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: email@example.com.
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.
Hi Bed Stuy, very sorry for my radio silence this summer. Travels and work have kept me away from the blog, but I hope it’ll calm down soon as we move into fall. Anyway, as I noted this spring, there is now a boutique specializing in art, jewelry, home wares, handmade clothing and accessories open at 410 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, off Halsey Street, called Locale. The owners got in touch to let me know they are now hosting daily yoga classes here, which is something you can’t find much around the neighborhood. The studio, according to Locale owner Donald Edwards, promotes “holistic health through private and small group classes that offer more adjustments, attention to detail, and specialized instruction.” It’s also the only studio in Bed Stuy with its own aerial hammocks — just check out the photos!
There are lots of classes to choose from, including Aerial Yoga Basics, Candlelight Vinyasa Wine – Down (yoga + a complimentary glass of wine! YES!), Vinyasa Flow, Children’s Yoga and Senior’s Yoga. There is also a “Fitness Fight Club,” which focuses on more general fitness. If it looks interesting, then check out the studio schedule for details on classes.
Photos courtesy of Locale
More news for the prominent mixed-use building on the corner of Macon and Stuyvesant. (The place where plans for a Thai restaurant fell through, and where a stop work order was issued for work without a permit.) This listing just popped up for the entire property — it’s asking $6.3 million, a very high price indeed. There are seven units total with the ground-floor commercial space. Oddly enough, Streeteasy also shows that three of the apartment units are on the market, with a three bedroom asking $3,295 a month, a two bedroom asking $2,850 a month, and another two bedroom asking $2,595. Are rents really that expensive in this area? Yeesh.
The selling price of the building will really be a test of how much the market’s boomed in the last year — it sold for $2.5 million in 2014.
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I stayed in the neighborhood, and on a walk up Marcus Garvey Boulevard from Fulton Street I was struck by the changes coming to the stretch. Tracking business openings in Bed Stuy is interesting; because the neighborhood is so large you don’t see openings in any confined or specific locale. And on Marcus Garvey, there are still plenty of empty storefronts separating the newcomers. But it really is nice to see more commercial life on the street. Pictured above, Wing It is now at 439 MGB, between Macon and Macdonough. The place will serve wings (of course), burgers, salads, sandwiches and soul food.
Across the street at 410 MGB, the gift shop Locale has opened. I wrote about the store back in April. And the Mexican restaurant Tepache looks like it’ll open any day now on the northwest corner of MGB and Halsey Street. (I spoke with the owner about the new space last month.)
Finally, anybody have more details on this? It’s the old Marcus Vineyard space between Halsey and Macon. I couldn’t find details about Tree House online, so let me know if you know more than I do. UPDATE: It looks like the operators of this new spot will request a liquor license from Community Board 3 at the next monthly meeting.
UPDATE #2: A commenter points out that the landlord of the former Jeffrey’s location, at 426A Marcus Garvey, is looking for a new restaurant tenant. I’ve never been inside but it seems like a huge space.
I noticed construction going on at 405 Gates Avenue, a prominent three-story building on the corner of Nostrand Avenue. Turns out the building has a very interesting history — according to Brownstoner, it was built around 1888 as a public meeting house known as Arlington Hall. It was commonly used by fraternal organizations and societies as the area became home to an upper and middle class. According to writer Montrose Morris, “From what scraps of information I’ve gleaned, the building originally had meeting rooms, offices, a dining room and a bowling alley.” It was boarded up in the 70s and fell into disrepair.
405 Gates Avenue in 2006. Photo via PropertyShark.
Current construction will restore this building for commercial purposes. The architect, Marianne Russo, reported that the project faced delays with the Department of Buildings. But everything is back in order with the Department of Buildings, she said, although she couldn’t give a construction timeline. While the building suffered from some serious neglect, the team is trying to maintain the facade as much as possible. It’ll be great to see it open to the public again!