Ten things we love about Front Street

Score discounts on worldly decor, casual-cool threads and retro candy near the water in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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    Journey Home

    Journey Home

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    Porcelain vases handmade in China, $18--$62, at Journey Home

    Porcelain vases handmade in China, $18--$62, at Journey Home

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Zo

    Zo

  • Rebecca Taylor pom-pom-print frock with ruffled neckline, $345, at Zo

    Rebecca Taylor pom-pom-print frock with ruffled neckline, $345, at Zo

  • Tibi paisley chiffon maxidress, $583, at Zo

    Tibi paisley chiffon maxidress, $583, at Zo

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    Eyedrop Optique

    Eyedrop Optique

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    Persol limited-edition Steve McQueen sunglasses, $350, at Eyedrop Optique

    Persol limited-edition Steve McQueen sunglasses, $350, at Eyedrop Optique

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    Dewey's Candy

    Dewey's Candy

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    Gummi Army Guys, $11/lb, at Dewey's Candy

    Gummi Army Guys, $11/lb, at Dewey's Candy

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    Bonomo Turkish Taffy, $2 each, at Dewey's Candy

    Bonomo Turkish Taffy, $2 each, at Dewey's Candy

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    Spring

    Spring

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    Hand-screenprinted wallpaper that resembles bookshelves, $295, at Spring

    Hand-screenprinted wallpaper that resembles bookshelves, $295, at Spring

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    La Chamba Colombian oversize clay pots, $60--$145 each, at Spring

    La Chamba Colombian oversize clay pots, $60--$145 each, at Spring

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    Dandelight lamp with real dandelion seeds individually attached to an LED bulb,...

    Dandelight lamp with real dandelion seeds individually attached to an LED bulb, $120, at Spring

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    Blueberi

    Blueberi

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    AJS by Ibrahim cuff bracelet with pearls, jade and coral stones, $245, at...

    AJS by Ibrahim cuff bracelet with pearls, jade and coral stones, $245, at Blueberi

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    AJS by Ibrahim smoky quartz cocktail ring, $220, at Blueberi

    AJS by Ibrahim smoky quartz cocktail ring, $220, at Blueberi

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    Tribal Links Fulani earrings, $82, at Blueberi

    Tribal Links Fulani earrings, $82, at Blueberi

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    Sweet William dragonfly-shaped cuff, $240, at Blueberi

    Sweet William dragonfly-shaped cuff, $240, at Blueberi

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    Seekers Are Finders

    Seekers Are Finders

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    Roberta di Camerino 1960s satchel in mint condition, $950, at Seekers Are...

    Roberta di Camerino 1960s satchel in mint condition, $950, at Seekers Are Finders

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    Marni mini messenger bag, $450, at Seekers Are Finders

    Marni mini messenger bag, $450, at Seekers Are Finders

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    Gucci 1970s tote, $750, at Seekers Are Finders

    Gucci 1970s tote, $750, at Seekers Are Finders

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    ChiTi Beauty

    ChiTi Beauty

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    ChiTi Beauty body washes, $8 each

    ChiTi Beauty body washes, $8 each

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    Aromatherapy fragrance stone, $7, at ChiTi Beauty

    Aromatherapy fragrance stone, $7, at ChiTi Beauty

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    NOS Men's

    NOS Men's

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    J.Artola handmade-in-Mexico desert boots, $325, at NOS Men's

    J.Artola handmade-in-Mexico desert boots, $325, at NOS Men's

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    Earnest Sewn slim-fitting jeans, $180, at NOS Men's

    Earnest Sewn slim-fitting jeans, $180, at NOS Men's

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    Clae suede sneakers, $120, at NOS Men's

    Clae suede sneakers, $120, at NOS Men's

  • Aether 100 percent Supima cotton polo, $85, at NOS Men's

    Aether 100 percent Supima cotton polo, $85, at NOS Men's

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Trunk

    Trunk

  • Mel En Stel floor-length, bias-cut dress, $298, at Trunk

    Mel En Stel floor-length, bias-cut dress, $298, at Trunk

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Radka Design oxidized silver crochet lariat necklace, $148, at Trunk

    Radka Design oxidized silver crochet lariat necklace, $148, at Trunk

  • Samoy Lenko crisscross top, $88, at Trunk

    Samoy Lenko crisscross top, $88, at Trunk

Photograph: Ilenia Martini

Journey Home

Journey Home

1. Globally sourced home decor at Journey Home
Owner Pamela Rohl makes an annual pilgrimage to India, where she loads up three industrial-size shipping containers with the interesting vintage pieces she finds through a Rajasthan family of dealers, who scour the country year-round on her behalf. What Rohl doesn't sell or refurbish she uses as inspiration, picking elements such as old shutters, doors or moldings and repurposing them as coffee tables, cabinets, bookshelves and trunks. Rohl's vintage metal nightstands from India ($350) would look at home in a bedroom, bathroom or hallway. Top them with a vintage-inspired pharmacist or librarian lamp ($295--$325), also from India. You'll also find plenty of worldly home accessories and hostess gifts, such as porcelain vases handmade in China ($18--$62) in cheery oranges and turquoise. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off the above items through Wednesday 11. 72 Front St between Main and Washington Sts (718-797-9277, journeydumbo.com)

2. Flirty summer dresses at Zo
This one-stop shop outfits working women—and men—of all ages and office dress codes with its mix of big-name designers (Stella McCartney, Cacharel) and lesser-known labels (Carven, L'agence). But where owner Lisa Brock excels is with her selection of printed frocks, which have us even more anxious for the warmer weather. Visions of alfresco cocktails at the Standard Beer Garden danced in our heads when we spotted Tibi paisley chiffon maxidresses ($583), Rebecca Taylor pom-pom-print frocks with ruffled necklines ($345) and silk short-sleeve tie-waist dresses from London label Erdem ($760). Pattern-averse fashionistas can snag a silk bias-cut, racerback tank dress from Alexander Wang's T line ($240) instead. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all dresses through Wednesday 11. 68 Washington St at York St (718-237-4002, shopzoeonline.com)

3. Exclusive frames at Eyedrop Optique
This full-service eyeglass boutique caters to Dumbo's nearsighted style mavens, with hard-to-find lines such as Mykita, Franois Pinton and Dita Eyewear ("the line of the moment," according to owner and optometrist Robert Ancona). Limited-edition Steve McQueen sunglasses by Persol ($350) fold from the bridge and come in tortoiseshell, just like the originals worn by the King of Cool. Snag a pair of colorful, German-made Lunettes Kollektion frames ($375) that are made of lightweight plastic and are sold nowhere else in the U.S. Or shade your peepers with Dita Eyewear aviators featuring interchangeable titanium temples ($850--$1,000). What you won't find are logos printed on the temples—the styles carried here are inconspicuous and understated. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off the above items through Wednesday 11. 84 Front St between Adams and Washington Sts (718-260-8900, eyedropoptique.com)

4. Retro sweets at Dewey's Candy
Whether you're a child or adult, gummy-lover or chocoholic, owner Alison "Dewey" Oblonsky will make sure you leave her confectionery with a grin on your face. The whimsical year-old shop specializes in nostalgic candy, particularly the types of sweets you haven't seen in years. Dewey's shelves and bins are artfully stocked with oversize lollipops ($8), finely detailed green-apple--flavored Gummi Army Guys ($11/lb), old-school candy buttons ($3) and Bonomo Turkish Taffy ($2) that will have your taste buds reminiscing. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off purchases of $10 or more through May 31. 141 Front St between Jay and Pearl Sts (718-422-1333, deweyscandy.com)

5. Designcentric home goods at Spring
Half gallery, half retail shop, Spring features well-designed housewares that wouldn't be out of place on display at the Museum of Arts & Design. Look for affordable art such as the Amsterdam-produced Dandelight, a delicate lamp with real dandelion seeds individually attached to an LED bulb ($120). Hand-screenprinted wallpaper that resembles bookshelves ($295) can make any room look more important. But one of co-owner Steve Butcher's favorite offerings is La Chamba's Colombian five-piece set of oversize clay pots ($60--$145) that he says have an "amazing Flintstonian quality." Use them at home over an open flame, in the oven or even in the microwave. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off the above items through May 31. 126a Front St between Adams and Pearl Sts (718-222-1054, spring3d.net)

6. Indie baubles at Blueberi
Originality is practically guaranteed at this eclectic boutique, which carries women's clothing and accessories from a mix of foreign and local labels. In fact, Blueberi and its Park Slope sister store, Redberi, are the only shops in the world to carry heavy, jewel-laden trinkets by Prospect Heights designer Sweet William, which creates 85 percent of the baubles on offer here. Welcome spring with the line's dragonfly-shaped cuffs in copper ($125), brass ($125), sterling silver ($240) or sterling silver dipped in gold ($295). Jazz up spring basics with Queens designer AJS by Ibrahim's 18-karat-gold-dipped sterling silver cocktail rings featuring a burst of smoky quartz ($220) or 22-karat-gold-plated cuff bracelets with pearls, jade and coral stones ($245). If you want jewelry with a story, look no further than a pair of 24-karat-gold-dipped brass Fulani earrings from Tucson, Arizona, designer Tribal Links (small $82, medium $158, large $295). Based on the designs worn by the Fulani people of Mali, the earrings represent honor, wealth and status. Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off the above items through Wednesday 11. 143 Front St between Jay and Pearl Sts (718-422-7724, blueberi.net)

7. Rental designer bags at Seekers Are Finders
Local stylist and design consultant Elena Humphreys opened this high-end vintage store less than a year ago, stocking it with the one-of-a-kind handbags, belts and shoes she finds on her trips around the world as a creative director for accessories brands like Adrienne Vittadini, Herve Leger and Max Azria. Though the rare carryalls—including a 1970s Gucci tote ($750), a vintage Marni mini messenger bag ($450) and a 1960s Roberta di Camerino satchel in mint condition ($950)—would normally be out of our budgets, Humphreys rents bags for up to four weeks at a quarter of their retail price per week. Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off all purchases and rentals through May 31. 145 Front St between Jay and Pearl Sts (347-673-0995, seekersarefinders.com)

8. Organic body products at ChiTi Beauty
After having trouble finding effective yet affordable natural lotions to care for her father's dry skin during his chemotherapy treatments, part-time social worker Teresa Marcus began whipping up bath and body products with earthy origins in her Canarsie, Brooklyn, kitchen. The experience spurred her to found ChiTi Beauty in 2008, and it has since grown to include this retail space, which opened in February. Infused with natural herbs, kokum butters and distillates from fruit extracts, Marcus's line of body lotions, washes and butters ($8 each) come in lip-smacking scents such as peach, Granny Smith apple, chocolate mint and cocoa mango. Thick bars of fragrant soap are redolent of peppermint or lemongrass ($8), while organic shampoos and conditioners ($9 each) nourish tresses with black-seed oil. If you're simply looking to unwind at home, light up a soy candle ($6--$9) or an aromatherapy fragrance stone ($7) to release essential oils. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through May 31. 145 Front St between Jay and Pearl Sts (347-460-4244, chitibeauty.com)

9. Weekend-ready men's threads at NOS Men
According to manager and buyer Jeremy Ricketts, catering to the growing population of "Dumbo's stroller dads" is NOS Men's forte. But any dude who wants to look good without trying too hard will appreciate the boutique's selection of super-soft Aether T-shirts ($45) and 100 percent Supima cotton polos ($85), designed by a pair of West Coast outdoor sports enthusiasts. Wear either with slim-fitting Earnest Sewn jeans ($180) and a pair of suede Clae sneakers ($120) or handmade-in-Mexico desert boots by up-and-coming designer J.Artola ($325) for a polished, easygoing look. Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off all full-priced merchandise and 20 percent off J.Artola items through May 15. 165 Front St at Jay St (718-422-0095, nosboutique.com)

10. Locally designed wares at Trunk
At this co-op boutique, owners Natasha Samoylenko, Aimee Grubel, Ilse Eriksson, Radka Osickova and Bianca Toscano design their jewelry, clothing and furniture lines in studios above the store and showcase their favorite pieces at ground level. Support the local talents by purchasing Aimee g.'s eco-friendly floral frocks ($220), Mel En Stel floor-length, bias-cut dresses ($298) and oxidized silver crochet lariat necklaces by Radka Design ($148). We're also fans of Samoy Lenko crisscross tops ($88) that are simple in the front, embellished in the back and flattering at the small of the back. "It's something that you've got to do a double take on," says Samoylenko. Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off all purchases through May 31. 68 Jay St between Front and Water Sts (718-522-6488, trunkbrooklyn.com)

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