Appointed with neoclassical furniture and glossy black floors, artist Russell Whitmore’s first boutique—named after a Brooklyn waterway—transports you back in time via its finely honed collection of 19th-century estate jewelry, table accoutrements and other antique-looking objets. There’s a stunning selection of adornments for less than $200.
You could practically eat your way through this place. Saipua sells hand-cut, olive-oil-based soaps made from food-grade vegetable oils, butters, herbs and extracts. It also specializes in seasonal flowers for weddings and other special events. Specialty soaps include avocado oil soap ($8), coffee mint soap ($8) and jasmine tea soap ($6).
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You’ll be searching for a reason to send someone one of the large square screen-printed cards ($4–$5 each) that illustrator and owner Jane Buck makes right in the store: Each features charming animal graphics, like a tortoise carrying a cupcake on its shell, with kitschy sayings (cheer up, buttercup). For those occasions when an old-fashioned note alone won’t cut it, there are baby bibs ($16) and little pouches ($6) adorned with the store’s signature menagerie of birds, elephants, rabbits and more.
When Mollie Dash’s boyfriend urged her to expand her line of handcrafted, reworked vintage jewelry (formerly available only at Greenpoint boutique Old Hollywood’s website), the Brooklyn artist procured a hodgepodge of antique and indie accessories, apparel and knickknacks to fill an airy boutique. Dash describes the decor as an expression of the duo’s “collective design fetishes,” including quirky materials such as pegboards, Styrofoam and duck sauce packets. We’re itching to test our green thumbs by snagging Truss Planters ($48), mini replicas of cement buildings that serve as flower pots. We also wouldn’t mind accessorizing our apartments with conversation-starting accoutrements such as magnets shaped like ninja weapons ($10–$18). And on the apparel front, Queens’ finest can rep their borough with a canary-hued astoria olympic team tee ($14) and Paste T-shirts cleverly screen-printed with a photo of a T-shirt ($34)—how meta!
Owner and knitwear designer Staceyjoy Elkin prides herself on the fact that nearly 80 percent of the feminine garb, costume jewelry and odd trinkets in her shop are priced under $110. Yet we’re just as delighted by her handmade scarves ($60–$160), created from luxury fibers such as alpaca, cashmere and merino wool. Elkin’s cozy neck cuffs ($60), cable-knit ear-warmers ($42) and tie-dyed cashmere sweaters ($125) are the ideal stylish antidote to fall’s brisk chill.