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Thursday
Aug142014

Boing Boing to Close, Owner Heading to Haiti

Boing Boing, the maternity shop that has been "at your cervix" on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Union Street since 1996, will be closing soon, according to an email sent by founder and owner Karen Paperno, who has decided to explore other options. It appears as if her first move will involve a trip to Haiti that she's started an Indiegogo campaign for.

The first shop in America to focus exclusively on breastfeeding and babywearing, Boing Boing is still one the top spots in the borough not only for necessary supplies (everything from the country's largest selection of nursing bras to pumps, books, and baby toys and clothes), but for expertise. Paperno is incredibly knowledgeable on every aspect of maternity, and in fact started up one of the first mother's groups in the community.

Paperno has been invited by a baby sling company to travel to Haiti to give maternity advice, promote breastfeeding, and distribute slings, and she's raising $8,000 to "cover Insurance, Immunization, tickets, luggage, cost of living, shipping & donating goods from the shop, camera and cell for documentation, costs of closing the shop, safety measures, etc." Excess funds will go continue her "mission and outreach to isolated and needy communities."

No word on when exactly the shop will close, or what she plans on doing after returning from Haiti. You can follow her progress on Facebook; she's currently raised more than $800.

Tuesday
Aug122014

Open for Business: Shake Shack, 170 Flatbush Avenue

                                                                                                           Shake Shack

About a month after Shake Shack revealed its newly-restored facade and familiar signage on Flatbush between Dean and Pacific, the third Brooklyn location of Danny Meyer's super-popular burger chain opened on Sunday.

The restaurant, which is located directly across from the Barclays Center, is constructed largely with recycled and sustainable materials, including energy-efficient equipment, lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and tabletops made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes. There's also free wifi, a handful of televisions, outdoor seating, and a custom mural by Brooklyn street artist SP.ONE.

                                                                                                    Park Slope Stoop

This is the first Shake Shack to open since the company announced on Friday that they were reverting back to their original pre-frozen crinkle-cut fries, and indeed there are no handcut fries in sight. Like all other Shake Shack locations, the menu offers a handful of new concretes that are custom-tailored to the area:

Nothin’ But NETS (unique to this location): Chocolate and vanilla custard blended with marshmallow sauce, crispy crunchies and chocolate sprinkles.

Fudge-eddabouitit (from the Downtown Brooklyn location): Chocolate custard blended with fudge sauce, Baked chocolate cloud cookies and Mast Brothers Shack-blend dark chocolate chunks, topped with chocolate sprinkles.

Brooklyn Pie oh My (from the DUMBO location): Vanilla custard blended with a slice of seasonal pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

The Flatbush Avenue Shake Shack is open daily from 11am - 11pm.

Shake Shack, 170 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 347-442-7711.

Monday
Aug112014

Butter Lane Cupcakes Closing at End of the Month

Butter Lane, the Brooklyn location of the East Village-based cupcake shop that opened in April 2011 on Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets, will be closing down at the end of the month, according to a notice on display at the shop.

An employee confirmed the closure, but was unable to provide a reason as to why. She did make sure to note that the original location, on East 7th Street, will be remaining open. Rumor has it that another bakery may be opening in the space.

Along with the bankruptcy of Crumbs, this could be another sign that the Cupcake Bubble is bursting. If you're looking for a cupcake to satisfy your fix after the closure, however, I recommend Buttermilk Bakeshop.

Wednesday
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.

Monday
Jul282014

Closed for Business: Cheeburger Cheeburger, 222 Seventh Avenue

Here's some interesting news: The Seventh Avenue and Third Street location of Cheeburger Cheeburger, the chain specializing in gutbusting burgers and milkshakes, has shuttered. Many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo of a sign on their door announcing that they've closed for good, and nobody is answering the phone.

The location opened in February 2011 in the prime space long-occpuied by Miracle Grill, and was one of the first big chains to open up on that stretch of Seventh. Many believed that a chain restaurant onslaught would follow, but all we got instead was one perpetually empty Subway, a Pinkberry, and a whole lot of empty storefronts. It also never really developed a following among locals; those visiting the hospital appeared to make up the bulk of the clientele.

So we can add one more empty storefront, most likely with an astronomical asking price, to this part of Seventh. Cheeburger isn't Shake Shack by any stretch of the imagination, but if not even the big chains can make it here, then who can?