One of our great partners collaborating with us in the GO LOCAL! Summer Giveaway Series is Lion in the Sun of Park Slope, an exquisite paperie shop – and a Brooklyn novelty – on Seventh Avenue. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team, Melinda and David Morris, Lion in the Sun has a history of being a family business. Growing up on Long Island, Melinda worked for her parents at the original Lion in the Sun, which is still operating today after 30 years. Since Melinda’s parents sold their vacation home to start the shop, and were no longer going to be lying in the sun, they named it “Lion in the Sun.”
Melinda opened the Park Slope store in 2002, after living in Brooklyn for eight years. She noticed the sense of community in the neighborhood, as well as the need for a good quality paperie and custom invitations. As luck would have it, Melinda met David, who happened to live around the corner, in her new store. Today, Lion in the Sun still prides itself on its highly unique products and services, sustainability efforts, and personal relationships with neighbors and clients. Melinda and David have always been passionate about supporting a number of community activities that encourage buying locally. They’ve also sought out quality recycled paper goods and partnered with companies that practice green initiatives.
We got the chance to ask Melinda a few questions about the shop. Here’s what she said:
BKI: Do you plan to open a third store, specifically a second one in Brooklyn?
MM: “Actually, we run the two stores independently. Right now we don’t plan on opening another retail location, [as] we are very lucky that our clients are willing to travel to Park Slope to see us. We are hoping to expand our in-house design and printing studio space so [that] we can do more of that.”
BKI: What have customers requested lately?
MM: “Right now anything with the Brooklyn Bridge is HOT… not just from local designers but it seems to be a national design craze. I think it has become a new symbol for NY. The other thing that has been making a popular comeback [are] cards and books printed on wood, or etched into wood. It is fabulous and retro and really fun.”
BKI: Do you have any upcoming events?
MM: “We will be doing a bridal workshop with Vane Broussard from Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, July 30 at 7PM. She will be interviewing the blogger, Thoughtful Day.”
Lion in the Sun is the perfect example of why we should shop local!
Melinda and David in their shop
Lion in the Sun is located at 232 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
Images taken from here.