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Aug062014

The Painted Pot to Move into Seventh Avenue's "Drip" Building

The Painted Pot, the kid-friendly pottery studio that opened in March 2012 in the then-newly refurbished storefront at 72 7th Avenue, between Lincoln and Berkeley, is in the process of moving into the "Drip" Building on 7th between Second and Third Streets, last occupied by City Home Lending.

Owner Lisa Mendoza told Park Slope Stoop that they'd outgrown their current narrow space and wanted more room to host parties and potentially spinning wheel classes. She was also unhappy with a storefront that was "hidden by the garbage cans and the dark facade" and wanted something more "welcoming and noticeable," an ironic sentiment considering the fact the building's owner spent what must have been hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the building's two adjacent storefronts after La Taqueria moved out, ideally to make them more attractive to both renters and passersby.

It's also sad to note that both of those spaces will now be empty (Noella Brew Bar and The Walk-In Cookbook previously occupied the building's other storefront), and judging by the half-dozen or so other empty storefronts on the northern end of the avenue, they'll be empty for a while.

If all goes to plan, the studio will re-open mid-September in the building owned by artist Mark Ravitz, who has been installing his unique brand of street art on the brick facade for more than 30 years. It'll be the second ground-floor tenant since a fire damaged the building in 2012, and is also a nice continuation of the artistic theme.

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Reader Comments (21)

She's nuts that storefront is one of the most beautiful around. Looks almost as it did at the turn of the century.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Shes gonna have to sell a lot of pot to afford the bigger space.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNSloper

It's actually a smart move - the central location in the slope will draw a lot more parents who are willing and able to afford that business. my bigger question is when will landlords realize that Brooklyn doesn't have the population density or tourist foot traffic so that commercial rents will be able to rise at the same pace as residential ones? I think that's one of the big reasons why chains won't come.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercajunasian

the current facade is very nice, juts not a good fr for their kind of shop. would make for a nice tavern

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhenry

and JUST to clarify. I definitely DON'T want chains to come -- independent Brooklyn now and forever. But landlords are deluding themselves if they think they can get those rents, and that chain stores will come and pay them. They run businesses as well, and site selection in this city has much to do with foot traffic during opening hours. Ever seen casual foot traffic in the evening in the Slope? Most people are going somewhere already.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercajunasian

NSloper:

I'm fairly sure the larger space she's moving into is CHEAPER than the current space. Those tiny spaces where Painted Pot is now and where Noella Brew Bar are $9500 EACH! Can you even believe that? It's absurd no wonder Sotheby's just gave up and now Ideal took over.

The place where Painted Pot is moving to is I'm sure less than $9500 a month. That guy gives a break on rent and isn't one of the horrible greedy landlords trying to sap every penny out of these brave people who start up businesses in our neighborhood.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Cajunasian:

I think you're right. You know that Subway that came into the space that was Leaf n Bean? I've started hearing rumors they might be closing. I honestly have no idea how they stay in business, there is never more than 2 people in there even during lunchtime. It was a really stupid place to put a subway and the place looks horrible in such a beautiful old space. I can't believe they allow they sign in a historic district.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEd

So now we have the following vacant in a 10 block stretch. NONE of these have been rented nor have any of the prices been lowered. Some spaces have been for rent for 3 years like the Berman owned Yogo Monster space. And you want to tell me that these are all at market price? Yea, right.

1. Former bridal store
2. former Noella Brew bar/walk in cookbook
3. former Painted pot
4. former Yogo monster
5. former chiles and chocolate
6. former sweet melissa
7. former bank of america mortgage (next to key food)
8. former two boots
9. former game stop
10. former cheeburger cheeburger
11. former ocean fish market
12. former l&o cleaners
13. former leaf and bean 2 on lincoln place
14. former visions eyewear on lincoln place
15. former zito's.

I've lived in this area for many many many years and I don't recall a time when so many spaces have sat empty with no sign of anything coming to ANY of them. Truly a pathetic street 7th has turned into. And the garbage smell is horrible this summer, who wants to rent on an overpriced dump of a street anyway?

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I can't wait for the "but but but they are not greedy, they're just asking market rent" landlords to chime in.....

If they were market rent, they'd be renting. These are asking rents and they are too high. By a rather large amount, I might add. We have been looking for a storefront in the 6-7k range and it simply does not exist any longer in Park Slope. Now, mind you there are 30 stores for rent in Park Slope while places like Franklin are next to impossible to find a space because everyone wants to be there now. Rents there are still in the 5K range. We may decide to just leave Park Slope altogether as the price of housing and of the commercial rent are too out of reach for 97% of the population.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Things that should be looking at these spaces. Not all are mom and pop but I'm trying to be realistic given these rents. No mom and pop is going to pay 12-15K a month if they want to stay in business for more than a year.

Dos Toros
Chipotle
Vietnamese sit down restaurant (not Bahn mi)
Dim Sum
Court Street Grocer
Keihls
more clothing stores that sell basics, not $400 sundresses
more bars on 7th Avenue, a tavern would be great
xian famous foods

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUma

I hate those drop thingies. Weird.

As for the painted stuff, why does everything have to be KID friendly? I thought the demos showed far more single people without kids in Park Slope. Clearly there is no market for this place. It would be better off as a bar, maybe Farrell's could make another location down there.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTed

11215 Zip code has 28,077 households according to the 2010 census.

of those, 13, 711 are households with children and 14,366 are households without children meaning married without kids or singles.

It would make sense for business owners to pay a little more attention to the more than 50% of the population who don't have kids.

And north of Union is 11217 zip code with:

16,269 total households
7,141 with children, 9,128 without children.

All these kids stores dominating the neighborhood do not really represent the demographics accurately. There should be more take out food, more bars and more restaurants.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKen

The most recent new arrivals on our (north slope) block consist of 2 couples, I'd say early 30's both from France and bought brownstones here. One of them is a very successful artist. Then there are the 3 college kids going to Pratt that are renting and then there's the gay couple in their 50's who bought a beautiful brownstone. None have children yet all we see are kids stores, stupid stuff like overcharging people to paint pottery and mediocre restaurants for families who have kids with no taste buds. It's really time for a bit more variety in the retail to mimic the variety of new residents.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

Why do Park Slope kids and families have no taste buds? Is it because of the terrible food options (face it, most everything is a blan chain now along 7th an 5th), or are all the places blan because of the demographic?

Anyway, in my building, there are 32 units. One has kids (that are constantly running amuk in the common areas and I think stealing things and leaving the lobby doors open).

Something needs to be done to address this and it's not by having more places for the occasional kids to paint.

Anyway, I'm tired of it all. I'm here every day, every weekend out and about and I see WAY more 30 something singles than kids. We need fancier places to eat, where people actually dress up, not places where kids go and drop the plates and cutlery constantly interrupting the vibe. I've been working all day, I want a glass of wine and want to be able to pop into anywhere I want without kids cramping my style.

Jennifer:

You DO see way more because half the families in Park Slope go out of town to their house upstate or in the hamptons on the weekend so the only ones left are the singles! The summer weekends are the best time to be in Park Slope when all the families leave!

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

Court St Grocers isn't coming to that pathetic street - they service a different, better clientele, not mommy's little snack

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterfLUKE

If you think the Carroll Gardens and Park Slope demographics aren't exactly the same, you're clueless.

Why the attitude though?

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Another failure. Worse. A double-dip failure. These "paint your own crap" places went out of style in the 90's.

There should be a city committee which approves any business opening. Really dumb people are allowed way too much leeway in opening businesses. Just because you're white and scrunched some dollars together, it shouldn't entitle you to ruin the environment on all the materials needed to open a business.

Again, offer up those storefronts at half price to successful local business. The Larder. The Ghost. Bogota. I don't care if they monopolize the neighborhood. It'll be better than the bland crap that's there now.

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDrippard

@Drippard- You, as they say, know nothing.

You may not care for this place but it has by no means gone out of style. This location is one of three for this store, the others being in Bay Ridge and Carroll Gardens and have done well for YEARS. They have school groups come in and also run summer camps. They are the quintessential small but thriving Brooklyn based business.

The fact that for them to be able to afford a decent upgrade in space requires a "discount" in rent is a testament to the irresponsibility and lack of community support that seems to have gripped many PS landlords.

August 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

I think the reason "the chains" won't be coming to Park Slope any time soon or ever is that there are very few spaces large enough to support their business models. In second place, not enough traffic.

August 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

Thank you Jbob. Yes, we are in our 16th year of business and I am relieved to be moving to the drip building. My rent over the 10 years will be more reasonable then staying at 72 7th Avenue where the landlord has been detrimental to my business. We were in litigation after three months of lease signing. I am not allowed to hang a sign, people can't see us from the street and the garbage cans, yes the garbage cans which hide us as well. I spoke to the Berman's about Yogo Monster space and they wanted too much money as well as the landlord for the former Sweet Melissa space. Unreasonable. Our new landlords are artists as well and they are very welcoming.
In addition, we have a many childless customers who are in their 20's & 30"s who paint pottery-not crap-, fuse glass and take pottery wheel classes which we will now offer in our new space.

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaintpot

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