beauty counter, saipua

Good, Clean Labor Day Fun

Photo: Jeremy Barbour / Tacklebox

Staying in town this weekend? Make a getaway to Red Hook, where the quirky handmade soap and flower boutique Saipua is celebrating its new-and-improved store in its new location, which happens to be just two blocks from its old one. Co-owners and couple-since-college Sarah Ryhanen and Eric Famisan have been making soaps in the Hudson Valley since 1999, using old-school methods to hand cut, air dry, and cure their olive-oil based bars. With guidance from Ryhanen’s mom, they then doctor them up with normal things like fresh herbs and essential oils, and less predictable ingredients like coffee grounds and chai tea. The results are beautiful—and affordable: at $8 each, you can stock up on scents like Frankincense & Myrrh, Coffee Mint, and Red Currant, all of which come wrapped in papers printed with Ryhanen and Famisan’s own designs. The new storefront, designed by Jeremy Barbour (the architect behind Phillip Lim’s Soho boutique), is a freestanding box in an old warehouse with a sliding barn door from a seventeenth-century Amish farmhouse. Once pulled back, a series of well-planned nooks becomes visible, designed to hold Ryhanen’s unusual flower arrangements, which are available by special order or, if you’re lucky, by thoughtful gesture.
—Alison Baenen

Saipua, 147 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, (718) 624-2929,