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Open for Business: Min-k Boutique,145 5th Avenue

A new boutique featuring the creations of designer Minji Kim opened yesterday on Fifth Avenue between St. Johns and Lincoln, in the space last occupied by Dragonfly Boutique. The shop first opened in 1999 in the East Village and later moved to Mott St. in Nolita, and was a favorite of celebrities including Katie Holmes and Blake Lively before closing after 11 years in February 2015.

Kim has a lengthy resume in the fashion design, costume, and wardrobe industries, and her work has been featured in countless magazines and shows including HBO's Vinyl and ABC's The Family. "She creates her own collection of downtown chic and finds the most unique women's and children's wear discoveries that no one carries," Ms. Fabulous said of her first shop.

Her creations are decidedly funky, and as many of her designs are also geared toward children it makes a lot of sense that Kim would relocate to this neighborhood. This stretch of Fifth has been a boutique row for far more than a decade now, and it's apparently still going strong.


Hiho Batik Space on Fifth For Rent


Hiho Batik has been one of the more unique business in Park Slope since it opened in September 2012. The kid-oriented boutique and art space is divided into three sections: a shop up front selling clothing and accessories made on-site, a party/ DIY batik space in the middle, and a workshop in the back. And while batik (the art of using wax and dyes to create an image on fabric) is a pretty cool artform, it appears as if there's not enough business to support it: A "For Rent" sign has recently gone up in the front door.

According to LoopNet, the 1,200 square foot space is available for about $7,000/ month, and it's zoned for retail, medical, or dental use (no food). It was listed on Feb 27.


Real Estate Office Opens in Former Cog & Pearl Space on 5th Avenue


It's been nearly two years since a fire destroyed mom-and-pop jewelry shop Cog & Pearl, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sackett Street, and after a thorough renovation the space's next tenant, an office for real estate company Space Marketing Shop, has opened in its place.

Cog & Pearl was in business for 12 years before a devastating fire on May 1, 2014 completely destroyed it and more than $100,000 in handmade jewelry, furnishings, clothes, and gifts. Owners Kristin Overson and Seth Walter left corporate jobs to start the business, and are still planning their next act.

There's no shortage of real estate shops on Fifth, but in this hot climate more and more firms want in on the action. Manhattan-based SMS specializes in "high-end residential properties in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn," according to its website, and current Park Slope listings include 490 5th Avenue and 709 Carroll Street.


Closed for Business: Applewood, 501 11th Street

Applewood, the pioneering farm-to-table restaurant, has closed after 11 years on 11th Street near 7th Avenue, DNAinfo reports. Owners David and Laura Shea told the site that running the restaurant while living in upstate Columbia County, where they moved to three and a half years ago, had become "a herculean task."

Applewood opened in September 2004, and with its seasonally-changing menu and emphasis on fresh and sustainable local ingredients it was at the vanguard of a movement that's since become the norm. For years it's been considered one of the neighborhood's best, but with the arrival of newer options like Talde, which occupies the opposite corner, it's hard to imagine that its slightly off-the-beaten-path location didn't begin to work against it. “There’s room for everybody, but at the same time I started to feel like the Brooklyn restaurant scene was getting pretty diluted,” Shea told DNAinfo. “There were just too many choices.”

A quintessential neighborhood mom-and-pop spot, Applewood will certainly be missed. There's been a trend of New York City chefs and restaurateurs choosing to open restaurants upstate, however, so I have a feeling that we haven't heard the end of the Sheas.


Manhattan's Fiat Cafe to Open Second Location in Former Cubana Cafe Space 

Well, that answers that: A month ago I asked if Cubana Cafe, on the corner of Sixth and St. Marks, was closed for good after being shuttered for several months. Over the weekend, window signage went up indicating that the space's next tenant will be a casual Italian restaurant called Fiat Cafe, which has a location on Mott Street between Spring and Kenmare in Nolita.

The restaurant has a fairly extensive menu of traditional breakfast and brunch dishes, and the lunch and dinner menu includes antipasti, salads, panini, pasta, and a handful of entrees. Coffee and espresso also seem to be specialties. It's very reasonably priced; panini average $8 and pasta dishes $9.50, and it has four Yelp stars with more than 300 reviews.

Cubana Cafe was decent but decidedly nothing special, and an inexpensive and relaxed Italian restaurant seems like a perfectly acceptable addition to the area.