Brooklyn Charm is an adorable boutique where you can make your own jewelry or take classes in jewelry making.
Address: 145 Bedford Avenue (enter at North 9th Street)
Nearest Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday; 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Brooklyn Charm might be a small store, but it has a lot to offer: it's the first and only charm store in Williamsburg. Here you can choose from thousands of different kinds of charms, from pendants to cameos, from enamel to brass, you name it. The store is organized by color and type, with charms laid out along the walls and in center tables that make for easy browsing. Chains for necklaces or bracelets are grouped together, and little felt trays are provided where you can place your choices as you peruse.
This is a fantastic place to shop for gifts, given the incredible assortment of charms. Does your mother love donkeys? Well, there's a donkey charm. Do you have a niece that collects skull pendants? They've got them in pewter, amethyst and pearl. But if you don't feel comfortable with your charm shopping skills, don't worry. Brooklyn Charm also offers gift certificates.
A Brooklyn Success Story
The owner, Tracie Howarth, studied studio art in California, and followed up with four years at Michaels Arts & Crafts, where she taught classes. The Brooklyn Charm first entered the Williamsburg scene at the Artists & Fleas market, where it was one of the most popular vendors. Howarth then moved her business to Etsy, and now, her storefront on North 9th Street.
Group and Individual Classes
Brooklyn Charm also offers classes in jewelry making: Basic Assembly, Intro to Wire Wrapping, Bead Stringing and Pearl Knotting are examples of open classes. They all cost $40. The price includes one and half hours of instruction and thirty minutes of time afterwards to complete your project. With materials included, $40 is a great deal. On Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. you can also walk in for an appointment for private instruction. What a great gift idea for a crafty friend.