Red Hook Shops
9 Carroll St., Red Hook
Michele Palladino's nursery started in Gowanus (hence the name) but is now on the border of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens. She's known for having a great eye for plants, and you're likely to find something new for your garden space every time you visit.
388 Van Brunt St., Red Hook
While the selection here is small, it's exquisite enough to draw a Manhattan crowd to Red Hook, one of Brooklyn's more far-flung neighborhoods (also one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy). Owner Russell Whitmore has an unerring eye for the types of estate and auction pieces you won't see elsewhere (i.e., on eBay): You'll find diamond cluster rings from the late 19th century and Etruscan revival bracelets inset with tiny drops of pearl and turquoise.