Brooklyn ARTery gift shop opened last Sunday for what we thought would be a mellow day of family and friends stopping by. We didn’t promote it anywhere, thinking we would have a nice soft opening to get our feet wet…… Yet, from open to close, the shop was packed! Our friends and family and many curious passersby paraded in all day long. We are thrilled that everyone loved the merchandise and there was something for everyone!
In the children’s’ corner, parents checked out the silk- screened baby clothes and fairy making kits, while the kids played with hand-carved wooden trucks and trains. Our home décor area is filled with hand painted tableware, lamps, cutting boards, artisanal foods and more. The big hits of the first day were the handbags by local artist Martina Nevermann, Woody Leslie’s hilarious hand bound tiny books, bags made of reclaimed tire tubes and seat belts from Columbia, and the alpaca scarves from Bolivia.
The biggest surprise for many when they first visit the space is how homey it is. You’d never know it from the outside but The ARTery is housed in one of the oldest Victorian houses in our neighborhood. It’s cozy and welcoming, with a cast iron fireplace in the center of the store. The patchwork sari chairs from India are perfect for relaxing in, or taking home with you.
Elise and Rebecca from DIY Brooklyn were there from 4-6, serving “The ARTery” a sumptuous mix of apple brandy, Prosecco and bitters. They will be the first to teach classes at the ARTery. In the spirit of our DIY mission, each Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they will be leading workshops on how to make soaps, pickles and mustard, and massage bars. All great hand-made gift ideas for the holidays! Come by and sign up for these classes before we post them. Space is limited!
Beja, a local photographer has plans to use the ARTery Studio to take family portraits for holiday cards. Stay tuned for details on that. We’re sure there will be lots of opportunities to collaborate with local artisans in different ways. We envision The ARTery as a community hub, where people of all ages can shop for handmade goods and take a class on how to make and do things by hand.
So stop by and visit Brooklyn ARTery. We will be open everyday except Monday, from 11-6pm, 7pm on weekends. Hours will vary as we anticipate the need. Address: 1020 Cortelyou, between Stratford and Coney Island Avenue.