Parachute Brooklyn (151 Norman Ave.) is a new modern and vintage kids clothing store in Greenpoint that celebrated its opening in May.
Co-founders and Greenpoint residents for over a decade, Carly Boonparn and Ambra Markos met through the friendship between their 3-year-old daughters at school. “We’re both mothers of three-and-a-half-year-olds and having little babies you get a lot of hand-me-downs and a lot of presents,” Markos said. Boonparn worked as a manager at the local clothing trading chain, Beacon’s Closet for the past 15 years and Markos worked as a production manager for major fashion brands, making their business venture a natural progression.
Parachute Brooklyn operates as with a buy/sell/trade model with a variety of modern used clothes and vintage clothes dating back as far as the 1950s. “Because babies grow so fast from the age of newborn to four, they just go through their clothes soo quickly so it’s kinda just this cycle of clothes piling up and piling up,” Markos said, adding that it’s difficult to find one location to drop unwanted clothing an avoid it going into a landfill if it’s stained or damaged.
Sellers at Parachute Brooklyn are given the option to receive 25% of the retail value in cash or 50% in trade, and the store even has a donation drop-off site for stained or damaged pieces. “We don’t want people throwing away their clothes and them just ending up in a landfill, we want them to go into housing installation or be upcycled in some way,” Markos said.
Items that are not purchased for resale in-store will be donated to a variety of charities and recycling facilities. “Right now we’ve been giving the stained and damaged items to GrowNYC and they get them to the textile recycling facilities,” she said.
Another way Parachute is upcycling is by working with a local tie dying artist to transform stained or imperfect white clothing items into tie-dyed items.
The store will also host events for kids and parents from time-to-time with a live music singalong scheduled for every Tuesday morning in July.
Hosh Yoga’s 10 week Children’s Yoga Series is back for another semester and Greenpointers get 20% off with Discount code “Namaste”! Your little yogis will work on their strength and flexibility while improving their body coordination with music and games throughout class.
Classes are offered in a 10 class series because little ones are more successful in yoga when they can get into a rhythm with the routines. When students of this age come regularly, they get a chance to play more games because the group dynamic becomes consistent and sweet friendships are formed.
Schedule and details:
Tuesday’s May 15 – July 31, 2018
Ages 2-4: 4:00-4:45 pm Ages 5-8: 5:00-5:45 pm
Price: $145 for all 10 Classes
Greenpointers Readers Special Discount: “Namaste” for 20% off 10 Kids Yoga Classes.
Kids…gear up for fall! A new, exciting afterschool activity is coming to Brooklyn. SING BKLYN children’s choir is inspiring young musicians, grades k-4, to blend their voices and talents to create something beautiful together. “Kids need more opportunities to perform. Kids need more music. Kids need to sing. Kids need a chance to build relationships that require them to work, support and encourage each other,” says founder Mary Duncan Stein.
Mary’s well-established SING LIC choirs in nearby Long Island City have been so well-received that she wanted to share this special experience with kids in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Continue reading →
Hey Greenpoint Kids! No, not the big kids this time. I’m talking to the little ones. The ones who will want to splash around in baby pools, play games, and have parents who still cook for them and will whip something yummy up for a family friendly potluck party this Sunday (8/16, 5-8pm) in Transmitter Park.
Mommy start-up Social Pants is hosting the event and will provide utensils/plates, baby pools filled with ice for the food, lots of games for the kids, and a photographer to capture family photos in the park.
You (your parents) bring: A blanket and a yummy dish! RSVP and post what dish you’d like to bring!
Holly’s HeART by Hand (172 Greenpoint Ave) is a new art & maker learning center and handmade shop. After several years of working the market circuit, owner and long-time Greenpoint resident Holly Fairall is putting down brick and mortar roots here.
The shop carries work from many local artists and fair-trade goods from global craftspeople including a beautiful collection of eco-friendly cards, jewelry, home goods, specialty foods, incense, and paper goods. In addition to all the products being ethically produced and eco-friendly, the prices are unbeatable, with an average cost of $25. If you ever need a unique gift, this is the place to go. Continue reading →
Being a new Mom or Dad is super exciting, but, let’s be honest… it’s also very scary. Suddenly you are faced with providing for a little person that you love – whom you want to give safety, comfort and happiness – but maybe you’re not be sure exactly how!? That’s why Flying Squirrel is supplementing their excellent customer service and high quality children’s goods with a new addition – Greenpoint Mommy Classes!
These FREE classes at Flying Squirrel begin this Thursday, July 24th at 10:30 am. This first class will feature two postpartum doulas who will instruct you in the basics of swaddling, an ancient blanket wrapping practice known to calm, soothe and restrict your baby’s movements during sleep, helping to keep them safe in their cradle. As a bonus, attendees will recieve 30% off Aden & Anais swaddles to take home, a top selling product at Flying Squirrel. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other new parents in the neighborhood; because, after all, the best place to learn is in a supportive community!
This Sunday March 23rd from 1-3pm, the Jellio Shop @ Flying Squirrel will host a Sing-A-Long, with Greenpoint Kids Music director, Lily Virginia. Drop by with your child for an afternoon of interactive singing and dancing. Refreshments will be served for children and adults, and the whole experience is absolutely FREE!Continue reading →
Sure you are proud of your kid and enjoy sunshine in the bleachers while chowing down on a hot dog, but sometimes magic happens when adults participate in kid’s sporting events, as the video below proves.
The Greenpoint Little League will be holding registrations for boys and girls ages 4 to 12 this Saturday, March 8th – 3 to 6pm and Sunday, March 9th – 3 to 5pm at The Cage (62-40 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village) Continue reading →
Jellio.com, makers of fun, childhood-inspired furniture and home decor items, has asked Santa to come back to Brooklyn!
After two very popular Santa days, they’ve invited Santa back to their Greenpoint location! The jolly old elf will meet all the good little boys and girls this Sunday, 12/22, from 3-5pm at the Jellio shop at The Flying Squirrel (87 Oak St) in Greenpoint.