The holidays are upon us once again, and in collaboration with Assembly Member Diana C. Richardson, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Explore Brooklyn put together this fun Holiday Shopping Guide for the 43rd Assembly District: Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush and Wingate.
Showcasing local businesses in these neighborhoods, Assembly Member Richardson wishes to remind you that “it is important to recognize you are helping to refuel our community,” so let’s cherish the spirit of Small Business Saturday and continue shopping local to support Brooklyn businesses throughout this holiday season!
Whether you are looking to go shopping, get flowers for the holidays, dine out with friends, let your kids play, or freshen up for the holidays with a haircut or nail salon trip, this guide has you covered. While the full guide, found here, has over 50 businesses listed, here’s a sneak peak of what’s waiting for you in the Holiday Shopping Guide this season!
Kick off your day with the smell of freshly baked goods and ground coffee at Bakerie in Crown Heights. Located on the corner of Albany Avenue and Sterling Place, this is the perfect spot to start your day before heading to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, or, to stop by for a pick-me-up after spending a day exploring other shops in the neighborhood!
Looking for some old school tunes for the winter, or want to give someone their favorite record? This music hub on Fenimore Street has an extensive collection of vintage vinyl of all types, including reggae, soul, jazz, rock, rap and international music. So why not stop by, grab an old favorite, and make the holiday season even merrier?
Play Kids, located in Prospect Lefferts Garden Brooklyn, is a specialty toy and baby store designed for the urban family. All the products we carry must meet three of the following criteria: baby/child basics, good value, healthy, multi-stage, space saving, environmentally responsible, tested, and promotes open ended play. In addition to having a wide variety of toys, Play Kids also hosts classes and workshops suitable for the whole family.
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Brighten up the gray winter days with some fresh, bright flowers from Barbara’s! whether you are looking for a quick bouquet for your home or a larger setup for your holiday party, this great flower shop will be able to assist you in creating some unique center pieces and fresh looks. You can also order online if you wish to send someone flowers to show your love.
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Steps from Prospect Park and a variety of sweet cafes, this is a great place to pick up a new read or browse for some gifts for your book-loving friends. Pick out a new book, head to LeFrak Center for a hot chocolate while you watch ice skaters rush past your window, or stop by Blessings Café for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
Blessings Café Brooklyn
After picking up a new book at Greenlight Bookstore, stop by this adorable café and restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner and a calm read! Whether you are in the mood for colorful vegetable-filled plates or cheesy pasta dishes with a side of wine, you will be well taken care of at Blessings Café Brooklyn. With freshly roasted coffees and aromatic teas served in the morning, to fine local wines served at night, this is the perfect place to end your day after shopping or visiting Prospect Park!
Barry’s Beauty Bar
After lunch, head to Barry’s Beauty Bar to get freshened up for the holiday with a massage or pedicure (yes, we encourage everyone to enjoy some relaxation and pampering!). Soothe your body before the colder days of Winter and the stresses of end-of-year deadlines, by pampering yourself at this sweet beauty bar!
The Food Sermon
This restaurant brightens up a gray winter day with its West Indian-inspired cuisine by way of Brooklyn, including the restaurant’s signature Island Bowls – hearty customer-designed lunch and dinner bowls, with colorful vegetables, mouthwatering meats, and savory sauces like coconut-ginger and spicy tomato. With these dishes, you are bound to feel warm after exploring Prospect Park, only a few blocks away!
“If you’re the type of person who orders meat with a side of meat…Welcome home” Izzy’s Smokehouse’s website says. Get ready for some old-style BBQ the Brooklyn way, accompanied by delicious drinks. This rustic feel BBQ joint will warm you up on any cool winter evening. Izzy’s Smokehouse is also Kosher.