December, 2010

Ovenly goodness! Two gals start a savory snack business

Foodie-in-Chief: Sayonara, stale popcorn. Bon voyage, boiled peanuts. Hungry bar patrons in Williamsburg just got a brand new snack to munch on, and it tastes a lot like bacon. Comment.

From ‘30 Rock’ to your crib, thanks to Film Biz Recycling

Shopping: A new store in Gowanus sells designer furniture and accessories straight from local movie sets. Comment.

Ring in the New Year in style in these dresses

Shopping: Almost as big a question as what you’re going to do on New Year’s Eve is, what are you going to wear? Of course, you can always forego your tired wardrobe buy something new, and we found the perfect items in which you can ring in the New Year — dresses that are chic yet still affordable (well, there’s one splurge in there). Comment.

Last-minute dash for creative gifts

Shopping: Our weekly MarketWatch feature brings it all home. Comment.

November, 2010

Perfect gifts for Brooklyn lovers

Shopping: This borough really is the gift that keeps on giving — thanks to these three designers. Comment.

Special meals deserve specialty markets

Shopping: Here’s our full guide to the culinary riches of our borough. Comments (3).

Brooklyn’s Little Italy — changing, but still Italian

Shopping: Here’s our insider’s guide to Bensonhurst, one of the greatest neighborhoods in the borough. Comments (3).

A Momofuku for Brooklyn

Shopping: It used to be that the worst thing about the delicious cakes, pies and pastries offered at Momofuku’s Milk Bar was the subway ride into Manhattan to get them. Comment.

‘Check out’ the deals you can get with a library card

Shopping: “Will that be cash, credit or library card?” Comment.

Cool new kids shop on Vanderbilt Avenue

Shopping: Prospect Heights parents have a new place to shop, thanks to Livie and Boo. Comment.

Get shopping this weekend

Shopping: There’s lots to keep you shoppers busy this weekend, as we’ve got news on a new children’s store, an art toy show and holiday markets. Yes, the season is fast upon us. Comments (2).

The last greenmarket guide you’ll ever need

Shopping: Our day-by-day shopping list. Comments (2).

This weekend’s sales and markets

Shopping: Brooklyn is gearing up for the holidays — so why wait? Get shopping with our help. Comment.

October, 2010

Marketwatch Halloween edition: TJMaxx and a haunted pop-up store

Shopping: Market Watch is back this week with some news on a brand new store and a fun, Halloween-themed shopping excursion. Comments (1).

Barneys Coop opens on Atlantic Avenue

Shopping: And even the local boutique owners are happy! Comment.

Foodshed offers an artisanal approach to food

Shopping: French ex-pat Jacques Kerner can now savor his favorite Breton pastry — the flaky kouign-aman — practically a hop, skip and jump away from his Boerum Hill home, thanks to the Foodshed Market on The Commons which officially marked its arrival in the tony nabe with a grand opening on Sunday and a sublime showcase of locally sourced artisan foods. Comments (1).

‘Punk’ rocks — and other good buys

Shopping: A “punk” annual tradition returns to DUMBO, while two new stores bring fashionable styles to Red Hook and Clinton Hill. Here’s what’s on our market watch this week. Comment.

It’s time to heed the fall craft advisory

Shopping: Fall into the season with a timely market, a new boutique, and updates to a borough favorite. Comment.

September, 2010

Lord of the fleas? You will be with this week’s Market Watch

Shopping: Last week, we introduced our new column, Market Watch. This week, we continue it! Comments (1).

Flea bitten? You won’t be with our new shopping column

Shopping: This market watch has nothing to do with stocks. Comment.

Toys for grown-ups

Shopping: Our comprehensive guide to the four best sex shops in the borough. Comments (1).

L’Chaim! Do your (Jewish) holiday shopping on Lee Avenue in Williamsburg

Shopping: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are only a week away. For the observant, that means feasting on sweet foods to help ensure a “sweet New Year” before fasting. Here in Brooklyn, you only need to go to one place to find all your Rosh Hashanah needs, from challah to kosher chicken to bottle of sweet wine — Lee Avenue. Comments (6).

August, 2010

Coney’s subway station finally gets its ‘Star’

Shopping: Lola Star is transforming the Stillwell Avenue subway station in Coney Island into a sparkly pink paradise. Comment.

No money? No problem at this ‘free’ store

Shopping: Around the corner from a large abandoned condo building in Bed-Stuy, business continues as unusual at the Brooklyn Free Store, where there are no walls, no attendants and no price tags. That’s right, everything is free. Comments (3).

Cutting the mustard! Greenpoint woman makes the good stuff

Shopping: Anna Wolf makes mustard, but relish is really what she’s doing right now. With video … Comments (1).

July, 2010

This joint distills the essence of Brooklyn — into gin

Shopping: Brad Estabrooke’s Breuckelen Distillery opens on Aug. 1 Comment.

Man cave outfitter to open in DUMBO

Shopping: Animal bones, magnifying glasses, and leather satchels: a new DUMBO shop stocks everything you would find in your grandpa’s den, if your grandpa hunted game and discovered evolution. Comment.

Hotlantic! Brooklyn’s main street is sizzling

Shopping: Here’s our walking tour of Atlantic Avenue from the harbor to Third Avenue — the hottest street in town. Comments (3).

Hotlantic’s old guard — the Arabic shops

Shopping: Years before there was a Trader Joe’s or Crop to Cup, there was Sahadi Importing Co. and Damascus Bread and Bakery. Comments (1).

It’s time for you to have the perfect bra

Shopping: More than 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size, killing their support, weakening their posture and ultimately causing pain to themselves and, perhaps, others. Comments (4).

Tips for putting your breast foot forward

Shopping: Fittings are free at Iris Lingerie — and owner Iris Clarke’s got an extensive array of low- to high-end lingerie to choose from. But in the meantime, here are Clarke’s top-three tips for finding the perfect undergarment. Comment.

Now the city may be helping Greenpoint vendors

Shopping: A rentable commercial kitchen may be made available to small-time food manufacturers. Sure beats summonses. Comments (3).

It’s ‘Flea’ at last in Greenpoint every Friday

Shopping: Want to find a good deal in Greenpoint? Go to church. Comment.

June, 2010

Williamsburg Walks returns this weekend

Shopping: Reclaim the streets! Comment.

The biggest stoop sale — ever — on June 12!

Shopping: This stoop sale will take the cake — and you can even take home a pew. Comment.

Market crash! City scrutiny scuttles Greenpoint food vendor gathering

Shopping: The organizer of the Greenpoint Food Market has decided to fold her 10-month-old indie eats bazaar in the face of a threat from city health officials to slap summonses on her vendors because they lack commercial food handling permits. Comments (8).

Eat fresh this summer, thanks to your local farmer’s market

Shopping: Summer is here, and that means fresh produce at Brooklyn’s farmer’s markets. Comment.

May, 2010

For Urban Outfitters, it’s bling there, done that

Shopping: A national retailer appears to have copied some Brooklyn designers. Comments (12).

‘Score’! Swap meet returns on May 29

Shopping: You’re sure to score at this event. Comment.

Get ready to ‘Jumble’! Bike flea market coming to Slope

Shopping: Brooklyn is a borough of cyclists. Lucky for you, recession-friendly transportation is about to get a discount at a bicycle-themed flea market. Comment.

A BKLYN Designs for the ages — young ages

Shopping: BKLYN Designs, the ne plus ultra of uber-hip contemporary furnishings, has been known for many things over its last eight years, but family-friendly hasn’t exactly been one of them. Comments (1).

April, 2010

From ‘Scratch’ — obsessive breadsmith plots his next move

Shopping: Matthew Tilden’s SCRATCHbread has all the ingredients of cult legend. There’s the bread, so delicious that it’s scooped up by the early risers long before most of Brooklyn can grab a bite. Comment.

Hide the charge cards — Barneys is coming to Cobble Hill!

Shopping: Hold on to your Manolos, fashionistas! Barneys is coming to Cobble Hill! Comments (3).

A ‘Star’ returns to the Boardwalk

Coney Island: Lola Star is back where she belongs, thanks to the city. Comments (1).

Small craft advisory at the handmade calvalcade in Greenpoint

Shopping: From clocks made out of bingo cards to card cases adorned with images of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Cyclone, the borough’s ingenuity will be on full display this month. Comment.

New DUMBO mall has it all — minus the sweatpants!

Shopping: Urbanites may scoff, shudder, or just yawn at the mention of those suburban things called shopping malls — but they’re flocking to one on Front Street in DUMBO. Comment.

Greenpoint food market returns on Saturday

Shopping: Talk about getting a spring in your step. Comment.

The Brooklyn Indie Market reopens today!

Shopping: And there will be cupcakes, too! Comment.

March, 2010

Andy in a box! Our columnist gives the gift of love

Campbell’s Soup: There really is nothing better than giving someone a life-sized replica of your genitals. Comments (9).

Williamsburg squawks — over Williamsburg Walks plan

Mean Streets: Williamsburg Walks could be getting a lot shorter. Comments (16).

February, 2010

You’ve got to eat this lady’s kale chips

Shopping: Everyone loves the crunch of a Lay’s potato chip and the orange hue of a Cheeto, but that’s only because most people haven’t tried Amy Hamberry’s dried vegan kale chips. Comments (4).

Here’s how to look good on a girder 30 stories up

Shopping: Forget about skinny jeans and high heels, pink power tools are the new black. Comments (5).

More cupcakes are coming

Shopping: You know you want them. Comments (2).

New sex toy shop is a real casting agent

Shopping: Shag in Williamsburg not only offers the usual vibrators, but also a way to replicate your penis. Comments (3).

January, 2010

DUMBO gets even sweeter, thanks to Dewey’s

Shopping: First Jacques Torres, then Almondine and the ice cream place. Now, an old-fashioned candy shop. Comments (2).

Bay Ridge gets a new beer man

Shopping: Dharmesh Chokshi’s new BR Specialty Beer Store is a bit of hop heaven. Comments (3).

Roofus: It was the least wonderful time of the year

Shopping: Our cartoonist looks back at a weak holiday season. Comment.

In the winter, this farmers market goes indoors

Shopping: Fans of artisans and artichokes can rejoice now that homemade and homegrown products will finally be under the same roof, starting this Sunday. Comments (1).

December, 2009

It was a real lousy year for Mom and Pop

Shopping: Holiday sales weren’t too jolly for Brooklyn businesses this year. Comments (7).

It’s a grand ‘Union’ for Court Street

Shopping: A new Union Market will open today. Comments (2).