Ten things we love about Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Shop this Williamsburg, Brooklyn strip for tailored threads, craft brews and clothing for both sexes that costs less than a Benjamin.

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    Scosha

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    Scosha colorfully braided waxed-nylon bracelets, $16 each

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    Early 1900s costume cameo, $40, at Antoinette Vintage

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    All That Jazz ’80s sleeveless floral maxidress, $60, at Antoinette Vintage

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    Hanover ’90s tasseled loafers, $40, at Antoinette Vintage

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    Breukelen Bier Merchants

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    Craft beer growlers, $5 plus the cost of beer, at Breukelen Bier Merchants

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    Primp & Polish

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    Nail art at Primp & Polish

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    Vaute Couture Dennell dress hand-painted by Crystina Gaines Rodriguez, $400, at Vaute Here

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    Vaute Couture organic-cotton strapless dress, $80, at Vaute Here

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    Fuego 718

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    Mariana leather-and-brass statement necklace, $86, at Fuego 718

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    Mara Catalan Domino Sugar Factory pillow, $72, at Fuego 718

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    Amanda Spicer illustrated stationery, $12, at Fuego 718

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    Paul Smith Sale Shop

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    Paul Smith studded leather jacket, $550 (was $1,105)

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    Paul Smith men’s printed carryall, $270 (was $540)

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    Pop

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    BB Dakota striped A-line dress, $68, at Pop

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    Ya Los Angeles flamingo-print flutter-sleeve dress, $58, at Pop

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    Flying Tomato paisley maxidress, $68, at Pop

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Retro housewares at Moon River Chattel

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Harkening back to simpler times, this general store boasts a mix of nostalgic items both new and vintage that will help make your house feel like a 1950s home, such as Roost filament lightbulbs ($10–$15), Transylvanian Images vintage loomed shower curtains ($210) and antiqued-linen window treatments ($120–$305). Set a house-label dining table ($1,900–$2,500)—crafted across the street in the store’s annex—with a Transylvanian Images hand-stitched hemp tablecloth ($150–$270), Libeco Belgian linen napkins ($23) and glass mason jars ($2). Swallow pewter twig letters ($13), matchbooks adorned with mustaches ($4) and Moon River Chattel’s own paraffin wax candles ($21) make great housewarming gifts.

  1. 62 Grand St, (between Kent and Wythe Aves)
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Affordable baubles at Scosha

Australian artist Scosha Woolridge draws inspiration from her globe-trotting days, incorporating Indian and Brazilian techniques into her simple yet finely detailed jewelry ($25–$2,000) for men and women. At her namesake studio and shop, which opened in December 2010, you’ll find an abundance of budget-friendly pieces, including tiny sterling-silver heart rings adorned with black diamonds ($55) and gold-plated first-knuckle rings ($39–$144) featuring semiprecious stones. Start an arm party by stacking 14-karat gold-fill fine chain bracelets ($45) with colorfully braided waxed-nylon styles ($16). Dudes can get in on the action by scooping up bicycle cufflinks ($145) and thick sterling-silver rings ($119) engraved with the words me and you. Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all Scosha jewelry through Wednesday 15.

  1. 64 Grand St between Kent and Wythe Aves

Under-$100 vintage garb at Antoinette Vintage

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Lexi Oliveri may have opened this charming vintage-clothing boutique last May, but the FIT grad has been gathering inventory for years: Practically every piece comes from the personal collection of her mother, Antoinette, whom the shop is named for. Items date from the early 1900s (an heirloom costume cameo, $40) through the early ’90s (an Esprit floral maxidress, $60), and everything clocks in under a Benjamin. We recently spotted ’80s Lee high-waisted shorts ($38), a pair of ’90s Nine West leather pumps ($50), early 1900s equestrian bridle pins ($75) and assorted silver crucifixes ($60–$85) from the ’70s. Although the majority of the stock is womenswear, guys can walk away with great finds such as ’80s OP denim shorts ($35) and ’90s Hanover tasseled loafers ($40). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through August 29.

  1. 119 Grand St , (between Berry and Wythe Sts)
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Breukelen Bier Merchants

  • Price band: 2/4

Rather than celebrate the weekend with yet another subpar six-pack, swing by this hybrid brew shop and bar, opened by Renee Esposito, Denise Kubovic and Greg Golembiowski in April 2011. For $5 (plus the cost of beer), you’ll get a 64-ounce growler to fill with one of 16 small-brewery domestic drafts; the fee also acts as a deposit on the jug, should you care to return it at your leisure. Although the suds on tap change as soon as they’re kicked, summer favorites include lemony, Belgian-style Empire White Aphro ($13); crisp, fruity Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale ($15); and coffee-infused Local Option Morning Wood ($24). Enjoy your suds at one of the communal picnic tables in the back, or take it with you and be the hero of your summer shindig. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off growler fills through August 29.

  1. 182 Grand St, (between Bedford and Driggs Aves), 11211
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Eye-catching nail art at Primp & Polish

If classic French manicures have you bored to tears, drop by this chic salon and give your digits a major upgrade. Head manicurists Kieu Bui and Yang Ping accept walk-ins for services including stickerlike Minx styles ($7 per nail). Those seeking 3-D embellishments such as pearls and crystals ($4–$10 per nail), or hand-painted creations—half-moons ($50), color gradations ($55) and animal prints ($55) are popular requests—will need an appointment. Most handiwork takes half an hour to complete and uses gel polish as a base, ensuring your manicure will last upwards of two weeks. Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all services (except massages) through Wednesday 15.

  1. 189 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves

Vegan threads at Vaute Here

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Fashion lover and animal-rights activist Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart founded her vegan women’s outerwear label, Vaute Couture, in 2008, selling her wares exclusively online. Four years later, Hilgart opened this brick-and-mortar boutique, offering the full line of ethically produced coats ($300–$500), dresses ($100–$200) and graphic tees ($32) for both sexes. PETA-friendly picks include hand-cut tunics ($44), organic-cotton strapless dresses ($80), hemp jumpers ($150) and frocks ($250–$500) hand-painted by local vegan artists Joshua Katcher, Crystina Gaines Rodriguez and Julie Gueraseva. Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off organic tees, tanks and dresses (excludes hand-painted items) through August 29.

  1. 234 Grand St, (at Driggs Ave)
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Global gifts at Fuego 718

Faux-grass carpeting and ornaments dangling from the ceiling set the stage for the eclectic offerings at Barcelona native Alex Aldama’s whimsical shop. Items are sourced from around the world, including Canadian artist Amanda Spicer’s illustrated stationery ($12 each), character renderings ($18–$32) from Colombian transplant Laura Osorno, Madrileño Mara Catalán’s black-and-white photographs ($72) and one-of-a-kind, nature-inspired Haitian metal artwork made from recycled petrol barrels ($18–$450). Pick up Mexican tin wall hangings ($12–$58) before your next housewarming party or gift a lucky birthday girl one of Swiss brand Mariana’s leather-and-brass statement necklaces ($86). Mention TONY to receive 40 percent off all purchases through August 29.

  1. 249 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St

Discounted dapper duds at Paul Smith Sale Shop

Fans of popular British clothing line Paul Smith, best known for its modern take on traditional tailoring, should beeline to this outlet store, where birds and blokes can snag past-season threads at up to 50 percent off. Men can upgrade their work wardrobes with wool herringbone suits marked $800 (instead of $1,600), slim-fit dress shirts tagged $126 (were $235–$310) and engine-print leather billfolds for $158 (once $315). Women can nab mohair cocktail dresses, nipped from $825 to $400; studded leather jackets for $550 (usually $1,105); and zip ankle boots, reduced from $675 to $338. The shop hosts performances and clearance events in its backyard space at the end of each season, with prices plummeting 60 to 70 percent off original price tags. Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases (excluding sunglasses) through August 29.

  1. 280 Grand St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts

Flirty summer frocks at Pop

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The dog days of summer make us want to wear as little clothing as possible, which means we’ll be loading up on breezy dresses at this women’s clothing boutique. Owner Sheila Sharma stocks her store with a rainbow of affordable frocks—the vast majority are under $100—from a mix of recognizable labels (BB Dakota, Tulle) and lesser-known brands (Double Zero, Moon Collection). Comb the color-coordinated racks to discover Ya Los Angeles flamingo-print flutter-sleeve styles ($58), BB Dakota striped A-line numbers ($68) and Flying Tomato paisley maxis ($68). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all purchases through Wednesday 15.

  1. 310 Grand St, (between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts)
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Bespoke men’s suiting at Brooklyn Tailors

  • Price band: 4/4

After a fruitless search for a suit that fit his physique and personality, Daniel Lewis took it upon himself to create his own dream two-piece ensemble. In 2007, the California transplant founded custom clothing company Brooklyn Tailors along with his now-wife, Brenna, out of the couple’s Clinton Hill abode. The pair finally stopped taking appointments from their home last August, when they opened this airy boutique to offer affordable bespoke shirts ($215 each, three or more $185 each) and two-piece suits ($995–$1,295). Over the course of three to four fittings, the duo will measure and advise you on fabric selection (there are more than 1,000 to choose from) and fine details such as lapel width, cuff style and button placement. First-time clients receive their purchase in about ten weeks; subsequent orders arrive closer to six weeks, since your measurements are kept on file. Those who don’t have such patience can pick up the brand’s ready-made items, including cotton shirts ($150–$200), twill pants ($195) and striped neckties ($85). Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off all off-the-rack purchases through August 16.

  1. 358 Grand St, (between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave)
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Williamsburg's Grand Street is packed with indie shops that offer great deals on affordable clothing, jewelry and home decor. Mention TONY and score exclusive discounts at the places featured in this Ten things we love about series.

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olen
olen

Oh THAT part of Grand Street.

Carlene Bailey
Carlene Bailey

While reading, felt as if I was there. Great descriptions. Makes me want to visit - will definitely visit Grand St. next time in NYC.

cindy
cindy

Forgot star ratings.

Cindy
Cindy

Such a helpful article about finding your way around NY, great places to shop,...very much helpful to general tourist if not local.