70’s super graphics appear on a vintage BKI shirt and the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. Is the rainbow making a comeback?
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Last, but certainly not least, BookCourt has been providing the Cobble Hill neighborhood with enjoyable reads and a relaxing, cozy atmosphere for the past twenty-eight years. Like us, their story begins with a young married couple and a dream to open up a business in Brooklyn. In 1981, Henry Zook and Mary Gannett decided to follow their passion for books and restored the ground floor of a pre-Civil War frame house on Court Street. Over the years, they acquired the building next door and expanded the bookstore to fit their growing business. Though larger bookstores have since moved into the area, BookCourt has still survived – and thrived.
Outside the shop on Court Street!
Bookcourt is another one of the many reasons why we should shop local this summer! Find BookCourt on 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, right by our Smith Street store.
Community Bookstore of Park Slope is one of Brooklyn’s oldest and most beloved quaint bookstores. Its name is very telling of the deep involvement the bookstore has with the people and neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The bookstore greatly believes in the well-being of the community, most immediately on a local level but also a global one. It is involved in shop local campaigns, Park Slope Chamber of Commerce initiatives, civic councils, community forums, and sustainable business networks. In addition, the bookstore offers generous discounts to schools and non-profit organizations. Another cool thing the shop does? The “Mystery” Book Swap” allows readers to take home pre-read mystery books for only $1 in exchange for a mystery they’ve already read. If that wasn’t enough, Community Bookstore now delivers your book orders for free! Our friends at Community Bookstore – and all of the admirable things they do year round – are the perfect example of why we should shop local this summer.
Community Bookstore is located on 143 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, right near our Park Slope store on 206 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
Okay, so the moment passed – the battling of the female titans. One is now the Secretary of State and the other the post-Queen of Alaska. Yet, despite my complete annoyance at Palin’s conservatism, her blatant disregard of experience, and intelligence, you have to admire her pluck. She speaks of kids, and running, and fishing, and you can smell the hair dresser and nail polish as she speaks in her dogmatic fashion. Of the two (in the t-shirt) Palin is finally the more captivating. While Clinton deals with the trade deficit with China, and North Korea’s nuclear program, Palin speaks in a language of self sacrifice that belies her rising media credentials. She is fascinating because she is singular, annoying diffident and anti-intellectual. She is parochial. Yet, I will read the articles, buy the shirt and imagine how she deals with her children, her husband and her decision to quit her job.
Image from Huffington Post
Written by Lexy Funk, CEO
I was on a panel recently for Crain’s Small Business. A gentleman approached me afterwards and gave me this beautiful, hand-crafted hat. Attached to the hat was a thumb drive with the animation below. Tucked inside the flap was the note. I was both touched and inspired. Please email the artist and budding entrepreneur Aaron Duffy with your ideas for how to build his business. Or add your comments below. He definitely has wit, talent and a novel approach to marketing.
Aaron’s hat creations can be viewed here: http://dufdesign.com/hats.htm
Going to be in the Windy City any time soon? Make sure you check out Reckless Records – especially if you’re a fan of great vinyl records – for some great titles. Since 1989, Reckless Records has been dedicated to bringing quality music, movies, and other entertaining media to Chicagoans and visitors. With 3 locations in Chicago, they are hard to miss! We’re fans. The Reckless Bucktown location (right near our Bucktown store) is located at 1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Support them (and us!) as we go local this summer.
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For the past forty years, Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW) has taken the stage as one of America’s preeminent performing arts institutions, entertaining its fellow neighbors in Chelsea, as well as New Yorkers and people worldwide. Behind the scenes, DTW is much more than a workshop that puts on shows. They support independent contemporary artists and companies in their endeavors to further live performance experiences – even performer Whoopi Goldberg got her first big break here. Each year, the DTW produces 110 performances by 45 different artists and companies, working with renowned choreographers. What’s more, it fosters a wider public involvement to get creative in the arts through many programs and resources.
To see a great show this summer, visit Dance Theatre Workshop at 219 West 19th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, or call the box office at 212-924-0077. Enter to win free tickets to a DTW performance at our Chelsea Store during the GO LOCAL! giveaway series!
With a welcoming atmosphere and expert knowledge, Brooklyn Bicycles in Park Slope is the go-to spot for any bike rider. New to the neighborhood as of early May, they’ve already made a good impression on the community, helping fix noisy brakes and flat tires even after hours. First-time bike owners and renters don’t be shy. The shop’s friendliness, patience, and knowledge of bikes – along with great selection, quality accessories, and customization services – will help solve a multitude of needs, wants, and concerns, whether you are a commuter or committed racer. Don’t forget them for renting bikes near the park either. What’s more, they’ll let you in on some of their own secret spots to ride around in Brooklyn. Ride on!
Visit Brooklyn Bicycles on 375 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 to rent a bike and ride around in Prospect Park! Or enter BKI’s GO LOCAL! giveaway at our Seventh Avenue Store to win a free deluxe bike tuneup!
Ten years ago, Spoonbill and Sugartown introduced themselves to Williamsburg as a hip, artsy, and eclectic bookstore with a laidback vibe. Though it may seem tiny on the outside, the bookstore has an amazingly full selection – best known for its new, used, and rare contemporary art, architecture, pop culture, and graphic design books. With so many books you couldn’t find anywhere else, plan to be there for awhile. Spoonbill and Sugartown is a perfect retreat to browse through books and find something you didn’t know you were looking for (not to mention play with the two store cats) for as long as you please.
We were fortunate to speak with the manager Quentin Rowan this week. Here’s what he said:
BKI: How did the bookstore begin? What inspired the owners to open the store?
QR: “Miles Bellamy and Jonas Kyle, the two owners of the store, had been friends since grade school in Manhattan. In fact, they even worked together at a bookstore on Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn in the 1980s. Miles, in the late 1990s, having worked at many different bookstores in the Bay Area – and in possession of some capital – decided to open a bookstore in Williamsburg, where he was living at the time. Jonas at that point was working as a carpenter in the Southwest. Miles asked him to help out with the building of the store’s bookshelves and other fixtures. Jonas decided he wanted to stay and be a partner in the business. They had both always been book people. Jonas’ mother, Hedi Kyle, is a renowned book designer. Miles’ father, Richard Bellamy, ran the prestigious Oil and Steel Gallery downtown. In 1999, there weren’t any other substantial bookstores in the neighborhood and it seemed like a good place to be.”
BKI: What’s a little known fact about Spoonbill and Sugartown that you think people would find interesting?
QR: “We have a warehouse space on North 12th Street. It’s quite large and houses just about as many books – if not more – than we have in the actual store. Mostly we sell these books online at www.abebooks.com. Sometimes, by appointment, we take customers over to have a look. We’ve thought of polishing the place up and making it something like an annex to the store, but never seem to get around to it.”
BKI: Do you have any upcoming events?
QR: “2009 is our 10-year anniversary. We opened in the autumn of 1999. We’re going to have all kinds of readings and events this autumn. Right now, though, we’re playing our cards close to our chest and I can’t give anything away. Rest assured, there will be some big names in the art, poetry, and fiction worlds involved.”
Buy your summer reads locally at Spoonbill and Sugartown, located on 218 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11211.
Though it’s possibly one of the tiniest shops in the West Village, The Ink Pad has thousands of stamps and accessories for stamping pleasure and has drawn customers from all areas of the country. Located on 8th Avenue and 12th Street, the picturesque shop has been in business for more than 10 years and the neighborhood loves the business. The Ink Pad is built on experience, as owner and operator Anna Chiang has been stamping for 20 years. In addition to carrying more than 15,000 unique stamps, the shop sells a great assortment of ink pads, embossing powder, glitter, books, and stamping accessories – not to mention it offers instructional classes. Beginning on Friday, July 10 and lasting through Sunday, July 19, The Ink Pad is celebrating “A-Muse-A-Palooza,” with regular demos every afternoon and special events just about every day, including a class on designing holiday cards. Check out their events page here: http://theinkpadnyc.com/classes.php.
We spoke with store owner and operator, Anna, who answered our questions. Here is what she said…
BKI: Do you do birthday parties or other special events?
AC: “We hold stamping classes, free demonstrations and lots of celebrations, like ‘A-Muse-A-Palooza’ this week, [which] focuses on debuting 40 new stamps for the holidays and begins our holiday card making. You have to get an early start, especially if you want to make 50 or so cards, which many of my customers do.”
BKI: What’s a little known fact about your business that you think people would find interesting?
AC: “We have been in business for 11 years and have over 15,000 individual stamp designs, including those in sets. Clear stamps are an interchangeable stamp system where you only need one acrylic block as a base and then change the image as often as you like. Great for small NYC apartments!”
BKI: Which stamps have been the most popular in the last month?
AC: “Current popular designs include Barack Obama, Alice In Wonderland, and anything wedding/summer themed.”
We are more than happy to be partnering with The Ink Pad in our Go Local! Summer Giveaway Series.