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For the past six months, Bird owner Jennifer Mankins has been diligently blogging the process of opening a third, massive Bird boutique at 203 Grand Street in Williamsburg on Brownstoner.com. Readers have been privy to her decisions on everything from contractors to the store's wiring to the building materials being used. Opening it seems like an exhausting process, all told. The store won't be finished until the beginning of next year, but Mankins has decided to open the front of the space next Friday, December 5th for a month-long holiday pop-up shop.
It's clear Mankins has put a lot of thought into both the renovations, and the merchandise: Shoppers will be able to pick up pieces from Steven Alan's limited-edition organic collection, vegan accessories by Stella McCartney, Bodkin's organic bags and dresses, Mankins' own sustainable house line Green Bird, Saipua's soaps and soy candles, Philip Crangi jewelry AND "ornate, handmade holiday installations and exclusive merchandise by Brooklyn-based artist Tamar Mogendorff." Sensing an eco-friendly theme here? In addition to the merchandise mix, the store, located in a former bread factory, "is on track to be the first silver-rated LEED-certified commercial interior renovation in Brooklyn." Quite an accomplishment.