As a partner of the NY Waterway's East River Ferry, Peachfrog gives travelers from across the five boroughs a compelling reason to trek out to North Williamsburg by boat. The overstock boutique fits in well with its up-and-coming surroundings, outfitting guests with the dresses, hats, and handbags necessary to stand out among the hip crowd that frequents the nearby wine bars, brew pubs, and underground cinemas.
These chic apparel items—along with the store’s housewares and accessories—arrive directly from boutique retailers. Peachfrog does its part to ensure that they move along quickly, marking them at up to 90% off their original prices and continually seeking out new items to take their place. "They're finds, they're treasures, they're gone," cofounder Howard Blumberg notes. He specializes in tracking down unique items, kindly passing on pieces that one could easily find in a chain or department store.
Blumberg founded the shop with business partner and sculptor Bill Norton, a pioneer of the area's arts community who formerly served as the director of installations at MoMA PS1. Under Norton's artistic hand, Peachfrog transformed from the hull of an old egg-roll factory into an industrial-chic boutique. Today, men's clothing items dwell in what was once a large freezer, and the factory kitchen’s original range hoods extract heat from sundresses entering their supernova stage in the dressing rooms. In 2009, the New York Times gave Peachfrog an approving nod, citing the store's expansive inventory as well as its close proximity to other charming shops and street vendors.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Brimming with colorful bolts of fabric, carefully looped skeins of yarn, and rows of sewing provisions, Save A Thon Stores have been supplying New Yorkers with quality crafting necessities since 1973. With fabrics ranging from basic denim to upscale jacquard upholstery cloth from around the world, the shop showcases a range of patterned designs that can be crafted into cozy quilts or a signal to a passing ship that it would have looked better in plaid. Coils of lace ribbons and tubs of colorful beads add a decorative finishing touch to projects, which can be undertaken at home or under the tutelage of the shop's expert crafters during regular sewing classes, while upholstery classes teach students upholstery basics. The teachers are also experts in the Wilton method of cake decorating and can help students artfully embellish cakes and cupcakes with fondant, tiny decorations, and tiny brides and grooms on a dessert destination wedding.
Brooklyn Bead Box arms crafters with beads and findings that run the gamut from simplicity to statement pieces, with prices starting at pennies to accommodate diverse project budgets. Semiprecious stones, unlike boulders covered in glitter, make for classic jewelry shining next to Swarovski crystals on strands and hanging solo. Clasps and beading tools finish jewelry makers' handiwork, and instruction books and large-holed beads give beginners a foothold in the art.
Beaders can also mingle with peers in one of Brooklyn Bead Box's 13 classes, each capped at four students to allow instructors to individualize attention and curb the antics of class clowns. The curricula cover topics ranging from introductory techniques to the more complex arts of crafting wire cuff bracelets or beading hoop earrings. For further beading camaraderie, up to 12 kids can celebrate a birthday at the shop while hand making their own accessories.
By setting out to provide visitors with one of the most beloved Christmas traditions, Anthony Gallo Nurseries has practically become a tradition in itself—the Christmas tree farm has spent more than a century decking homes with the holiday’s decorative centerpiece. At the nursery, tree-seekers peruse a lineup of firs hand-picked from Gallo’s tree farm, including Fraser firs, a modern-day favorite seen in many American homes including the White House, and Balsam firs, a classic choice known for filling spaces with their festive aroma. In addition to trees, the nursery offers mixed garlands and florist-designed wreaths sprinkled with colorful berries, handmade bows, and tiny cameras that stream footage to Santa's behavior-analysis department.
Honey’s sumptuous decor evokes its sweet namesake at every turn, from the glowing yellow light dripping lazily over exposed-brick walls to the warm wooden chairs from which patrons dip morsels in crocks of rich fondue. Batches of melty dip feed up to six people, who dip anything from garden veggies to grilled chicken into gooey cheese, or drag fresh fruit through the dark waters of a decadent chocolate fondue. The loungey restaurant also boasts a menu of Latin specialties including enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas full of grilled shrimp and lamb. And for a liquid jolt that’s easier to enjoy than drinking champagne from a plugged-in toaster, the eatery offers wines by the glass or bottle and a variety of signature martinis—many of which are infused with the eatery’s titular ingredient: honey.