While there's much to love about Brooklyn, the borough's artisan-made goods are what consistently lure us across the bridge. Now, a new store, By Brooklyn, is selling all our favorite items under one roof--making it easy to hunt down the small-batch products we love, while supporting local craftspeople.
With a wealth of local gourmet provisions, the shop is a foodie's dream: We stocked up on strawberry balsamic jam from Anarchy in a Jar ($7), addictive salt-and-vinegar kale chips from New York Naturals ($7.50) and Liddabit Sweets' beer-and-pretzel caramels made with Brooklyn Brewery Lager ($6.75 for six).
Besides the culinary delights, we fell in love with adorable, Brooklyn Bridge-printed onesies ($22) from The Melting Pot and industrial-chic jewelry by Rama Rejman, whose spool-of-thread earrings ($30) give new meaning to the term handmade. Other standouts include Jene DeSpain's Roaring 10s jewelry collection, inspired by New York landmarks like the Empire State Building ($72), and hand-painted note cards by artist Michelle Han ($4).
Though By Brooklyn has only been open for a few weeks, owner Gaia DiLoreto has big plans: classes and trunk shows in the shop's garden and, eventually, airport kiosks (we can't wait to trade in snow globes and travel pillows for artisanal pickles and handbags).
By Brooklyn, 261 Smith St. (between Degraw and Douglass sts.); 718-643-0606 or bybrooklyn.com