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Tuesday
Nov062012

Massage Parlor Opens in Kidz Cut Zone Space on Sixth

Kidz Cut Zone, a kid-centric barber shop/ gift store on Sixth Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, closed down back in September due to dwindling business and increased competition. Intrestingly enough, it's been replaced by a certain type of business that certainly doesn't lack competition in the neighborhood: a massage parlor. 

Like the one that opened last month on Seventh between 16th and Prospect, there's minimal signage and the windows have been completely covered over, apparently to hide whatever's going on inside. Including ones that opened on Seventh and Fifth Avenues last year, that's four new massage parlors to open in the neighborhood in two years.

Many thanks to a tipster for sending the photo along.

Monday
Nov052012

Open for Business: Beygl, 291 Fifth Avenue

A new family-run bagel shop called Beygl opened this morning on Fifth Avenue between First and Second Streets, where owners Robert and Joey Massa are serving up handmade, artisan bagels and everything that goes with them, made the old fashioned way.

Bagels are hand-rolled, kettle-boiled and baked in-house, and are made fresh in small batches throughout the day. The usual varieties are available for $1 (everything, cinnamon raisin, etc), and some gourmet ones like sea salt and cracked pepper, rosemary olive oil, and asiago go for $1.50. They're light without being too fluffy, dense without being too doughy, chewy with a nice crunchy crust, and can certainly be called authentic New York bagels.

As for toppings, they have a nice selection of flavored cream cheeses, smoked fish from Acme, and chicken, tuna, and whitefish salad. Full breakfasts are also served, including omelets, pancakes, french toast, and oatmeal from Bob's Red Mill. Jam and jelly come from Anarchy in a Jar, and eggs are cage free.

For lunch, offerings include salads, homemade soup, and grass fed burgers. Sandwiches are served on a bagel or bread from Brooklyn Bread, and come topped with roast beef, corned beef, Virginia ham, roast pork, or roast turkey, all made in-house. Baked goods including croissants, muffins, turnovers, and cinnamon buns are all also baked in-house.

Beygl is open weekdays from 6 AM - 6 PM, Saturdays from 7-6, and Sundays from 7-3. They deliver orders over $10.

Beygl, 291 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-788-1741.

Monday
Nov052012

Open for Business: Bhoomki, 158 Fifth Avenue

A new eco-friendly boutique called Bhoomki opened last week on Fifth Avenue between Degraw and Douglass, in the space last occupied by a real estate office (and before that Scoopz Ice Cream), and it's a charming shop selling high quality, ethically-made clothing.

As described last month, the shop is run by Swati Agrade Pollak, a designer whose desire to create environmentally-conscious clothing led her to create a business where just about all the clothing is designed by her, the brands source locally and employ traditional artisanship, and where only sustainable fabrics are used.

The current autumn collection is a nice mix of reasonably-priced items (predominantly tops and jackets), and there's also some accessories like handmade jewelry from recycled materials. Plans are also in place to roll out items for men and children. 

Bhoomki, 158 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 1117.

Thursday
Nov012012

Open for Business: Brooklyn Rock, 454 Dean Street

A new shop selling hand-painted t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other witty Brooklyn-themed items opened a couple weeks ago in a tiny storefront on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street, right across from the Barclays Center, providing a bit of subversive fun in an area that's quickly becoming corporate.

It's owned by the husband and wife duo of Chris Smith and Yukiko Wada (both artists) along with business partner Seth Braunstein, who has a long history in underground streetwear. They've been making shirts for 10 years, and had a small stand in the recently-closed DeKalb Market. They also supply local stores like AREA Kids and Chair-Man, but this is their first full-on brick and mortar storefront.

Behind the brightly painted facade lies an organized, slightly offbeat-looking shop, with surprises at every turn. At least one of the owners is always on hand to walk you through the merchandise, should you need a hand. There are mugs that read "I got mugged in Brooklyn." One t-shirt depicts a basketball player being chased by a net-wielding mob; the tagline: Brooklyn Nets. The puns are all over shirts, aprons, totes, and sweatshirts: "Strike a Poseur," "Om Sweet Om," "Lawn Guy Land," "Shul of Rock." Others are more direct: "Rich people make bad art," "That's Sooo... Park Slope," "Brooklyn: Entertaining Manhattan Since 1646."

"We're counterbalancing the highbrow," said Braunstein, whose background includes designing clothing for Notorious B.I.G. "All the silkscreening is done right here in the shop, and we're open every day from noon to 11 PM."

Brooklyn Rock, 454 Dean Street Brooklyn NY 11217.

Monday
Oct292012

Closed for Business: Yogo Monster, 90 Fifth Avenue

Two months after a For Rent sign went up in the front window of Yogo Monster, the fro-yo shop on Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, the store has closed for business.

It's been an interesting time for fro-yo in the neighborhood, with the arrival of Pinkberry, Yogurberry, Pearl Gate (and soon-to-open Yogurtland), and the closure of longtime shops like Yogo Monster and Oko. Business has been flagging for Yogo Monster for quite some time, and a recent renovation and menu expansion didn't do much to help.