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Olde Good Things: A Paradise For The Vintage Décor Lovers

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We were trying to focus on our mission: find a mirror that would match my brother’s dining room at a vintage furniture store called Olde Good Things. But, everything was so beautiful and unique that I just spent much of my time “flirting” with other objects throughout the store!

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It was a regular Sunday afternoon when my brother invited me to join him, my sister-in-law and my niece in the East Village. While we were walking my sis-in-law told me she was looking for a mirror for their house in New Jersey. Well, I love antiques and I suggested her to explore different antique stores around town.

When we started walking along Bowery Street, I could see a big pink elephant from the distance. It really got my attention. And I must tell you all, that elephant is still on my mind!

When we got closer, we realized it was exactly what we were looking for: a vintage furniture store. Olde Good Things was there, waiting for us! A popular song says “Girls just wanna have fun”. And on my list of having fun is home décor shopping, for sure!

The store is incredible. It’s spread out in two levels and offers a wide selection of pieces. You can find pretty much everything for your home. Objects you can’t even imagine exist. From garden pieces to suitcases and doors, from lighting to kitchen utensils. They offer a huge collection of antiques in different shapes, colors, prices and even origins.

Service was excellent. A guy introduced himself to us and made us feel at ease. He cheerfully and knowledgably gave information about all the pieces we indicated and questioned. And believe me, I had many questions!

We were trying to focus on our mission: finding a mirror that would match their dining room. But everything was so beautiful and unique that we spent some time “flirting” with countless other objects, as well.

Before we hit the mirrors section, I checked almost every dresser they had in store at that time. Who doesn’t love dressers? I do. Most of them were handmade architectural pieces.

I fell in love with the chandeliers too. Big ones, smaller ones, made of glass, crystal, Greek style…I wish I could have taken all of them home with me (lol)!

After checking and asking about many objects we – FINALLY – made it to the mirrors.

Olde Good Things has an incredible selection. The difficult part was choosing only one, but my sister-in-law was able to find the perfect one: a distressed framed mirror. Gorgeous!

We left the store feeling great and with our mission accomplished! We had a blast. The experience was outstanding. Getting to know so many artistic and historical work, made our day quite special. Of course, finding the perfect mirror was nice, but the experience we went through was priceless.

I’m definitely going back any time soon and I encourage you to do the same. After you visit, let us know what you thought!

Have fun exploring and if you’re really in to vintage, take a look at some vintage fashion stores in Brooklyn that we love, a jewelry vintage gem in Chelsea and still, the vintage store top fashion Instagrammers around the globe just love.

Hours: Stores have different hours, so please check online.

Locations:
302 Bowery Street, NoHo
2420 Broadway, Upper West Side
5 East 16th Street, Lower Midtown Manhattan

https://ogtstore.com


Text by our Contributor: Rafaela Azevedo
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Olde Good Things

A Different Type of NYC Truck: Uprooted Flower Truck

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New York City is known for the countless food trucks roaming tirelessly around the city. You can find food trucks, ice cream trucks, juice trucks and even “fashion” trucks. But, Uprooted Flower Truck is the one and only, flower truck!

Uprooted describes themselves are “NYC’s florist on wheels”, which I think is pretty awesome. They are pioneers in launching this business and we have to agree that if you’re a pioneer in NY, you’ll most likely thrive!

It all started back in April of 2015, the exact month that I actually moved from my hometown São Paulo, Brazil to New York City!! What an exciting month! Hahaha!

Founders Ashley Custer and Kristin Heckler ran a super successful Kickstarter campaign, raised $15,000 and started their entrepreneurial path! And, what a journey!

New York is known for being the birth city of countless successful startups, but is quite tough having a brilliant idea no one has thought about, right?

When I met Ashley, back in February of 2016, she told me that her very first job was working at a flower shop, at the age of 14.  She majored in Criminal Justice at Temple University, but felt totally uninspired with the current social system. When she moved to NY with Kristen, her Co-Founder and Partner, she got back to working with flowers to brighten people’s lives – and also, her own.

On the other hand, Kristen, always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As her first job, she founded a local event planning business in her hometown: Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied Women’s Studies and Spanish at Duke University, but chose to follow a career as a Theater Director. That was actually what brought the duo to NYC in 2013. Kristin was going to attend her MFA at The New School. Today, she continues to self-produce theatre as well as working on Uprooted Flower Truck.

So, let’s talk about the truck!

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The truck has a floral cooler, electrical system, work counters, and sink with hot water – surely a fully functional florist on wheels! Plus, there is no way to miss it, when it passes by or is parked somewhere around the city. It’s gorgeous and with beautiful bright colors!

Flower bouquets are prepared and sold in three sizes – “the studio”, “the loft”, and “the penthouse” ranging from $12 – $45. Pretty good price for NYC!!!

Are you organizing an event? Needing new ideas of how to “wow” your clients, your team or your friends & family can be quite exhausting. We certainly know how event planning can be crazy! Phiuf! So, besides being able to have all your flower arrangements organized by Uprooted Flower Truck, have you ever thought about actually “booking a truck”? They organize custom floral events including bouquet bars, flower crowns, & branded bloom giveaways.

And, of course, weddings! I love everything about wedding, but the flower decoration is something I always look forward to! Why? Well, I have friends in the flower business in Brazil and became passionate about it! Anyway, their arrangements are certainly the style I want for my own wedding. They’re extremely colorful, with exotic flowers, unique arrangements and that no one will ever have the same! So, talk to the girls to explain what you want for your wedding!

Now, if you’re the type that loves Doing It Yourself (DIY), the girls organize pretty cool workshops to learn how to make the perfect flower arrangements.

You’ll be sure to learn all the tips and tricks behind doing the perfect vase and bouquets. I had an “express” course when we shot the YouTube video and was amazed at little tricks that make all the difference on the final result!

And lastly, if you live in New York and love having you home weekly decorated with beautiful flowers, but like every true New Yorker, you have absolutely no time to refill your vases, take a look at the Uprooted Subscription! Besides saving money, it’ll save you tons of time and fill your home with gorgeous arrangements. As they explain:

“Treat yourself or one of your favorites with a gift that keeps blooming! Choose your delivery dates, tell us about your preferences & we’ll send you the freshest flowers in town!”

We are sure you’ll enjoy it!

If you want to really go “pro”, take a look at the post we wrote about the Flower School in NYC.

Hours & Locations: Uprooted Flower Truck hits the NYC streets Thursday through Sunday each week. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for exact parking locations and other surprise pop-ups!

www.uprootedflowertruck.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

7 Secret NYC Spots by Kelley Louise, A Travel Entrepreneur

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Kelley Louise is a travel entrepreneur, Founder of Impact Travel Alliance and passionate about storytelling and social good! Come explore her favorite 7 secret NYC spots!

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I’ve known Kelley Louise probably for as long as I’ve been in New York City. I was introduced to her through a friend in common somewhere back in 2015.

Throughout these past years, I’ve been following her work and how she’s also changing the travel industry across the globe!

A travel entrepreneur passionate about storytelling and social good, Kelley specializes in creative marketing and social media management for clients in the travel and impact space. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Impact Travel Alliance – the world’s largest community for socially conscious travelers.

Kelley has built her career through carefully selected opportunities in the United States and abroad, including leadership roles in entrepreneurial endeavors, social good projects, marketing and media strategy.

A content creator herself, Kelley is an avid photographer and writer, and runs a travel and lifestyle blog, The Culture Collective – focused on travel & lifestyle, she showcases local gems and off-the-beaten-path adventures, and covers social good, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

A passionate connector, Kelley has an innate ability to build loyal and diverse communities.

Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in Media & Culture from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, and you can follow her adventures on social media Kelley Travels.

Now, take a look below and see her favorite 7 secret NYC spots!


League of Kitchens

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“Hands down, my favorite experience to recommend to New Yorkers and newcomers alike. League of Kitchens is an Airbnb-style format that offers you the opportunity to take a cooking class in an immigrant’s home. Nothing beats breaking bread and learning about someone’s culture through food.”

Pretty awesome, right? These amazing cooks host you + 5 people at their home and teach everything about their traditional cuisine from back home. Plus, you are able to go home with a detailed shopping list of what to buy and the recipes, so you can also cook at your own home.

Oh, it’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people!

https://www.leagueofkitchens.com


Nowadays

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“I’ve been a part of the Mister Sunday crowd since it’s early days in Gowanus Park, and it’s been amazing watching how Eamon and Justin have grown this community. Nowadays is their permanent outpost, which opened in 2017. Go for the music, stay for the good vibes and crowd.”

And I love it too! I’ve been there a few times and it just gets better and better!

The music is fantastic, there are a few food trucks so you won’t get hungry, drinks have super reasonable prices, you can be sure you’ll have a fantastic time and even get to meet a few new friends!

They’re located in Ridgewood, Queens, but it’s an easy commute through the L train to Halsey station.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 4pm – 12am
Thursday – 4pm – 2am
Friday – 4pm – Late
Saturday – 12pm – Late
Sunday – 3pm – 12am

Location: 56-06 Cooper Avenue

Other Infos:

  • Nowadays is always free except for indoors on Friday and Saturday nights, and indoors and outdoors every Sunday until 9pm.
  • The kitchen closes at 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and 1am on Friday and Saturday.
  • 2-for-1 happy hour runs from 4pm to 8pm Monday to Friday.

https://nowadays.nyc


LIC Landing

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“The magic of the NYC skyline never gets old, and LIC Landing is one of my favorite places to soak in the view. Bring friends and grab a drink – take some time to enjoy the slow(er) life in NYC.”

This beautiful, brand-new waterfront park at Hunters Point South, offers a 2000 sq-ft outdoor event space and a high-quality outdoor café.

It definitely has a priceless view of the city!

Try going before sunset and you’ll be able to witness Manhattan’s lights lighting up.

After all, we all know how beautiful this experience can be! While you’re around the neighborhood, be sure to explore close by spots like The Standing Room, a great bar and comedy bar!

Hours: Every day – 7am – 10pm (Summer Hours)!

Location: Center Blvd. between 50 Avenue and 54 Avenue

http://www.liclanding.com


Beer Street

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Beer Street is the bar that ruined all other beer bars for me — other bars just don’t compare. Somehow, all other menus just don’t compete with Cory (the owner’s) exceptional taste and attention to detail. Pro-tip: If you’re indecisive on what you want to order, follow Beer Street’s golden rule — Trust your bartender.”

Well, to start, they were chosen as “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars by Draft Mag” for the years of 2014 and 2015.

Located in Williamsburg, they have 10 taps with amazing draft beer, plus great wine, cider and other drinks.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 413 Graham Avenue

https://www.beerstreetny.com


Furnish Green

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“From the conventional to the quirky, Furnish Green has it all. My favorite vintage furniture store in the city, Furnish Green is great for finding anything from a well-designed dresser for your bedroom to a vintage carousel house (the latter of which I have).”

These guys are vintage experts! Every week you can expect 5-15 new items in the store. As they say, their philosophy is:

“To provide creative local consumers with unique, well-made, long-lasting and reasonably priced pieces of furniture.”

Pretty cool right!? Plus, in a city where most people buy at the same stores, you’ll be sure to have different items decorating your beautiful home!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Location: 1261 Broadway, Suite 309

http://furnishgreen.com


Bistro Petit

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“This is a big statement, but I stand by it: Bistro Petit is the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s a charming little spot – only fitting about a dozen or so people into the entire space – and you can’t help but to fall in love. The cuisine is French/Korean fusion, and BYOB. For the perfect date night, bring a bottle of red, and sit on the bar stools for a view of the kitchen and sit side by side with your date.”

The owner and chef, Sung Park, is truly an artist, in the kitchen. His bold and innovative cooking style is surely what makes the difference for his guests, and obviously, what makes them come back.

Located in South Williamsburg, they explain that they only use only use the freshest seasonal ingredients, local produce, natural organics, grass fed beef, local fish, and free-range chicken.

Plus, for vegetarians, they have great options, so don’t worry about it! You can go and be sure to have a great time!

Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm – 12am
Sunday: 6pm – 11pm

Location: 774 Driggs Avenue

http://www.bistropetit.com


Erie Basin

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“An exceptionally well-curated collection of jewelry (both vintage and new pieces that were crafted using antique stones), pretty much everything you see at Erie Basin is one of a kind. Even if you’re not ready to invest in your next piece of fine jewelry, they’re worth the follow on Instagram for some daydreaming.”

Launched in 2006, the store is located in the far end of Brooklyn in a neighborhood we adore called Red Hook! They are “specialized in antique and vintage jewelry, but also have a selection of furniture, art, and objects dating from the 18th to mid 20th century.”

The brand is, up to date, basically a one-man show, and was founded by Russell Whitmore. An avid collector and antique lover, Whitmore launched in 2014 a fantastic collection around antique gemstones he has collected and many are exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 388 Van Brunt Street

http://eriebasin.com


Thank you to my dearest friend, Kelley Louise, for these truly amazing 7 secret NYC spots! I loved them all and will surely visit the ones I haven’t been to yet!

You should too, after all, exploring New York, through the eyes of true New Yorkers, is definitely the best way to do it!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Tutti del Monte, Clay Williams for The James Beard Foundation and all the venues.

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

The NYC Rock’n’Roll World Of The Wanderlust Girls

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Come explore the NYC rock’n’roll world of Emily and Abigail, creators of Wanderlust Girls! Enjoy their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

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Emily and Abigail met in middle school many eons ago (18 years to be exact), in a small town just outside of Boston.

They grew up sharing a love for fashion, rock’n’roll and adventure. These shared interested morphed into a blog, WanderLust Girls back in 2010, which has since grown into the fashion, lifestyle, travel brand they run today.

The girls recently expanded their business down in Nashville, which you will be seeing more of on their social media soon.

If they are not in Nashville hanging with rock stars or repping their black clad closets on the New York City streets, they are likely in the air jetting to a new location for their next travel piece.

Take a look below to see their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City:


I NEED MORE

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I NEED MORE is a clothing store with all the spikes and studs you can dream of. (Yes, we dream about spikes and studs.) The owner, Jimmy Webb is a rock’n’roll legend in the city who we are lucky enough to call a friend. Every piece in the shop is unique, bold, and badass.”

As they say, this is literally a “A Rock’N’Roll clothing store for everybody”! The store is true a labor of love and dedication. You’ll certainly love it all: from the goo goo muck chandelier to the hand pained zebra stripe dressing rooms and painting on the walls!

They are a multi-label store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and always have big names coming by! A few famous friends in their list are: the one and only Ewan McGregor, Slash, Alice Cooper and Duff McKagan!

Pass by to see what they are up to!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm

Location: 75A Orchard Street

http://ixneedxmore.com


Duff’s Brooklyn

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“If you ever wanted to sit in an electric chair, look no further! Duff’s Brooklyn has it’s very own, as well as some of the creepiest, yet amazing decor we’ve ever seen. Enjoy some metal music and don’t forget to spin the wheel to win various prizes. Keep spinning until you get the Jesus juice.”

Founded in 1999 back in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, in Manhattan, this metal mecca finally moved into Brooklyn in 2004 and is the place to go if you a heavy metal lover. If you’re not part of this lifestyle, it’s still a fantastic place to go explore and broaden your horizons.

The spot, now located in South Williamsburg, is certainly a true metal place. Names like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Kerry King of Slayer, Exodus, Machine Head, The Sword, and many others have visited it.

Let’s rock!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 168 Marcy Avenue

www.duffsbrooklyn.com/home.shtml


Jane Motorcycles

Jane Motorcycles is our favorite place to go scope for beautiful bearded motorcycle riding men… I mean they have great coffee, that’s why we go. This beautifully curated moto gear shop surrounds the actually really great coffee shop. It’s amazing in the nice weather when they open the garage style door and you can enjoy your latté will gazing at all the motorcycles lined up outside.”

This is the ultimate NYC’s custom motorcycles, apparel, gear, art, books, and espresso shop, and we love it too! Alexander DiMattio and Adam Kallen started Jane with the objective of putting a new take on a motorcycle shop. And…they did it flawlessly!

These guys are from Brooklyn and everything in their store translates the vibe of the neighborhood and the lifestyle they personally enjoy.

They literally created this store out of scratch – actually it’s not their original location, since they were forced to move out of their other place. But, a blessing in disguise, for sure. At this spot, they were able to transform into reality all their dreams of what their store should looks like, such as the huge coffee counter and the garage door roll-up.

We are also huge coffee lovers, and their coffee partner is delicious, with ethically source coffee from all over the world – totally up our alley, since we work with and support sustainable traveling!

Definitely a must-go spot!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 8am – 7pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 396 Wythe Avenue

https://janemotorcycles.com


Pinks

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Pinks a fun hot rod style bar with motorcycle chain chandeliers and random car parts throughout the watering hole. Make sure you stop by for rock n’ roll bingo. Lots of fun prizes and great tunes!”

This is also a place we enjoy a lot!

Pink, in the Lower East Side, is a great spot to go for drinks, good music, a great crowd and even to celebrate your birthday.

They have a pretty cool private room in the back, if you prefer having your guests all together and more comfortable.

As they explain: “Pinks is what happens when a musician & a motorcycle enthusiast come together & build a bar around their love of Kustom Kulture.”

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 2am
Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 4am
Saturday: 12pm – 4am
Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 242 East 10th Street

http://pinks.nyc


Grit N Glory

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Grit N Glory is a rock’n’roll one-stop-shop, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Whether you are looking for a shirt with a satanic cat on it, some new ink (they have their own tattoo shop) or a tea cup for your vodka, they have it!”

The store offers a full collection for men, women and even a collection for the cool kids, besides accessories and housewares!

You’ll also be able to see some pretty crazy shots signed by Mark Weiss where he featured Alice Cooper, Boy George, Metallica, Guns’N’Roses, Mick Jagger and Ozzy in the 1980’s.

Hours: Daily from 12pm – 8pm

Location: 186 Orchard Street

www.gritnglory.com


Three of Cups

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Three of Cups, if you’re are in the mood for a delicious Italian meal and some light death metal you are in the right spot. On street level Three of Cups is a beautiful restaurant with drool-worthy pizzas and pasta dishes. Meanwhile, the basement has pretty heavy metal music playing, leopard print poles, and a badass crowd.”

Who doesn’t love Italian food made from these old family recipes and pizzas, right?

Located in the East Village, Three of Cups was founded back in 1992 and they really know the essence in making good pizza.

If you’re not that into pizza – if this even exists, lol – their food menu comes from recipes from the Southern Italian regions like Sicily, Naples and Bari.

And still, if you’re into pizza and pasta but keep track of all the calories you eat, don’t worry…they have delicious gluten-free options on the menu.

Hours:
Happy Hour EVERYDAY!!
Restaurant Bar: 5pm – 8pm
Lounge: 7pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch w/ 2 hour Bottomless – 11am – 5pm

Location: 83 1st Avenue

www.threeofcupsnyc.com


Gutter Bar

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Our Founder, Fê, with her friends at The Gutter, in Williamsburg.

Gutter Bar Brooklyn, has great cheap whiskey and a retro style bowling alley in the back. Equipped with 8 lanes to show off your skills. They also have a pool table. It’s a really great place to go with a group of friends on a cold winter day.”

We were soooo excited to see the Gutter Bar as part of Emily’s and Abigail’s list! This is a spot that we go a lot to and always have a great time!

Now, don’t expect a super fancy bowling alley because, as the girls mentioned, it’s a retro style one. But, then again, who need fancy to have fun, right?

They have a full bar, a pool table (be sure to place your Quarter on the table to get in line) and the bowling alley. Oh! And after passing by the restrooms, you’ll see another room! Walk in! They have a stage with live music and a dance floor!

It can be a while – a few hours – until you play, so you can arrive early, or just get your number and enjoy the bar until your time comes.

Hours Williamsburg:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 4am
Friday: 2pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4am

Hours Long Island City:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday: 2pm – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Locations:
200 North 14th Street, Williamsburg
10-22 46th Avenue, Long Island City

www.thegutterbrooklyn.com/williamsburg


Enchantments

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Enchantments is the oldest occult store in NYC. This space is filled with wonderfully witchy items from candles to bring love into your life, herbs and oils to rid yourself of ex boyfriends, books like ‘The Witches Bible’ and of course, tarot cards. Literally all you could ever need.”

The store is located in the East Village and opened back in 1982! Their mission is: Our mission is to help people empower themselves, heal and grow through spiritual practice. We believe in the principle “harm none,” and do not endorse items that hurt others.

Their Apothecary has over 100 recipes and can be mixed and matched according to what you are looking for.

Their incenses, oils, baths and other products are hand-made. They still have numerous other products like hand-carved candles, holders, statues, books, jewelry, talismans, cards and so many other super cool magical tools!

Be sure to go with time, since you’ll certainly be drawn to many different products!

Hours:
Wednesday – Monday: 1pm – 8:45pm
Closed Tuesday

Location: 424 East 9th Street

www.enchantmentsincnyc.com


Obscura Antiques

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Obscura Antiques, a small antique and oddities shop located in the East Village. We once got a bat skeleton there! So, if you’re in the market for bones, taxidermy, or even a Romanian AK-47 Bayonet, you hit the jackpot! Give yourself at least an hour to look through everything. You’ll find some gems for sure.”

Looking through these old antiques and oddities is certainly a journey into the past and can be quite amusing if you let your mind fly.

They are the oldest shop in this category in NYC and they ‘carry medical, scientific, natural history, fraternal, circus/sideshow, and all things unusual’.

Plus, as they mentioned, we also believe it’s a great place to find a unique gift. Well, it will certainly be a gift your loved one will remember forever!

Enjoy your exploration!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 207 Avenue A

http://www.obscuraantiques.com


Thank you Emily and Abigail, for sharing with us your 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

If you enjoy rock’n’roll, you will also enjoy Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint. They’ve already hosted small, unexpected gigs with Nirvana!

Also, take a look at this interview with Andre Vasconcellos, one of the most amazing NY-based guitarists we know!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the venues

The Local Artists & Fleas Market In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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The other day we were exploring Williamsburg, for a change (ha!), and decided to waltz into the Artists & Fleas market. The vendors there are amazing and we can always spend hours there.

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The place does get a bit crowded and you will bump into tourists there, fact. But, they have some of the most amazing vendors with extremely unique pieces and great prices!

We passed by a stand showcasing a brand called TightRope and our Founder, , wanted to buy every single thing they had! Victoria, one of the owners, explained a little bit about the brand for us.

They are experts in furniture and lighting and have a great range of products with creative designs, mostly made out of beautiful wood.

The company was founded in 2013, in Brooklyn, by Quang Hong and Victoria Young.

As they better explain:

“We work with solid wood, mild and stainless steel, aluminum, glass, and magnets. Our designs strive to balance the old with the new and the organic with the machined. We love the possibilities technology of today presents to us while still utilizing the century old techniques of woodworking, metalworking, and glassblowing. By combining these aesthetics, techniques, and technology, we have created designs you won’t see anywhere else.”

The items vary from furniture and lighting, to bulbs and small décor objects.

Some of our tops picks were:

They are also great if you are looking for a custom made project to make your some or business even nicer! They’ve done some great works that you can check on their website too!

We’re sure you will also, like Fê, want to purchase everything.

Have fun and take some time the explore the neighborhood.

www.tightrope.nyc

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of TightRope

A&G Merch: One Of The Best Décor Stores In Williamsburg

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A&G Merch is one of the best furnishing and décor stores in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They offer some of the most unique items to make your home feel like a home.

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We’ve been saying this, and won’t stop repeating: furnishing can be a fun process! Don’t focus on the downside of it, and just focus on enjoying and exploring unique and amazing stores in New York!

Launched in March of 2006 in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, A&G Merch conquered the local community right away!

The store was founded by David Alhadeff and co-founder Jill Goldhand. Speaking about, the A and the G stand for the first letter of their last names.

With a unique mix of products and high quality, their mission completes by “bringing an urban, youthful energy” to their products. So, after checking it out, you’ll see what we are talking about!

In fact, you’ll find everything from couches, sofas, tables, dining and lighting décor. Plus, office furniture and small utensils, bookshelves, beds, coffee tables, desk and chairs.

And still, small décor items like vintage metal clocks, basket, books, bottle openers, miniature toys. The list in infinite!

We are madly in love with them and we adore just passing by to check what’s new. The hard thing is to actually walk in and leave empty handed!

A&G Merch is a store that will make your home, feel like a home! Not to mention, your friends will be asking you able all your new acquisitions!

Lastly, they also have one store on the West Cost, in San Francisco. So, if you’re on that side of the country, you’ll have a chance to check them out too.

If you need our help to guide you through your refurnishing process, or if you are looking for additional tips about where to shop in New York, contact out experts! We will be able to share with you some of the most amazing and unique places to beautify your home! As a matter of fact, there are countless furnishing and décor stores in Williamsburg to explore!

Moreover, extending this a bit, if you are still looking for a place to live or rent, our Real Estate experts can assist you too! We also offer Real Estate services for Corporate requests.

Hours:
Daily: 11am – 7pm

Location: 111 North 6th Street

http://aandgmerch.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of A&G Merch

Nest Interiors: Mid-century vintage and contemporary design

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Nest Interiors has some of the most amazing mid-century vintage and contemporary design. This small shop is a place to go and purchase that perfect gem for your home.

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A few days ago our Founder, , had lunch with a dear friend, Dani Cutait. During lunch, Dani mentioned a small store close to her apartment in Chelsea and said it’s one of her top NYC home décor shops.

This is a really great tip if you enjoy unique mid-century vintage and contemporary design items for your home!

Nest Interiors is a beautiful, petit store founded in 2004 by the couple Henry Stozek and Lana Sexton.

Their mission is to provide a source for curated mid-century vintage and contemporary design.

“Lana & Henry both share a love for modern, timeless interiors and have been avid supporters of local artists for over a decade.

In concert with their appreciation of Scandinavian modern design and the art of fine craftsmanship, they have amassed a global collection of the finest examples of mid-century glass, metal, ceramics and art.”

From the moment Fê walked into the the store, she fell in love with everything. From the beautiful colorful pillows, picture frames, vintage glasses, vases and candle holders, to bowls, jewelry boxes, lamps and varied décor items.

The store is small, but there is so much to explore that it might be a while before you are able to leave it. Furthermore, it’s all very tempting, so you’re most likely to leave with something new for your home!

So, pass by if you enjoy having a stylish and chic home! This is surely the place for you!

While you’re in the neighborhood, you can see what on at The Joyce Theater, see what’s the new theme at STORY, or go at night to the speakeasy called Bathtub Gin.

Lastly, if you need any design service and assistance to decorate your home, contact our experts. Do you want to gift an important client or have any other Corporate Request? Let our experts cater to your needs.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 172A Ninth Avenue

http://nestinteriorsny.com

Let There Be Neon Will Illuminate Our World With Neon Lights

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This is a cool tip, if you’re in search for Neon lights!! For over 40 years, Let There Be Neon has created the most unique signages and creations to illuminate our world!

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To start with, Let There Be Neon has been in business for over 40 years. Located in the neighborhood of Tribeca, their creations exceeds every client’s expectations and they always come back for more!

Read about them:

Let There Be Neon has been the preeminent international supplier and creator of Custom Neon for signage and artistic applications.

Although neon is thought of as quintessentially American, it was a Frenchman (Georges Claude) who introduced the first neon sign, circa 1910.

Before long, a giant white ‘Cinzano’ advertisement was illuminating Paris, ‘The City of Light’. Neon made its American debut in 1923, with a sign above a Packard car showroom in Los Angeles.

Although minimal by current standards, it did what it was supposed to do: stop traffic. Neon took off with the 1933 repeal of prohibition, which created a need for eye-catching signs above bars.

Plus, in the 1930’s and 1940’s, neon became synonymous with Art Deco and the dreamily sinister look of film noir.

So, by the 50’s, neon had become inextricably linked with drive-ins, diners, the glamour of Las Vegas and by extension, the American dream itself.

Although cheap fluorescent and plastic signs in the late 50′s temporarily displaced this burst of neon creativity, today the vibrant colored light has once again regained its rightful place on the international landscape.”

Do you own a store, a bar, are throwing a party or simply want to add some neon light to your home? These guys are the ones to go to!

Also, after shopping, you might want to relax at Aire Ancient Baths, just a few blocks away.

And, if you’re still in the mood for a late night drink with the cool kids in New York, grab a drink at Paul’s Cocktail Lounge – that is, if you can get in.  What we mean is, the Bouncers there are tough, very tough…

Location: 38 White Street

www.lettherebeneon.com


Text Excerpts by Let There Be Neon
Photo Credit: The Atlantic

Yes Pls: There’s Nothing Like Funcional Sculptures from Brooklyn

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The other day we were going through a list of local artists we wanted to interview. We bumped again into James Barber’s name, Founder of Yes Pls, selling funcional sculptures from Brooklyn.

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We’ve mentioned this countless times: Brooklyn is the home of some of the most talented and creative artists in New York. The neighborhood is filled with upcoming and established artists sending their message out to the world in the most diverse ways.

It’s impossible to get tired of exploring and uncovering who is the next up and coming artist that will rock New York City!

We have heard about James Barber, Founder of Yes Pls, a while back. When we saw his work, we evidently fell in love immediately.

James has worked for over 10 years with molding and casting. He creates really unique and funcional pieces that will give your home a pretty unique type of personality.

You’ll find items from shelves and other items made of wood, to sculptures like skull incense holders. There are mini tripods that are great to place small flowers or our cactus friends. And still, his disruptive and quite interesting concrete teeth ashtrays will surely make your guests curious.

Everything from Yes Pls is certainly extremely creative and rather peculiar! Probably, the reason why we enjoy his pieces so much! The more disruptive and funcky looking, the better!

James lives and works in Brooklyn, but you can find his work online.

If you are the type that loved to learn new endeavors, take a look at what the workshops at Brooklyn Brainery are all about! They are a community-driven place where artists volunteer to teach their expertise. Another hand-on course you might enjoy, that is certainly therapeutical too, is at the Flower School NY, located in Chelsea.

www.yes-pls-store.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of James Barber

Just Bulbs: Lighten Up Your Life The Coolest Light Bulbs in NY

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How can we transform something simple and boring, like purchasing new light bulbs in NY, into something fun!? Just Bulbs are real experts at this!

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Yes, going out to purchase new light bulbs in NY can be a hassle and quite a boring chore. But, Just Bulbs is an expert at making this fun!

They transformed the act of purchasing light bulbs into something much more enjoyable and entertaining!

To start, the store was founded by David Brooks in 1980 and stands proud and strong until today, being named the “#1 Light Bulb Store in NYC”. This is definitely an impressive title based on the strong competition they have today with those huge chain stores pulverizing the market and killing the small business owners.

Furthermore, their experts have over 25 years of experience and are able to help you at any time. You actually don’t even need to go to the store! They’re good to the extent that they’ll be able to help you over phone or even if you send them a photo by email or fax. Yup, they still have a fax machine. So…vintage!

We’re pretty sure that regardless of what you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it there. From the Carbon Thomas Edison and Energy Efficient Light Bulbs and Color Corrected bulbs to Miniature and Subminiature, Photo and Stage Studio and Projection Lamps. Wow, they have it all!

Plus, all their models have a LED version, helping the planet by being more environment-friendly! We love this!

They stock:

  • Carbon Thomas Edison and Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
  • Color Corrected
  • Full Spectrum
  • Large Lamp
  • Miniature and Subminiature
  • Neodymium
  • Photo and Stage Studio
  • Projection Lamps

They have American, European and British socket bulbs:

  • 6
  • 12
  • 24
  • 120
  • 220 Volt Bulbs
  • Holiday and Christmas Strings

Their experts can suggest improvements over your current light bulbs that will improve color, or increase life. And still, it might also save electricity or improve the design of the fixture.

They can enhance your party or holiday with color and with strings of lights that are either traditional or novelty. For indoor or outdoor use, they have lights in the shapes of various:

  • Baseballs
  • Basketballs
  • Flowers
  • Golf balls
  • Cows, pigs and birds
  • Lights in the shapes of Peppermints and M&Ms
  • Sea shells, light houses and others

In addition, they can adapt your foreign light sockets to fit American light bulbs.

Finally, they can refresh you lights by changing the bulbs and cleaning your fixtures.

WOWWWW!!!! This definitely won’t be a common, boring chore anymore. After going there once, we’re sure you’ll become a loyal customer and in love with light bulbs! Well, everyone does!

Yup, buying new light bulbs in NY can be pretty fun!

Location: 222 East 58th Street

www.justbulbsnyc.com

 

Photo Credit and excerpt taken from: Just Bulbs

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