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Thursday
Sep202012

Open for Business: Hiho Batik, 184 Fifth Avenue

A new hybrid boutique/ art space centered around batik opened this morning in the space that was last occupied by Soula, on Fifth Avenue between Degraw and Sackett. Called Hiho Batik ("high-ho"), it's run by Julia Gordon, who'd spent the past 15 years practicing the art form in Miami, along with business partner Robyn Stylman. For those unfamiliar with batik, it's a craft that uses wax and dyes to create an image, resulting in a very cool and unique finished product.

The space is divided into three unique sections: up front batik t-shirts, hoodies, messenger totes, headbands, and other accessories are sold, geared toward children (for now) and all made by hand on site.

In the back there's a party space, where kids and adults can easily create their own batiks based on a selection of templates. And beyond that is the work space where up to 100 items can be hand-made daily for sale in the front shop.

"It's so easy to do, it really brings out the artist in everyone," said Julia, pulling out a t-shirt with a Yankee logo made recently by a six year old.

The party room can be rented out for any occasion, but you can also drop in at any time (calling ahead is recommended).

Owners Robyn Stylman (l.) and Julia Gordon

Hiho Batik, 184 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-622-4446.

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I wish every small business entrepreneur well. Space on Fifth and Seventh Aves. is pricey and they so deserve success following their dreams. It's just that so many of them are attempting to carve out a very narrow niche. Sure would be interesting to have a first-hand account from one of these women, or any other recently-opened business, of the process of opening and financing a new business and the efforts they make to achieve success.

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstella

Leave it to Stella to make negative comments about places she hasn't been to. It's been open for 6 hours and she's already wondering how long they'll be open.

What a great neighbor you are!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhans

Interesting. Creative. I wish them success.

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

@Hans: I wished them well. I expressed admiration for small businesses making a go of Park Slope in the era of escalating rents. Never said they're doomed. Just said that this is a niche business and, as someone without the courage myself to take a risk and start a business in the neighborhood, wondered what goes into the process of conceptualizing such a business, financing it and getting it up and going. Let me be clear: I hope these women win a Nobel Peace Prize and are open for generations to come.

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstella

seriously. stella's great at the backhanded compliment. self deprecation doesn't mask your negativity. perhaps the best thing you could do for the hood is leave.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrs

stella is like mitt romney. say something negative, then deny you said it, twist the words around and hope the dumbasses believe that you never said the nasty thing you first said.

I can't STAND people like that. We are smarter than that, stella. it's obvious your first comment was backhanded and bitchy so just admit it and stop being such a damn b*tch in every single comment you make on here.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

$40 is a bit steep for a children's t-shirt.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCA

I went in this morning with my daughter.

The $40 items are long sleeve, t-shirts are $33. Still not cheap, but considering everything is handmade in the store, not terrible either.

The make you own element is actually is very cool too.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResident

I went in this morning with my daughter.

The $40 items are long sleeve, t-shirts are $33. Still not cheap, but considering everything is handmade in the store, not terrible either.

The make you own element is actually is very cool too.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResident

I went in this morning with my daughter.

The $40 items are long sleeve, t-shirts are $33. Still not cheap, but considering everything is handmade in the store, not terrible either.

The make you own element is actually is very cool too.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResident

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September 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheery

pretty markets with nice decoration.

September 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjill

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