Saturday, December 31, 2005

Greenjeans' Year in Review

As 2005 draws to a close, Jae and I reflect on some of the events, landmarks, and happy times we’ve had over the past year. There are lots of links here to great places we’ve visited and discovered over the year, so check ‘em out!

Happy New Year everyone! See you next year!!

2005 In Review

- We sign the lease for a little storefront at 449 7th Avenue in Park Slope on Christmas Eve, 2004
- Dozens of studio visits with artisans all around New England, New York, and Brooklyn (January – June)
- Trip to the Berkshires to visit Greenjeans' artisan Mary Anne Davis and tour Hancock Shaker Village. Stayed at the Chambéry Inn, an 1885 schoolhouse converted into huge suites complete with slate chalkboards and tin ceilings (Jan. 12)
- Our first craft fair as retailers! American Craft Council's Wholesale Show in Baltimore (February 2005)
- The Gates! (Feb. 12-28)
- Sam arrives in Brooklyn from Chicago with the minivan Jae’s cousin gave us for free. Sam meets the lovely Carrie for the first time… (Feb. 17)
- Book release party for Tom de Zengotita at NYU for his amazing must-read, Mediated (March 7)
- First day of business. Big dinner afterwards with friends and family at Sea in Williamsburg (March 9)
- Charles and Gretchen introduce us to the culinary wonder of Schnack (March 17)
- Sarah Pershouse brings her 5th graders from PS 295 to learn about small businesses (March 18)
- Mention of Greenjeans’ opening in the Park Slope Reader (Spring 2005 issue)
- We discover the Kitano Hotel for great live jazz and cocktails (April 2)
- Sold our first Shaker Chair! (April 15)
- International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) at the Park Avenue Armory (June 2-5)
- Aliki & Dan’s wedding at the gorgeous Tribecca Rooftop (June 12)
- Trip to the Bronx Zoo for a change of pace (June 20)
- Mention and photo of Greenjeans appears in NICHE magazine (Summer 05 issue)
- Jody and I drive up to Maine to be reunited with our long-lost high school friends Greg and Heide and meet their amazing kids Oliver and Guthrie (July 4th weekend)
- Amy & Sung’s (Jae’s brother) wedding engagement party! (July 10)
- Official Grand Opening of Greenjeans. Big dinner afterwards at Java down the block. (July 21)
- League of NH Craftsman’s Fair at Mt. Sunapee (Aug. 8)
- Article about Greenjeans appears in Crafts Business Magazine (Sept/Oct issue)
- Jae and Ruth go to the Rolling Stones concert in Madison Square Garden (Sept. 15)
- White Stripes concert at Keyspan Park in Coney Island (Sept. 25)
- Mention and picture of Greenjeans appears in American Craft magazine (Oct/Nov issue)
- Jae and Amy's Wedding in Portsmouth, NH (Oct. 8)
- Spontaneous honeymoon at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY
- Hrag throws us a fabulous wedding party in DUMBO, Brooklyn at Jason’s loft (Oct. 15)
- Performance of Greenjeans artisan and dancer/choreographer/costumer Rebecca Davis’ dance piece “The birds are here. I hear them” at The Chocolate Factory (Oct. 28)
- Tom Dubois’ bocote stem vase appears in Domino magazine (Nov. issue)
- Got our new 100% natural Talalay latex mattress in an organic cotton casing hand-sewn by an Amish couple in Ohio. Bought it from North Star Beds. Our sleeping lives are changed forever… (Nov. 17)
- Jae takes me for a wonderful birthday dinner at Brooklyn's divine organic restaurant Applewood (Nov. 10)
- Holiday Crafts fair at Park Avenue Armory. We meet Dan Dustin and his magical spoons (Dec. 3)
- Craft Fair at PS 321 (Dec. 10)
- Too many craft fairs to count! (all of Dec.)
- Transit worker’s strike leads Brooklynites to shop locally for the holidays. We have stellar sales! (Dec. 20-22)
- Tom Dubois' yew wood bark vase appears as a Fresh Find in Natural Home & Garden magazine (Jan/Feb 2006 issue)
- Christmas Eve in Westchester with Jae's family. Christmas Day in NH with my family.
- New Year’s Eve 7-course dinner at Sakura, the outstanding Japanese restaurant on 5th Ave. in the Slope.
- Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza at midnight!!

Wishing everyone peace, joy, love, and light! - Amy Shaw & Jae Kim

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