November 28, 2014 - Comments Off on Small Business Saturday: Where To Go + Where We’ll Be
The Thanksgiving feast is over, and hopefully you're all rested up after one (or three) holiday naps. If you haven't already, make sure to give our Thanksgiving playlist a listen—we promise it isn't one of those Christmas-only compilations that gets old after the third listen. A good part of the Thanksgiving weekend fun are the traditions that come along with it—and shopping may play into those, depending on how claustrophobic and patient of long lines you are. It can be easy to forget about Small Business Saturday with all of the unpleasant-looking media Black Friday receives—when tends to be more and more each year, it seems. But this weekend is the perfect time to support your favorite designers, makers, and artists, while checking off people on your gift list at the same time.
The shopping opportunities in New York City are overwhelming, especially once the first snow hits and your trips to various brick and mortars hold more regard (shopping for others is always intimidating, no matter how well you know them). Of course, we're here to help make that a little easier on you. Make sure to pay a visit to your favorite local designers and visit us at one of the pop-up locations we're involved in this Small Business Saturday. Here are our must-visit spots:
Young & Able, Lower Manhattan
There's a tiny storefront in Lower Manhattan that you won't want to miss. Young & Able is a month-long pop-up retail space created specifically for your holiday shopping needs. You may remember us inviting you to their launch party a couple of weeks ago (which was an absolute blast, complete with a photobooth). You can find some of our designs at the space, but you can also find a selection from all of the designers (which range from local makers in NYC to international designers all the way from Australia) online. The physical space is open from 11am-7pm daily—go give it a see before it closes its doors on December 21st.
345 Broome St. New York, NY
Kaight, Boreum Hill
At Kaight's you'll find everything from turtlenecks to wolf-printed scarves, and the requirements to be a part of the store are all ethical in nature. Specifically, the designs must fit into a few requirements: local production, organic textiles, reclaimed materials, fair-trade or zero waste. And that's something we can whole-heartedly stand behind. This is the perfect spot to find something for that fashionista on your list.
382 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Bene Rialto, Manhattan
Located in Midtown, the Bene Rialto space is one to keep your eye on. Not only are they currently showing off a multi-floor experience featuring the work of a handful of designers (from accessories and womenswear to paper goods and art), but they're looking to build the name out into an accelerator of sorts. (You can read more on that here.) This is the perfect spot for finding something for that person you can't quite put your finger on yet, because there's a little bit of everything. If you've got a stylish lady you're looking to impress, check out the Nicole Lenzen situation near the dressing room on the second floor.
13 W. 38th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves), New York, NY
People of 2morrow, Greenpoint
People of 2morrow is part buy/sell/trade and part curated collection from independent designers. Don't let the buy/sell/trade turn you off—this store is bringing in some beautiful pieces by impressive names for a fraction of the couture pricetag. While the curated collections' aesthetic is definitely boho chic, the designs are beautiful. Bonus: You can even shop from People of 2morrow on Instagram—something you don't see too often. This is a perfect stop for picking up well-designed trinkets for the last-minute add-ons to your gift list.
65 Franklin Street Brooklyn, New York
Artists & Fleas, Chelsea
Artists & Fleas is one of the more well-known spots for shopping local artisans. Set up like a craft fair of sorts, this event brings all sorts of aesthetics and designs into one place, from vintage clothing and comic book inspired jewelry to succulent design and clever paper goods. The Chelsea space is conveniently located in the Chelsea Market (don't forget to check out the Chelsea Market Baskets—they have an amazing selection of chocolate), where you can easily knock out your entire shopping list in one go. You can also find Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, near the Brooklyn Flea.
70 North 7th Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY
88 10th Ave @ W. 15th Street, New York, NY