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Unleashed by Petco Opens on Seventh

The long-in-the-making Unleashed by Petco finally opened its doors on Wednesday, in a brand new building on Seventh between Union and Berkeley. It's a massive space, one of the largest in the neighborhood, I'll bet, and they seem to have planned it out pretty well, separating it into sections with labels like "Fun and Fashion" and "Health and Nutrition."

As this is an "Unleashed," there are no pets for sale (although they'll be holding adoption drives every weekend), and there's an emphasis on natural, more wholesome/holistic foods. Literally anything you might need for your pet is available here, including a "treats bar" that reminds me of a self-serve candy station.

This Saturday and Sunday they'll even have a pet photographer on hand to photograph your pet, for ten bucks.

Shiny, new, and uncluttered, I'm afraid of what this place's arrival in the neighborhood will mean for some of the local independent stores.

Unleashed by Petco, 81 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-230-5059.


Eye Shoppe on 7 Gets Signage in Video Forum Space

I first heard the rumor that the space formerly home to the Video Forum, on Seventh between Garfield and Carroll, would be turning into an eyeglass store back in April, but as the months went on and progress in the space remained stagnant, doubt began to creep in.

About a month ago, though, demolition work began (revealing an ancient ghost sign belonging to an occupant from decades ago, Oasis Restaurant), and yesterday afternoon signage was finally installed.

The shop will be called Eye Shoppe on 7, and will apparently also offer eye exams and contacts.


Then and Now Thursday: Park Slope Post Office, 1978

The sidewalk was empty when photographer Anders Goldfarb snapped the above photo of 198 and 200 Seventh Avenue, between First and Second Streets, in the spring of 1978. The storefront on the left looks vacant (wish I could make out what's on that sign in the window), and next door the much-maligned post office's sign slowly begins to fade.

In 1977, artist Mark Ravitz (who was then employed as David Bowie's set designer), purchased 200 7th Avenue, and a few years later the first of his signature "drips" appeared on the building's facade. The current design, "Four Eyes," is the seventh installment. Park Slope Books later moved into the space, but it closed a couple years ago and Ravitz has used the space as his gallery since then. Recently the space has been sold and it's currently in the process of being converted into a MetLife insurance office.

The post office is still there, but without the flag and with a more standardized sign.

Top Photo: BPL


Spice Park Slope Will Be Opening Tomorrow

The state of Thai food in the North Slope is about to get a lot more interesting. Brooklyn's first outpost of popular Manhattan-based chain Spice Thai will open for business at 4 PM tomorrow, in the former Lemongrass Grill space on Seventh between Berkeley and Lincoln.

This will be the restaurant's ninth location; the first one opened in 1997 on the Upper East Side.

Here are some photos of the menu:

Spice Thai Park Slope, 61A 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-622-6353.


Zito's Sandwich Shop Taking Shape on Seventh


An Italian sandwich shop is in the works in the old Peek a Boo Kids space on Seventh Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets, and its antique-style facade, which has apparently been reclaimed, is just about complete. The shop, to be called Zito's, is a joint venture between the owners of Crespella Crepe & Espresso Bar and Smiling Pizza, who are cousins.

FIPS learned that the restaurant will offer thirteen "classic" Italian sandwiches, with ingredients sourced from local old-school favorites like Faicco's, Ottomanelli's, Salumeria Biellese, and Bensonhurst's Il Fornaretto Bakery. Beer will come from Sixpoint.

The high glass windows in the front will open to a high-ceilinged space, with a backyard out back for some al fresco sandwiching.

Down on Fifth we've got M&S and Bierkraft for quality sandwiches, but on Seventh, especially on this end of the Slope, it's pretty slim pickins. Needless to say, this is worth getting excited about.