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Everything is Brooklyn Made: The First-Ever Borough-Themed Merch Store Opens at Industry City

Operated by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the store sells a wide range of merchandise from local small businesses and makers.
After the ribbon was cut, Randy Peers, center, celebrates the opening of Brooklyn Made, surrounded by Borough President Antonio Reynoso, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Otis Rolley, Wells Fargo Foundation President and Head of Philanthropy and Community Impact, Marty Markowitz, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Laurie Combo and Deputy BP Kim Council.

The Brooklyn Made store, a brand-new local retailer that is operated by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its shop in advance of its grand opening, which was this past Friday.

Located at Industry City, the store is unique in that it sells a variety of merchandise — including apparel, home goods, packaged foods and more — that are all created by Brooklyn small businesses and makers. 

“The Brooklyn Made Store is born out of the Brooklyn Brand, and what it means to be ‘Brooklyn Made,’” said Randy Peers, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “The store is about the makers and designers who will benefit from increased product exposure and the marketing that the Chamber brings to the table.”

Among those at the ribbon cutting to offer up remarks about the groundbreaking new shop included Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. 

“Getting here — and what this means — didn’t come easy," said Reynoso. “Not a lot of people thought Brooklyn would be what it is today. Now, in Japan, France, Germany, you can have Brooklyn cupcakes, Brooklyn Tea and Brooklyn coffee."

In total, the Brooklyn Made store offers products from over 60 makers, many of which were at the retailer's launch to display their goods to customers.

Jamila McGill, the co-owner of Brooklyn Tea, was one of the makers in attendance, showing off her business's selection of loose-leaf tea that can be found for sale inside The Brooklyn Made Store.

"Local small businesses are able to get exposure here to this new, and creative audience," said McGill. "The Chamber is giving access to BIPOC businesses."

The Brooklyn Made store will be open Sundays-Thursdays, from 11:00am-7:00pm; and Fridays and Saturdays, from 11:00am-9:00pm. It is located at 51 35th St. in Industry City, and can be found next door to the Frying Pan in Building 5 and across from St. Mark's Comics.

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