What do Small Business Saturday and Valentine’s Day have in common? We feel they’re two days that really need to be celebrated year-round! So, on this beautiful Saturday, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and also our love for all things local, we give you our very quick Red Hook Gift Guide.
Tablewares from Open Invite and Piscina.
To feather the (love)nest, first stop should be Open Invite, which is one of those ‘something for everyone shops. (Let me start: these bright salt and pepper grinders, a cheeky hand mirror, and these morning-making bath towels.) Polt Atolye has leather goods, including catchalls, planters, and (Sofia’s personal favorite) wall vases. And we’re excited to see Piscina’s new storefront on Van Brunt (with the shop around the corner) for all sorts of sculptural furniture and lighting.
Brownies, Strongrope beer (and sunset views!), and locally-made whiskey.
Our favorite gifts around here are the consumable ones. For a selection of locally-made spirits (we’re looking at you, Van Brunt Stillhouse) and wines from around the world, pop in to Dry Dock Wine and Spirits. Our neighbors at Strongrope Brewery also have the goods to-go, but you’ll want to stay there and enjoy the view! And Baked is our go-to for sweets and savories alike (and they’ll ship you their Oprah-approved Sweet and Salty Brownies).
Found! A smart way to display records, thanks to our neighbor Joel Seigle.
For the music lover in your life, we have three suggestions: a visit to The Record Shop for a broad selection and a friendly vibe; looking up local designer Joel Seigle’s bespoke speakers and framing system for records; and a night out at Sunny’s Bar (pro tip: Wednesdays are especially good for live music).
This year's Valentine's arrangements from Mat Blak, a bit of jewelry we didn't know we needed, and chocolate we could enjoy every day.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a Valentine’s post without mention of flowers, jewelry, and chocolate. Our favorites: modern floral designs from Mat Blak; necklaces for layering, bangles for stacking, and carve-your-own wedding bands from Katherine Lincoln; and beautifully packaged chocolate by Cacao Prieto.