Brooklyn Made: A New Space for Local BIPOC Businesses
As Brooklyn’s community foundation, we love all things Brooklyn. That’s why we are thrilled to share that we are one of the co-sponsors of the Brooklyn Made store: a new collaboration with 55 local vendors that will sell locally made Brooklyn-themed merchandise including art, apparel, beauty, houseware, jewelry, and packaged foods.
A project of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Made began as a holiday pop-up shop and has now grown to occupy a permanent retail space in Industry City. The store will provide a platform for local businesses selected through a process that prioritizes BIPOC makers, designers, and small business owners across the borough.
“We are proud to promote our borough's best ‘makers’ at this retail storefront, which showcases the tenacity and ingenuity of small business owners across Brooklyn,” said Randy Peers, President and CEO of the Chamber. “This retail store recognizes the brightest creators and artisans in a way that helps small, diverse businesses grow. New York City is back, and Brooklyn is leading the way!”
The 1,200 square-foot retail store will launch May 18th at Industry City’s Innovation Alley (238 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY). On Friday, May 19th, the Chamber is hosting a party featuring DJ Barry Blends, which will be open to the public.
“Brooklyn Made” can mean many things, but universally, it reflects the intricacies of a borough that has been shaped and reshaped by the ever-changing flow of populations and cultures that have found their way to Brooklyn for over 300 years.
“Brooklyn Made is a reflection of what it means to ‘spark change,’” our President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shared. “The Chamber’s commitment to equity in the application process is a reflection of our mission to uplift Brooklynites through social justice. We are proud to support this initiative.”
We are thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses—the innovators that capture the distinct vision and voice of our borough—and we can’t wait to see what Brooklyn makes!