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This week we’re highlighting 2 gallery shows to see right now, sharing lots & lots of food pop-ups and introducing you to a cool new friend: Kate Ferguson of Flourish Plant Food.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING

Williamsburg just got exactly what it needed…another coffee shop! Okay jokes aside, Bureau at 251 Grand St is a very cool combination of quality coffee and streetwear. Stop by Mon to Thurs 7-4, Fri 7-7, Sat 9-7, and Sun 9-5.

LOOK (at art)

Jack Hanley Gallery

Artists Peter Böhnisch, Sophie Treppendahl, and Paul Wackers are currently on exhibition at Jack Hanley Gallery at 177 Duane Street. Combining the abstract with the figurative, these artists approach everyday scenes and objects using various techniques. Head to the Tribeca Gallery to see the show now until August 5th!
R & Company Gallery
Another of our favorite downtown galleries, R & Company, has a show on view that we can’t wait to see. Romanian-American artist and designer Serban Ionescu is exhibiting his work in the new show, Castle Garden. The artist draws on his architectural background to create a range of large-scale structures, including “pavilions” that people can enter. On view now through August 12th.
EAT
Crown Shy Pop-Up

FiDi spot, Crown Shy, is hosting a v fun pop-up dinner series this summer. The new-American restaurant is hosting a unique dining experience with the north Indian-inspired food of their culinary director Jassimran Singh’s childhood. The next two dates for the pop-up dining experience are July 25th and August 8th. 

Sadly, by the time ur reading this, table ressys will be all booked, but walk-ins at the bar are avail where u can order items a la carte in addition to the set menu!! yumyumyum.

Shy’s Burgers at Gem

Coolfriends Gem & Shy’s Burgers are teaming up for a special pop-up every Saturday & Sunday for the rest of July. Shy will have the burgers & Gem Wine will have…u guessed it…the wine. SEE U THERE!
Farewell x Gunther’s Day Market

Bushwick Duo, Farewell & Gunther’s will be hosting their summer Market this Sunday from 12-6p at 143 Troutman Street. Come shop small and support local food, jewelry, vintage and tarot readings! We have our eyes on byPensa’s cakes she’ll be posting up with…

SHOP

Our fave place to frequent in Beacon (after a day at the Dia), Little King, is coming to the city! The beloved shop will be popping up at Muji’s flagship store on 5th ave this Saturday & Sunday. They’ll be bringing their popular kimchi, special bakery items &&& mooooore. Stop by from 12-6p!

Cool Friends:
Kate Ferguson of Flourish

Meet Kate Ferguson, co-founder of fertilizer brand, Flourish. Flourish is an invitation, for both us and our plants, to grow where we’re planted. We caught up with Kate to hear how she and Lila started making superfood for superfoods.

How did you start your organic plant food company, Flourish?

A lot of thinking. As your resident over-thinker, I (Kate) spent a lot of time with this idea in my head. Then, one day I got to the point of finally saying, well, fuck it, I am going to create a houseplant fertilizer that I want to use. Lila, my co-founder/ best friend, and I used to compete on the science fair circuit as kids, so it was a natural fit for us to start this science-forward business together. Lila and I are both lifelong plant lovers and have been fortunate enough to be raised by some serious green thumbs. We knew plenty of people had house plants and always just assumed they knew how to care for them.

Well, it turns out they don't. We saw a gap in the market here - between people who like houseplants and want to have them, but don’t have the passed-down knowledge that Lila and I had. We built Flourish so that any plant parents, both new and experienced, could access proper plant care. As plant care aficionados, we felt like we had an inside secret (spoiler alert, its fertilizer!) to plant care and wanted to share it with everyone. To us, using fertilizer is really just the third part of the care routine. Water, light, food... they are living organisms, after all!

 

What’s your favorite part about the New York creative community?

Jake & Malu, the visionary designer/developer couple behind Marcd.co. These humans are the epitome of cool in the sense that we came to them with an idea and a vision, and they listened, and then the next thing you know, we are looking at the most beautiful version of our dream coming to life. This is the type of collaboration the city brings out. For all of the challenges that come with NYC life, the city has a really unique and special way of assembling some of the most talented people we have ever met. 

 

What’s inspiring you right now?

The beauty of photography. For years everything felt so stark. Now we are seeing a resurgence of so many styles, brought forth by both film and very intentional editing on digital. We believe wholeheartedly authenticity reigns above all, whatever that looks like to you.
 

A few of our favorites:

@lukasz_wierzbowski

@tmypictures

@crissyfish

@mikhaelgrant

 

Follow along:
www.flourishplant.com

@flourishplant on Instagram

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