24Karas Love

by Dekalb Market on December 2, 2011

in Anchor Vendor, Makers

I’ve been back to the Dekalb Market recently to celebrate my dear friend Liz’s pop up shop opening. It’s really incredible what you can make out of a shipping container. Together with her boyfriend Steve, they’ve made a beautiful space.

24karas pop up store opening from Alyce Gorch on Vimeo.



Dekalb Market has been getting some notable press of late. Our vendors (the heart and soul of our market community), are a dynamic and eclectic bunch, worthy of all the accolades and media attention that they are getting. Check out some of our most recent shout outs:

The Art Of Downsizing | The Wall Street Journal


When artist Mac Premo found himself face with moving to a smaller studio, he had to get rid of the thousands of objects he collected over the years as an autobiographical archive. The objects have taken on a new life as “an enormous collage” created inside a 30 yard dumpster you can walk into and explore. His Dumpster Project found a new home this month at the Brooklyn Dekalb Market after premiering at the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Photos By Mac Premo


New Vendors Join the Dekalb Market | The Local

Surrounded by the emerging city skyline, the Dekalb Market is open to the public seven days a week and hosts its shops in refurbished shipping containers. The new vendors, many Brooklyn-based small business, include a variety of local food merchants, antiques sellers, artisans and a live-art dumpster installation.

Photos by Michelle Gross

We also got some local blogger love too.

Brooklyn’s Funky New Outdoor Shopping Spot | Mommy Mall



Valery Rizzo of Nona Brooklyn shot a wonderful pictorial that captures the essence of Fall at Dekalb Market. Her photos speak volumes about the vibe and community spirit of the little market in Brooklyn that could.

Dekalb Market feels a little like something out of a Mad Max film – a futuristic-yet-rustic (and totally charming) bazaar featuring an array of artisanal food and craft shops housed in recycled shipping containers. The stacked containers are arranged like circled wagons around a fledgling urban farm project and communal space, as if to protect this funky outpost of culture from the distopia of neighboring Flatbush Avenue and Downtown Brooklyn. When the apocalypse comes, you might want to hole up here.

Here are a few of Valery’s snaps. Click here to see the full pictorial.



The New York times highlighted Hekima Hapa’s hidden treasures right buried here at Dekalb Market. The section called ‘Life as a Runway’ talks about how African style is growing and glowing in Brooklyn. As Hekima put it, people have always recognized the beauty of African style but now it has become part of their everyday wears. Curious what she’s talking about? The slideshow says it all. Find out more about it below…

“A salvaged shipping container may seem an unpromising showcase for cutting-edge style. But not to Hekima Hapa, who set up shop in one of the rectangular spaces scattered throughout the Dekalb Market in Brooklyn on Saturday.

She deftly exploited her cramped quarters as an intimate backdrop for her African-themed, Brooklyn-sewn designs. Ms. Hapa and her retail partner, Alicia Piller, a jewelry designer, were participating in the Afrika21 Mixtape Project, part of the market conceived as a platform for emerging African artists of every stripe.

“All things African are high trend right now,” Ms. Hapa maintained. At one time, people who picked up African objects on their travels treated them as collectibles, she said. “They didn’t wear them. But they’re wearing them now.”

Her vibrant fashions were a hit with visitors strolling this sprawling parking-lot bazaar at Flatbush Avenue and Willoughby Street. Some, like Nomsa Mazwai, a South African pop star, festooned themselves in Ms. Piller’s jewelry. Delphine Fawundu piled tribal bangles atop colorful leg warmers she had repurposed as elbow-length gloves. Izetta Henderson, a fashion buyer and designer, said it was refreshing to see so much enterprise in the shadow of Forest City, the monolithic apartment towers. “This,” she said of the thrumming market, “is what Brooklyn used to be about.” Text by Ruth La Ferla. Photographs by Elizabeth Lippman.

To view the slideshow click the link below…


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If you’re looking to turn your crib up a few notches, Pip & Estella would definitely have it covered. With their very own blog, online shop and look book you’ll see that they totally ‘get it’. Read more about it in article from Brooklyn Exposed!

“Now you have one more reason to visit Downtown Brooklyn. Pip & Estella – an online home décor blog – opened a pop-up shop inside Dekalb Market on October 20. Forget about IKEA’s cookie cutter offerings, because here you can swank up your home with eccentric furnishings and hard-to-find pieces. Shop for lighting, tabletop, home storage, art and rare decorators pieces. And no worries about a budget, because with prices ranging between $6 to $400, there’s something for everyone.

We asked Pip & Estella why they chose Dekalb Market and Retail and Design Coordinator, Bridget Clegg informed us, “Downtown Brooklyn is flourishing and Dekalb Market is right in the center of it all. Dekalb Market at City Point has a great vibe”.

You can get an idea of their in-store wares by checking out their pop-up shop look book, “Boho House”, or of course, you can simply take a trip Downtown Brooklyn and check them out in person, where they have taken up residency through December 31.”

138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Avenue. Mon-Fri, 12pm to 5pm; Sat-Sun, 11am to 7pm



Are you excited for Fall Fest? We are. Not only will we have lots of new vendors to show off as part of our Phase II relaunching, but there will be plenty of special tricks and treats for the whole family too. Here is the weekend line-up:

Saturday: Children‘s face painting starts at 11 for everyone who FORGOT their costume. 12 o’clock its go time! Our Halloween parade will snake through the entire market and culminate in prizes for Spookiest, Most Original and Best Home Made costumes. Competition will be fierce so make sure you bring your A game. The rest of the day we will have kids crafts, trick or treating with all our vendors and creepy surprises around every corner. But tricks aren’t only for kids: We will also be joined by some very special guests as part of our weekend market, as Building on Bond and weekend favorite Mrs. Dorsy’s Kitchen serve up some seasonal treats, and a German draft beer truck will be pouring seasonal brew’s all weekend! At 8pm Africa21 will begin their CMJ showcase.

Sunday: More crafts, face painting, tricks and treats. Weather permitting, we will be screening a kids Halloween classic as soon as the sun goes down. We are hoping it wont be a dark and stormy night, lest our screen take off like a ghost in the dark. All evening there will be delicious snacks and hearty fall beers for wandering, Oktoberfest minded adults.

We can’t wait to see you all there!



The new merchants are opening shop and celebrating! Pip & estella launch party is Thursday 7-9pm followed by The {New New} NY Etsy team on Friday 7-9:30pm. You better believe, Dekalb Market is the place to shop for the holidays! #eatplayshop @ Dekalb Market











October is a great month for fun, and if you stopped by the market this past Sunday for the BK Night Bazaar you know nobody does it like Dekalb Market. We’re giving you plenty of time to gear up for our upcoming Fall Fest, October 22nd and 23rd, so start making your costume for our Halloween Parade and plotting out your favorite seasonal pie recipe for our Bake Off, because the competitions are fierce and the pressure is on!

But it wouldn’t be Dekalb if that was all we had in store. There will be a market-wide children’s haunted house, trick-or-treating with all our vendors, creepy crafts, special weekend treats to eat and Saturday night BBOX radio will bring down the house with Afrika21′s CMJ Showcase. Sunday there will be a screening of a kid’s halloween classic, I can’t tell you what but it involves a small white dog and the very real Great Pumpkin. Bring a blankie if the weather gets cold, gather around our fire pits to roast some marshmallows and enjoy some creepy fun.

New events will be constantly added so stay tuned and we hope to see you then!

Click here to download the event flyer.



What do you do with a stack of pre-Credit Crisis megaloplex plans and a 1.5 million square foot, post-Crisis cement hole? Why, make lemonade, of course!
Since 2008, not-Ft. Greene-not-DUMBO (NoFUMBO?) has awaited 60 stories of neo-ultra-Wow where Brooklyn’s Albee Square Mall once stood. We’ve scanned the Brownstoner and wondered, watching that blue plywood fence sway in the wind. Till now.
Now, from Manhattan Bridge to DeKalb, Flatbush Ave. is transformed. Kiosks direct tourists and Manhattanites. That blue fence? Gone. Instead, broad steps descend past produce beds to a canopied dining area. Shipping containers become boutiques, concessions, a radio station… Downtown Brooklyn, meet DeKalb Market. DeKalb Market, DoBro (as promoters say). Lemonade, anyone? Or there’s local beer. There’s coffee (duh), cupcakes. Soul food. A flea market. Artists and Pratt Institute have staked containers, too.

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GRAND OPENING Friday, August 26th Brooklyn, NY – When was the last time a shopping experience thrilled you? 3rd Ward, the Brooklyn design incubator, is set to debut SHOPBOX, an innovative, expertly curated store at Downtown Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market.

Located in a prime spot at the Market’s entrance, SHOPBOX has taken adaptive reuse to the next level by combining technology, design and fun. SHOPBOX features:

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