Best of BoCoCa Boutiques

by Heather Liang and Christina Parrella, 10/15/2014

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  • Craft Corner
    Knitting, crocheting, sewing and crafting have become popular pastimes in the City, particularly in Brooklyn, and we've scoured the BoCoCa area for some of the best places to work your finger magic. The aptly named La Casita, Spanish for "little house," is a knitter's paradise. Comfortable seating, food and beverages, a huge selection of yarns and a social atmosphere make this a setting you'll never want to leave. The shop holds classes for beginners as well as for knitters who are looking to elevate their skills to the next level. Those who enjoy crafting their own jewelry will love Brooklyn Bead Box, the only store of its kind in the borough. The venue offers the obvious item (beads) along with instruction and classes on how to create jewelry; in addition, patrons can use the space (and the shop's tools, for free) to string their own beads. If you're looking for a creative place in which to host a party, visit the Painted Pot—a pottery studio that isn't just for kids. You can arrange events for grown-ups or drop in to unleash your (or your child's) creativity at a moment's notice. With an excellent selection and a knowledgeable and eager staff, Paper Source is the place for all your stationery, printing and crafting needs. The creative possibilities to be found here are endless, and there are store events to boot, such as a crafting contest, demonstrations and workshops. On Court Street, the modern paperie Papél New York stocks stationery, greeting cards, invitations, announcements and small gifts. The store's letterpress cards and customizable invitations can add that special touch to your Mother's Day greeting or thank-you notes. –HL

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