It’s December 10, and if you’re like me, you are likely still frantically looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift. I understand very well how things are. Not only we are busy living the amazing Bushwick life, but also we are looking for certain attributes in a present. We want to give something original; thoughtful; preferably hand-made and we want to buy it locally to support a local business. This year you can easily buy all your presents in the neighborhood. In fact, you don’t even have to leave one building. Go straight to The Loom! The Loom is a big loft building on 1087 Flushing Ave, groundfloor of which is a home to 20 lovely stores. We took a walk and hand-picked the nicest gift ideas for you.
#1 Hand-Made Leather Jewelry from Nouveau Vieux ($45-85)
You will make every female in you life really happy if you start your Holiday shopping stroll at Nouveau Vieux. Nouuveau Vieux means New Old in French, and so is the collection of rare clothing and accessories in this cute little store. We picked this beautiful leather necklace specifically because the owner Shelby Lawson made this jewelry collection herself, and also because it’s wildly beautiful.
#2 Alexa Chunk Vintage Silk Shirt from Nouveau Vieux ($70)
This gentle silk shirt caught our attention immediately. And no wonder! It’s a shirt by a fashion icon, television presenter and Vogue cover girl, Alexa Chunk. This silk shirt is simply a great find!
#3 Malas from Loom Yoga ($ 28-48)
We love yoga and pilates classes and massages at Loom Yoga, but did you notice their little shop at the reception? It’s well-worth to stroll through a number of hand-made items, many of which have really interesting stories. We personally liked malas the best. Malas are used by yogis to recite mantras, one crystal bead at the time. Oh, and now everything is 10% off!
#4 Gift Certificates from Loom Yoga (different price levels)
Monthly Loom Yoga membership will surely bring anyone closer to enlightenment; also it allows for an unlimited yoga and pilates access. It starts at $54. Just ask at the reception.
#5 Crazy Circle from Bushy Tails ($12.50)
Of course you cannot leave out your pet from all the Holiday festivities! At Bushy Tails, Bushwick’s first pet store at The Loom; I picked up a Crazy Wheel from my cat, and gave it to her prematurely before the Holidays even started. She loves to move the ball around in the wheel with her paw! Bushy Tails also carries food and supplies for dogs, birds, fish, you name it.
#6 Bushwick-made bike from Northbrooklyn Collective ($700)
Is Northbrooklyn Collective one of the coolest stores at The Loom? Likely! These guys sell bikes and skateboards, and you will love them too. Take a look at this rad carbon custom bike made in Bushwick. It’s super light, and you can use it as fixed or single gear. Additionally, it’s discounted from original $1,400 to $700. That’s a deal, we think…2012-12-12