Store 518; 518 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY; 646-256-5041
Store 518 is located in Carroll Gardens. It’s owned by Nadia Tarr, a dancer-turned-designer, who is known for creating an "oragami" dress that can fold into 15 different shapes, becoming 15 other dresses. Designed to look like an old general store, it functions as a compilation of whatever Nadia is in the mood to sell: vintage dresses, clogs, unique jewelry, housewares, electrical equipment, cookie jars, dolls, games—a pretty random mix to say the least. I love these plastic fruit and shell necklaces, too.
My favorite things sold at 518 is the selection of hard-to-find penny candies like Cherry Mash and Charleston Chews (I actually hate Charleston Chews, but I thought I’d put in here because my whole family is single handedly keeping the brand alive and stocked up on them when were at the store last).
A few doors down from Store 518 is Ruby Moriarty. I was immediately enticed by this store because of its haphazard design; the windows of the shop are filled with a clothes and a sea of books to match. Once inside, my eyes went straight to left wall where the original Alice in Wonderland movie was being projected. In an interview I read here, owner, Jessica Dineen says, “I always have an old movie playing on the projector. I like to play a lot of Westerns because they show a lot of sky. I like movies that blend with my color pallet, bright movies with good colors.” I think this is a very interesting idea, and one that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a store that sells all handmade clothing and Japanese accessories. Yup, Jessica and makes all the dresses, skirts, t-shirts, ties, and pajamas in the back of her store!
My lovely new bandana skirt
The back has couches where piles and piles of neatly folded clothing were strewn for sifting through, but you can also choose from an array of patterns for her to make you your own one-of-a-kind garment. Located directly below the projection of Alice in Wonderland, I found this red bandana print skirt (boots, hats, guitars, included in the print!!!) and knew it was fate.
Ruby Moriarty; 516 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York; 347-275-0770
Dispersed throughout the store are also all of these Japanese tote bags and candies. Pockys just happen to be one of my favorite snacks so I asked Jessica the story behind them. She told me “they’re Japanese candy tote bags, made in Taiwan, using English words, so it’s funny seeing what gets lost in translation.” Jessica also made adorable pajamas with prints of Japanese cartoon characters but as of now she only makes them for kids.
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