The Very, Very Best of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue
Jewelry designer Monica Ruzansky’s studio is nestled amongst trees on Atlantic Avenue in the heart Brooklyn, in a building she shares with painters, other designers, hey, puppeteers. What else is nearby? So much—including stellar restaurants and shops Monica tries to work into her daily commute as often as possible (‘cause she’s no dummy). We asked her to bring us along for the ride.
“I love their huge range of spices, which they sell at great prices. The have all kinds of olives and prepared foods like bourekas and pita with za’atar spice. They also sell halloumi cheese, which is one of my favorite cheeses, and lots of classic sweet desserts.”
“This is a recent find, and it’s so good! I love just the plain pizza with marinara sauce, but my all-time favorite is to make my own with caramelized onions, feta cheese, arugula, and jalapeño.”
“This store opened about a year ago. It’s a home shop that has a little bit of everything, but I especially love their affordable paintings and selection of rugs and furniture.”
“This is a beautifully curated home and gift spot. I’m a huge sucker for pottery, and every time I visit, I end up buying a new mug for my husband!”
“My all-time favorite children’s store is Acorn. They have the most beautiful selection of toys, decor, and clothing. They carry my favorite kids’ clothing brands Ace & Jig and Nico Nico, and they also have beautiful mobiles and super colorful Grimm’s toys.”
“This is another great home store with a wide range of vintage and new furniture. They sell Mud ceramics, an Australian brand I love for its simplicity and colorful assortment, and they also have a beautiful selection of hand-woven baskets.”