We asked part of our team to share some of the local businesses that they love the most and why! Whether it’s their favorite place to grab a coffee or slice of pizza, here’s some of the places that make us appreciate our home city.
Business Name: Collyer’s Mansion
Address: 179 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Why they’re worth the visit: I have frequented Colleyer's Mansion on Atlantic Avenue monthly, sometimes even weekly to browse (pre-quarantine of course)! Originally, their colorful and ever-changing window displays drew me into the shop. Their eco-friendly furniture, vibrant textiles, original artwork, and handmade jewelry never cease to amaze me. I have picked up a few very special gifts for friends and family and I finally splurged on a "Loony Leopard Rug" for myself after admiring from afar for a while. It makes me smile daily.
What else you should know: Collyer's Mansion is currently offering 15% off Fermob outdoor furniture and free local delivery for orders placed online. Additionally, they are now offering half hour complimentary personal shopping appointments (virtually of course) with the purchase of a $250 gift card, and one hour appointments with the purchase of a $500 gift card. "Show us your home in real time, and we will make suggestions from the shop via Zoom or FaceTime, in the same way we normally do when you walk in our door!"
Business Name: Ox Verte
Address: 63A Reade Street, New York, NY 10007
Why they’re worth the visit: The Lo & Sons team was hooked on Ox Verte at first grain bowl bite. The Ox kitchen works with suppliers that provide seasonally-relevant, organically grown ingredients, rather than having out-of-season or, unnecessarily organic produce shipped-in. Not only do they create incredibly delicious (and nutritious) food that looks and tastes amazing, but Ox Verte is making significant positive impacts on the food industry. They collect their serving bowls in an effort to close the single use plastic loop. Ox Verte is also a Certified B Corporation, a leader in the global movement to use business as a force for good.It's a pleasure to work with Selina (a proud OMG and Waverley owner) and the rest of the incredibly friendly Ox team!
What else you should know: Ox Verte has expanded their catering offerings to include a large selection of healthy and wholesome "work from home" snacks and meals. These food and beverage items range from harvest bowls, overnight oats with coconut milk and house-made Elderberry tonic for immunity. They are also now offering local fruit and vegetable boxes or "stock ups" for home delivery and Ox meal kits that include a virtual cooking lesson w/ Chef Abbie Gellman. And last but not least, the option to pay for an Ox meal to feed a frontline worker in NYC for $10. To date, they have served almost 1000 meals (984 to be exact), with hopefully more to come. They are able to serve these meals through the generosity of many donors, either through group efforts such as GoFundMe or individuals. Organizations served have included Mount Sinai, Beth, Israel, NY-Presbyterian, NYU Langone, Elmhurst, BronxCare, Ronald McDonald House New York. The Ox Verte team has been kind enough to provide us with a discount count to share with our community. Please use code OXLO&SONS for 10% off your order!
Business Name: Shit That I Knit
Address: Allston, MA (We know it’s not NYC based, but we still love them)
Why they’re worth the visit: This Boston, MA headquartered knitwear brand employs over 170 women in Lima, Peru to handcraft all of their products. I have barely taken my equally cozy and cute "pardy wrap" off during the quarantine. I love supporting a small, female-led company with quality made products (plus my little sister works there)!
What else you should know: Shit That I Knit (STIK) has pivoted to sell learning to knit kits, aka "Quarantine Kits" (so far there's 2 levels to choose from) with accompanying online classes for those looking to stay cozy while learning a new hobby from their couch. Their latest release, the "Quarantine + Chill Kit", provides you with the tools you need to learn to knit a cowl and more. The kit includes yarn, needles, and instructions to complete your cowl. You will also be invited to their ~exclusive~ knitting group on Facebook. The Quarantine + Chill Kit includes a Knit Happens T-shirt to rock while you knit your sh*t. The STIK team recently partnered with the organization, Off Their Plate, for a giveback day where they donated meals to local Boston healthcare workers for every T-Shirt sold on 4/21. They donated 115 meals in total!
Business Name: One Sunday at a Time
Address: 253 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Why they’re worth the visit: One Sunday At a Time has a wonderful, eclectic selection of products in their shops ranging from candles, clothing, accessories and more. On top of offering these amazing pieces, they also hold events at the shop that share insights from industry leaders in the local area – most recently they held a weekend-long celebration for Women’s Day, promoting solidarity and knowledge amongst women workers, makers, creatives, entrepreneurs with a special focus on beauty and sustainability. A message from One Sunday At A Time – "We are a lifestyle brand & concept store based in Bushwick, Brooklyn whose mission is to provide a welcoming and inspiring space. One Sunday curates apparel, home & body products and hosts regular events for our community, centering POC makers and practitioners."
What else you should know: One Sunday is dropping its nascent collection of candles! Capsule Collection 01 dwells on memory, prioritizes functionality and promotes reusability. They were inspired by the form of votive candles as a symbol of hope. Their candles are hand-poured in Brooklyn, NY and made from coconut-soy wax. The tall 16 oz candle lasts longer & the container can be used as a vessel afterwards. For the foreseeable future they will also be hosting their events online, now titled Sunday Sessions! These digital events will feature various talent and community members across a spectrum of topics. Their most recent event focused on mental wellness and took viewers through guided meditations, healing circles, affirmation settings and grounding techniques. To continue to support this amazing business check out their website, where they are selling gift cards to use in-store (when all this craziness is over) or for tickets to their events. For updates on events and upcoming exclusives sign up for their newsletter!
Business Name: Sun And Air
Address: 788 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Why they’re worth the visit: Sun and Air is a family-owned bike and coffee shop located in Brooklyn. As an essential business, they remain open with restrictions (operating through window service), to help customers stay safe on the road. They’re currently accepting larger jobs and tune ups, and have lights, locks, pumps, helmets, fenders, tools and their usual stock of accessories.
What else you should know: Currently Sun And Air are offering free bike rentals for all doctors and nurses in NYC! Check out their website to learn more!
Business Name: Broome Street Society
Address: 407 Broome Street, New York, NY 11013
Why they’re worth the visit: A couple people in our office go to Broome Street Society (Kelley being one of them). Although it’s blocks from the busiest streets in Soho, the Broome Street experience feels like a true getaway, with a plant-filled studio, natural wood accents, and complementary wine while getting their hair done (who doesn’t love that?). The staff as a whole is super friendly, but also respects if you need a little relaxation time during your visit. All in all it’s a fabulous salon, filled with wonderful people, and we trust them with one of our most precious assets, our hair! (Shout out to Veronica and Justin!)
What else you should know: The salon is currently selling their “Don’t Touch This” Broome Street Society COVID-19 T-Shirts on the website - 50% of proceeds will go towards keeping BSS sustainable during this period and the other 50% of proceeds will be split up evenly between staff who have been laid off and need a financial bump.
Business Name: Finally Home
Why they’re worth the visit: Finally Home is both a blog and publication that speaks to why Jersey City is such a treasure. They work well in spotlighting small businesses both new and old and coordinate support in spotlighting community events - so if you’re looking to discover something new they are a fantastic resource! On top of that, they make Jersey City merchandise that’s a perfect fit for any fan!
What else you should know: All proceeds from Finally Home sales are being donated to support Jersey City Medical Staff.
Business Name: Hazel Baby
Address: 199 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Why they’re worth the visit: As a family-owned business serving families, over the years, Hazel Baby has always been my go-to mom-and-pop shop for baby showers, birthday gifts, mother's days, or special surprises for friends or family who find out they're expecting! They have such a special curation of items, some of my favorites being the New York and Jersey City children's books! They also donate toys to homeless children in the community, so your support in their efforts with purchases goes an extra mile! Oh, and double bonus - they have a registry on their site!
What else you should know: They're also offering 30% off all online purchases gifted to the York Street Project that is helping 22 homeless children in the neighborhood. Search "York" on their registry page and enter "YSP30" at checkout to see what they need.
Business Name: Mogo Tacos
Address: 632 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Why they’re worth the visit: Sneaking this suggestion in even though it’s not in Jersey City! This taco joint is absolutely worth the schlep outside of New York City, especially during the summer if we’re able to return to some version of normal. Their korean tacos are by far the best on the east coast. They have a truck right on the boardwalk as well a flagship on the main strip in town. Right now, they're still open for curbside takeout and are helping out their local community.
What else you should know: They are taking $6 donations to supply dinners to local communities in need. More info on that here.
Business Name: Odiele
Why they’re worth the visit: Odiele is the only skincare product I use daily. The company is a one woman show! The product is made with simple, high quality ingredients and hand-bottled by the sweetest hair and makeup artist we've had the pleasure of working with over the years, Marie-Josee Leduc. The rose serum is a staple I've used over the years that is refreshing and soothes my typically complicated skin.
What else you should know: 15% OFF using discount code FREINDS20. Currently 5% of sales are going to Feeding America + a special 15% off for our customer's with promo code GIVINGBACK.
Business Name: Shampoo JC
Address: 107 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Why they’re worth the visit: Name a trust stronger than between you and your favorite hairdresser. That very relationship took me years to form - to find the right home. The team at Shampoo always puts a special touch to all that they do - they're total magicians in their work.
What else you should know: $20 in SJC points (to use towards your next service or product purchase with us) for every $100 gift card purchased.
Business Name: Alexandra Ferguson
Address: Westchester, NY
Why they’re worth the visit: Alex is a dear friend of mine - she created her pillow company out of her loft in Westchester, NY and introduced a line of recycled PET poly decorative pillows with fun statements. She is currently the force behind a GoFundMe to raise funds for supplies and labor costs for making Buttoned headbands to protect medical workers ears. She's shifted all her focus to the headbands even though her company has seen a huge decline in sales just as L&S has. All her products are made locally, she tries to employee NYC/Tristate area sewers who sew from their own homes. A message from Alexandra – "The first pillows I ever made were gifts for a friend, then gifts for all my friends. When one of those friends suggested I try to sell them, and included the etsy URL, I figured why not. Much to my amazement, I started selling within a week. 11 years and tens of thousands of pillows later we are still at it, incorporating domestic manufacturing and eco materials into our core missions."
What else you should know: At the end of March, Governor Cuomo put out the call to action to the NYC garment trade to help manufacture supplies for medical workers on the front lines of the COVID battle. Immediately we searched around for a place where we could make an impact, and connected with a friend working in an ICU in the Bronx. She told me how painful it was to her ears to wear the masks for the entire 12hr shift. She had seen this idea for a headband with buttons on the internet that would solve the problem. Within a week, we had delivered 57 headbands for her department, logged requests for over 800 more units from across the tri-state area, and raised nearly $7000 on GoFundMe to fund the production costs. Not only are we able to give the medical workers some much needed relief, but we are also able to keep talented local seamstresses on payroll.
Business Name: Ballroom Wedding Dance by Peter Jones
Address: 37 W 26th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Why they’re worth the visit: My husband Michael and I went to Peter to learn a dance for our wedding day, way back in 2012. He was patient and funny, and made the lessons easy and it seemed like pre-marriage counsel to us (who's leading here?!?). Peter reached out to me on 4/7 by text, asking if I would be interested in a virtual lesson. I was surprised to hear from him, after all it's been 8 years since our pre-wedding lessons. I can imagine that his business is hurting so much as he is the owner as well as the coach, and relies mainly on weddings and weekly group lessons for his income.
What else you should know: Currently offering 33% off first remote lesson ($40 instead of $60) through Zoom.
Business Name: Make Box Studio
Address: Brooklyn, NY
Why they’re worth the visit: I've been following Gabriella on Instagram, once the city began the closure of non-essential businesses and public schools, I noticed she immediately pivoted to trying to sell arts and crafts kits for kids and provided helpful tips on projects parents can do at home with on-hand materials.
What else you should know: A message from Make Box Studio – "I think it’s really important to act with community in mind. I’m currently employed as an art teacher for a NYC public school, and feel like I’m in a position to offer support to kids and families. Some things I'm doing to act on this belief that would be worth mentioning are...
- Instagram Collaboration! I am working with artist @theresarivera for a free box giveaways (week of 4/20) @makeboxstudio
- Free Shipping! This promotion is to celebrate launch of the new site and will be given to 10 lucky followers (week of 4/20)
- Essential Giveaways! I will be donating free boxes to a number of healthcare workers + first responders (week of 4/27)
- Group Discounts! I will have a standing discount of up to 20% off on bulk orders for teams, birthday parties, classes, church study groups, etc (For purchases of 10 or more use code PARTY10, for purchases of 20 or more, use code PARTY20)"
Business Name: Shuya Cafe De Ramen
Address: 42-13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103
Why they’re worth the visit: This is my favorite ramen shop in Queens. There is so much care in every dish made, personally cooked by the owner, Shuya. He also makes ceramics and his food is served on bowls and plates he handcrafted. Usually my family and I go to his restaurant at least once a month, in the summer months we might go once a week! My favorite dishes are the Shuya ramen, Garden Salad and Tebasaki Wings.
What else you should know: $12 Bento boxes for take out, along with his usual menu of amazing ramen, his 12 vegetable garden salad, and the most delicious tebasaki chicken wings. Available for pick up or delivery via seamless, grubhub and doordash.
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