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Sep092011

Open for Business: Bubblez Toys and Gifts, 347 Fifth Avenue

The most dynamic block in the Slope now has one more new business. Bubblez, a toy and gift shop, has sprouted up in the space that was last home to the signless women's shoes and accessories store WNDRLND, between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

"The store was supposed to be called 4-Every-1, because we really sell a large variety of fun things for both kids and adults," said owner Sal. "People are assuming that we're a toy store, but we're actually a lot more than that. There's something for everyone."

There are plenty of toys for sale, to be sure, but I was most struck by the whimsical items for adults. Zany shot glasses, potato scrubbers skaped like smiling potatoes, a sock monkey wine bottle caddy, funky iPhone cases, a squirt gun that shoots condiments instead of water, and plenty of other silly household stuff, along with more traditional gifts like Meyer's Soaps.

I imagine that this place will be getting a lot of foot traffic from children and curious adults alike. They'll be having a grand opening next weekend (and will be upping the amount of merchandise for sale before then), and will offer free gift and balloon delivery.

Bubblez, 347 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215.

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Right near me! Can't wait to check it out, they should do well considering their location. About time someone came up with a different store to open around here instead of same old, same old all the time.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Kind of reminds me of a Spencer's..

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

How is a toy store different, PSP? There are 10 other toy stores in this neighborhood. As for the adult stuff, I don't see that as something people in this neighborhood are really looking for.

It's so funny how people get excited about the dumbest stuff.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkedslope

and the name is asinine.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkedslope

10 other toy stores??? Little things, Scaredy cat (if you can call that a toy store, they do have some toys, not all), the toy store upstairs at Neergard's and LuLu's all the way at the other end of 5th Avenue. That is 4, what other stand alone toy stores are there that I am missing? And, I' not talking of places that sell toys for the hell of it (like Possibilities on The Slope). Plus, this place sells things for adults also. Oops, I forgot Area Kids, that makes 5.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

I guess it would have been better if it had been another cell phone store, realtor, coffee house OR, I know! Another dog/cat food store, yeah! Silly me for being happy about this!!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

And, once again, thanks for the insult, it seems no matter what I say, you slam me, enjoy your evening!!!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

1. Toy Space
2. Brooklyn Superhero
3. Little Things
4. AREA
5. Romp
6. Neergaard
7. Bergen Street Comics
8. Galaxy Comics
9. Scaredy Cat
10. oh and Target and isn't there a permanent Toys R Us is Atlantic Terminal also?

But sure, more toys are cool.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkedslope

Sorry, I don't consider comic book stores toy stores, the only toys they sell are related to comic characters. And, I included Neergard and Scaredy Cat in my list.

I did forget Toy Space, but, that is on the other end of 7th Avenue. And, Brooklyn Superhero? really? They sell some stuff, but, they are by far not a toy store. So, since you know all, what would you like to see there? Oh, and what would you name it since Bubblez is asinine?

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Sal, went into your store last week. One young woman working there, and a co-worker then walked in, and started chatting with her. They ignored me, chatted about their day, generally couldn't have cared less about working, for the record.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I am just checking out this blog for the 1st time and see that there is someone obsessed with saying there are 10 toy stores in the Slope. I'm not sure what this particular beef is about, but...Wrong.

As ParkSlopePerson points out, comics stores are not toy stores, and in fact, a place like Bergen Comics caters more towards adults, with its array of sophisticated graphic novels (I don't know Galaxy, but still--would you call Community Bookstore a toy store too because they have a kids' section?)

Romp has been closed for YEARS.

Have you ever been in Brooklyn Superhero Supply? It is most definitely not a toy store. It is a clever front for the tutoring service behind the curtain. (Dave Eggers' 826 organization.)

And Skaredy Kat has toys but also lots (and more) gifts for adults. Kinda like Loom on 7th Ave.

So, yeah, that's less than half of 10. And there is no Target or Toys R Us in the Slope--and even if they were, they are a far cry from a small business toy store.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter8 & 8

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