Small Business Saturday — Local Shop Owners Share Their Support

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

It was a humid Thursday evening in Bedford–Stuyvesant, a neighborhood of 153,000 inhabitants in Brooklyn. In November, it’s not supposed to be this hot. The people are mixed here. Men dressed in suits walked briskly beneath umbrellas while others carried on casual conversations on street corners, sleeveless and wet. During this time when ‘gentrification’ is a dirty word in New York City, the complicated culture of a place is both the appeal and controversy for local business owners. On the one hand, buying and selling within a multicultural community is their chance to support multiculturalism. On the other hand, there’s always that risk of business influencing culture, instead of it being the other way around.

For the final interview of local business owners who support their communities, I walked briskly and without an umbrella to an address on Lexington Avenue. I came to Bed-Stuy to ask Shane and Johnna what it means to buy and sell locally. The answer of these two business owners was similar to those of Gaia, Erica, and Brandy and Sean, all of whom operate in different neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. The diversity of Brooklyn fuels them, and the business of buying and selling locally here is the business of job creation, self-preservation and multiculturalism for everyone—no matter who you might be. Keep reading to learn more about six local business owners who keep their communities of Brooklyn beautiful

A Huge Serving of Thanksgiving

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Before we all set away to enjoy time with loved ones, we’re serving up a heaping scoop of Thanksgiving fodder

Shop America Challenge — Local Goods from 50 States

Made in America

Four months ago, I wrote an article highlighting some of my favorite locally-made shops from several major U.S. cities. I ended it the same way I usually do, by inviting readers to suggest other shops I didn’t cover.

Be careful what you wish for. Someone suggested highlighting shops across all 50 states, and I was immediately equal parts interested…and kinda intimidated. But a promise is a promise! So with a general guideline of business types to cover (eco-friendly, small-batch, locally sourced) and a pre-typed list of states to combat my lack of geographic memory, I went off in search

History of New York City’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

If waking up on Thanksgiving, hopping on the sofa in the family room and scrambling to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition you’re fond of, then you’re not alone! I was lucky enough to grow up being able to go to the parade every year with my family and watch dreamily as the floats went by. After years and years of admiring the classic balloons, The Rockettes, the Broadway performances and Santa’s grand arrival at the end of the parade I’ve found myself wondering more about the origin of this iconic parade

Join Our Holiday Seller Program Today

Join Krrb's Holiday Seller Program

This holiday season, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to maximize your online sales. Whether you’re looking to sell locally or reach our global community with shipping, Krrb is the perfect place to sell vintage, handmade or locally made gifts

Dress Your Walls — 30 Artwork DIYs under $30

Photo: Hookedonhouses.net

Are your walls and wallet both bare? These wall art projects under $30 allow you to add some personality to your room and express your creativity without breaking the bank! And most are customizable so you can experiment with color, shape and texture. Which project are you starting first? If your artistic talents are lacking, check out all the affordable art on Krrb

Seen and Heard — The Big Norwegian Secret, Smart Jewelry Making and More

Seen and Heard

Photo: Mashable.com

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week we’re getting creative with the way we look at Thanksgiving meals, winter doldrums and teaching computer programming to children. Read on

Made in America — The West

Photo: Portlandsupplyco.com

Photo: Portlandsupplyco.com

We’ve reached our final leg on the Made in America tour! After checking in on our neighbors in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, it’s time to let the western states shine. From established traditions being passed down to modern day, to new innovations in handmade products, these businesses will help you kiss big-name shopping goodbye

The Best Ways to Use Your Leftover Turkey

Photo: Halfbakedharvest.com

Photo: Halfbakedharvest.com

Ahhh, Thanksgiving … A glorious day in the year that we associate with the feast of all feasts. I love spending the day with my family and reflecting on all the things that I am thankful for, but also I really love the food. The thought of those warm smells wafting out of the kitchen and flooding the whole house is enough to bring me to pre-Thanksgiving-tears-of-joy status. After a long morning of cooking and finally sitting down and devouring a loaded plate, I quickly drift into that unavoidable sleepy state. Feel me? I know you do!

The best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. With leftovers, you have another chance to wake up and relive Thanksgiving the next day. Keep reading to see some of our favorite go-to recipes for how to use your leftover turkey to its fullest potential

Glamping in the USA – Tents, Cabins and Cottages for Your Eco-Friendly Road Trips

Photos by Glampinghub.com

Photos by Glampinghub.com

When traveling to big cities, the lodging can be eco-unfriendly and costly. Hotels never turn off the lights, make extra breakfast food in the morning (just in case) and wash linens that were never touched during the night. After you consider hotels’ carbon footprints and the money you spend on gas, food and tour fees while visiting a new place, you feel like you need a vacation after your vacation. Nevertheless, our minds naturally turn to America’s largest metropoles when we think of taking a peaceful road trip, knowing that they provide us with great food, shelter and sites to see.

Each big city in the USA is a great starting point for your next vacation, but you should keep going if you want to experience a little more than a concrete jungle. Here is a list of glamping spots that go easier on the Earth and your wallet than the typical hotel room

Companies Doing Good on Black Friday

Photo: Guestofaguest.com

Photo: Guestofaguest.com

You’re probably well-aware of the phenomenon referred to as Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving day that’s full of sales to get you in that Christmas spirit. I remember participating in Black Friday once when I was about 13 years old. At that time, it was exciting just to enter the mall at 7 am on that shopping-filled Friday. Today, Black Friday is quite a bit different. Stores started opening their doors earlier and earlier over the years and now are opening them as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving. Yup, you heard me! Department stores are ready for shoppers before you’ve had time to give thanks and digest your turkey! Although this shopping tradition doesn’t seem to be dwindling down, we can at least take a moment to honor the companies that are doing good as soon as the doors open

Design 101— 5 Facts About Milo Baughman

Photo: Dwr.com

Photo: Dwr.com

Whether you’re a vintage enthusiast or just starting to dip your toes in the mid-century pool of designs, knowing the basics of furniture history makes shopping that much more interesting. Participating in a game of trivia before window-shopping with your pals? We’re here to help you impress them with your knowledge of all things design.

If you’ve perused Krrb classifieds before, or if you’re a big fan of vintage shopping, there’s no doubt that you’re familiar with those gorgeous Milo Baughman pieces of furniture. How much do you actually know about the man behind those iconic frames, though? Read on to learn some interesting facts about one of the biggest names in furniture design

Holiday Recipe Ideas that Begin at Washington DC’s Union Market

Photo: Bonappetit.com

Photo: Bonappetit.com

Home, wherever that may be for you, is where many go to celebrate the holiday season. This is the time of family, food and sharing. It’s also the time for shopping and putting a new spin on traditional holiday recipes. Recently, Jihanne, a writer based in Washington DC, decided to make a stop at Union Market to discover what a few food vendors like to give to others this holiday season. Keep reading to follow Jihanne through the smells and tastes of Union Market, to find out locals’ favorite holiday recipes and to discover how each dish can end up on your family table this year

Hand Me Down — Olivia Crandall of Chicago’s Hunt and Harvest

Hand Me Down — Olivia Crandall of Chicago's Hunt and Harvest

Photos by Olivia Crandall

Dedicated to weekend baking and of-the-moment internet finds, Olivia Crandall is the 25-year-old mind behind Hunt and Harvest. Her minimalist blog features Olivia’s weekly harvests, small collections of the best in fashion, music, culture and art, and her Instagram is spilling over with snapshots of Chicago’s best (food and scenery included). Olivia is making us hungry for a good read, an afternoon of vintage shopping and a peanut butter blondie

Making Shoes By Hand – Three Master Shoemakers Who Prove The Tradition Is Alive And Kicking

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A Scandanavian style shoe recently handmade in Portland, OR. Photo courtesy of Marrow Magazine.

These days, the shoe industry has become largely automated, and while tanned leather is still the most common material used, shoes are now mass produced out of all sorts of materials, from fabrics, to rubber, and everything in between. But there are still stalwart souls out there, proudly old-school, fashioning beautiful footwear by hand

Seen and Heard — Silly Walks, Japan’s Reading Hotel and More

Seen and Heard

Sit back and read. Photo: Facebook.com/bookandbedtokyo

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

Get ready for a dose of knowledge. Find out where you can walk silly crossing the street (um, everywhere?), what makes a house a home and the new breed of felines known as werewolf cats

Local Blogs — Chicago Bloggers to Read Now

Photo: Thefoxandshe.com

Photo: Thefoxandshe.com

When it comes to the third largest city in the country, there’s a lot going on. No one knows Chicago best like local bloggers. They are out in the neighborhood taking in the latest trends and reporting on on all that makes Chicago a special place to live. Here are some great blogs for you to check out that have local flavor as well as great inspiration for new projects. Add these to your list

What’s Cooking — 20 Easy Holiday Appetizers

Little baked cranberry and brie bites. Photo: Wellplated.com

I won’t speak for everyone, but my favorite part of any holiday gathering is mindlessly nibbling on appetizers. Whether you’re avoiding conversation (it happens) or just fighting off hunger pangs before dinner, appetizers are an essential part of any gathering! That being said, no one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen when the entrees are already taking up a lot of time. Keep reading to find easy and healthy hors d’ourve options for you to feed the crowds

Blue Zones — Influencing Communities Around the World

Blue Zones — Communities Around the World

Photo: News.nationalgeographic.com

So it turns out that Ponce De Leon went looking for the fountain of youth in the wrong place. It’s actually in Ikaria, Greece. Then there is Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica; the Sardinian mountains of Italy. These communities, or “Blue Zones” as they’re called, are pockets of society where people live well into their 100s and are healthy all the while

Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Nature-Inspired Fashion Accessories

Photo: Homeedit.com

Photo: Homeedit.com

Lord Byron said it best when revealing, “I love not man the less, but Nature more.” It’s a good point. If you consider how often nature inspires art, home decor and fashion, you realize that nature is inspirational in and of itself. In fact, we all know that bringing in natural elements can instantly liven the overall mood of a space. And with your #OOTD (Outfit of the Day), it’s no different. With this said, I scoured the internet for five interesting takes on nature that are available today. Keep reading to check out this round-up of the coolest nature-inspired accessories