i am addicted to acorn toy shop, my definite all-time favorite toy store ever with its focus on beautiful handmade toys. acorn makes me wish that my kids will never grow up so i will always have an excuse to buy wooden cherries, whimsical dolls and gorgeous clothing. since i love the aesthetic of the shop so much, i was very excited that the women behind acorn, karin schaefer (pictured above) and diane crespo, agreed to share their favorite places to shop and eat in brooklyn and beyond. in addition to owning the store, these two are just a wee bit busy. karin is an artist (i love the mapping projects), and diane is a filmmaker. thanks so much karin and diane!
top places for clothes?
hostess gift ideas?
we buy flowers at grdn, seaport or the borough hall greenmarket.
kids’ gifts (in addition to acorn, if there is anywhere)?
we like the city blocks from muji, and antique toys and furniture from wellfleet flea market in cape cod, massachusetts and daisy drygoods in arcata, california where we go each year when we are in humbolt county to visit our boy kaya who is in college there.
favorite spot for the women in your life?
what about the males in your life?
sometimes we give art, either my work, or other artists like myriam babin. we have given assortments of colorful towels from layla, astier de villate dishes from john derian or serving boards by patrick keesey.
treats for you?
all-around favorite shop?
layla. when diane is not at acorn she can be found holding court in the pink chair at layla.
for the basics: pharmacy, dry cleaners, tights?
favorite date-night restaurant?
we have people over to our place.
best spot for drinks?
we have been enjoying henry public (pictured above) of late.
most amazing dinner dish?
this week it was the trout at prime meats.
the best place for desserts?
the chocolate room in cobble hill. it is all about dark chocolate for us so we like an assortment of the truffles there; the valentina, franscesca, lola etc.
we don’t go out for breakfast here, but when in the berkshires we like the egg and cheese paninis and cappuccinos at rubi’s in great barrington, massachusetts.
favorite asian resto? latin american? middle eastern?
favorite neighborhood spot?
the best coffee and pastry?
top comfort food?
take out from mamas in the east village.