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Top of the Shop: Feliz in Fort Greene

August 27, 2012

The front of Feliz in Fort Greene

This is the eleventh installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. A local photographer gives us her view of a Brooklyn establishment. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. This installment is by visual biographer, Isabelle Dervaux.

From Isabelle about her shop find:

I love Feliz for inspiration. Because I live around the corner from the store,  I often pass by its glowing front window at night, admiring the owner’s (a Brooklyn mom), latest artistic installation.

Last week, I was happy to take my style-conscious friend Maria-Grace from Peaks Island who was staying with us with her two youngest sons.

Maria-Grace enthusiastically describes the place as a “bijoux box of thoughtful, practical and well edited gifts for the home, woman and child”.  She likes its neutral palette and shelving, reminiscent of a perfectly appointed retail shop in Europe where she lived. She was struck by the interesting mix of handmade local goods with gifts from Morocco, Argentina and Spain all effortlessly combined in the tiny space.

Griffin and Tristan liked the toys and the note cards, especially the one with familiar Babar.

Whenever I go to the store on my own, I always see a wealth of new items as the stock is refreshed with the changing seasons.

I personally loved the Liberty fabric dresses and bloomers by the children’s line Mabo.

The Blabla Kids hand knits are fantastic.

The knitted animals made by artisans in Peru were a wonderful discovery for me.

The Feliz bath salts and Tocca products make wonderful house gifts.

I learned that the one-of-a-kind, gorgeous pillows were designed in-house.

Feliz’s big hits for kids are the St Louis Mouse in-a-box, the Supergas sneakers, the Salt Water sandals and espadrilles from La Rioja Spain.

Shoe prices are under $38 and you might even find your own size.

If you want a fun Saturday morning excursion, Feliz can be one of your stops on a day trip for the whole family.

To get your morning started, fuel up with an iced latte at Bittersweet, then get your food shopping done at the Fort Greene Park farmers’ market while your kids let loose at the adjacent Fort Greene Park playground. After a rowdy morning, it’s time for a peaceful perusing at Feliz, which opens at 10 am. For lunch, kid-friendly restaurants like Smooch on Carlton is delicious or head to Dekalb for the General Greene, the newly opened Walter’s, Madiba or the about-to-open Brooklyn Sandwich Society. These are all great options within a two block radius. Your kids will notice the camel statue through the iron gates of the Edmonds playground (locals call it “Camel Park”), and they will definitely have to climb on it. Before you leave the house, pack the kids bathing suits to make your last stop at the mini-pool on Clermont Avenue.

185 DeKalb Avenue near Carlton Avenue
Wednesday-Friday 11-7
Saturday 10-7
Sunday 11-5

A native of Valenciennes, France, Isabelle Dervaux has twenty-five years experience as an artist and illustrator in the magazine publishing and advertising world. She’s worked for Vogue, The New Yorker, Barneys, and for top clients around the world. She has had shows of her work in Paris, New York and Tokyo and has also taught Illustration and visual storytelling at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Parsons The New School for Design in New York.  Isabelle started creating “visual biographies” —still image sequences that tell stories of people and families, when she took on the task of sorting out 30 years of her own family photos. Visual biographies contain collages, illustrations and ephemera that complement the stories the photos tell.  Isabelle now teaches the skills and techniques she has discovered to help busy families enjoy their photos and videos instead of storing them in a box or a hard drive to be forgotten. Her Photo Organization Portofolio is here and her Illustration Portfolio is here.