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Boutique Selling Only Brooklyn-Made Goods Opening in Williamsburg

By Serena Dai | May 7, 2015 4:39pm | Updated on May 8, 2015 5:33pm
 By Brooklyn, a boutique only selling products made in Brooklyn, is opening a shop in Williamsburg.
By Brooklyn, a boutique only selling products made in Brooklyn, is opening a shop in Williamsburg.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A Carroll Gardens boutique that sells only goods made in Brooklyn is opening its second location in Williamsburg.

By Brooklyn, which opens next Saturday, at 142 Grand St., has operated a shop in Carroll Gardens since 2011, selling everything from leather goods to pasta sauce — as long as the items are produced in Brooklyn.

Owner Gaia DiLoreto said Williamsburg is the perfect spot for a second location because the neighborhood is "synonymous with Brooklyn around the world."

"I don't like to say the hipster culture, but that is what people think of," DiLoreto said. "Or they think of straight-up brownstone communities. We'll be able to represent both [with Carroll Gardens and Williamsburg stores]."

By Brooklyn sells items like a reclaimed slate cheese board ($32), kits to create your own lavender soap ($30), and gift boxes filled with Brooklyn snacks (starting at $50).

The Williamsburg outpost will also offer more high-end products than the Carroll Gardens store, including Grado headphones and ceramics from BTW Ceramics.

Since By Brooklyn opened in 2011, there's been "incredible growth" in the number of people manufacturing products in the borough, DiLoreto said.

"I feel like that community of entreprenuers continues to grow and thrive, and I think people are seeking out locally made products more than they were," she said. "It's been exponential."

In other local business news:

► Faro, an Italian eatery by the folks behind Northeast Kingdom, has opened in Bushwick at 436 Jefferson St. The anticipated eatery with a wood-fired oven offers pastas and dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, according to Grub Street.

► A new coffee shop has opened on Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick, according to Bushwick Daily. Mixtape, at 1533 Myrtle Ave., offers coffee from Oslo Coffee Roasters and pastries from Greenpoint bakery Ovenly.

► A restaurant called Pokito serving up dishes inspired by flavors from around the world — including Latin America, India, the Philippines and China — has opened at 155 South Fourth St., as first reported by Gothamist.

Dishes include red snapper wontons in a broth with orange, yuzu and basil, and sweet potato pancakes with Mandarin honey cinnamon whip, raisins and almonds.