Best of BoCoCa Boutiques

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

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  • Fun and Funky
    Some rather distinctive stores are based in this section of Brooklyn, selling everything from apparel and accessories to stationery and toys. Carrying only locally made goods, By Brooklyn supports the work of Brooklynites. Shop owner Gaia DiLoreto's store features a sizable variety: artisanal foods, housewares, jewelry, T-shirts and more. The merchandise makes for great presents, particularly for friends and family who live outside of Brooklyn and would like to have a memento of the borough. The friendly folks at Mongo sell a variety of housewares, apparel, accessories and jewelry, along with more unusual items classified as "curiosities" or "miscellania," making this a surefire place to get some one-of-a-kind pieces. For inexpensive gifts and novelties, head to Exit 9, where you can find something for everyone among its kitschy and fun selections. A few blocks away is Grumpy Bert, which one might not expect to have anything cheery or cute, though it most certainly does. The mom-and-pop shop—owned by an actual Bert, who may or may not be grumpy—stocks artsy gifts, toys, prints, magazines, books and clothes. The venue also hosts art shows and events, including weekly writing workshops. –HL

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