Shopping!

The Greenpoint shops have some kickass new things for Spring – which I’m told will come, eventually. With the three day weekend, go brave the cold and shop for the inevitable skin baring days ahead.

Fanaberie is fast becoming the destination for inexpensive but damn adorable dresses in Greenpoint. They have a whole new crop of cute ones including my favorite – this cocoa brown lace trimmed ruffle dress for just $39.

102A Nassau Ave

Dalaga has its share of cute spring dresses, too, but I’m kind of smitten with these A Star Is Born suede slingbacks. In blue or black, I think they’re hot. $85

Andddd since winter isn’t exactly done with us yet – Dalaga is also having an end of season sale where you can pick up some great coats like this Noble Cadet Button Coat for just $60!

150 Franklin Street

In God We Trust is having a sample sale this weekend so there are one-offs and “mad ill deals” to be had for sure.

In God We Trust
70 Greenpoint Ave

P.S. Get out and shop locally – check out the Greenpoint Business Alliance for the most respected spots in the neighborhood to shop, eat and drink.

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Greenpoint Gift Guide: Dalaga

Ah, Dalaga. One of Greenpointers favorite shops. It’s near impossible to choose just two gift ideas from the Franklin Street mainstay!

For adding a little bling to your holiday gifting, I adore this Casino Coin Purse which is available in either silver or gold with black. For just $18 it’s a great stocking stuffer for almost any girl on your list.

Oh my GOD do I love these gloves! Black leather and suede gloves feature a keyhole and bow design that’s just simply adorable. I cannot imagine any chick not loving these and it’s easy shopping with one size fits all.
Also for 1 day only – today Saturday 12/4 from 12-5pm – Brookly based designer Alexander Greece will be offering generous discounts on her holiday frocks and headbands.

Darling Dalaga owner Michelle Mangiliman has also generously offered a 10% off any one item discount to Greenpointers readers from now through December 25th for whomeever says the magic words: “Dalaga loves Greenpointers” at the shop (1x per customer). And we love them, too. 🙂

150 Franklin Street
tel / fax 718.389.4049

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Greenpoint Gift Guide: Black Friday

While you’re all sitting at the computer in a tryptophan coma, thinking about whether or not you want to get up at 4am to sit in traffic to wait on line at WalMart, think again and go for a walk around the nabe and check out local spots like the ones in the Greenpoint Gift Guide. I’ll be running daily posts from November 22nd through Christmas Eve with gift suggestions from local businesses.

Come down to Franklin Street and check out Dalaga, Alter and Old Hollywood on Black Friday.

10% OFF – Coats, beautiful By Boe jewelry, & an extra 10% off already marked down items(and we’re marking down a ton of stuff just for Black Friday). PLUS, receive a free gift* with your purchase of $150 and up.

Arriving just in time for Friday, NEW dresses, tunics, tops, wedge booties, and sexy Cynthia Rowley tights!

150 Franklin St
Tel. (718) 389-4049
Open Black Friday 12 – 8 PM


Check out the blog for new gift ideas everyday!

Old Hollywood
99 Franklin St
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 12-7pm
Sun 12-5pm

Shop at Alter on Black Friday and receive 10% off every item in the store.

Holiday Hours
Wednesday November 24th 12 – 6PM
Thursday November 25th CLOSED
Black Friday November 26th 12 – 8 PM

109 Franklin St
Tel. 718.784.8818

140 Franklin St.
Tel. 718.349.0203

407 Graham Ave
Tel 718.609.0203

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Ironic Sale

Dalaga is celebrating Albert Einstein’s birthday with their “Because-you-are-brilliant-too SALE!”. Fabulous idea, me thinks. But, if you’re going to have a smarty pants sale one should double check their spelling of dessert. 😉

Because-you-are-brilliant-too SALE!

March 14th marks the birth date of a man who not only shed a little light on the theory of relativity, but also the man who invented hobo-chic.

So in honor of Albert Einstein, his bed-head look, and all his mass-energy, we are having a sale.

Come celebrate the genius of being a mailing list member this Saturday, March 15th – March 23rd for our WEEK-long sale and receive

10% off jeans AND shoes.

Not even gravity can hold an event like this down.

– Perfectly pumped shoes by PINK STUDIO
– Hard to come by Heels by Faryl Robyn and BRONX
– Bermuda Shorts and Jeans by Hudson
– Mini skirts and shorts by Soundgirl & BB Dakota
– Cocktail dresses by Plastic Island and Egoist
– Light spring dresses by Tulle & Glam

Also featuring…
– New Menswear line, made in San Francisco, by Artificial Flavor
– Men’s Shorts and Shirts by Shades of Greige
– Carla Carusso Jewelry for both him and her
– Spring Cadet Caps by Goorin

Deals, drinks, and deserts will be served!

Open 12 – 9PM Tuesday thru Sunday
Closed Monday

Dalaga NYC
150 Franklin St.
(between Greenpoint Ave. & Kent St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
tel / fax 718.389.4049
[email protected]

P.S. See pictures of some of our newest arrivals on our myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/dalaganyc

Barring the grammatical error, the sale is *still* a must hit this weekend!

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