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Body Unique Moving into Arias Park Slope

Body Unique, the fitness studio that opened almost exactly a year ago on Fifth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets, will be moving at the end of February to a new home at 150 Fourth Avenue, between Butler and Douglass, in part of the ground floor retail space of the new 12-story, 95-unit Arias Park Slope.

According to a Body Unique representative, the reason for the move was "ongoing issues with the building and the landlord's lack of response to the issues." When they re-open in March, they'll continue to offer services including personal and semi-private training, boot camps, and fitness programs for kids and teens.

The Arias already has a fitness center, and other amenities in the building include a putting green, a rooftop terrace with fire pits, a dining area, and private cabanas. The building opened in April 2011, and rents range from $2,538 to $4,740 per month. The ground floor has about 6,000 square feet of retail space, a rarity among new construction on the avenue.



Prospect Bar Launches Brunch Menu

Prospect, the spacious pub that opened last July on Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, has been working hard since then to get their kitchen up to full speed. The first step has finally been taken, as they began offering brunch on Sunday.

It's a fairly straightforward brunch menu, and $14 gets you your choice of entree and either a Bloody Mary or mimosa.

There are still a few more hurdles that need to be jumped before they begin offering dinner (which is still most likely a couple months off), but this is a pretty good start. Once the full menu is up and running, I have a feeling that this bar will finally cement its reputation as one of the neighborhood's finest.


Stoop Juice Coming to 443 Seventh Avenue

A new juice, smoothie, and healthy snack shop is in the works on Seventh Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets (right next door to Thistle Hill Tavern), in a space last occupied by a nail salon.

It's called Stoop Juice, and they'll be serving up "delicious juices and smoothies made of fresh organic/minimally treated fruits and vegetables while simultaneously protecting our environment by using sustainable, biodegradable food packaging, utensils and paper products," according to their website. There's an obvious focus on insanely healthy offerings, and along with juices and smoothies they'll offer a vegetable spring roll, salads, hummus, gazpacho, an almond butter and banana sandwich, and dark chocolate bars.

Everything's vegeterian, and most items are also vegan. Basically, if you were to decide to live entirely off of their offerings, you'd be the healthiest person on earth. It also looks like they'll be offering juice cleanses.

Many thanks to a tipster for sending in the above photo.


"Pharmacy" Coming to 160 Park Place?

It's been about eight months since New Hapy Taco, the hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues (but ostensibly on Flatbush), closed for good after being shut down by the Department of Health. Well, the space has finally been rented, and an intriguing work permit went up recently on the facade (obscured by the roll-down gate in the photo above).

It reads "PROPOSED ALTERATION TO EXISTING COMMERCIAL PHARMACY SPACE," and it also provides for the construction of interior partitions and a new store front.

I'm not sure why the storefront is being called a "pharmacy space," and I'm not incredibly fluent in DOB-ese, but this seems to indicate that the next occupant of the space will in fact be a pharmacy of some sort.

It already seems to have a couple obstacles working against it, though: the space is very small, a giant, 24-hour Duane Reade is literally right across the street, and another large pharmacy, Kings, is a two-minute walk up Flatbush. Maybe "pharmacy" is a catch-all that also incorporates different types of businesses (sort of like the way Culture's permit read "Coffee Shop")?

Time will tell.


Signage Up at Just Salad

A couple days ago Just Salad, the DIY salad shop that's been under construction since September in the space last occupied by the ill-fated Parkslope Eatery, was kind enough to send a tweet in my direction saying that they'd "be opening up soon."

Well lo and behold, they appeared to be tellng the truth. Many thanks to a tipster for sending in the above photo yesterday, of signage that had just gone up on the chain's facade on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fifth Street.

Even though when I checked in a couple weeks ago it was still clear that there was plenty of work that remained to be done, these buildouts (especially when there's a chain involved) can appear to happen in the blink of an eye once they really get rolling. They also promised that an opening date would be coming soon, so something tells me that we might be getting big salads for lunch (with two free toppings is you reuse the bowl!) a little bit sooner than we think.

Photo via D. Caplan