Photo by Robert Fernandez
A new hair salon for men is slated to open at 1629 Jerome Avenue, just off of Sheepshead Bay Road.
Signs for Bosphorus Hair Salon for Men went up at the storefront over the weekend, according to our super tipster Robert Fernandez. It replaces Merin Corsetiere, the long-lived women’s apparel business that went out of business earlier this year.
For those interested in history and geography, Bosphorus is the name of the strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It forms part of the boundary that splits Europe and Asia, and it cuts through Istanbul, Turkey.
According to Greek mythology, the strait’s name means “ox passage,” in honor of nymph priestess Io, who had to cross the water to be restored to her human form after Zeus made her a cow because he wanted to get all up in that and that makes sense. She then had some of Zeus’ babies, who had some more babies, and then they had some babies and so on and so forth until one of those babies’ babies had children with great-great-whatever-granddad Zeus and Kevin Sorbo was born. He then suckled too hard on his dad’s-actual-wife-but-not-his-real-mother’s teet, causing her to jump away and fire off some boob booze into space, thereby creating the Milky Way.
Can you believe they teach this stuff in elementary school?
Anyway, hey, new hair salon!
Walking past the Emmons Avenue staple Randazzo’s Clam Bar on Monday, we spotted that the restaurant overhauled its iconic lobster sign.
Gone are the days of single-color neon red lighting lining the lobster above the 2017 Emmons Avenue storefront. Good ol’ claws has been modernized. More color. More flashing. More lobsterrific.
I set up to take one photo of it, but couldn’t decide which color I liked best. So I took as many as I could and stitched the photos together into an animated GIF. In real life, the colors don’t change as quickly. But here at Sheepshead Bites, we do everything faster. Try not to have a seizure.
Here’s one I art-ed up a bit for you:
This is a paid announcement from Learn and Explore Early Childhood Center of Excellence:
Learn and Explore is a brand new early childhood center of excellence with a single vision – providing a personal journey of knowledge and experiences for every young learner, ages 2 to 6. Our program concentrates on developing the “whole child” by building communication, social/emotional, thinking, and physical skills. As a result, children enjoy the self-confidence and problem-solving abilities they need for learning success in a safe, supportive, nurturing and stimulating environment.
At Learn and Explore, we believe that children learn through discovery and play. We use the Creative Curriculum education program which supports our belief that children learn best when the classroom environment is child-centered with a focus on interest areas. This enables children to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills that are necessary for school-readiness and beyond.
Other features of our program include:
- Embedded enrichment program that includes dance, music, and yoga.
- Brand new state-of-the-art facility.
- Nutritious meals included.
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Gourmanoff, a new gourmet supermarket from the folks behind NetCost Market, is now open at 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, taking up the ground floor of the former Millenium Theater.
The owners celebrated the grand opening Monday evening with an invite-only party, with Vegas-style cocktail waitresses handing out champagne and a full display of the market’s culinary talents. Here’s our photo tour.
“We want Gourmanoff to be Lexus to NetCost’s Toyota,” said executive chef Zack Hess, pictured above. “It’s a different caliber than NetCost. Our products are super high-end.”
Hess, 32, said the market only sells organic meats, and all seafood is shipped fresh from Alaska, Maine and Long Island.
The third-generation chef comes to Gourmanoff after stints at Manhattan restaurants and ritzy country clubs. Now he oversees Gourmanoff’s prolific kitchen, which produces dozens of hot items served along the market’s perimeter. From sushi to shashlik, lobster rolls to olivier salads and a huge display of smoked fish, Hess, a Sheepshead Bay native, has a hand in all of it.
His favorite items on the menu are the scallop ceviche and short ribs, which we can attest were among the best of the dozens of samples offered Monday night.
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Blinoff Creperie is now open on Coney Island Avenue, nearly a year after signs went up announcing the location.
We first reported on the new eatery in January after we spotted a “coming soon” sign was posted on the 2421 Coney Island Avenue storefront, but it looks like it took some time to get those finishing touches in order.
The location has been serving up blini, or Russian crepes, for approximately two weeks. They offer nearly two dozen crepes, including gluten-free options, alongside soups, salads and kasha. The most expensive item on the menu is a mere $8.50.
The business replaces Verrazano Carpet.
It appears House of Jeans, an Avenue U apparel staple for more than 40 years, is getting a new name.
The business’ sign came down from the 2118 Avenue U storefront a few weeks ago, and was recently replaced by another sign that says WOODstack. The inventory appears to be much of the same: brand name sneakers, casual clothing and accessories.
It’s not entirely clear if this is new ownership or just a rebranding. Another WOODstack with the same logo exists in East Flatbush. At the very least, they’ve shared owners since September 2013, when WOODstack’s Facebook page posted an album of photos titled “All our stores,” showing both the East Flatbush WOODstack, Avenue U’s House of Jeans and 1-of-1, a similar retailer in Union, New Jersey.
It’s likely they were also under the same ownership earlier in 2013, when the storefront was renovated and modernized.
No one was available to speak with us when we stopped by, and it did not yet appear as if they were open as of today. However, it looked as if it was ready to open doors any day now.
Best of luck with the new name!
Ladies, meet lingerie. Magic Lady Lingerie.
The business is now open at 2025 Avenue U. It replaces In Style, a woman’s clothing store.
It’s not entirely a new business. Magic Lady used to be at 1820 Avenue M, but an employee told us today that they moved a few weeks ago.
Welcome to the neighborhood. We can always use more lingerie.
This is a paid announcement from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association:
The first ever Sheepshead Summer Stroll drew thousands on June 1, and now it’s coming back for a second time in 2014.
The community-wide block party will see Sheepshead Bay Road packed with games, giveaways, live entertainment and food from local restaurants on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The event takes place from Emmons Avenue to East 15th Street, turning the entire walk from the subway to the water into an action-packed pedestrian mall.
Come check it out, and support your local businesses!
The above is a paid announcement by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
Well, that was fast. Less than five months after opening, Xing Hui Fashion at 1222 Avenue U is now closed.
We spotted the “For rent” signs this morning. It was only in March that we announced the business was set to open, selling jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories.
Hopefully the location fills up faster than its previous vacancy. It sat empty for at least a year following the closure of a formal attire retailer and tailor.
This is a paid announcement from Signature Auto Group, located at 9263-9265 4th Avenue.
One of Sheepshead Bay’s homegrown enterprises, Signature Auto Group, is expanding with a huge new office and showroom in Bay Ridge.
After eight years of service out of the 2319 Avenue X offices, Signature is relocating their flagship operation to 9263-9265 4th Avenue, at 94th Street.
While that might mean a move out of the neighborhood, Signature will continue to provide the same great service with auto leasing, sales, lease return services and door-to-door delivery.
For new clients, Signature helps you get out of an existing lease and return the car to the bank. They’ve also established an in-house insurance company to provide home, auto, business and wheel and tire insurance.
Alongside the new move, Signature Auto is hiring sales associates. Interested candidates should send resumes to email@example.com.
Signature Auto Group, 9263-9265 4th Avenue, (718) 616-CARS.
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