Brooklyn Heights Blog » Shopping http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:14:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Silhouette Artist At Brooklyn Women’s Exchange This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85295 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85295#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:00:52 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85295

Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Henry and Hicks) Friday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Her last appointment on Sunday will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Silhouette portraitist Deborah O’Connor cuts profiles while her subject sits for only five minutes. The results are an heirloom-quality custom keepsake. Frames are available at the time of purchase and make a perfect holiday gift. Pets are welcome!

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 718-624-3435 or e-mail bwe.silhouettes@gmail.com

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Small Business Saturday-Shop Montague, Donate New Warm Winter Items, Take An “Elfie”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85265 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85265#comments Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:12:45 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85265

If you want to guarantee a spot on Santa’s “Nice” list, shop our local merchants on Montague Street this weekend during American Express’ Small Business Saturday, November 25th.  Businesses will offer special discounts, complimentary treats and holiday cheer and free gifts with purchase. Participating vendors include City Chemist, Lassen & Hennings, Montague Wines & Spirits and more.

The Montague BID also invites you to donate new warm winter items such as socks, gloves, scarves and hats. Donations will benefit children and families at Brooklyn’s The Family Center.  Last year, The Family Center provided more than 4,000 New Yorkers with hands-on support from health services to legal support and beyond.  “We are so grateful to the Montague Street BID and all Brooklyn residents willing to donate items to keep our children and families warm this winter.  Over 95% of our client families live on incomes below the federal poverty threshold and sometimes, a new pair of gloves is just not in the budget.  Thanks to the Montague Street BID and those who donate and take “Elfies,” our kids and their parents will be warm this winter,” says Ivy Gamble Cobb, The Family Center Executive Director.

Everyone who donates can take a free “Elfie,” a selfie with an elf between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. “Selfies with Elves was such a success last year, that we hope all New Yorkers will come out again to support small businesses on Montague Street and generously support members of our community in need by donating cold weather gear for the children and families at The Family Center,” said Kate Chura, executive director, Montague Street BID. “Now more then ever, we all need to show each other more kindness. On behalf of the businesses on Montague Street, we hope that everyone will show Brooklyn’s families in need that we support them and believe in a sustainable, brighter future for them,” Chura added.

Shoppers are encouraged to post their “Elfies” on social media using hashtags #ElfiesOnMontague, #ShopMontague, #ShopSmall.  Tag @AmericanExpress, @ShopSmall on Instagram; @SmallBusinessSaturday and @MontagueBid on Facebook.

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Danish Christmas Market Next Saturday, November 18http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85193 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85193#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:25:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85193

The Danish Seamen’s Church, 102 Willow Street (just south of Clark) will hold its annual Christmas Market on Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shop unique scandinavian design, knitware, gift items, holiday ornaments, danish candy, and traditional food products for the Christmas Dinner. Or bite into delicious “æbleskiver” (puffed apple pancakes) – a traditional christmas treat that all Danes give out at any social gathering through the holidays, and sip on hot glögg – the Danes’ take on the mulled wine served in our covered cozy backyard at the Danish Seamen’s Church on 102 Willow St from 11am to 6pm.

The restaurant at Plymouth Church on 57 Orange Street will dish out Danish traditional fresh baked goods, a variety of open-faced sandwiches known as “smørrebrød”, and hot dogs from 11am to 4pm. A tip – for an authentic Danish hot dog experience order your dog with everything!

Admission to both of the Market locations is free.

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UniFair! Saturday, December 2http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85179 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85179#comments Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:34:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85179

Correction: The UniFair is on December 2, not this Saturday. The First Unitarian Church, at Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place, will have its 40th annual UniFair! on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Home made baked goods, jewelry, children’s and adult clothing, boutique clothing, crafts, wreaths, books, white elephants, and a tasty lunch will be featured.

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Atlantic Antic This Sundayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84771 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84771#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:25:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84771

The theme of this year’s 43rd Atlantic Antic is “The Pulse of Brooklyn.” It will be held this Sunday, September 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue. There will be live and DJ’d music, food, vendors, activities for kids, and special deals from merchants along Atlantic. There’s a stage and program schedule here and street map here.

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Open After Summer Vacationhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84682 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84682#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 02:43:45 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84682

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry), has re-opened following its customary summer break, occasioned by the fact that it is staffed by volunteers (disclosure: your correspondent’s wife is one of those volunteers), most of whom take summer vacations. It is a not-for-profit craft and gift shop that supports “craftspeople from Brooklyn and beyond.”
IMG_8997The exchange’s fall offerings include children’s clothes, toys, and books…
IMG_8999…as well as items for adults, including t-shirts, housewares, condiments, books, and these superb chapeaux.

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Secrets of Brooklyn Heights’ Key Food, Gristedes Revealed in Wall Street Journalhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84248 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84248#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 03:31:19 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84248

Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Kadet recently moved to Brooklyn Heights, and has written a story about the supermrket scene. She likes Key Food on Montague Street, which is handy to her new digs–she even likes Gregory the Mannequin–but is put off by the high prices. She is even more dismayed by Gristede’s prices, which she writes “are what you’d expect to find on a remote island inhabited by zillionaires” and by the store’s condition, which she describes as “a scruffy mess.” Consequently, she now does most of her shopping at Trader Joe’s.

She interviewed Key Food co-owner Enrico Palazio, who said he doesn’t consider Trader Joe’s his competition–it lacks a deli and an on-location butcher–but rather Fresh Direct, whose prices he beats. He’s counting on the fact that many Heights residents don’t drive, and don’t want to lug their groceries more than a few blocks.

Ms. Kadet also interviewed Gristedes owner, and former mayoral aspirant, John Catsimatidis, who said he can’t afford to lower prices or renovate because the Henry Street location commands a monthly rental of $100,000.

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Women’s Exchange End of Season Salehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84038 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84038#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:04:53 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84038

After tomorrow (Saturday, June 10) the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry) will close for the summer, re-opening on September 9. For the rest of today, until closing at 6:00 PM, and tomorrow from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM, they are having their end-of-season sale. This is an opportunity to get bargains on knits, greeting cards, children’s clothes, toys, christening gowns, books, candies, condiments, and other gifts. The Exchange is a not-for-profit organization that provides a marketplace for goods handcrafted by local artisans.

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Willowtown Fair This Saturday, May 20http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83861 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83861#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 03:40:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83861

This year’s Willowtown Fair will be this coming Saturday, May 20, from noon until 5:00 PM, on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets). It will feature food from Iris Cafe, live music by the Willowtown Bluegrass Band, face painters and a bouncy castle for the kids, a raffle, baked goods, plants, and boutique items for sale, and information about historic houses. If like past events, it will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with local elected officials. Admission is free.

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Plymouth Church Underground Thrift Store Re-Opens March 5http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82987 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82987#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 19:03:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82987

The Underground Thrift Store at Plymouth Church re-opens for the spring on Sunday, March 5.

Spring merchandise will be featured, with women’s clothing by Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Marni, Miu Miu, Polo et al. and men’s clothing by Brooks Brothers, Charles Tyrwhitt, J. Crew, and Banana Republic et al. The store also has a large assortment of children’s clothing.

25% of net proceeds are donated to Restore NYC, whose mission is to “end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors.”

The store is located at 65 Hicks Street and will be open on Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. You can also follow the store on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

The Underground Thrift accepts donations of gently used designer wear on Sundays at the shop or during the week at Plymouth Church, and is looking for volunteers to help sort and hang merchandise, clerk in the store and to post updates on social media.

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Housing Works Thrift Shop Closing March 13http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82978 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82978#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:24:26 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82978

The Housing Works Thrift Shop, which has graced the spot between Kiehl’s and Haagen-Dazs on Montague Street just off Henry for some years, and which has provided your correspondent and his wife many bargains as well as a place to donate gently used but no longer needed items to serve the cause of the homeless and people with HIV, will close for business at the end of the day, Monday, March 13. The store is still accepting donations and is having a clearance sale, with all items marked down 50%. It will be closed on Wednesday, March 8 to prepare for a final spring event on the 9th, and will remain open for business through the 13th.

A staff member said the store is closing because the building has been sold “and the new owner doesn’t want us here.” There are no plans to relocate the store in the neighborhood.

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Reminders: BHA Annual Meeting Monday; Plymouth Stuff-A-Sack Sale Continues Sundayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82902 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82902#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:23:01 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82902

As we previously reported, the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual meeting, to which all are invited, is this coming Monday evening, February 27, at St. Francis College, starting at 6:30. It will feature awards to those who have contributed significantly to the Heights community, as well as a discussion of the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector light rail line, led by veteran New York Times journalist and transportation specialist Jim O’Dwyer.

Also, don’t forget that Plymouth Church’s “Stuff A Sack” Sale continues this Sunday afternoon, February 26, from 12:30 to 4:00, in Plymouth’s Underground Thrift Shop, at 65 Hicks Street. All proceeds go to help stop human trafficking and aid its survivors.

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Stuff-A-Sack Sale at Plymouth Church Thrift Storehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82855 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82855#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:33:26 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82855

The Underground Thrift Store at Plymouth Church is holding its semi-annual “stuff-a-sack” sale for the next two Sundays, February 19 and 26.

For $25 per sack, you can fill your sack with winter designer clothing for men, women, and children. Sales support anti-slavery and human trafficking causes. For fiscal year 2016-2017, the Underground Thrift Shop donates 25% of its net proceeds to Restore NYC, whose mission is to “end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors.”

Housewares and purses are not included, but may be purchased during the sale, as can individual clothing items.

Hours of the sale are 12:30 – 4 pm. The Underground Thrift Store is located at 65 Hicks Street, between Orange and Cranberry.

 

Housewares and purses are not included in the sale. However they, as well as individual clothing items, may be purchased during the sale at their marked prices.

You can follow Underground Thrift Store on Facebook.

The store will make room for Spring merchandise, which will be available on March 5.

 

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Sahadi’s Wins James Beard Awardhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82707 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82707#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2017 04:09:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82707

The Brooklyn Paper reports that venerable neighborhood institution Sahadi’s has won the James Beard “American Classics” award. The Brooklyn Paper story quotes proprietor Christine Whelan, daughter of Charlie Sahadi (photo), who managed the store for fifty years before retiring just a year ago, as saying the award is perhaps the most prestigious for a neighborhood food store.

Although retired, Charlie continues to visit the store and greet customers as he always did. Your correspondent saw and exchanged greetings with him shortly before Christmas.

BHB photo by C. Scales

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Elves on Montaguehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82432 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82432#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:33:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82432

These two very cheerful elves greeted my wife and me on Montague near Henry as we headed for the Greenmarket this morning. They were there as part of the Selfies with Elves promotion, part of the Montague BID’s “Small Business Saturday”. They were handing out “Shop Small” shopping bags; the cardboard bins were for donations of winter clothing.

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Holiday Preview Party This Thursdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82083 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82083#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 02:32:58 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82083

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street, will hold its annual Holiday Preview Party this Thursday evening, November 3, from 5:00 to 7:30.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! Come to the Exchange on Thursday, November 3rd to get yourself in the spirit! The lights will be up, the tree will be trimmed, and our annual offering of handmade ornaments, decorations, and greeting cards will be on display.

The Exchange offers many other craft-made clothes, jewelry, toys, jams, candies, candles, and tchatchkes, as well as books, that make ideal Christmas, Chanukah, or Festivus gifts.

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Atlantic Antic This Sundayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81553 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81553#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:00:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81553

The 42nd annual Atlantic Antic will be this Sunday, September 25 from noon to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue. There will be live and DJ’d music, food, vendors, activities for kids, and special deals from merchants along Atlantic. More information here.

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Re-Opens After Summer Breakhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81449 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81449#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:32:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81449

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange (photo), 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry) has re-opened from its annual summer closure. The Exchange offers a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including infants’ and children’s clothing, toys, jewelry, and household items, along with books of local interest and children’s books. See examples here. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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Montague Street BID Block Party Sunday Sept 18thhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81378 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81378#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:42:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81378

On Sunday, September 18th Montague street between Court and Hicks will close to traffic from 12-5pm for the The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID)’s Make It Montague block party.  The event promises larger than life games of Connect 4, Jenga and Cornhole, jugglers and vintage cars along with live entertainment, DJs, activities, giveaways, gifts with purchase, demos, complimentary food, drink, and ice cream.  PS8 will also have a welcome back to school and informational table.  The event is free and open to the public. Check the Montague Street BID website for a complete list of scheduled activities and participating vendors.

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This year’s event also marks the launch of a new initiative, Montague Matters a month-long kindness campaign.  The goal: to collect backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies for children in need throughout District 13.  The program will run from September 18th through October 18th. Items can be placed in drop boxes located at local businesses.

In the event press release, District 13 Family Advocate Precious Jones-Walker shared, “District 13 has a diverse community of families – they come from townhouses, public housing and some live in shelters.  A backpack, lunch box, small calculator and other basic school supplies can help ensure that more of our kids succeed in school this year.”

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Plymouth Underground Thrift Store Returns This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81368 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81368#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:17:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81368

After a summer hiatus, the thrift store at Plymouth Church re-opens this summer, on Sunday, September 11 at 12:30 pm.

Plymouth photoStocked with fall clothing, designer, and vintage bargains for women, men, and children, the thrift store is open every Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

 From Plymouth:

Following a rush of summer donations, our clothing racks and shelves are overflowing with bargains for all ages.  Clothing for women, men and children abounds, along with shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry.  Children’s books and bric-a-brac can also be found in the Thrift Store.

Shoppers can access the store, which is located at 65 Hicks Street between Orange and Cranberry Streets, through Plymouth Church’s  gymnasium and then head up one flight of stairs. Credit cards are accepted for purchases over $20.

The Underground Thrift donates 25% of its net proceeds to organizations that fight human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The recipient for the 2015-2016 fiscal year is Restore NYC, whose mission is “to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors.”

The Underground Thrift accepts donations of gently used clothing, which can be dropped off on Sundays at the shop or during the week at Plymouth Church (75 Hicks St.). The shop is also looking for volunteers to help sort and hang merchandise, clerk in the store and to post updates on social media.

For more information, contact undergroundthrift@plymouthchurch.org and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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All photos courtesy of Plymouth Church

 

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Willowtown Fair Next Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79575 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79575#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 03:49:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=79575

The annual spring Willowtown Fair will take place on Saturday, May 14 on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets) from noon to 5:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature food for sale from Iris Cafe, home baked goods and plants for sale, a Willowtown Bluegrass Band, Fire Engine Co. 224, face painters, games, rides, and races (see photo) for kids, a raffle, and directions for a self-guided Willowtown walking tour. Admission to the fair is free, and all are invited.

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Bye-Bye, Banana Republichttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79373 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79373#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:26:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=79373

The windows are papered over, and a sign on the door confirms that Banana Republic is leaving the neighborhood. We’ve got the Banana Republic factory store (bargains galore!) on Fulton Mall, but a the loss of a reasonably priced option for decent clothing (even if it is a national chain) is not, in this writer’s opinion, a good thing for Montague Street.

On April 19, Montague Street merchants reflected in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on the preponderance of empty storefronts on our neighborhood’s high street. Said Enrico Palazio, whose family bought Key Food in 1982:

“The vacant shop fronts are bad for Montague Street. That goes for any neighborhood. I’d rather those places have tenants, but Montague Street is only for people that can afford it now. It’s tough for the mom-and-pop stores…Montague Street isn’t as great as it used to be…Montague Street growing up was the ‘it’ street. That’s where you wanted to be.”

I’ll go ahead and open that can of worms…what would you like to see go in that space? And how do you feel about the departure of the Banana Republic store?

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Farewell Garden Of Eden, Hello Fresh Starthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79365 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79365#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:30:21 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=79365

A few days ago I heard reports that the interior layout of the Garden Of Eden store, on Montague between Clinton and Court, had been changed, with the fresh meat, poultry, and fish offerings reduced greatly in size, replaced by much more extensive offerings of ready-made meals. Then a neighbor pointed out the awning, proclaiming the new name, “Fresh Start”. Evidently the owners, either old or new, think the local market is more oriented toward convenience than toward the joys of cooking.

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Grace Church Spring Gala Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79293 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79293#comments Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:13:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=79293

This coming Saturday evening, April 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., Grace Church will present its annual Gala and Silent Auction. The Gala, for which “festive attire” is appropriate, will feature food and drink and an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction which, in previous years, have included fine clothing; jewelry; artwork; china and silver; tickets to musical, theater, and sporting events; and gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants. Tickets for the gala are $35 if purchased in advance (come to the Parish Office, 254 Hicks Street, between Grace Court and Joralemon Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or $40 at the door. If you have something that you would like to donate to the silent auction, please call the Parish Office, 718-624-1850, or e-mail slarson@gracebrooklyn.org.

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Silhouette Artist at Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Next Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79198 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79198#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:59:28 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=79198

Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Henry and Hicks) this coming Friday, April 15; Saturday, April 16; and Sunday, April 17, during regular store hours.

Her silhouette portraits of children or pets are priced at $35 each, with duplicates available for $15 each. The silhouettes are cut freehand and mounted on a 5 x 7 buff mat suitable for framing. They make ideal Mother’s Day or Father’s Day presents.

To make an appointment, please call 718-624-3435.

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Grace Church WinterFair Next Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78696 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78696#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:09:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78696

This coming Saturday, February 6, Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (corner of Hicks and Grace Court) will hold its annual Winterfair. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you may shop for children’s clothes and toys (there will also be a kids’ cafe), men’s and women’s clothing, books, CDs and DVDs, sports equipment, flowers and plants, baked goods, picture frames, housewares, and furniture. Carl Weisser will be there with his scissors to do silhouette art. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the luncheon cafe will serve hot entrees for $15.00.

If you wish to donate items for sale, please bring them to the church between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Charlie Sahadi Retiring; Daughter and Son to Carry On Businesshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78662 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78662#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:59:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78662

The Observer reports that Charlie Sahadi (photo), who has run Sahadi’s since 1964, when he inherited the business from his father, is retiring effective this week. Taking over management of the store, a fixture on Atlantic Avenue between Clinton and Court streets since the late 1940s, are Charlie’s daughter Christine and his son Bob, both of whom have been involved in its operations for some time. The Observer piece quotes Christine as saying that, beyond a new coat of paint, no changes are planned “because the customers are happy.”

According to the Observer, Charlie and his wife Audrey are looking forward to a vacation in Texas. There is no indication, though, that the couple plan to move to the Sunbelt. Our guess is that for years to come we will still, from time to time, get a warm greeting and a smile from Charlie at the store that bears his family’s name.

BHB photo by C. Scales

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Rachel Antonoff on Brooklyn Heights: “[T]erminally casual. A little kooky.”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78198 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78198#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:08:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78198

Fashion designer and Heights resident Rachel Antonoff, interviewed for Vice and asked how she would “[d]escribe the Brooklyn Heights style” answered: “Relaxed. Extremely casual, terminally casual. A little kooky.” Despite this ambiguous description, she says that, having lived here for one year, she considers it “the friendliest place on earth” and says “the weirdest thing” is that “[e]veryone seems to know each other.” In this respect, she says, it’s like her notion of an ideal home, the fictional Stars Hollow of The Gilmore Girls.

She names some local favorites: Noodle Pudding is her top restaurant; she also likes Clark’s, Iris Cafe, LPQ, Fascati’s Pizza, and says Fortune House is the “most underrated”. For clothing she likes Ann Taylor Loft (partly because it’s next door to LPQ) and Housing Works. She has a dog, and rates Sami of Pet’s Emporium on Montague her “favorite neighborhood character”, but also gives a friendly mention to Rocco & Jezebel on the endangered Pineapple Walk.

Oddly, she says she thinks Henry’s End is a bar. In fact, it’s the one high end local restaurant I can think of that lacks a bar. If you face a long wait for a table, Mark, the owner, may invite you to sit at the Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar, several doors away, which he co-owns with the owner of Cranberry’s (to which Antonoff says she goes frequently), and summon you when your table is ready. Antonoff confesses to knowing little of the local bar scene; perhaps her boyfriend prefers it that way.

Photo: Daniel Silbert.

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Get A Warm Fuzzy: Shop on Montague Street this Holiday Season, Donate Scarves, Hats & Gloves for the Needyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78089 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78089#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:20:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78089

The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID) invites you to donate unwrapped, gently-used hats, scarves and gloves at designated drop boxes located at our neighborhood’s local businesses and restaurants.  The holiday giving program, DROP SHOP EXPERIENCE TASTE, got underway on #SmallBusinessSaturday on November 28th and runs through December 28th.

So far the program has collected 34 hats, 12 pairs of gloves/mittens and 28 scarves.   Some patrons have donated new items purchased especially for the cause including holiday toys.  Others have made a double-donation of sorts.  Housing Works employees Diamond and Taneisha enthusiastically explained, “a woman bought twenty scarves, she didn’t even want a bag.” Adding,  “she just walked next door and dropped them right off.”  Diana Dolling-Ross, owner of City Chemist who is also accepting wrapped toys in addition to the clothing items shared, “Our intention is to keep people local, to shop local so we can give back.  It’s win-win.”

All donated items will be given to CAMBA, the non-profit organization which operates Brooklyn Heights Synagogue’s homeless shelter and other men’s, women and family shelters throughout Brooklyn.  Per the organization’s website, “CAMBA offers integrated services and programs in: Economic Development, Education & Youth Development, Family Support Services, HIV/AIDS Services, Housing Services & Development, Legal Services…The majority of CAMBA’s clients live work and/or attend school in Brooklyn.

If all of that isn’t feel good enough, some businesses are also offering up special promotions.  So, shop til you DROP on Montague Street, take a holiday selfie and spread the good cheer on social media using hashtag #DROPonMontague.  For a complete list of participating stores and promotions visit, www.montaguebid.com/holidays.  Tis’ better to give than to receive, indeed.

Area Yoga
144 Montague Street
Free Yoga class with purchase of any mat. Free Yoga Class with any massage (Swedish/Deep Tissue or Prenatal). 10% off any massage with purchase of any Yoga Class Package. Valid on gift certificates for these promotions.

City Chemist
129 Montague Street
Through December 18th, customers receive 15% discount throughout the store on the day of their donation.  In addition to their unwrapped hats, scarves and gloves customers are encouraged to bring a wrapped toy.

Cohen’s Fashion Optical
155 Montague Street
10% off purchase one pair of frames, 20% off purchase two pairs of frames, 30% off purchase three pairs of frames

Kiehl’s Brooklyn Heights
124 Montague Street
4 deluxe samples with any purchase over $65

TANGO
145 Montague Street
Offering sparkling wine and treats to shoppers on Saturdays

 

 

 

 

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/77749 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/77749#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 04:35:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=77749

The Heights Players premiere their production of Neil Simon’s Rumors this weekend, with performances at the playhouse, 26 Willow Pace, on Friday evening, December 4 and Saturday evening, December 5 at 8:00, and on Sunday afternoon, December 6, at 2:00. There’s more information here and you can reserve tickets here.

Grace Church School will have its annual book and toy fair on Friday, December 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bargemusic starts its weekend early with a concert tomorrow (Thursday, December 3) at 8:00, featuring the pianists Alexander Peskanov and Rafal lewandowski playing works by Schubert, Alicia Jonas, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Peskanov. Friday evening’s (December 4) concert presents a tribute to Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Del Tredici and Charles Wuorinen performed on piano by Jeffrey Swann, winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition. On Saturday evening, December 5 at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon, December 6 at 4:00, Mark Peskanov on violin, Andrew Gonzalez on viola, and Coleman Itzkoff on cello will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated. There’s more information and buy tickets for the evening and Sunday concerts here.

On Sunday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange will present a children’s holiday craft workshop at which your child may make a decoupage ornament. More details here.

Don’t forget Theater 2020’s “Comfort and Joy” holiday concert and reception on Sunday starting at 3:00, at the First Unitarian Church.

Addendum: tonight (Saturday, December 5) and tomorrow night (Sunday, December 6) at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn will present the American premiere of Lermontov’s 1835 play Masquerade, with incidental music by Khachaturian, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Janacek, and others. Admission is just $15, or $10 for students and seniors. More info and buy tickets here.

If you know of any other events in or near Brooklyn Heights this weekend that should be mentioned, please let us know in a comment.

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