Small Business Taturday: Meet Charles of Exit 9 Gift Emporium
Independently owned businesses add flavor to our Brooklyn neighborhood, and we’re proud to supply Tattly to many of them! In a nod to #shopsmall we spoke with Charles B. Charles, the owner of Exit 9 Gift Emporium. They’re on a mission to put a little fun, joy and diversion into daily life.
Team Tattly: Hey Charles! Your shop is like a treasure chest. How do you choose what to stock?
Charles: It’s important that the product has a good talking point. When someone’s not quite sure what they want, it’s as easy as telling them the story behind a product made down the street. There are all sorts of small details that make a difference: whether company is woman-owned, made in Brooklyn, or by a certain artist.
Supporting small businesses is important to a lot of Brooklyn shoppers. Why do you think that is?
I think it started with an awareness of lowering your carbon footprint through buying more local produce, and that has trickled down into non-food products. People also like to know that they’re supporting their community - knowing something’s been made and shipped locally. It’s a sense of keeping money in the community. I think people know that that’s real.
How did you get set up in this neighborhood?
I actually used to buy a face cream from the owner of this building! When the neighborhood was going through a resurgence in the early aughts we started flirting with the idea of how I might take the space. It happened very organically. We had to gut it, it was a big job.
Thank you Charles! You are amazing!