Advent Calendar

By Brooklyn presents it's first advent calendar to celeberate the holiday season.  Take advantage of discounts, give aways and the opportunity to give back to your community. 

Meet The Maker: Mixed Made

Meet The Maker is a blog series devoted to getting to know our makers, one-on-one. This week we talked to Casey of Mixed Made. He spices up our lives with his delectable spicy honey, hot maple syrup, and scorching gochujang sriracha!


What drove you to create Mixed Made?

MixedMade began as a 30-day experiment to see if we could start a business from scratch. The original idea was to complete the 30 days and maybe keep it running on the side for some pocket change. But within four months, it got to the point where I had to quit my job in order to keep up with demand for our first product, Bees Knees Spicy Honey. So an accidental hit was the driving force, but it's been an incredibly fun accident to have.


You and the rest of the MM team work remotely, where you’re stationed in Brooklyn and your partners operate out of San Francisco and Germany. How has the experience been?

I won't sugarcoat it, at times it's been pretty hard for me because I'm the only one physically here in Brooklyn and I shoulder most of the pressure. But the majority of the time it works, and it's amazing to be a part of a very 2015 business, where we use lots of technology to reach one goal from three time zones.


Spicy Honey has become a big trend within the year. What do you like to pair with your spicy products?

I love Bees Knees on cheese, especially a soft ricotta or a strong blue. Also phenomenal on pizza--I can't eat a slice without it. And it’s great on biscuits or cornbread, drizzled on granola, or over ice cream. Trees Knees Spicy Syrup is also wonderful on cheese--think a melted brie with chopped walnuts. It’s also the best on chicken and waffles, and it’s perfect now that we're in prime veggie roasting season. Honestly, I just love it drizzled on my pancakes. There's a reason why we use the hashtag #greatonanything!


Any cool cocktails we can make with spicy syrup/honey at home?

So many! Bees Knees is awesome in a hot toddy, or make a spicy honey simple syrup (stir together equal parts hot water and Bees Knees) to replace triple sec in margaritas. But my very favorite cocktail is a Maple Sage Daiquiri I made for an event at By Brooklyn this past summer. Shake together 2 oz. rum, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. Trees Knees Spicy Syrup, and four torn sage leave with 1/2 cup ice and strain into a rocks glass. It's sweet, subtly spicy, and very addicting.


What Brooklyn restaurant do you love the most?

Roberta's. I love the old school pizza places like Di Fara Pizza, but Roberta's is home to me. Almost literally--I live down the street!


Brooklyn is home to some pretty rad landmarks. Have a favorite?

I've lived in Bushwick for a long time, which means I'm constantly starving for some nature. So I have to pick Prospect Park. Every inch of it.


What are your thoughts on bodega cats?

I couldn't and wouldn't live in a New York that didn't have them.


Are you more of a savory, or sweet person?

I tend towards savory, but I'll never say no to dessert.


What’s your go-to karaoke song?

I hate karaoke. Why suffer the awkwardness and embarrassment? I'd rather go dancing, so I'll answer this by saying my dance floor jam is "Losing You" by Solange.


Best piece of advice you’ve given or received?

"The key to success is the graceful execution of Plan B." I've had to remind myself of that a lot this year.

Meet The Maker: Brooklyn Bell Tower

Meet The Maker is a blog series devoted to getting to know our makers, one-on-one. This week we talked to Kate of Brooklyn Bell Tower. Her colorful prints of Brooklyn landscapes brighten up our homes!


How did you create Brooklyn Bell Tower?

My fiancé and I moved into the bell tower of a church-converted-residence. The space was so special, I began blogging about my projects, which started with home improvement and little art pieces I was doing. When I decided to register as a business, I named it after my blog, Brooklyn Bell Tower.


What’s challenging and rewarding about running a small business?

The most challenging part is probably deciding where to start. Once a product, painting, or design is in motion, it's just a matter of allocating time for the next step. Seeing and hearing that people like something I made is always rewarding, but I make things because I want to make things - that’s how I've always been.


Where do you get your inspiration from?

Right here, of course! I like to incorporate exploring in my daily routine, like taking a different route to work, or walking over the bridge. I really can’t sit and just watch television. We live in a moving, buzzing epicenter of entertainment. Go out and take a walk!


What’s your favorite piece you’ve made?

The screen-printed Brooklyn landscape has had an interesting lifespan. Funny, it started as a series of doodles I would do during conference calls. I eventually began scanning the pages of my sketchbook and pieced them together. The landscape and its many iterations became the artwork I used to burn a few prints.


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

The best thing about living in Brooklyn is being among some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs, artists, makers, and friends! I have acquired the most wonderful network of friends since I moved here ten years ago. The worst parts are laundry and grocery shopping, two regular obligations that are significantly more irritating than if I lived basically anywhere else.


Do you have a favorite Brooklyn restaurant/bar?

Pok Pok!


Citi Bikes are taking up a bit of Brooklyn. Whatcha think about them?

They're fine. I ride my own bike to the office every day, and discovered it’s faster than the subway. Just be polite on a bike!


If you could listen to one song on repeat, what would it be?

“Mighty” by Lord Huron. I listened to it a lot during a trip to Thailand.


Pick your poison: apple cider, or hot cocoa?

Hot cocoa for sure!


Best piece of advice you’ve given or received?

A designer from an internship I did told me that there's always more than one solution, you just have to find one and do it. If it doesn't work, find another. Maybe it was the timing when he said that, but it was an enormous relief to acknowledge. And of course, from my mom: eat less sugar!

Book Signing: Made in Brooklyn, An Essential Guide to the Boroughs Artisanal Food and Drink Makers

Join us in celebrating the new Made in Brooklyn book!

Thursday, November 12, 6-7pm

142 Grand St. (btw Bedford and Berry)

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Meet the Maker: Maptote

Meet The Maker is a blog series devoted to getting to know our makers, one-on-one. This week we talked to Michael and Rachel of Maptote. They let us represent our favorite Brooklyn neighborhoods with their cute, detailed wine and grocery tote bags!

How did you decide to create Maptote?

We mainly started our business because we wanted a creative outlet outside of our day jobs. We loved the idea of working for ourselves, and thought that it would be fun to create something on our own. We didn’t start our business in a traditional way - it was more born out of doing something creative together.


What is the hardest part about running a business? 

The hardest part is probably the business-y aspects of having business, like managing employees and human resources.


What’s your favorite Maptote piece that you’ve created?

Michael: I love our California denim tote since I’m from California and I like the more ''rugged'' denim fabric.

Rachel: My favorite location is Brooklyn, since it was our first design and is where we live and created Maptote.  I also love our large jumbo pouch as we use it all of the time to lug toiletries on trips.


What’s something that you never thought would be a part of your job?

The actual ”business” side. We’re both creative people, but just being “creative” isn’t sustainable. We’ve had a steep learning curve and now we actually enjoy the business side of Maptote. Whether it’s managing production, dealing with human resource issues, or negotiating contracts, it’s all part of our business. And designing is one of many moving parts.


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

Best part of living in Brooklyn is that it's such a vibrant place with restaurants, stores, parks etc., while being a much more relaxed/low-key place in comparison to Manhattan. We love that we can walk to work and rarely have to leave the 10 blocks around our house/studio. Our family doesn't live close to us, so that’s probably the worst part.


What Brooklyn restaurant/bar do you love the most?

Lately we have really loved going to Bricolage in Park Slope.


Any current obsessions?

The new Netflix show, Narcos.


If you could have someone play you in a movie, who would you pick?

Michael:  Louis CK!

Rachel: Tina Fey!  


If we opened your fridge right now, what would be inside?

Tons of milk, fruit, and string cheese for the kiddos 


Best piece of advice you’ve given or received?

Grow organically.  

Open Call: Brooklyn Jewelers

We're looking for new jewelers! 

If you make jewelery in Brooklyn or know someon does, please submit your product linesheets to by Wednesday, October 28.  The By Brooklyn team will review your submissions and if selected, will schedule an appointment for you to come show us your wares on Wednesday, November 11.



Made in Brooklyn

$50-$250 retail price

Consignment only

Meet the Maker: Bill Roundy

How did you decide to create the Bar Scrawls?

I made the first strip for a friend, who was editing the "Zinester's Travel Guide to New York City," and immediately realized that I should do this all the time. After all, they say to do what you love, and I love going to bars, I love drawing comics, and I loving passing judgment on places.

What’s the hardest part of reviewing a bar?

Making the review interesting when the bar itself is mediocre. If the bar is good or bad, you focus on the good stuff, or on how they screwed it up. But it's very difficult to make "it's okay, I guess" interesting. I usually do so by drawing the bar with some sort of a complicated perspective.

Has anyone tried to bribe you for a good review?

Maybe! I've occasionally gotten more buy-backs than I'd expect, but I'm not sure if they recognized me, or were just feeling generous.

What’s your favorite beer/cocktail?

Beer: Red Hook Double Black Stout (they don't make this anymore, sadly).

Cocktail: The Brooklyn Cocktail – it's a variation on the Manhattan, with dry vermouth instead of sweet, and Amer Picon instead of bitters.

What’s something you never thought you’d be doing as part of your job?

Going to Urban Outfitters! The one in Williamsburg installed one on the roof, because of course they did.

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

The best part is that everything in the world is here in Brooklyn – we've got the best bars, the best food, the best bands. The worst part is choosing what to do, and trying to line up your friends at the same events

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

I live in Kensington, and I'm a big fan of the beer bar/restaurant Hamilton's.

What do you daydream about?

Unicorns, mostly.

What’s the last book you read?

"Bryony and Roses" by T. Kingfisher – it's a retelling of Beauty & The Beast, with an extremely practical heroine, a sarcastic Beast, and clockwork bees.

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

About 50 hours, in college – I pulled an all-nighter finishing my final creative writing project, turned it in at the last possible moment, then started an "end-of-semester" celebration that lasted well into the next morning.  

If I opened your fridge right now what would be inside?

Many things, including all of the ingredients for a quesadilla, eggs, leftover jambalaya, a bottle of Smaug Stout, several limes, and half-empty bottle of dry vermouth.

3rd Annual Dachshund and Schnauzer Oktoberfest Party


Thank you to all who attended we raised $600 for BARC!



Our 3rd Annual Dachshund and Schnauzer Oktoberfest is on Saturday, October 3.  We're excited to have great sponsors joining us this year including Other Half Brewing, Fleisher's, Tom Cat Bakery, Tin Mustard and Waggin' Tails. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to BARC (Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition).


What: 3rd Annual Schnauzer and Dachshund Oktober Fest Party

Where: By Brooklyn, 261 Smith St. (btw Douglass and Degraw)

When:  Saturday, October 3, 3pm-5pm

Cost: $10 with a Schnauzer or Dachshund (or any dog) $15 without

Why: Cause we love dogs!  And support BARC


Artwork by Bill Roundy

Meet the Maker: Anya's Licorice

How did you decide to make fruit licorice?
I love fruit licorice. It's my favorite snack.  The Aussie licorice brands taste great but I wasn't a big fan of all the artificial ingredients or the huge sizes they're sold in. I'd buy a bag and eat the whole thing in an evening. That's like 900 calories and entirely way too much sugar. Then I'd feel guilty the next day. I thought there needed to be something for people like me who want great tasting fruit licorice made with better ingredients in reasonable serving sizes.

What’s the hardest part about starting your business?
It's definitely making the licorice, which sounds silly, but it cooks for 2 hours and needs to be stirred the entire time. By the end it's like stirring 25 pounds of paste. It's a fabulous upper body workout but I'm exhausted by the end. I'm really looking forward to getting this machine that stirs the licorice for me.
What’s your favorite beer/cocktail?
My new favorite is Descendant Cider. I was stationed next to Descendant's founders a few weeks ago at the Hester Street Fair. Not only are they really nice but their cider's the best I've had by far.

What’s something you never thought you’d be doing as part of your job?
I never thought I would become so proficient at fixing heat sealers. I have three of them now and they're temperamental little machines; always in need of TLC.  

What are the best/worst things about living in Brooklyn?
The people are the best thing about living in Brooklyn. I moved to Brooklyn after college and I met my best friends living in a five-person share that I found on CraigsList. I don't think I would have ended up living with such a fun, interesting group any place else in the city.
The worst thing is the rising rents. I don't know if my experience of moving to Brooklyn is happening as frequently these days.  The interesting, creative types just moving to the city can't afford Brooklyn anymore, which is too bad.

What restaurant/bar do you love most in your neighborhood (what neighborhood)?
I recently moved to Manhattan (I know... I totally miss Brooklyn) and don't have a favorite spot there yet. I lived in the North Slope for a long time and my favorites were The Gate when the weather's nice and Union Hall when it's not.  I loved O'Connors before they renovated but it’s lost some of that dive bar charm.

What do you daydream about?
It's terrible but all I really think about these days is licorice. My daydreams are all about that machine that stirs the licorice instead of me.

What’s the last book you read?
American Wasteland, which is a book about food waste and how to reduce it. I volunteer with City Harvest and was raised to abhor wasting food so it was a natural for me. The book details just how much food is wasted in the U.S every day. It's depressing but slowly the situation's improving through the work of groups like City Harvest and Daily Table, a new nonprofit grocery store that sells surplus food that otherwise would go to the landfill.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Not a licorice maker. Oddly enough that career path never crossed my mind :) I was one of those kids who changed career plans every other week.

If I opened your fridge right now what would be inside?
Right now it's just condiments, milk, miso, Brazil nuts and green tea. I like to cook so usually there would be veggies and some fish or meat to make dinner with but I dropped a knife on my foot a few days ago, which severed some tendons. An operation re-attached them but I'm supposed to stay off my feet for the next week, so we're eating a lot of take out right now.

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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