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Discovery: Brooklyn Navy Yard

We are always inspired by entrepreneurs and other growing businesses.  This week, I was invited to visit The Brooklyn Navy Yard.  I know it is critical for USA to keep the manufacturing industry thrive but I was not aware that such a large development in a prime Brooklyn location was dedicated to the manufacturing industry.  (http://brooklynnavyyard.org)
The Brooklyn Navy Yard (the Yard) is located on Brooklyn’s waterfront between the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges and surrounded by DUMBO/Vinegar Hill, Fort Greene and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn. An amazing location!  The development is heavily subsidised by NYC to support the local manufacturing industry.  
brooklyn navy yard subway map
(photo credit BNY) 
 It is now home to over 330 businesses employing more than 7,000 people in the manufacturing industry. Its 300 acre waterfront site is simply impressive.  
brooklyn navy yard bird eye view
(photo credit BNY) 
My friend Annie, the Vice President of Leasing gave a sneak preview of Building 77, the largest development project that will contain a public food hub, which can be enjoyed not only by the BNY tenants but also the local community.  
BNY building 77 preview
The entrance to Building 77
There is a huge variety of businesses within BNY, including a fish/seafood company, beer brewery business, jewelry/fashion business & furniture business. 
new water front development
The new waterfont office development 
As a design & manufacturing brand, it was encouraging to see many small businesses are now growing to take up a lot of space and giving back to the community by creating employment opportunities.  We hope that one day we can be part of this local New York manufacturing community!  

 

 

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How To Spend 24 Hours In Stockholm With a Bike Rental

It’s nearly impossible to visit the beautiful city of Stockholm without stopping by their oldest neighborhood, Gamla Stan. Filled with alleys paved in ancient cobblestone and some of the most iconic architecture in the city, it’s not only a worth while trip it’s also smack dab in the middle of the city, accessible by foot, bike, train or boat! 

And what better way to explore Stockholm than by bike?? Gamla Stan Cykel not only has great taste as an official Sawako distributor, but they also offer Bike Rentals, making it a worthwhile trip for native Svensk and Turister alike! For 250 Kronar (about $32) You have 24 hours of access to one of the most stylishly bikable cities in the world.  

 

Before you rent you’ll want to take your time walking around this iconic neighborhood. Stop for a Kaffe and a Semla bun at Café Schweizer in the central Brantingtorget square to gain energy for your bike ride, then mosey over to Gamla Stan Cykel’s stylish shop.

Once you’re equipped with your bike we recommend riding over to Djurgården, the land of museums. Whether you’re the type to explore the turn of the century Biological Museum to admire their 360º taxidermy panorama, or performing a holographic Karaoke set at the ABBA museum is more your thing, this neighborhood is a glorious mix of old architecture, interesting museums, and canal views. It also has a 10 km bike path around the circumference of the island, giving any cyclist amazing waterfront views of the city.

Next you’ll want to cycle to the hip neighborhood of Södermalm, where you will find affordable thrifting, small galleries, and nice bars. There’s plenty to shop and people to watch in this section of Stockholm!

When you return your bike to Gamla Stan Cykel we’re sure you’ll be tired and hungry. Make your way over to the beautiful restaurant Tradition located nearby to sample some classic Swedish dishes, including meatballs and lingonberries in a contemporary, classy, setting.

With accessible bike paths and plenty to do and see you’ll certainly enjoy your time in Stockholm. Just remember to bring your Sawako Ear Cozies if it’s winter!

 

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And the winner is...

We want to thank everyone who has entered the competition to win a free Madison helmet!

The winner is...(drum roll)...

Lovely Dawn Thomas in Canada! Dawn has voted for Madison white, which is on its way to see her.  

When we got in touch with her about her win, she told us about her cute cycling company Leo! We cannot wait to see her cycling around in style with this gorgeous friend. 

cute cycling company Leo

She happened to be an entrepreneur who co-founded an online culinary school called rouxbe.  Please check her website, too! 

 

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Divvy in Style When You Visit Chicago

Ahh, summer in the windy city. Lakefront breezes, museums, and plenty to explore. The cycle friendly city boasts a world class bike share system; Divvy, just $10 for a full days pass, makes it easier than ever for tourists and commuters alike to discover new and old Chicago favorites. Just be cautious of your ride time! You must dock your Divvy and refresh your ride every 30 minutes or pay a small fee.

divvy

 

Lake Front Trail

Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan often surprises new comers who might not know just how central the shore is to Chicago’s landscape. From North of Edgewater to South of Hyde Park is a pedestrian and cycling trail that gives you the best of city scapes and shoreline views. This wonderful trail has plenty of divvy stops along the way so you can pause to take in the views and refresh your ride.  

 Lincoln Park Conservatory

If you’re feeling fancy and want to bike the shore in style, take a leisurely ride to the North Pond for a farm to table meal. It’s a bit of a splurge but you’ll never forget it! There’s a Divvy station a short walk north of the restaurant on Stockton Dr & Wrightwood Ave. After your fabulous brunch ride down to Lakeview ave and Fullerton parkway for a quick stroll through the Lincoln Park conservatory. If you didn’t already drive your Instagram followers mad with envy from your North Pond Brunch, you’re sure to impress with pics of luscious and exotic plant life at the historic greenhouse conservatory.

North Pond

North Pond:

2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park Conservatory:

2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

 

Heritage Bikes

One of our favorite US bike and coffee shops is located in the heart of Chicago. Heritage General store is the perfect place to catch up on emails, enjoy a cold brew, and gawk at the gear. Even on Divvy, it’s a worthwhile stop to admire their beautiful space and talk shop with other bike lovers. We recommend accessorizing yourself with our newly released Starry Navy Sparkle helmet and a Po Campo bag (designed to fit in your Divvy or any bike). Closest Divvy station to Heritage is located at Southport Ave. and Wellington Ave.

 Heritage General Store

 Heritage Chicago

Heritage Bikes: 

2959 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657

606 trail (Bloomingdale Trail)

Bloomingdale Trail

This 2.7 mile long trail on a former elevated train track line is Chicago’s version of New Yorks Highline. Unlike the Highline, this trail is designed for cyclists. It’s a scenic byway that gives you the best of nature and architecture in this vibrant neighborhood. Hop off on Damen St. and explore Wicker Park, There are tons of great vintage shops and other fun places to explore too. Be sure to  grab a comforting meal at the adorable Dove’s Luncheonette, and if you are done biking for the day try one of their mescal cocktails- you deserve it after all that riding! Divvy station across the street from Dove’s at Damen Ave. and Pierce Ave.

 

Bloomingdale Trail

Dove's Luncheonette:

1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

 

 

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