The Best Shopping in Brooklyn

03/26/2014 4:00 AM |

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Best Wooden Spoon

Jonathan’s Wild Cherry Spoons
“Dad’s Spoon,” $38


Aside from the fact that this spoon is handmade in Pennsylvania from the softest, most beautiful cherry wood you could imagine—and is thus far more desirable than whatever you got at Crate and Barrel or wherever—it’s also extremely versatile and an absolute joy to use. The combination spatula and serving spoon— perfect for  stir-fries, egg-flipping and sauce-sampling—has a handle that’s curved in just such a way that you’ll never want to put it down. Red Pearl, 202 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

Best Flowers that Make You Think You’re Somewhere
Far Away from Brooklyn

Orchid No. 10, $50


It’s been a long winter. And, sure, spring is almost here, but it’s going to be a little while before things get really sweltering, you know? If you want to cheat a little bit in that department (but can’t afford airfare to Jamaica), get yourself a spotted plum vanda orchid from this delightful flower/coffee shop. It’s the next best thing to being in the tropics. Spina, 107 Franklin Street, Greenpoint

Best Candle to Burn When You’re Telling Someone About His or her Future

Tarot Deck Candle, $32


Reading someone’s future is a very serious thing. Or, you know, maybe not. Either way, it’s best to do it with this candle flickering at your side. The sultry, dusky aroma of Turkish rose, incense, and pencil shavings make for an especially mysterious and sexy reading. And who doesn’t want a mysterious and sexy future? Catbird, 219 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

Best Pillow That
Looks Like a Summer Sky When
You’re on Acid

Biami Hide Pillow, $135


Do you all have that thing where, when you lay your head down on your pillow at night and try to go to sleep, crazy, multi-colored patterns and shapes come alive against the black backdrop of your closed eyelids? Well, this pillow’s pattern comes as close as anything else ever has to reminding us of all the wild and beautiful things that we see in our mind’s eye, drug-addled though it may be. Eskayel, 130 Broadway, Williamsburg

Best Chair that Looks Like a Work of Art But You Can Still Sit In It

Pioneer Chair, $185


Inspired by designs dating back to ancient Mayan civilizations, this beautifully crafted wood and rope chair is not only lovely to look at, it was also therapeutically designed so that it relieves lower back pain. Plus, it folds up for easy storage! Joinery, 263 S. 1st Street, Williamsburg

Best Cabinet

Jupiter Cabinet, $1,349


If your aesthetic interests lean more toward the handmade than the Ikea-made, Nightwood has you covered. Co-owner Ry Scruggs is the shop’s in-house carpenter and makes all furniture in a woodshop three blocks down from the new Clinton Hill location. The cabinet is small enough to fit into the coziest of apartments and brings a subtle dash of color to any space. Nightwood, 36 Waverly Avenue, Clinton Hill

Best Wool Throw Blanket

Woolrich Colored Striped Throw, $135


We hope you had one of these to get you through this past winter. But if not, it’ll look great on your couch or at the foot of your bed come spring. This lightweight, single-ply wool blanket is woven in Woolrich’s Pennsylvania mill, and it’s as timeless as the 180-year-old company. Brook Farm General Store, 75 S. 6th Street, Williamsburg

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