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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

Monday
Mar172014

McMahon's Public House Opens in O'Connor's Space on Fifth

One year and nine months since closing for a renovation, a completely rebuilt O'Connor's bar soft-opened yesterday (the official opening is today), with an entirely new look and a new name: McMahon's Public House.

Owners Mike and Jimmy McMahon, who purchased the classic dive bar (on 5th between Bergen and Dean) a few years ago from the descendants of original owner Dominic O'Connor, decided to rename the bar in honor of their late father, and if you thought that the new bar would bear any resemblance to its beloved predecessor, think again: it's more than tripled in size, is gleaming, has an extensive draft beer selection, and is anything but a dive.

The old bar hadn't had any major upgrades since first opening back in 1931, meaning that while it was a veritable time machine there were no draft lines and a crumbling infrastructure (a back wall collapsed in the earliest days of the renovation). "If it was still the way it was, the roof would have collapsed this winter because of all the snow," Mike told me. "We salvaged as much as we could, but honestly there wasn't much we could do. We tried to save the bar itself but it was worm-eaten."

A handful of decorative touches remain from O'Connor's, including a giant moose's head with a bra still hanging off of it, an old wall clock, and (miraculously) the old phone booth, which has been refurbished and installed in the downstairs room with a working pay phone. A small section of the rear brick wall was also left intact.

Once you make your peace with the fact that the O'Connor's we knew and loved is long-gone, you'll notice that the new bar is one of the biggest in the neighborhood, and is comfortable and nicely appointed. The front room lets in a ton of natural light and has ample seating, and a back dining room seats about 40. There's plenty of dark wood, high ceilings, and charcoal gray walls.

The back room

There's also a second floor, which will open up for private events and when the first floor is at capacity. It boasts a second full bar, ample seating, and a patio. It has a slightly more industrial feel, all black and metallic gray.

There are 12 beers on tap at the moment but Maher plans to install more, with a goal of having about 30 taps in total. Beers average $5-7, and there will also be a daily happy hour. They're planning on opening at 9 am every morning like in the old days, and the kitchen (with a full menu, including homemade corned beef and cabbage) will be up and running in about three weeks.

So raise a glass to O'Connor's; it'll only remain the way it was in our memories. But I think it's been replaced by a shiny new bar that's hard to find major fault with, one that certainly appears to be a very solid watering hole.

So here's one last look at the old bar room:

And the same view, today:

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