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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.

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.

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.

Thursday
Apr102014

Eric Shoes, Pure Essentials Open up on Fifth


Second outposts of two local businesses have opened next door to one another inside two newly renovated storefronts on 5th Avenue between President and Carroll Streets: Pure Essentials, which has been open on the corner of 7th Avenue and Second Street for the past 5 years, opened a couple weeks ago, and Eric Shoes, which has been open on 7th between Second and Third Streets since 2008, opened yesterday.

Pure Essentials is more of a health and beaury shop than a pharmacy, specializing in hair care, skin care, over-the-counter medicines, and baby products. Next door, Eric Mudick has opened a second location of his popular shoe shop Eric (formerly Girl on Seventh). The merchandise is essentially the same as the other location, classic and high-quality with an emphasis on smaller brands.