Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Support Your Small Businesses and Local Artisans This Saturday

I realize last weekend was the big-time shopping weekend, but I skipped that (if I wanted to get pepper-sprayed, I'd just go down to Zuccotti). However, ILFA still needs to get some gifts for friends and family, and given the handle of this blog, local gifts are the order of the day. For those in a similar boat, some suggestions:

- Check out the Built in Brooklyn Craft Fair (flyer above) from 12-6pm on Saturday at LaunchPad. They've got great items from local craftspeople, including cards and other goodies from Planet Ert, which are also available at Lily and Fig during the week (as pictured above). 

- If you haven't been inside lately, Owl and Thistle General Store keeps adding great new stuff, and Time Out New York just put them on their list of "Ten Best New Gift Shops." Here's what the TONY folks had to say:

Owl and Thistle General Store
If you want to practice responsible consumption this holiday season, Keri Cavanaugh’s eco-friendly spot is the place to go. A diverse selection of environmentally sustainable and direct- or fair trade products that are perfect for your green-minded comrades fill the quaint store’s wooden shelves. Anna Built houndstooth earrings made from vintage tin cans ($28) and Webbedware reversible geometric pendant necklaces ($48) will satisfy the green-minded jewelry lover. Foodies will appreciate McClure’s Bloody Mary mix ($9), organic Taza Mexican chocolate discs ($5), or salt and pepper shakers affixed to old Matchbox cars ($14). Impress your dad with a Paradise Body Shop wooden shave set ($35), and make sure to grab a roll of Elum driftwood-patterned gift wrap ($8) to prettify all of your holiday offerings. 720 Franklin Ave between Park and Sterling Pls, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (347-469-0432,

- Pick up some old-timey candy for stocking stuffers at The Candy Rush, just to get Dad going about the candy store in his old neighborhood where whatever you got him cost a nickel . . .

- Finally, over on Classon, Park Delicatessen never disappoints for unique local gifts. Some examples below:

Its beginning to look and smell a lot like the holiday season around here. Lights all along Washington ave, fresh cut cedar and holly in the shop this morning.

Here are some gift ideas that will inspire any kid, young or old to create something.

Valentine Paper Dolls
Each paper doll comes with 15 items of clothing that make over 20 outfits.
Add your own color and designs to totally customize.
All of the clothing is Valentine's most popular designs from previous collections.
Packaged in a sturdy reusable envelope.
Hand made and designed in house.

Graffiti Train coloring book
Back for it`s 3rd year. One of our most popular items
Features 14 Pages of freight trains to do your art on.
Spiral bound on durable 110lb stock.
Park Delicatessen exclusive

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