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The last outdoor weekend of the season is packed with great newcomers. Come on out to the grand finale!

1509 used to just be the number of Sophia Matthias’ house in LA. Now it serves as a symbol of the earthy, floral California dreaminess that inspires her new line of fragrances–one for men and one for women. Each scent is made in small batches with essential oils from natural extracts and hand-packaged with love into perfect magic bottles (above). (Can you tell we’re big fans here at HQ?) Perhaps that love-potion song needs to change its number. (Williamsburg Flea)

Blue Hill Farm needs no introduction—Dan Barber’s 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York City speaks for itself. And now the famed farm-to-table revolutionary introduces his newest line of retail goods, under the “Blue Hill Market” moniker. That’s right: Honey, jams, granola, and other country favorites to keep in the cupboard for a taste of Blue Hill on those cold winter days where slipping out of your PJ’s for a fancy farm-fresh dinner just doesn’t fit into the equation. (W’burg and Brooklyn Bridge Park Smorgs)

Christine Zwirz debuts her showcase of refinished nightstands, chairs, tables, lamps, mirrors, and all the necessary odds and ends for an urban habitat flush with the fashionable mishmash of modern decor. These pieces were re-invented with an eye for funky patterns and colors that pop—the sort of furniture that makes you feel all satisfied and awesome inside when you unlock your front door and hang up your coat. (Williamsburg Flea)

John & Kira’s chocolates have been wowing foodie magazines like Gourmet, Oprah, and Martha Stewart for almost 10 years now with their homegrown approach to the gourmet. Fresh mint grown in an urban school garden, honey from a family-run apiary, lemongrass from a biodynamic and organic farm preserve, shade-grown Fair Trade coffee—this is only a fraction of their socially conscious product sourcing. If life is a box of chocolates, you are totally getting good karma with each bite of this stuff. Plus, J&K’s are only available by mail order or at fun food markets like ours. (W’burg and Brooklyn Bridge Park Smorgs)

Ramen Lab returns this weekend for the final Saturday Smorg with yet another shiomaru celebrity: Shigemi Kawahara, of the legendary Ippudo in the East Village, not to mention a string of successful ramen spots in Japan. Don’t miss a chance to get served some legendary noodles from the master himself. Like Ivan Ramen last week, all proceeds go toward Sandy relief via the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. (W’burg Smorg)

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