Meet the Maker: Schoon Soap

Welcome to our new series, Meet the Maker, where we take a moment to highlight the amazing makers we have the privilge to work with on a daily basis.  Without the community of artists, craftsman and entrepreneurs in our fine boruough By Brooklyn would not exist. 

Schoon Soap makes small-batch, all-natural soaps with beautiful, modern packaging and without animal products, synthetic fragrances, or preservatives. Stephanie Klose started Schoon Soap with her husband, Rob Kemp, in 2014 in their apartment. 

Stephanie answered a few questions about herslef for us:

What surprised you most when learning to make soap?

Making soap seems like it would be done by a mad scientist or a witchy woman in the woods, but it’s really more akin to baking than any other activity; you need ingredients with particular qualities combined in specific ratios in order to achieve the desired result.

What are the best/worst things about living in Brooklyn?

Say it occurs to you that you’d like to try kayaking or go look at some art or get involved in comedy or community service or folk dancing or DIY taxidermy—odds are pretty good that’ll be available somewhere in the borough and quite possibly for free. That said, the cost of housing is going to drive us out eventually. We have what qualifies as a pretty good deal and it’s still ridiculous.

What restaurant/bar do you love most in your neighborhood?

Wine bar The Castello Plan is known at our house as “Twirly Mustache” because when we first moved to Ditmas Park, every guy who worked there had one. Sitting on their tiny patio with a Nicoise salad and a glass of rose is a pretty great way to spend a late summer evening.

What do you daydream about?

These days, I’m daydreaming about a trip to Iceland we’re taking in October.

What’s the last book you read?
My full-time job is book-related, so I read a lot and pretty widely across a variety of subjects and genres. Recent standouts include Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, and Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson’s new memoir about living with mental illness, Furiously Happy.

List the cities/towns you’ve lived in, which would you move back to and why?

Though they all have their charms, I don’t know that I would necessarily move back to any of the other places I’ve lived (rural Rensselaer County, NY; Portland, ME; Washington, DC; Hailey, ID; Manhattan; Queens). However, my husband is a Louisville native, and I’d move there in a heartbeat.

Whats the longest you've gone without sleep, why?

I used to have terrible insomnia, so I’m very protective of my sleep now. Odds are, if I’m going more than 20 hours without sleeping these days, there are flight delays involved.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

You’re going to be fine.

What’s your most used phrase?

“It’ll get done.” It’s both reassuring and motivating. I’m a firm believer in the idea that we make time for the things that are important to us (and, conversely, that the things we don’t make time for aren’t actually all that important to us). I also have a tendency, like Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston (with whom I share a birthday), to declare things FANTASTIC.

If you had super powers what would they be?

Teleportation, no question. Though I tend to get hung up on the details: Could I bring a bag? What about other people? Would the clothes I was wearing come along for the ride?

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Success! 4th Annual French Bulldog Party

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Our 4th Annual French Bulldog Party was a HUGE success. 

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Happy Hour Series: Grand St.


Join us this summer on Thursday evenings for a drink and a bite with some of our favorite makers.  Each evening the featured brand will bring tasty samples of their food paired with a delicious alcoholic beverage of their choice.  

Raaka Chocolate - Bean to bar vegan chocolate

Liddabit Sweets - Caramels

Anya's Licorice - American fruit licorice

Short Stack - PEACHES

Butter & Scotch - Boozy Caramel Corn

Grady's - Cold Brewed Coffee



4th Annual French Bulldog Party

Come out and celebrate the cuteness that are French Bulldogs and support Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue.

Beer by Three's Brewing

$10 w/ a Frenchie (or any dog) $15 w/o a dog

Net proceeds will be donated to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, a non-profit501(c)3, all-volunteer, all-breed dog rescue composed of a network of fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high kill pounds in the rural south, rehabilitate them and adopt them to only the best homes in the northeast.

We're Hiring!

By Brooklyn is looking for part-time help at our Williamsburg store.  Check out the link for more details and how to apply.

Sizzling Summer Sale*
Summer is finally here and we're celebrating with a sale.  20% off select merchandise in store only.
*Sale is in store only, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday June 28.  Some exclusions apply.  Knives, jewelry and original artwork are not subject to the discount. 
Opening Reception: Water Tower Window

We are celebrating summer with a window installation of original Boundless Brooklyn Water Towers decorated by Brooklyn Artists including David Cooper, Jason Midas Mitchell, London Kaye, Brandon Sines, Colleen Cunningham, Kate Wilkes, Nicole Block, Kristiana Parn and Joseph Meloy.

Meet the artists and see their towers

Wednesday, June 17 from 6pm to 8pm

Wine and cheese will be served.

By Brooklyn in Williamsburg

The day has come to expand and where else would we go but Williamsburg?  Please join us Saturday, May 16 at 12 noon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of our new location.

We look forward to seeing you!

By Brooklyn Williamsburg

142 Grand St.

Brooklyn, NY 11249

(718) 935-9041

By Brooklyn in Japan

Last year we embarked on an exciting journey that would end half way around the globe in Japan.  Last week the fruits of our labor were realized and By Brooklyn has feet on the ground in Tokyo.  We were honored when PlazaStyle, a company of StylingLife Group, approached By Brooklyn and asked us to help introduce the Brooklyn lifestyle to the Japanese consumer.  Little did we know just how big this project would be, but after hard work, hundreds of emails and traversing the red tape of import/export laws, the promotion, Brooklyn Awaits, launched.


The Brooklyn Shop is stocked with an amazing selection of Brooklyn goodies mainly curated by yours truly including Boundless Brooklyn, Three Legged Dog Provisions, Brooklyn Rehab, Brooklyn Bell Tower, and so many more.

The By Brooklyn pop-ups at Ginza and Shinjuku truly capture the look and feel of our little shop on Smith St.

Below are images of the Ginza Shop.






We are so proud of all the Brooklyn makers represented on the shelves in Japan.  By Brooklyn in Japan runs through the end of April.  If you happen to be in Japan, check it out!!

Interview with Iris 7 Marketing

April 1, 2015

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Friedlin, founder of Iris 7 Marketing, a boutique, Brooklyn-based strategic marketing agency serving small businesses and non-profit organizations. We sat down to chat about By Brooklyn.  You can read the interview here

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