On the north side of Atlantic Ave. in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, mothers, nannies and a daddy or two are jostling with each other to get their strollers into the door of Gumbo. They have arrived to participate in “Music for Aardvarks,” a sing-along that celebrates children growing up in an urban environment. Gumbo offers many weekly classes for both children and adults including guitar, knitting, and Spanish lessons, which owner Karen Zebulon says has become very popular.
Gumbo also sells hundreds of products for both kids and adults. “We try to offer parents things they can’t find at a department store,” says Zebulon. “So we have lots of handcrafted, unique products.” She actually hand makes some of the items herself, such as knitted or sewn baby’s hats and pants. Gumbo has partnered with Stevie’s Artisans, a collective of fine artists who produce wearable art.