I had Friday, November 23rd blocked out in my calendar three weeks in advance. That’s how excited I was to check out the opening night of the 2012 Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The Night Bazaar takes place in Williamsburg for five consecutive weekends (Friday & Saturday nights). I can best describe it as a finely decorated warehouse filled with interesting local artisanal items for sale, sprinkled with a fair share of entertainment. A great place to start and finish your holiday shopping, all while treating yourself to excellent food & drink. Not in the shopping mood? Grab a seat on a picnic table and listen to live music, release some energy on the ping pong tables, or play some indoor soccer. Good people, good fun, and very Brooklyn… my kind of evening.
Here are a few of my highlights:
Shopping: I’m not huge on jewelry, though there was some great jewelry designers showcasing their collections. I gravitated to clothing, personal goods, and artwork. Here are just a few of the notable companies at the Brooklyn Bazaar on opening night:
The Vanity Project – I was initially drawn to the cool designs on the t-shirts and hoodies they had on display. While talking to the guys– all whom were real chill–about their company, I found out the great story behind their company! They team up with non-profit organizations, then stylize and print the non-profits’ logos onto high quality garments. Besides spreading awareness for a wide array of great organizations, they give back 51% of the profits from sales to the respective communities. Brilliant! I bought the BKYC hoodie, and a super soft Music is Medicine v-neck t-shirt. No joke, I’ve already gotten a ton of compliments on both purchases. The hoodie has become an everyday wear for me. You should absolutely check them out online or visit them at the next bazaar on Saturday, December 8th.
Carrier Pigeon - There’s something about a pigeon carrying a semi-automatic weapon that makes me smile. Great play on words! Take a closer look at this company and you’ll find that Carrier Pigeon is a quarterly magazine that showcases a collection of illustrated fiction and fine art from a great community of artists. Collaboration at its finest– reminds me of another community magazine that I’m near and dear to. You can purchase the magazine from their website, it’s a great addition to your coffee table. Also available are t-shirts screened with images of artwork from their collection of works.
Bobby Hill (Reset Universe) – Bobby Hill is an extremely talented artist. He has a unique style of screening canvases, which are seemingly inspired from NYC culture, and politics. He has thousands of prints available at the BK Market from $15-$45 (a great gift price point). I was overjoyed to look through all of his prints presented. I can’t wait to outfit a wall of my apartment with his works! If I owned a restaurant, hotel or lounge I would be reaching out to Bobby Hill for his “Billboard” sized collection, that start at $2,200 (very well priced in my opinion). After learning more from his website, I learned that Bobby has worked with a ton of notable personalities and brands including Ecko, Coca-Cola, Source Mag, and Jay-Z. You must check his work out and meet Bobby, he’s incredibly friendly, humble, and approachable!
Mullein & Sparrow Herbal Apothecary – I’m the son of a talented aesthetician. Having grown up around the beauty industry, I have a true appreciation of earths natural beauty and health remedies. Mullein & Sparrow is a company launched in Brooklyn within this past year. They hand craft items made to improve your bodies inner and outer health. You can find a great gift for anyone that appreciates their body, and believes in naturopathic approaches to healing. From teas and spices, to shampoos, creams, and serums– all of their items are made in small batches, with extreme attention to quality. Pick up a product or two for yourself, or a gift set for your secret Santa
Those are my product picks from the opening weekend, keep in mind that vendors sign up on a day to day basis at the Bazaar. I plan to go back this weekend to see what else I can dig up!
Other Points of Interest at the BK Bazaar:
- Craft Beer by BluePoint Brewery, SixPoint Brewery, and wine by Brooklyn Vineyard.
- Though I did not get a chance to eat, there was all kinds of deliciousness going on. I was shocked to see a host of vendors serving up some serious fresh seafood.
- Live Music produced by FADER
I suggest you check out the Bazaar one of these weekends, it’s a great low-key evening!