Japanese Goods and Scrumptious Sweets at J+B Design and Cafe
Products at J+B are arranged by the regions of Japan they are from, and handiwork from local Brooklyn artists can be found as well.
This September a new Japanese Design Center and Cafe opened in Park Slope next to the offices of the well-established Japanese culture group J-Collabo. It adopted the name “J+B” to represent the fusion of the two cultures it blends, Japan and Brooklyn. According to Manager Hitoshi Sagaseki, the multi-brand showroom’s concept is to combine high-quality Japanese items with the Brooklyn lifestyle.
They select items from all over Japan, which are guaranteed to catch your eye as you walk around the showroom. Popular goods include 4-layer socks made of silk and wool from the Kurashiki region and dishcloths from Nara Prefecture that can also be used as neck towels. The latter are infused with Binchotan charcoal, which is said to have anti-microbial and anti-odor properties. Parents can feel comfortable purchasing kids clothing due to their natural materials, and Sagaseki says that children’s clothing is one of J+B’s best sellers.
In addition to the interesting merchandise, J+B front area features a café offering Japanese style Nel drip coffee, amazake (sweet and milky drink made from rice and rice koji) and unique treats such as black curry sandwiches whose surprise ingredient is coffee. Original sweets such as artisan chocolates and roll cake made with mochiko (sticky rice flour) come in green tea, red bean and yuzu flavors. Whether you come in for a snack or shopping, you will definitely find something new at J+B.
J+B has many items that make perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season. One is the wooden iPhone speaker from Aizu, an area also famous for its lacquerware.
J+B Design 300-302 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215 | www.jplusb.sagacreativecorp.com