Beautiful Dreamers, Williamsburg's eclectic new riverfront boutique, is a quick trip from Manhattan on the L train, but the well-edited mix of local and international trinkets feels otherworldly.
American-made housewares--including Heather Levine's rough-hewn ceramic fixtures and hanging vases by Renata Abbade--are artfully arranged among Peruvian woven rugs and dip-dyed bangles. The culture-spanning fashions include American Indian ponchos and fur moccasins, and fluid dresses and shawls by neighborhood labels like Electric Feathers and Correll Correll.
From cedar-scented soy candles to beaded wallets from Jaipur, there's much to fawn over. But we're most impressed by the platform owners April Hughes and Marina Burini (both former fashion stylists) provide for local artists: Tables are strewn with intricately crafted earrings by Suzannah Wainhouse, framed candids from editorial photographer Mark Borthwick and delicate clay spoons by Red Hook artist Paula Greif.
End your Brooklyn excursion on a sweet note and pick up some Old Field Farm maple syrup and honey, which are delivered to the shop weekly from upstate.
Beautiful Dreamers, 326 Wythe Ave. (at S. First St.); 718-388-4884 or beautifuldreamers.com