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In certain parts of Brooklyn, it’s hard not to bump into independently-owned businesses whose proprietors fabricate, or concoct, or carpenter, or throw, or sew, or conceive of the products sold inside. Given this surfeit of high-quality, locally-made goods, it’s a tough scene in which to stand out and thrive. Take jewelry. The Brooklyn market is not huge, but in the past decade it’s fallen prey to—I’m gonna call it—the Catbird Effect: A proliferation of thin,...
Hi, Brooklyn, you have so much holiday shopping to do! Why haven't you started? I know. I haven't either. Here's the issue: I kinda hate the idea of doing it online, because that does not feel very festive. (Well, neither does shopping outside in this sixty degree weather, but this is a new world we live in. Adjustments.) On the other hand, traipsing from local shop to local shop—which, yes, can include fantastic perks like holiday...
We’re big fans of winter around here, but we’re not big fans of the way bone-dry winter air wreaks havoc on our skin and hair, leaving us with chapped cheeks and straw-like hair. That’s why we turn to these 15 skin- and hair-saving products. Many are made in Brooklyn, all can be bought here, and each will go a long way toward helping you survive these frigid months. TOP SHELF, LEFT TO RIGHT: Egyptian Magic Skin...
It's no secret: Catbird is one of our favorite places in Brooklyn. Not only does the store carry some of the most lovely jewelry, home goods, beauty products, and, oh, everything else we everyone could possibly want, but it's also run and staffed by some of the smartest, most talented women we've come across. We recently chatted with Catbird owner Rony Vardi and buyer Leigh Plessner to talk about the not-too-long-ago launch of the...

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