A General Store

I have been trying to finish up my Christmas shopping forever now but I keep stumbling upon new stores and I am just getting lost in the shuffle I guess. This one comes to us from Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY… of course. [I need to get up to Brooklyn ASAP because so many of my favorite shops are up there!]

Brook Farm General Store has a modern take on the traditional New York general store and I just really identify with it. [FYI: They have a great selection for gifts!] Hope you enjoy!

{Disclaimer: I used their awesome product descriptions because I just could not explain them any better myself!}

Savon de Marseille has been made the same way for over eight hundred years. In fact, since 1688, French law has declared that only soaps made according to specific methods may bear the mark “Savon de Marseille.” There are only a few savonneries remaining that still make their soap in this traditional manner. The mixture of pure olive and vegetable oils, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean seawater must be heated for ten days before being cut into cubes and stamped, and then set out to dry in the sun and wind. Marseille Soap is super gentle and moisturizing, and can be used to wash anything from young faces to delicate laundry items. $12

Classic French canning jars with heavy duty wire spring closures and a super strong rubber gasket. With a wide mouth to allow for easy filling, and a flat lid for stacking. $8 / $11 / $15

A large spool of 100% cotton, unbleached twine. Excellent for cooking, wrapping packages, hanging things, and many other assorted household tasks and crafts. $17

When stored in the freezer, these soapstone cubes keep your beverages cold just like ice, but since they don’t melt, they will never dilute your drink. Can also be heated in the oven to keep hot beverages warm. $29

After just one washing, these woven linen bath towels become twice as soft. After a few more washings, they become positively fluffy. Linen is the most absorbent, breathable natural fiber in the world, and the more you use these towels, the more you break down the fibers, and soon you will not be able to imagine drying off with anything else. $68

A classic black wire woven waste paper bin. Round and slightly wider at the top than the bottom. $45

A luxurious heavy cotton shawl perfect for wearing every day during fall and winter, and even far into the early days of spring. Warm and cozy, this shawl will only get softer and better the more you wear it. Woven in a gorgeous deep grey with cream banding and rich golden stripes with cream fringes. We also love to use ours as a throw blanket when cuddling in front of the fire, or after a long day after a long day playing outside. $85

The Silver Spoon cookbook is to Italy what The Joy of Cooking is to America. It is the cookbook that young married couples and people starting out on their own are given. It is the book that people inherit from their moms and grandmothers; the book that has recipes for every dish imaginable; from basic soups and salads to crostini and pizza and pasta dishes galore, to guinea fowl with truffles baked in a packet, to all sorts of yummy Italian desserts like raspberry semifredo and tiramisu. First published in Italy in 1950, The Silver Spoon contains over 2000 recipes. It includes a glossary of cooking terms, menus from famous Italian chefs, basic instructions for how to make all sorts of sauces, preserves and jellies, as well as wine pairings, cheese suggestions, and almost every other important food and eating related matter you can think of. $45