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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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This New Home-Design Store May Spare You a Trip to Ikea

The store's window and gift wrapping was created by Damien Correll.

The store’s window and gift wrapping was created by Damien Correll.

With nesting season officially upon us (triple ugh), the opening of a new home design store in Greenpoint couldn’t be better timed. On Sunday, the husband and wife behind Franklin Street clothing boutique Wolves Within will open a sister store just a few doors down – namely, the first permanent location of Home of the Brave, the home-furnishings pop-up they operated on West Street for a few months earlier this year.
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Utopia, Indeed: Pop-Ups, Sample Sales and PBR-Fueled Shopping

Carleen's "Utopia" sweatshirt. ($180)

Carleen’s “Utopia” sweatshirt. ($180)

As if all the holiday markets weren’t enough, these pop-ups and sample sales are still more reason to fill yr shopping bag with locally made chicness.

Carleen Pop-Up at Erica Weiner
Nov. 21 to Jan. 1 at Erica Weiner, 360 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill; 718-855-2555
A B+B favorite, Bushwick-based Kelsy Parkhouse, is debuting her Carleen line’s Fall 2014 collection via a pop-up inside of Erica Weiner’s Boerum Hill shop. Look for a “Weiner”-ized version of Carleen’s “Utopia” sweatshirt and outerwear incorporating vintage quilts.
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Coney Island’s Lola Star Is Popping Up On Bedford Avenue

10003899_829471410450449_3266900928848418975_nAfter skating into Park Slope with a pop-up version of her Coney Island roller rink, one of Coney’s most beloved vendors is popping up in the heart of Williamburg.

Lola Star’s Wonderland Holiday Gift Boutique is expected to soft-open Saturday, in the long vacant former home of Tasti D-Lite.
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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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