Summer Luxury Bazaar: Brooklyn Stone Boutique & Cake Joy Dessert Lounge
Yesterday I attended a private press preview and luxury shopping extravaganza at Brooklyn Stone Boutique in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn, NY. Founded in September of 2010, the boutique carries one-of-a-kind selections of indie and international fashion and beauty brands. An avid fashion lover, the store’s owner and founder Regina Stone, takes pride in selecting pieces that are high in quality and exclusivity.
“What’s unique about the store is that everything is bought in limited quantities,” she explains. “You aren’t going to walk down the street and have to worry about seeing someone else wearing one of the pieces.”
Of course, I had to find out what is the most sought after item in the store, so that I could make sure to grab one for myself. As it turns out, it’s the jumpsuits, which are so popular; there were none available in the store for me to see, as they had all sold out for the day.
Also unique about the store, is Regina’s presence, as she enthusiastically admits to working hands-on at the boutique daily in every role imaginable, from operating the cash register to assisting customer with selecting items.
The costs of the items in the store vary greatly, with enough price ranges to fit everyone’s budget: apparel ranges from $40-$250; handbags are in the range of $120-$325, and the jewelry starts as low as $15 and goes up to $200.
As the Brooklyn Stone Boutique continues to expand, Regina plans on adding more shopping events, expanding the store’s personal shopping service, and even starting her own fashion line. Don’t live in New York, but want to purchase the unique items sold at the boutique? Visit Brooklyn Stone Boutique’s online store now»
I then headed next door to the Cake Joy Dessert Lounge, which was founded in December 2010 by Executive Patery Chef Kym Rodgers, who does all of the baking herself on-site, seven days a week, with the assistance of one intern.
The lounge specializes in gourmet baked goods, desserts and pastries, and boasts over 50 remarkable and unusual cupcake flavors. The cupcakes are inspired by Kym’s love of food, and apparently drinks, as she even developed a unique cocktail spiked line of the sweet treats, which includes mouthwatering flavors such as chocolate cognac, pina colada, bourbon vanilla, and peach snapps, to name a few. New, yummy cupcake samples are tested at free biweekly tastings held in the store’s Crimson Lounge on Saturdays, and are incorporated into the bakery’s rotation if they are well received. The next cupcake tasting will be this Saturday from 7pm-9pm, and will also include live music and wine.
While I was at the Cake Joy Dessert Lounge, I indulged in a hand massages by Natural Body Butter, and had the opportunity to chat with one of the line’s co-partner, William Burgess. Natural Body Butter is an up and coming all-natural beauty product company which will officially be launching later this year. The product line will include body butter; lip nourishers; exfoliators; glitter sticks; hand and foot creams, and hair products. I suffer from hand eczema in the summer, so I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and supple my hands were after the massage. This is defiantly one brand to look out for.
The event also included mini manicures by d.I.d Nails and complimentary cocktails by The Wine Salon.