November 24, 2014
Things Going On...
Urban Chandy is now certified to use the ETL Mark on products signifying that its fixtures are in compliance with international safety standards. Urban Chandy, a Brooklyn Made certified company, designs and fabricates its unique lighting fixtures in their Clinton Hill studio with reclaimed wood and other salvaged materials.
The ETL Mark is an internationally accepted alternative to UL (Underwriters Laboratory) as a proof of product safety compliance. The ability to use the safety mark comes after thorough testing by Intertek, a nationally recognized testing laboratory by OSHA.
“We have always fabricated our lighting fixtures using UL approved components following electrical code set forth by UL,” said Urban Chandy Founder and President Cassidy Brush. “But the certification of our products with the ETL Mark allows our commercial clients to pass inspection more easily. It will also insure that our products will be accepted for installation in residential and commercial sites in North America with a lot less hassle.”
Brush further explained that by investing in the certification they hope to achieve their goal of increasing the number of commercial projects coming in. “Our product is high quality and we want our clients’ experience to be as seamless as possible including after the product is finished and delivered,” said Brush.
October 27, 2014
Dozens of Brooklyn mom and pops shop recently joined the list of businesses that are borough certified.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce added 88 businesses to its "Made in Brooklyn" initiative that promotes the shops by highlighting that their staff and operations are done entirely in Kings County.
Carlo Scissura, the chamber's CEO, said word-of-mouth about the program is growing since it launched in August.
"It's amazing. It's really like taking a life of its own. People love it, they are into it, they are excited about it," he said.
Applicants can apply for the designation on the chamber's website. A staff will review the application to determine how much of business is involved in the borough.
Scissura said the chamber wanted to make sure that its homegrown businesses got more of the limelight than the shops located outside the city that use the Brooklyn name.
Some of the new Made in Brooklyn businesses include:
Urban Chandy, a lighting store located near the Navy Yard
Shana Luther Handbags, in Cobble Hill
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