An independent, children-focused shoe store called A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn opened up last weekend in the long-vacant space that was the long-ago home of the Minerva Theater, on Seventh Avenue near the corner of 14th Street.
I had a chance to speak with the store's owner, Kelly Robertson, who lives just a couple blocks away and has two children of her own, a six year old and a seven year old.
"After losing my job in corporate communications, I wanted to do something completely different, and stay in the neighborhood," she told me." I had an idea for a kids' shoe store, because there's really no place to get quality children's shoes around here for a good price; it's either very expensive or Payless. Ours are midprice but still quality."
Robertson describes the quaint, comfortable, smartly-designed shop as a "modern family shoe store," with a wide selection of children's shoes along with a more focused offering for men and women. There's also a good selection of clothing and accessories, with an emphasis on Brooklyn-produced products (the Park Slope-themed tote bags are pretty cool). As many of the products as possible are earth-friendly, including "vegan" shoes from Saucony, made using no animal products. There's also a children's play area in the works.
It's really nice to see a store open up that's from the community, for the community, by the community. Robertson and business partner Jason Moore saw a need in the neighborhood and jumped at it, with stellar results.
And if you mention Here's Park Slope, you'll get 10% off your purchase!
A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn, 419 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 718-832-1400