There’s a new cafe and record store at 1129 Bedford Avenue, between Monroe and Madison, called The Mixtape Shop. The business began as an online store in February of 2016, specializing in independent and underground music. Now, the brick and mortar record shop also features a café serving espresso from Intelligentsia, Bien Cuit pastries and a selection of cold drinks. In the fall, there are plans to expand to a more extensive food menu.
“We wanted to create a space where people can spend time hanging out and listening to music with a welcoming vibe for people who don’t normally go into record shops,” co-owner Erica Roden said in a press release. The release also said this about the music selection: “The record shop offers a range of recent releases, rare original pressings and reissued albums and LP’s with new titles every week. The inventory favors a curated selection of house, soul, disco, techno, Brazilian and jazz music.”
This storefront has been vacant for years, and was designed into a functional, simple space that could easily be transformed for weekend or evening events. It’s equipped with Klipschorn speakers and multiple listening stations, too.
If you’d like to visit, The Mixtape Shop is open seven days a week. The cafe runs between 8am and 4pm, while the record shop is open between noon and 8pm.
Here are some new business openings I’ve noticed around the neighborhood. The first is Brown Butter Craft Bar + Kitchen, at 413 Tompkins Avenue (between Hancock and Halsey). Myriam Nicolas, owner of Brooklyn Baby Cakes on Nostrand Avenue, is behind the venture, and is offering up fancier takes on staples like the bacon, egg, and cheese, alongside grain bowls, salads, matcha teas, beetroot lattes and juices. The cafe is currently open from 7:30am to 5pm, though Nicolas is in the process of applying for a beer and wine liquor license to expand her hours. Read more details of this new spot over at DNAinfo. The photo of the cafe is via Facebook.
This summer, Capoeira Fit Brooklyn opened at 525 Nostrand Avenue, between Nostrand and Atlantic. Beside offering Capoeira classes–which is an African-Brazilian practice that combines dance, martial arts, music and acrobatics–there are also karate and yoga classes. Check out the full class schedule here. Photo above via Yelp.
South London pizzaria Bravi Ragazzi has opened shop at 570 Putnam Avenue, on the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard. This is the first American outpost for the company, which is known for its wood-fired, sourdough pizzas. This is more than a slice joint — there’s seating for up to 60 people inside and includes a bar. Has anybody tried it yet? Does it stand up to the classic Brooklyn slice?
Bed-Stuy is made up of some incredible, committed small business owners and Claudette Brady is one of them. She began her business, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, online after becoming ill and having to move out of Bed-Stuy. Thankfully she returned, and opened a brick and mortar location with her massive collection of yarn and books in 2015. She moved into a larger space at 450 Nostrand Avenue, between Putnam and Jefferson, last year. Anybody crafty–or anybody looking to get crafty–will find tons of supplies here: yarns, threads, floss, patterns, needles and hooks. But what makes this place really special is its community focus. “This is designed as a community space where you can sit down and be comfortable,” Claudette told me. Basically, it’s the perfect place to take a class and learn how to knit or crochet, or join a circle (held on the last Friday of every month) to sit, drink wine, meet your neighbors, talk about the world and craft away. Check out the shop’s full list of events here.
Claudette is now raising $6,000 on GoFundMe to renovate her space to begin hosting maker’s markets. As she said in her fundraising profile, “Brooklyn has become the Makers capital of the USA, unfortunately, many in our community have been excluded from the various makers markets or do not have the financial means to have a retail outlet; my goal is to be an incubator for these Makers/artisans and provide a low-cost space.”
It’s no secret that Bed-Stuy is changing rapidly and becoming un-affordable to many of our neighbors who have long called it home. Claudette would rather see community-focused retail opening up here, rather than an endless stream of bars and restaurants. Her business seeks to preserve the close-knit support system she has loved about Bed-Stuy since her arrival in 1995. “This has long been a middle class neighborhood, and was made beautiful because of all the black people who live here,” she said.
Claudette’s impact in the neighborhood surpasses the management of Slip Stitch. She was one of the most influential voices behind expanding the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District and establishing the Bedford Historic District. She has also helped organize Greenest Block submissions and It’s My Park Day at Von King Park. Claudette’s commitment to Bed-Stuy has been an incredible gift to the neighborhood, so be sure to stop by, say hello, support the business and enjoy the space on your next stroll down Nostrand.
Photos via GoFundMe
This Saturday Stacked Yoga will celebrate one year in the neighborhood at 405 Tompkins Avenue, between Jefferson and Hancock. The studio offers all types of classes including basic, restorative and “power remix” yoga. A drop in class costs $19, while new students can get two weeks of unlimited classes for $45.
Saturday, from 2 to 6pm, there will be music, food and yoga going down in the studio. If you’d like more details about the event, feel free to email Stackedyoga@gmail.com. And be sure to check out Stacked’s full class calendar on the website.
Bohaus Coffee and Flowers, the cute cafe that opened last year at 406 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, is now offering local flower and plant deliveries. Here’s word from co-owner Jenny Hauser:
After being opened for a little over 6 months and getting lots of feedback, we recently launched our flower/plant delivery program in the Bedstuy area. We offer a unique yet classy variety of arrangements for any occasion and we are now available to do weddings/other events! We are excited to offer this to the community! For info on delivery and other services, customers can visit bohausbk.com. As always, everyday, we offer a vast selection of flowers, plants, and (of course) coffee in our retail shop.
Arrangements on the website range from $50 up to $140, with delivery fees between $10 and $15. See photos of the lovely types of flower arrangements after the jump.
There’s been lots of activity at the storefront just south of Peaches, along Lewis Avenue. A peek inside shows a really charming space with bar stool seating. From what I’ve been hearing, it will be the brick and mortar location for The Jerk Shop, which has a setup on the corner of Lewis and Macdonough. I caught them grilling at Bed-Vyne Cocktail and can speak from experience when I say that the jerk chicken and pork is amazing. It’d be great to welcome them into this space. If you’ve got more info, shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few weeks ago I noticed that the Rabbit Moon coffee shop, at 334 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Putnam and Madison, wasn’t open its normal hours. And then the mural on its security gate was promptly painted over, and it looks like the place is permanently shuttered. The cafe, which also sold fancy grocery items and served as a CSA pickup, was running for a few years. There’s no news of the closure on the Rabbit Moon website or Facebook.
I sometimes get the impression that businesses along Marcus Garvey don’t get a ton of foot traffic/business, but I may be wrong. Readers, any thoughts about how businesses are fairing along Marcus Garvey? I hate to see things close because it means another shuttered storefront on that drag. Regardless, there’s been some new stuff opening in the past year or so, like Tree House, Locale, Tepache and Bohaus.