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Tuesday
Jun102014

Open for Business: Park Chemists, 164 5th Avenue

A new pharmacy opened on Sunday in the space last occupied by vintage store Odd Twin, on the corner of FIfth and Degraw. Called Park Chemists, it's a nicely designed spot with a decent selection of pharmacy staples and some higher-end items.

The exterior has a classy all-black old-school look, and the design carries over to the interior, with exposed brick, chandeliers, and light woods. There's a substantial perscription department, and the merchandise covers most household items as well as some upscale hair/skincare products and gifts.

In short, it's a nicely appointed neighborhood pharmacy, and something that's been needed on this stretch of Fifth Avenue. There's certainly a market for it.

Park Chemists, 164 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-393-5555.

Sunday
Jun082014

Open for Business: O Live, 140 5th Avenue


O Live Brooklyn, an artisanal olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop, opened as expected over the weekend on 5th Avenue between Douglass and Baltic, in the space last occupied by E Lingerie. It specializes in literally just that: super-premium oil in flavors including blood orange, harissa, butter, tuscan herb, and wild herb and sage, and balsamic flavors like black fig, blackberry ginger, strawberry, cinnamon pear, and vanilla. Other offerings include white balsamic vinegar, salts and peppers, and household items made from olive wood.


The first location opened near the Williamsburg Bridge in 2012 and has been doing quite well, and there's no other shop in the city that's selling literally dozens of high-grade oils and vinegars. With all the offerings proudly displayed, it's also a hands-on museum of sorts; you're welcomed to sample as many as you like.

if the Williamsburg shop (and the online store) are any indication, then this is a business plan that works. While the offerings are certainly luxury items, there are most likely enough curious food-lovers in the area to sustain it.

Thursday
Jun052014

Doughnut Plant Coming to Flatbush Avenue

This is either really good news or really bad news, depending on your diet: An outpost of The Doughnut Plant, widely regarded as one of the finest and most creative doughnut shops in the city, will be opening up on the northern end of Park Slope, in the triangular building on Flatbush and Sixth Avenues last occupied by Yummy Taco.

Owner Mark Isreal began selling doughnuts on the Lower East Side in 1994, based on recipes that had been in his family for generations. He opened the first Doughnut Plant near the Manhattan Bridge in 2000, and thanks to creations like the jelly-filled square doughnut and the tres leches, creme brulee, and chocolate pudding-filled blackout doughnut, it's become quite successful: a location opened in Tokyo in 2004 and a 23rd Street location opened in 2011.

Yummy Taco, a middle-of-the-road Tex-Mex spot, closed back in December. Isreal seems quite excited about taking over the triangular building, which he's been calling the "Flatbush Flatiron," according to DNAinfo. He's also referring to the buildout as a "restoration project," certainly a good sign.

Along with an outpost of Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone's renowned sandwich shop Parm opening on Flatbush between Bergen and Dean and a Shake Shack opening a block away, I think we can safely say that the arrival of the Barclays Center has been a positive culinary influence on the surrounding stretch of Flatbush.

Tuesday
Jun032014

Construction Finally Underway at 187 Seventh Avenue

Full-scale interior demilition is underway at the long-dilapidated building on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Second Street, one of the only abandoned buildings remaining on the avenue.

Longtime owner Charla Nash sold the building last year, and in October some minor work took place in the building. This was before official permits were approved, and a full 11 permits have been approved since then.

Many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo of an official city "work in progress" sign that's gone up on the property, complete with a rendering of what's to come: a fully-restored building, complete with what looks to be a nice arched storefront.

Here's how the building's looked for the better part of the past 25 years:

Monday
Jun022014

Open for Business: Reedchy Nails & Spa, 274 5th Avenue

A new nail salon opened on Fifth Avenue between First and Garfield over the weekend, in the space last occupied by cycling studio Cycle Bar.

Reedchy is a rather straightforward salon with manicure tables in the front and pedicures in the back, with plenty of mirrors and light wood. Manicures cost $12, polish changes cost $8, pedicures cost $25, and waxes range from $8 (lip) to $50 (Brazilian). Their most expensive offering is a $120 "skin refine intensive."

There's a Grand Opening special until June 5th; manicures are free with any purchase of a pedicure.

With approximately one nail salon per block on this stretch of Fifth, I think we can safely say that no more need to open for a while.

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