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This week we’re sharing the coolstuff 2022 Gift Guide, highlighting FOUR holiday markets to go to this weekend, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Echo Hopkins of Ordinary Habit.

Culture Corner

Sunday Citizen

Every winter we begin to look around and see if the blankets and pillows we have around are going to cut it. If you’re also looking for a textile refresh, let us introduce you to Sunday Citizen. The cult-online brand is celebrating the opening of its new SoHo store next Thursday, 12/8 from 3-8pm with a fun opening party. RSVP here on their eventbrite page and swing by 42 Crosby Street to enjoy hot cocoa and a free gift with your purchase.

LOOK (at art)

Brooklyn-based artist, Sara Erenthal, has a new show on at Awesome Home featuring original paintings on mirror, plates & other household items. The exhibition, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Plates, Plates on the Table”,  will be on view through the end of the month :) 


If you’re looking for a cool dinner party to go to this month, this is it. That dinner thing is a monthly pop-up supper club in NYC, where tickets are only sold in you must invite someone (neighbor...person you see at your coffee shop old friend...a new one)! Their home-cook comfort style meals are a brilliant way to connect with new cool people in the city. Their December date announcement is happening TODAY, so head over to their IG to make sure you get a spot in their lottery for some tickets. 


Bat Haus is back at it with another fun Creativity Night! Stop by & bring a friend to this community-focused night of drawing, painting & creating on December 9th from 7-9p. Grab tickets!


One of our favorite parts about the New York creative community is how every year around this time there are a TON of small, fun, independent pop-ups perfect for gift shopping. We've put together four of our favorites coming up soon and, as ever, are encouraging you to shop small and local this year! We live in NEW YORK CITY, if you can't find it locally, chances are it doesn't exist and you have a good business opportunity on your hands.

Piece Studio Holiday Market

Piece Studio, a multipurpose creative space in Greenpoint, is pulling all the stops for their weekend-long holiday market. The market will feature local makers, including vintage, jewelry, food and drink, holiday card-making, and guided readings. Complimentary coffee from La Colombe will be on stack with Apt 2 Bread & more to snack on! All happening at 37 Greenpoint Ave, 3rd floor, Suite 304 Saturday & Sunday from 11a-4p.

The Six Bells at the Old Stone House

Cobble Hill “Country Store”, The Six Bells, is popping up at our little local Old Stone House in Park Slope. There will be two days of cookies, pies, tree trimming, happy hours &&& more. Head over to 333 3rd st. for all the fun pretending you’re in a storybook on Saturday from 10a-6p and Sunday from 10a-5p. See you there!!

Naomi Nomi Holiday Studio Market

NAOMI NOMI, the made-to-order and small batch BK-based fashion brand, is teaming up with MATER Soap, Odette Press, and Apply Stickers for a fun holiday studio market this weekend. Stop by 246 Grand St from 11a-7p Saturday & Sunday to see NAOMI NOMI’s product IRL & knock out some gifting for ur loved ones.

Chevere Means Cool Holiday Pop-up at Club Vintage

This weekend, Club Vintage is hosting the folks behind podcast Chevere Means Cool for a holiday pop-up. Happening December 3 & 4 from 12-5pm, the pop-up will focus on brands based in Peru and Mexico. Saturday features custom embroidery by Joy Nunez, refreshments and bites by Eat at Pa and Sunday will have a live conversation at 3 pm with Laura Reilly (Magasin), Mona Esser (Gemsun), and Anna Gray (Club Vintage.) See you at 205 Front St in DUMBO for all of the fun.

The coolstuff gift guide is BACK! We’re bringing you something for everyone on your list, all with a New York City connection. We’re talking gift boxes, things for the kitchen, subscriptions, and more. Head to our website to read it all!

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Cool friends: Echo Hopkins

Meet Echo, the co-founder of Ordinary Habit - a functional object brand whose mission is create habitual moments of calm. Echo founded Ordinary Habit with her mother, Teresa to help more people access the transformative nature of daily play. We caught up with Echo to hear more about how Ordinary Habit came to be.

How did you start your mindfulness + connection driven brand, Ordinary Habit?

Ordinary Habit was born out of wanting a product that didn’t exist at that moment in time. I started doing puzzles at my office, and loved how it was a tactile activity that could be done for five minutes or hours, alone or with others. It really helped me shut off my brain after staring at computer and phone screens. When I went to seek out more puzzles to buy, I couldn’t find any that were “New York sized”, and definitely couldn’t find any that were high quality, with artwork I wanted to look at. My co-founder (who also happens to be my mom!) and I decided to combine forces – she’s a graphic designer, and I have a background working with artists – and create a beautiful, luxury product that we could share with others. We really believe that making time in your day for tactile, playful activities can be so beneficial to mental health.   


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

I think whether you’re seeking out inspiration or not, there’s something about simply being in this city and surrounded by the energy of New York, that brings inspiration to you. Whether it’s a stranger in the street, or the endless culture that is accessible here, there’s creativity everywhere you look. It’s also been wonderful having a few other founders in my circle in the city that I can meet up with, and chat about starting a business. 


What's inspiring you right now?

Nature! I’ve been spending a lot of time up in Vermont, and walking around as the leaves are changing is always great for clearing your head and thinking about what’s next. We also just launched a journal, which is meant to encourage you to slow down, and notice the little moments that happen in your every day. Using that tool has been a great way to get the creativity flowing. Heading into next year, we’re thinking about ways to expand our offerings and continue making products that encourage daily rituals that promote wellbeing. 


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