The Six Bells
Brooklyn Store 221 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, USA
- A country store in the city
- Independent brands and hand-sourced antiques
- Based on a fictional English village, Barrow’s Green
221 Court Street
WHAT WE LOVE
A colorful country store in New York City. The Six Bells weaves a charming tale about the fictional English village, Barrow’s Green, that creatively connects handmade and unique home wares alongside antiques that together create a wonderful story. The enchanting fable and details are echoed in the shopfront, window, packaging and website.
Located in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood. The Six Bells was founded by Audrey Gelman, co-founder of the women’s club and co-working space, The Wing, in April 2022.
"I grew up going to tag sales with my grandfather, so antiquing has always been special to me. I also have a love of British mysteries. I combined these two passions and created The Six Bells."
When was The Six Bells established? The Six Bells opened its doors in April of 2022
What makes The Six Bells so unique? The Six Bells is a country store in the city. The concept was inspired by a blending of English country and Americana, and we sell dozens of small, independent brands and hand-sourced antiques.
Each of the brands has a story behind it. Straw London is a London-based homewares brand owned by a husband and wife who began with baskets. Gee’s Bend Quilts are made by a group of Black women who began a quilting collective during the Civil Rights era. Storytelling is something that isn’t explored enough in retail so I really wanted to make this a driving force when finding brands to work with.
Another unique part of The Six Bells is that it has a story of its own. The Six Bells is based off of a fictional village I created called Barrow’s Green that is filled with a cast of characters. The village is a composite based on my longtime obsession with British mysteries. In the town you can find a high street with shops (including The Six Bells), a meadow with grazing sheep, beehive cottages with thatched roofs, and a village green which hosts cricket games and yearly fetes.
There is an interactive map of Barrow’s Green available on The Six Bells’ website for customers to explore, as well as physical maps that are available in the Cobble Hill shop.
We want people to feel like they are escaping the speed and pressure of the world when they enter The Six Bells.
Is there a story behind the shop name, The Six Bells? Yes – The Six Bells is the name of a real pub in England where many episodes of my favorite British mystery show Midsomer Murders was filmed. I got the chance to visit the pub myself last year.
What are The Six Bells “must-have” products? Lately, our best selling products have been part of our summer collection, particularly The Alpine Collection of tableware from an Austrian brand called Gmunder Keramik that was founded in the 1400’s.
People cannot get enough of our olive oil grape soaps! They come in five different scents, jasmine, lavender, gardenia, cloves, and sampaguita. This artisan soap has been crafted by a family-run business founded by the AlSharkas in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli since 1803.
Audrey Gelman, Shopkeeper at The Six Bells
What inspired you to open The Six Bells? I grew up going to tag sales with my grandfather, so antiquing has always been special to me. I also have a love of British mysteries. I combined these two passions and created The Six Bells. When I first started to think of The Six Bells, I loved the idea of a British cozy mystery where you could actually buy all the things in the character’s homes.
What inspires you? I love creating environments that feel like a departure from the real world.
What did you do before having your own shop? I got my start originally working in politics, both in government and on political campaigns. Then I started my first business, The Wing, a network of work spaces for women with locations all around the country and in London.
WHAT THE SHOPKEEPER LOVES
L’Appartement 4F Bakery in Brooklyn Heights, NYC
Painted Swan in Cobble Hill, NYC
Seaport Flowers in Brooklyn Heights, NYC
Tres Belles Spa in Cobble Hill, NYC
Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont
Cutter Brooks , Stow-on-the-Wold, UK
Heather Taylor Home , Los Angeles, CA
Flamingo Estate , online
ON THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
"I think homewares have thrived during COVID because people are focusing less on luxury fashion and more about their homes and making them feel like expressions of themselves."