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Thursday
Oct182012

People's Pops Shuts Down for the Season, Landhaus Moving In

The Soup Bowl will be re-opening within a couple weeks, People's Pops has closed up shop... I guess that means that summer is officially over.

The small storefront, on Union Street just east of Seventh Avenue, opened back in May. It was the first brick-and-mortar storefront for the cult favorite ice pop shop, which launched in 2008 and developed quite a following at local markets with flavors like Rhubarb-Mint, Raspberry-Ginger, and Red Plum-Sour Cherry.

But it won't be empty all winter. People's Pops owner David Carrell told me that The Landhaus, a popular "farm to sandwich" cart at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, will be opening up in the space on November 1st, and will hold down the fort until People's Pops returns in the spring.

"It was always our intention to share the space with our friends," said Carrell.

I had a chat with Landhaus' owner, Torrisi alum Matthew Lief, who's excited about finally having a storefront to call his own.

"We've been looking for a while to open in Park Slope, and this is definitely a unique opportunity to test the waters in a seasonal capacity," said Lief, who launched Landhaus two years ago with partner Jakob Cirell. "It works out for both of us."

Landhaus is perhaps best known for its award-winning grilled bacon on a stick (yes please), and the shop will sell that along with an assortment of drool-worthy sandwiches like grass-fed beef short rib with sharp cheddar cheese sauce and pickled hot peppers, and Heritage pork meatballs with wild arugula and Pecorino cheese.

"We've all become close at the Flea, and we do what it takes to support each other," said Lief. "It's a really unique time for small businesses in Brooklyn. Things are really exploding. And if this works out there's no reason why we won't do it again next year."

Landhaus' famous bacon, via

Tuesday
Oct162012

Pizza Coming to 450 Fifth Avenue

Many thanks to a tipster for sending over the above photo, of the awning that just went up at 450 Fifth Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth Streets, in the space that was previously Mamco Electronics.

The small space, which 80 years ago was home to an ancient railcar-style diner, will next be a pizza place called Padrino's. According to the sign, they'll do fried calzones, pizza, and other "specialties." It'll most likely be an everyday slice joint.

I think we're all set on the pizza front.

Monday
Oct152012

The Soup Bowl Returning for the Winter

Soup fans, rejoyce: The Soup Bowl of Park Slope, chef Richard Gussoff's wildly creative and delicious pop-up soup stand that's set up temporary shop in the neighborhood for the past two winters, will be coming back this year to the space that's home to Uncle Louie G's, on Seventh Avenue between Eighth and Ninth Streets.

The butternut squash lobster bisque, Long Island clam chowder, roasted shallot potato, and all the favorites will be back for another winter, and according to the chef this year the daily-rotating menu of soups will be joined by a selection of salads and sandwiches.

Whereas last winter the shop expanded into a second location, on Park Place just off Flatbush, this year Gussoff will maintain his focus on the Seventh Avenue location while "consulting" the owners of the Uncle Louie G's on Park, who plan on opening a soup shop of their own in the space.

He plans on opening on November 1, and it'll stick around until the beginning of March.

Monday
Oct152012

Bhoomki, An Eco-Friendly Boutique, Coming to 158 Fifth Avenue

A sustainable, artisan clothing and accessories boutique is in the works on Fifth between Degraw and Douglass, in the space last occupied by a real estate office, and before that Scoopz Ice Cream.

Bhoomki translates to "of the earth" in Sanskrit, and that's the overriding philosophy for the shop. It's run by designer Swati Argade Pollak, who's been creating ethically-fashioned, eco-conscious clothing for ten years. The merchandise will focus on brands which source locally, employ traditional artisanship, and use sustainable fabrics.

The majority of the clothing will be designed by Swati herself, who has been on-premises nearly every day assisting with construction. About 75% of the merchandise for sale will be geared toward women, with some items for kids and men, as well as jewelry from recycled materials.

Their opening collection for autumn will be made in New York, and all fabrics and trims have been sourced from local businesses. If all goes to plan, Bhoomki will be open by the end of the month. Along with Hiho Batik and Impeccable Attire, there's been a notable boom of high-quality handmade clothing stores along this stretch of the avenue in recent months.

Thursday
Oct112012

Scratch That: Fro-Yo Actually Coming to Sette Space

Two weeks ago, I called Union Market's headquarters after getting a tip that they'd be moving into the space on Seventh Avenue and Third Street that was last home to Sette. The rep that I spoke with confidently told me that the rumors were true, and that they indeed rented the space. Well, that turned out not to be true after all, and a few days ago someone else from the company chimed in, saying that they weren't sure where the rumor started.

So at that, I issue a wholehearted mea culpa, and announce the space's actual next tenant: Yogurtland, a chain fro-yo shop. A temporary sign has gone up on the storefront's roll-down gate.

The Southern California-based chain claims to be "the land of endless yogurt possibilities, where you rule the portions, the choices and the scene." There are over 190 locations in the US, Guam, and Mexico, and another will be opening soon in Lenox Hill. One bright spot: they use real yogurt from real milk, and Cap'n Crunch is a topping option.