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Soft Opening Brings New Greenery to Greenpoint

Kristin McLaughlin, owner of Soft Opening

Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave.) is one of Greenpoint’s latest additions and offers refuge from the always-on tech world in a thoughtfully curated plant shop abundant with nature you can bring home. You can also catch Soft Opening at the Greenpointers Samhain Fall Market happening this Sunday, Oct. 28.

The shop’s name is intentionally mysterious according to the owner, Kristin McLaughlin. “I love the way the words Soft Opening can mean different things to different people. A new bud or blossom can be a soft opening. An art reception can be a soft opening,” she said. Continue reading

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Isn’t It Dreamy?: Line and Label’s Spring Collection is Everything

It’s probably global warming, but the temperatures are rising. It seems like our fellow Greenpointers are loving the warm weather (me too!) because we’re all reaching for light leather jackets, ripped skinny jeans, and breezy pieces. It’s making me totally excited for spring. And, that’s where our local stand-by, Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.) comes in.


Line and Label’s Spring Look Book is just the icing on the cake for warmer temps: with gauzy pieces with a definite vintage flair, the collection has friendly and inviting silhouettes with a cheeky, flirty feel. Not to mention, some of these pieces double for their Ceremonial Collection – perfect if you’re tying the knot or just attending a bevy of weddings in the coming months.
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TOMORROW: Mirth Vintage Friends & Family Sale 11/5

Mirth Fall Shopping Event
Oh, fall fashion, how I love thee. Well, if you want some lovely new duds for autumn styles but want to keep on budget, Mirth Vintage is having a friends and family sale. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary cocktails to enjoy and  15% off the entire store with deep discounts on final sale items from $10 – $30. Let’s shop together – I’ll be there!

Event details: Mirth Vintage | 606 Manhattan Ave. Nov 5th | 7-9 pm.

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Scholar’s Mate: Bishop and Queen

Bishop and Queen (1000 Manhattan Avenue) is a petite womenswear shop that packs a whole lotta punch in Greenpoint. The store doesn’t stray far from its poetic minimalist meets utilitarian enthusiasms and rightfully so. With simple and classic pieces, the emphasis is all on the details.

Dark leggings, laser-cut perforated knits, clog booties, and oversized layering pieces compliment crystal necklaces and long pendants swinging from deer antlers. From trusty neutral tones to bright colored socks and shimmery quartz baubles, there’s something for every Greenpoint gal.

Tonight (12/13) Bishop and Queen is having a holiday/meet the new jewelry designer party from 7-10.

I stopped by the shop a few weekends ago and got to chat with Kimberly Callway on being a new business owner, in addition to working as a Science teacher, and long time Greenpoint resident.

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