Archive for August, 2010



Apartment Therapy/ Haptic Lab…

I don’t think I ever officially talked about Haptic Lab Soft Maps although we have been a huge supporter of these amazing quilts for months now but since we were just featured on Apartment Therapy (last Friday) in conjunction with these masterpieces I am going to talk about them now!

It’s no surprise to anyone that I love maps- half the wall art in our shop (and my home) are maps. For months now Rob has been regaling me with stories about quilts and how amazing they are, so when Emily of Haptic Lab came to our first “Open Call for New Designers” we fell in love. She interprets maps as quilts- something that was inspired by Emily’s mother Peggy who had begun losing her eyesight. The soft maps/quilts were so beautifully done, truly works of art- but how to market them so more people could afford them (the completely hand stitched versions can be upwards of $6000, worth every penny but not manageable price points for most of us). She said she was working on a printed version of several neighborhoods and would we be interested in selling those? Um, YES PLEASE! Besides being an incredibly talented architect, Emily also worked down the street at one of our favorite neighborhood places- The Victory, and had a sweet spot in her heart for Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store.  So, we were one of the first places to showcase the amazing Haptic Lab’s Readymade mini quilts (perfect for baby quilts- 36″ x 42″) here is an example of one she did for our shop (come in and see it!)-

This particular map is our neighborhood, Boerum Hill, but they are available also in several Brooklyn neighborhoods and 20+ cities (Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, other NY neighborhoods,  and MANY MORE!). They are $150, but for an extra $20 you can personalize them (like above)- with up to 5 places. We just gave one of Brooklyn Heights at a baby shower and it was a huge hit! This example is on our website, but let us know if you’d like to see more examples of the other cities. Delivery is 2-3 weeks. And be sure to check out the Apartment Therapy post too. Soft-Maps win the reader’s choice AND jury’s choice for Apartment Therapy’s 2009 Design Showcase in a landslide victory!


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Coolest New Item- part deux… SAKE BOMB!!

I don’t think I have ever been excited as I am now for all the great new items we have coming in (on a daily basis!) for fall. You know by now I am a very passionate person and find it hard to CONTAIN MYSELF– soo, when I saw these cool Sake Bomb Sets I almost fell out of my chair (or high stool as it were, even more dangerous than a mere chair). The inspiration is a juxtaposition of the Fugu Fish (Blowfish), the most opulent of sashimi cuts and a WW II sea mine. That’s crazy talk people, but I dig it all. The small drinking cups perch neatly on the spines making it a compact entertaining tool.  I LOVE them, and can think of a few special people who would be over the moon to get one as a gift. They come in Black and White, so scoop one up while you can. $100.

COOLEST NEW ITEM (part 1): Film Festival in a Box!!

COOLEST NEW ITEM!!! These Film Festivals in a box are amazing– four 9 minute independent films (all family friendly) in a cool little box you can watch over and over with friends. At the end, vote online  that let you vote for your favorite film maker. Proceeds go directly to the filmmaker so you are not only having fun but supporting Independent Film. Plus, you get a virtual goodie bag online after you register your vote.  Comedy version and Fantastical Versions available.  $14.99 each.

We LOVE you Susy Jack*


We just unpacked a fun box of new stuff from our favorite new vendor- Susy Jack* I bonded with Susy over some Editorial requests recently but I have been in LOVE with her product since she opened shop in 2007. Susy Jack* is actually Susan Connor, but I love anyone who adds an asterisk to their *name* Check out some of our new stuff from Susy above– Days of the Week Clips– $8.95, Magnets- $3 (we have cool magnetic notepads too- sorry no pictures of those yet!), Seed Money Bank– $8.95, Fortune Clips– $5.75, Rainy Day Bank– $8.95, Bright Ideas Bank– $8.95, Travel Bank– $8.95.

MORE Back to School/ Back to Reality…

Q. How cool do these GOOD NITE pillowcases look in our side window? A. VERY! We have been getting lots of people coming in to check out what’s new and see the cool windows. This side window highlights some cool things for the dorm. These Good Nite Pillowcases (other styles available too) will make bedtime even better, $26.

These Dorm Kits include 12 collegiate must-haves: book light, caffeine gum, eye mask, earplugs, first aid kit, thermometer, laundry bag, laundry instructions (!!), sewing kit, air freshener, poster adhesive, screwdriver. Great send off, or treat for the first weeks back to dorm life. $25.

Or send them some Beer Game Coasters– this set of 30 coasters with pub games on them will keep their minds working while they are kicking back a beer or 2 after the first pop quiz of the year.  $12.95.

Stickr Frames are great for dorms (or rentals) too- they re-stick, are re-positionable and can be used over and over. $19.99.

Also available in GLAM for $24.95.  Other treats f or the college bound, or ANYONE with a sense of humor and some wit…

Historical Tweets- $14

A Field Guide to Typestaches– $24

Gospel of Hip Hop (c’mon, everyone needs this!) $24.95

CHECK OUT OUR WHOLE BACK TO SCHOOL SECTION ONLINE HERE.…Have a great weekend everyone!

Back to School!!!

If you get our enewsletter, you know we have TONS of great stuff in for BACK TO SCHOOL!! Our friend Mark decked out our windows and they are looking very inviting- we’ve got some Lunchskins hanging there, plus our great FLUF lunchbags (organic cotton fabric with removable liner)-

I love this time of the year even though I am not in school (actually I am teaching a class at FIT this fall!!) – but it is just a great time to start anew and get into a new gear overall. I think after years of schooling, we are all programmed to reset around back to school time. Fluf bags– $17.95 each- Robots, Birds, LUNCH, Salad.

Pencil Pouches- $12.50. More tomorrow- got to hop!!


KOR Water Bottles- Part 2, they are “transformative”…

You might remember I wrote about our new shipment of KOR Water bottles a few weeks ago, well let me tell you they are even more AMAZING than I could have ever have imagined. We (me, Christopher, Annie, Rob, Jess, etc. and so forth) all got them and I have one word for them (besides amazing)- they are TRANSFORMATIVE. I love the “push here” closure (so elegant and easy to do with one hand), the mouthpiece is so nice to drink from, water seems to even taste better in them. Not kidding. But don’t just take my word for it– read what Jill posted on our blog about hers (and Megan, thanks for the shout out on my Facebook page- glad you love yours too!!). Thanks for the picture too Jill!!!

I just got my KOR water bottle and it has transformed my life.
It makes me want to drink more water because it is such a pleasant
drinking experience!

Top 5 Reasons I LOVE the KOR!

1. Sleek, modern design
2. Fun colors ( I have the orange one)
3. Good for me and the environment
4. Fits in my bag and won't SPILL in my bag!
5. I am OBSESSED with the little inspirational messages in the cap AND that they
include blank cards so I can make my own!

Thank you Annie and BRGS!

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