Whereas the first Sheepshead Summer Stroll ushered in the summer in June, this second one, held this past Sunday, capped off the season.
Hosted by Empower Sheepshead and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, and the Kings Bay Y, the Sheepshead Summer Stroll closes down Sheepshead Bay Road to traffic and allows businesses to turn their storefronts inside-out for shopping, dining and entertaining – and a bunch of family friendly activities.
Take our photo tour of the Summer Stroll.
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!
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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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.
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.
The first ever Sheepshead Stroll took place this Sunday drawing thousands of attendees, and highlighting local merchants through a block party atmosphere on Sheepshead Bay Road.
The Stroll is a local version of the Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walk initiative, in which the agency works with community partners to close down the road to traffic, and allows businesses to turn their storefronts inside-out for shopping, dining and entertaining. The event was hosted by Empower Sheepshead and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, State Senator Marty Golden and the Kings Bay Y.
Blessed with beautiful weather, thousands came out for food samples, giveaways, kids entertainment, shopping and eating. Keep reading for the photo tour of the event.
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Photo by Erica Sherman
Merin Corsetiere, the long-lived women’s apparel business, is set to close soon according to signs posted in the window.
The business, located at 1629 Jerome Avenue, just off Sheepshead Bay Road, posted the signs late last week. We can’t recall how long it has been there – which is usually a strong indicator that it’s been there quite some time (at least 15 years, I’d say).
Everything is half price, so go shop your hearts out.
And to the owners, best of luck with whatever they choose to do next.
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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.