at annie’s blue ribbon general store in boerum hill, i have now found my source for whenever i need whatever random thing might come up. open since the fall of 2007, this little shop set in a very cute building on state street really does have a little bit of everything combined with some fun and a twist. billing themselves as an urban general store, annie’s has a little bit of everything including cleaning, kitchen and bathroom products, brooklyn stuff, fun books, pet supplies and even a few beauty items. the owner takes great care in selecting her goods so that the selection is cute and fun, and sometimes with a twist like these really excellent toilet plungers. now who couldn’t benefit from an upgrade in that department.
annie’s blue ribbon general store has a good toy selection too. i like the emphasis on the classics like the slinky, the magic 8 ball and mr. potato head, as well as fireman and pirate hats, kaleidoscopes, colorforms (oooh, i really love those and still haven’t indulged but i better soon before the kids get too old) and stamp kits. the toys all seemed to be battery-free too as an added bonus. and while the selection may not be as classically beautiful as acorn’s or as extensive as lulu’s, annie’s toys are definitely very reasonably priced and would make super gifts. they also had a nice selection of baby gifts including adorable books like baby’s first tattoo and safe baby handling tips and for the mama the essential plum isand’s mommas belly butter.
annie’s also had a green emphasis with nellie’s all-natural laundry nuggets, lots of very cute recyclable bags in all sizes and colors, bambu veneerware plates, bowls and utensils, klean kanteen bottles and mrs. meyer’s cleaning products. with great, free gift wrap, annie’s is an excellent place to go for that last minute housewarming present or birthday party gift. annie’s blue ribbon general store, 365 state street at bond street, brooklyn, new york, 718.522.9848.