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Commune Salon & Gifts Is the Latest to Relocate in Williamsburg

IMG_0523The Williamsburg retail scene is starting to feel a lot like a game of musical chairs — salon chairs, in the case of the latest switcheroo. Commune Salon & Gift, which opened on Grand Street back in 2004, is leaving its home of over a decade and moving a couple blocks over. It closed earlier this week and will reopen at 185 Roebling Street on Saturday.
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Unlike the Patriots’, This Designer’s Footballs Are Tight

10622913_801978936541153_6674415878487053035_nIf you’re going to deflate a football, at least deflate the $185 camouflage ball being sold at East Williamsburg’s newest clothing store. Because if you’re going to risk Roger Goodell’s wrath, you might as well do so in style.

Victory Lap, a clothing brand started by designer Tavon Davis in 2013, opened its first brick-and-mortar store on Bushwick Avenue this month, just a stone’s throw from where you can now get vodka on tap.

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Jane’s Closet Packs Up Its Short Shorts and Leaves North 6th

IMG_0023-2La Nonna isn’t the only Williamsburger that’s closing its original location. Jane is closing the North 6th Street location it opened as a pop-up in 2010 and moving over to its two-year-old store on Grand Street.

Manager Katie Brainer pointed to a shift in demographic similar to the one the owner of Lavai Maria observed when that store moved to Greenpoint in November. “With all the bigger retailers moving in – J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel — a lot of the smaller stores that were here when we first opened up, stores that we grew with, have closed,” said Brainer. “Which is kind of sad.” (Let’s not forget Madewell, which opened down the block in October.)
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Can ‘Local’ and ‘Sustainable’ Do For Fashion What It Did For Food?

Jars of angora, cotton and flax above the BF + DA's "petting zoo" of materials.

Jars of angora, cotton and flax at the BF + DA’s “petting zoo” of materials. (Photo: Heidi Harrington-Johnson)

Gone are the mom-and-pop sewing shops that once lined the area between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, from 34th to 42nd Streets in Manhattan. Fashion mongers no longer haul their wares on racks down the street. In fact, there are very few signs that the Garment District — once responsible for producing 95 percent of all the clothing sold in the United States — still exists here at all.
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Who’ll Be The First to Buy This J.Crew Williamsburg Tote?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg’s new J.Crew store has taken gruff from everyone from TV on the Radio to Reggie Watts, but that isn’t stopping it from selling these new totes. Now you can carry a constant reminder of J.Crew’s presence in the hood, as if all the times it comes up in shellshocked conversation weren’t enough.
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Three More Holiday Shopping Hoo-Has (Two of ‘Em With Free Booze)

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Forma de Ser.

Been too busy drinking to get any holiday shopping done? You know you can combine those two things, right? And maybe you better, because you’re about a week away from making your loved ones feel very unloved. Here are the latest one-stop shopping experiences we’ve caught wind of.
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Rudy’s Barbershop, a Sibling of Ace Hotel, Has Opened in Williamsburg

(Courtesy Rudy's)

(Courtesy Rudy’s)

Rudy’s — the rock-n-roll barbershop that Alex Calderwood and Wade Weigel launched in Seattle in 1993 before going on to create the Ace Hotel — has finally opened its Williamsburg outpost.

After expanding along the West Coast, Rudy’s debuted its first NYC location in the Ace in 2012. Calderwood picked out the Williamsburg location — inside of a 125-year-old bank at 33 Grand Street, adjacent the waterfront — about three years ago, before his unexpected death last year. A quote from him (“I’m just a barber and a tattoo pimp”) now hangs from the tall ceilings of the new spot along with banners quoting Oscar Wilde and Charles Bukowski.
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Artisanal Soap Store Slips into Verb Cafe’s Old Home On Bedford Ave

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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Soap Cherié, the artisanal soapmaker we gave you the heads-up about last week is now open in the former Verb Cafe space on Bedford Avenue. This outpost sells the same cupcake- and milkshake-shaped soaps, made in Bushwick, that are sold at the original Williamsburg shop over on Grand Street.
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These Pop-Up Markets Are For the Ravers and Hip-Hop Heads

1364914171_MG_7643Whether you’re a hip-hop aficionado looking for a reason to day drink or a dance devotee looking for a reason to night shop, these two holiday markets have you covered.

Ibiza Love Child Pop-Up Weekender+
Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, from 4pm to midnight at Ibiza Love Child, 29 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
While it ramps up for a grand opening in February, Ibiza Love Child has been doing pop-ups at Verboten while quietly operating by appointment only on other days. But starting Black Friday, designer Mary Wagman will invite holiday shoppers into her 2,500-square-foot warehouse – a “warm, yummy environment,” she assures us – so they can check out her private line as well as the funky duds she imports from that party mecca of Ibiza.
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Two More Holiday Markets, From Roberta’s and Refinery29

1401146_10152850170854520_5152181318319771883_oBecause 10 holiday markets just aren’t enough when you’re looking for every last excuse to hole up indoors, here are a couple more orgies of crass consumerism to add to your calendar.

Roberta’s Holiday Market
Dec. 12 from 5-10pm and Dec. 13 from noon-6pm, 261 Moore St., Brooklyn
On the latest episode of Roberta’s Radio, the restaurant’s co-owner Brandon Hoy explained why he wasn’t participating in SantaCon, which will occur (hopefully not in Bushwick) on the same day as the annual holiday market: “The last thing I want is a bunch of drunk Santas vomitting on somebody’s handcrafted jewelry or soap.” In addition to the vom-free soap, there’ll be vintage items, greeting cards, ceramics and home goods from local vendors. Plus, food!
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‘There’s No More Artists’: This Boutique Is Leaving Williamsburg to the J.Crew Shoppers

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

Speaking of J.Crew (or rather TV on the Radio was speaking of them), Lavai Maria is leaving Williamsburg after five years, and its owner says a new breed of local shopper is to blame.

“I’m moving because of the changes in the neighborhood,” Vania Scharbach told us just hours before she’ll close Lavai Maria on North 5th Street, where everything is 50 percent off today.
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