The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Carolyn Topp

September 30, 2013
UncommonGoods Director of New Business and Product Development Carolyn Topp

Carolyn Topp, UncommonGoods Director of New Business and Product Development


My hometown is…
I grew up in Ardsley, NY, also home of the late great ice cream magnate Tom Carvel.

My favorite product we’ve developed at UncommonGoods is…
Always something new or that will soon be in our assortment; this month it’s our Pedigree Poem Collection, which was inspired by my Airedale Terrier, Nelson.

I’m inspired by…

My guilty pleasure is…
I don’t believe in guilt.

An uncommon fact about me…
I was a cellist in Harry Alshin’s junior string orchestra (Westchester County, NY). We performed a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (in the early 1970s) and each member of the orchestra was listed in the Congressional Record.

My favorite place to eat in New York City is (was)…
Florent– it represents a time and a place in NYC that no longer exists.

My style is…
My personal style is urban practical and classic.
My decorating style is eclectic – a mix of old and new, colorful, and comfortable for people and pets.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
Something new each day.

Would you rather… Spend a day on the set of Mad Men OR get front row seats and backstage passes at a Bruce Springsteen concert?
“You cannot be serious” (to quote John McEnroe) with this question. Bruce.


  • Reply Dana Teru October 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I did a journal book that was my life story so far….It was awesome. Its so interesting to read even a couple years later. Can’t wait for that product. Perfect gift item.

  • Reply Veronika November 19, 2015 at 2:30 am

    My name is Veronika. I represent a company who produce jars, breadboxes, boxes, plates mirrors, barrettes, bracelets, baskets and other products from natural birch bark from Russia(Siberia).Birch bark products are amazing things created by skillful Siberian craftsmen from natural materials – bark (the top layer of birch bark). Each piece is individual and unique, as is done manually. We would like to offer for sale in your shop our products. I have etsy shop, where you can see some of our products. The link is We can give you discount 30% from price in our etsy shop if you order products for min 400 USD. Also Free Shipping by AirMail from Russia.

    Have a nice day and hope for cooperation.

    Best wishes Veronika.

  • Reply Matt McGarrity January 23, 2017 at 6:23 am


    We found an amazing mechanical (Beer) bottle opener that was originally produced in the 1940’s in Terryville, CT. It was only produced for a short time and in very limited quantities. Our company Eagle Lock Co. LLC has rebuilt this product, we own the original trademarks, we were successfully funded on Kickstarter and are in full production in Columbus, OH. I think that this product may be a good fit for your retail business. Please visit the website to review and contact me if you have interest.

    Matt and Mike

  • Reply Anna Milo December 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Hi, I stopped into your office in Brooklyn twice and I left some information on my company Decor Moulding.
    We supply picture moulding and supplies to the NY area. Please let me know how and who I can discuss providing your company with these goods.

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