It inspired plenty of strong feelings when news broke last month that Brooklyn Mercantile, the knitting suply and gift shop on Fifth Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets, was up for rent. Well now I can confirm that the store has indeed been rented out, and the tenth branch of Brooklyn-based mini-chain AREA Kids will be soon moving into the space.
I received an email earlier today from Loretta Gendville, who owns the kid-centric toy and clothing shops. "The landlords are wonderful," she said, "and AREA Kids is super excited to be on the wonderful block facing the newly renovated park!"
"I have been wanting to find a spot in this exact location for the past year and actually almost opened 8 years ago only 1 block away," she added.
There are two other AREA Kids stores in Park Slope, but the first south of Union Street (one is up on Seventh and Union and the other is on Fifth and Bergen), so this one should make it a lot easier for South Slopers to stock up on stuff for their kids.