Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pumps & Pleats: Sweetest stores in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

Story and photo by Michèle De Meglio

Williamsburg and Greenpoint are two of the hippest nabes in Brooklyn. (Please excuse the hipster pun.)

So, of course, they’re home to a slew of cool shops.

Wanna take a trip? Oh, I do! I do!

Pumps & Pleats loves so many sizzling stores in the northern Brooklyn neighborhoods that it’s difficult to pick favorites. But we’ll try.

Over in Williamsburg, you’ll find arty hipsters pawing through the vintage clothing racks at the Salvation Army but if you want something new and fresh head to Mini Mini Market (218 Bedford Avenue, 718-302-9337,

The seriously tiny shop carries casually cool dresses, Brookadelphia’s laser cut acrylic necklaces and trendy faux leather handbags. Many of the pieces have a vintage or retro look so you’ll fit in with Williamsburg’s hipster crowd whether you want to or not.

There’s a slew of merchandise bearing the borough’s name. For instance, “I Miss Brooklyn” t-shirts and faux gold knuckle rings screaming “Brooklyn.”

For footwear, check out Mini Mini Market’s sister boutique Shoe Market (160 North Sixth Street, 718-388-8495,

You’ll find cute ballerina flats, Jeffrey Campbell pumps and men’s loafers. Don’t forget the tie-dyed socks.

There’s two ridiculously hot shops in Greenpoint that you should visit right now!

The first is Fred Flare (131 Meserole Avenue, 718-349-1257,

The shop carries a few cute dresses and coats but it’s known for its quirky finds.

Need gum that looks like bologna? Or fridge magnets shaped like sushi? How about earbuds decorated with cupcakes? Fred Flare has all this freaky fare and more!

Once your silly streak is satisfied, get your chic on (ha!) at Hayden-Harnett’s Design Shop (211 Franklin Street, 718-349-2247,

Here you’ll find high-end leather handbags that are rough on your wallet — but are oh so pretty!
Test out the bestselling Havana hobo ($498) or try the newest styles for spring.

What does Pumps & Pleats want? A Trophy satchel! At $598, I’ll be seeing you only in my dreams.

Michèle De Meglio is a native Brooklynite addicted to all things chic. Check out Pumps & Pleats each week for more adventures as she scours the borough for fab duds and accessories.


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