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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.

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.

Thursday
Mar272014

Open for Business: Blok Hill, 103 7th Avenue


A new clothing store called Blok Hill opened last week in the space that was last home to Rivet, on 7th Avenue between Union and President Streets.

The boutique is actually run by Rivet's previous buyer, Leigh Hill, and there's an entirely new selection of merchandise, including jeans, sleveless shirts, sundresses, accessories like scarves and jewelry, and soaps and perfumes from Juniper Ridge. There's also a pretty cute dog.

Rivet, which had the same owner as the also-closed Slope Jeans (which has another location in Carroll Gardens), opened in the space in August 2011 and closed up shop about a month ago.

Photo via blokhill.com