Our friends at Arbuz tell us they’re set to have a new neighbor, Life Made A Little Easier, a head shop slated to replace Luv My Vision Optique on Sheepshead Bay Road.
A banner went up at the 1702 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront on Friday, advertising it as a “Smoke-Vape-Novelty Shop.” A little online sleuthing (really, very little), shows that it’s the latest branch of a Staten Island business established in 2012 that sells pipes, electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, and assorted knick-knacks for the smoking/faux-smoking enthusiast.
The storefront itself has been empty since December, when Luv My Vision closed down a year and a half (and a hurricane) after opening.
You will almost never read on this site that I’m glad a business has left the neighborhood. But when I walked past 1727 Sheepshead Bay Road the other day and realized that the “Pawn Shop” – really, a cash-for-gold operation – had given way to a new business, well, I was glad that business had left the neighborhood.
Maybe it’s a misconception, but I tend to think cash-for-gold shops popping up are a sign of the neighborhood going down the tubes. Pawn shops, gun shops and rub-and-tugs - all bad signs. No comment about the business above this storefront…
Anyway, back to the new business. Mon Plaisir Skin Care has taken over the spot. According to a Yelp listing, it’s a relocation; the business used to be in Manhattan’s Kips Bay. According to their Facebook page, the new Sheepshead Bay location has been open since March 1.
The pawn shop opened in early 2012 and survived Superstorm Sandy. If you still have a dire need to get cash for some gold, there are still plenty of other options.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Mon Plaisir.
It was less than a year ago that Funkiberry, a frozen yogurt outpost, opened on Avenue U and Ocean Avenue.
The franchise continues to expand, with a new location set to open soon at 1917 Kings Highway (between East 19th Street and Ocean Avenue).
A third location already exists on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, and the website indicates plans for international locations in Russia, Italy, the Ukraine, France and China.
The storefront was most recently occupied by a dry cleaners.
Sixteen months after Superstorm Sandy shuttered the Sheepshead Bay T.G.I. Fridays (3181 Harkness Avenue), the franchise is set to reopen with a “re-imaged” interior intended to reflect a New York City vibe.
Located on the banks of Plumb Beach Channel, the tides of Superstorm Sandy caused three feet of flood water to barrel through the popular bar and eatery near the United Artists movie theater. The devastation required a long cleanup, and the operators used it as an opportunity to become the first New York-area Fridays to roll out a new interior design that will soon be seen at locations across the five boroughs.
Some of the touches in the new interior include a dramatically redesigned bar, an open kitchen and an acrylic panel depicting the city’s skyline. That’s not to mention the sweeping waterfront views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, with cafe-like seating.
While out of commission, Friday’s reassigned much of its 126-strong workforce to other locations around the city.
The restaurant is set to open its doors to customers on Monday, April 28.
All photos courtesy of T.G.I. Fridays.
This is a paid announcement from UFC Gym Brooklyn, located at 16 Brighton 11th Street.
They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, we can vouch for that; one year has flown by since we opened our doors in Sheepshead Bay.
Throughout the year we changed brands from LA Boxing to UFC Gym, we added more classes, more equipment, and more trainers. We did all this to get better, to provide better quality and a better experience to our members. We promise our members results, and results we deliver. While other places become stale and boring, UFC Gym never stops changing and evolving.
We would like to invite everyone to come out and celebrate this anniversary milestone with us on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come check out what so many have been raving about this past year. In our first year we have solidified our reputation as the best fitness option in the area. Only at UFC Gym Brooklyn do we offer group training sessions that incorporate Mixed Martial Arts training with TRX. We are the only fitness studio of its kind that offers Trigger Point Boxing, UFC Fit, Daily Ultimate Trainer classes.
- Special schedule for this Saturday:
- 9:00 a.m.: MATRX (MMA with TRX)
- 10:15 a.m.: Kid’s MMA
- 12:00 p.m.: New Programming Circuit Training
- 2:00 p.m.: New Programming Circuit Training
- Great beats with Brooklyn’s best DJs, Deejay Gio and Alex Edge!!!
- Healthy Food
- Prizes and Giveaways
- Free classes
- Free Personal Training sessions all day
- Free Fitness Assessments all day
- Great membership discounts
- Personal training specials
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Come join UFC Gym Brooklyn family on Saturday for a great workout and an awesome anniversary party! Call us at (718) 975-7100 to reserve a spot.
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Kings Plaza Shopping Center (5100 Kings Plaza) will soon be home to the first Brooklyn locations of three national brands: Fossil, Michael Kors and Justice.
The Commercial Observer reports:
Michael Kors, which sells sell apparel, accessories and footwear, leased 4,000 square feet at the borough’s only enclosed mall. Fossil will sell its watches, handbags and jewelry out of a 1,100-square-foot space at the mall and Justice girls clothing store will sell its duds from a 4,200-square-foot space.
Fossil will be the first to open in the spring. Fall will see the arrival of Michael Kors, while Justice is slated for the holiday season.
A new burger joint named My House is now serving up hot ground beef patties at 1650 Sheepshead Bay Road.
Signage for the store went up last week, and they opened the doors to the public this week. The owner, a partner in Yooberry Frozen Yogurt at 1501 Sheepshead Bay Road, said they’re still fixing up the storefront but were eager to get food in the hands of a hungry clientele.
“It’s almost done. We have to do a few more touch-ups, but because of the weather everyone has rescheduled. But right now it’s open to the public,” the owner said.
The storefront was most recently occupied by Ichiko Sushi, which opened in 2010 and never reopened after Superstorm Sandy. It’s also the first time in nearly two decades that the location will not be a sushi joint, having been home to the strip’s first sushi restaurant, Sakura, for many years.
The Enterprize Gift & Jewelry store has moved from its 1601 Sheepshead Bay Road location across the street to 1616 Sheepshead Bay Road, co-locating with a new salon named Deniz Hair Salon. That storefront was previously occupied by J’Adore Paris, which closed in December.
It’s the latest business to move out of the strip from the northern side of Sheepshead Bay Road between East 16th Street and Jerome Avenue, leaving Anatolian Gyro as the last remaining tenant of the building. As we’ve previously reported, Anatolian Gyro will soon move to 2623 East 16th Street, just around the corner.
The exodus is due to the landlord’s plans to renovate the strip. The landlord, Waldorf Realty, is also renovating two other stretches on and near Sheepshead Bay Road, leaving many vacant storefronts as it prepares for construction.
The other stores in this building were Eye Appeal, which already moved to 1508 Sheepshead Bay Road, and Zeetron, an electronics repair shop that never reopened after Superstorm Sandy.
Waldorf recently started prepping another Sheepshead Bay Road property at Voorhies Avenue last fall, containing six ground-floor businesses, for a face-lift. They’re also nearing completion on a renovation of another batch of storefronts on the corner of Avenue Z and East 16th Street.
Avenue U is home to a new clothing store, Xing Hui Fashion, selling jewelry, handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories, according to the sign.
The business opened at 1222 Avenue U, a storefront that’s been empty for at least a year. It previously was a formal attire retailer and tailor.
We also noticed that the dry cleaner’s next door, previously POM Dry Cleaners, has rebranded as Red Apple Dry Cleaners. Exciting stuff, eh?
Welcome to the neighborhood, Xing Hui Fashion.
Prom Outfitters, a new formal wear shop, has opened at 2417 Coney Island Ave, just south of Avenue U.
According to an employee at the store, they’ve been up and running for about two weeks. It’s the second location for the business. The original store still serves customers at 1001 Flatbush Avenue.
The new Coney Island location replaces one of the many storefronts once occupied by Lester’s clothing store, a Sheepshead Bay staple that has been shrinking its retail footprint over the past year.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Prom Outfitters!