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This week we’re sharing a fun way to celebrate Black History Month, highlighting a new pizza spot and introducing you to our cool new friend: Jackie Sabillón of Alero Coffee. 

Culture Corner


We know, we know…another pizza shop! But this is one we are v excited for. Decades Pizza is Ridgewood’s newest ‘za spot operating as a casual slice and sandwich spot for lunch and full service sit down bar and restaurant by night. The folks behind Decades are focusing on serving up quality pizza with New York standards and specials with seasonal produce. The bar will serve natty wine, classic cocktails, and a range of beers. Head over to 690 Woodward Ave on Tuesday for their opening from 5-11p :) 

Photo by Reggie McCafferty


Keap Seconds Sale

Alert Alert! Our favorite (local!!) candle co, Keap Candles is having their first ever online studio ~seconds sale~ & we think you should know about it. Here’s the low-down:

When: Monday the 27th at 9am

How: Sign up for the Keap newsletter to receive instructions on how to place an order on the day of the sale.

What: The “seconds” candles are those that didn’t quite meet our quality check for a variety of reasons: minor glass imperfections, such as little bumps and scratches, small candle height variations, or functional candles returned to us which may have gotten knicks and bumps on their way back to our studio.

Black History Month at Brooklinen
Brooklinen is celebrating Black History Month by hosting Black-owned businesses and founders in store for an exclusive curation for one weekend only at their NYC stores. The market kicks off on Friday 2/24 at the Williamsburg store from 4 - 7 PM, including live music, tarot readings, and drinks from Ebbs (in addition to the vendors.)  The second day of the market extends to the West Village location on 2/25 from 1 - 3 PM and will also have a raffle for the chance to win some surprise Brooklinen products. 


Baker Amadou Ly, of the soon-to-open ALF Bakery at Chelsea Market, is partnering with Jac's On Bond for weekend brunch pop-ups on Saturday March 11th and Saturday March 18th, following his sold out brunches at Ostudio! ALF specializes in the "le pain vivant" style of baking, with minimal interaction during the breadmaking process. At the pop-up, Amadou will be serving laminated baguettes, laminated brioche, pain de Campagne, miche, croissants, sandwiches, savory pie, quiche, and some sweets. Resy link soon to come, so make sure you follow ALF on instagram for the latest.

Photo by Max Flatow.


Downtown Gallery, Jacqueline Sullivan, is pleased to premiere If I did, I did, I die, the first solo exhibition from Paris-based artist Beatrice Bonino featuring over twenty works including decorative ceramics, functional seating, and experiments in material. We can’t wait to visit the new show at 52 Walker Street - see you there?

A little quote from the artist herself:

“Just like an inner writing on wax, the objects are like words positioned in a potential space, at first only mental, often erased and rethought. The objects are the active images that return what I need to remember when I walk past them. Memory shaped them into marks of what I wish to remember.”

- Beatrice Bonino


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Cool Friends: Jackie Sabillón

Meet Jackie, co-founder of Alero Coffee. Alero is a Brooklyn-based coffee roaster that sources fantastic beans from Honduras. We caught up with Jackie to hear about how her love for her home country inspired a sibling team to share Honduran coffee with New York (and you know, everywhere else.)

How did you start Alero, your Honduran coffee brand? 

My brother and I started Alero Coffee to highlight the underrepresented coffee of our home country Honduras. We want to share our culture with our American friends that haven't had the opportunity to visit Honduras (yet) or just want to enjoy a good cup of coffee! 


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

When we first moved to the US for college, there was a longing for the family, friends, and culture we left behind. To help with the homesickness, we would bring bags of coffee, refried beans, and tortillas back into the US every opportunity we got! (And we still do, just less often ;) ). A couple of years after graduating and moving to NYC, I noticed a boom in country-based restaurants and coffee shops. I thought it was the coolest thing to see immigrants and the latino community showing their culture through food and beverage. Funny enough, it was hard to find Honduran businesses and products in the city, especially Honduran coffee, so we decided to learn how to source and roast coffee and created our own brand!


What’s inspiring you right now? 

New York City is truly the place where misfits fit in. Finding creatives who vibe with me or are into the same niche things I do has helped me feel like I belong in this community. I often hear people outside of New York referring to New Yorkers as cold and rude, and while a lot of people in the streets present that way on the outside, I find that most are caring people that are willing to help, guide, and teach others. I've learned so much in the years I've lived here from the coolest people.

Since it's winter, I started figure skating again in the mornings at Bryant Park (it's free if you have your own skates!). Before my session, I like stopping by a local coffee shop and getting an almond milk latte. There's a certain quiet in the city between 6 and 7 am that brings me peace, and I find myself slowing down and taking in my surroundings a little more carefully at this time. There's so many people already working this early in the morning, and I have a lot of respect for them. It inspires me to be better.


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