It's been a big year for Brooklyn businesses, and we've brought you the best of them below. Benjoy!
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Tired of Brooklyn? Step into 1970s Palm Beach at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, a 17,000-square-foot game hall set to open its doors in Gowanus by spring.
Prospect Heights/Crown Heights:
The Spanish-themed cafe serves coffee drinks and, after enduring the always-lengthy process of securing a liquor license, recently began serving beer, wine and small plates. It is also the meeting space for the Franklin Avenue Proust Society, which will be gathering to discuss "In Search of Lost Time" every Sunday for the next two years.
Empire Mayonnaise Co.
Artisanal Brooklyn really hit its zenith with Empire Mayonnaise Co., the only store in the solar system dedicated exclusively to the sale of the upscale sandwich spread.
Brooklyn ARTery is more than a store, it's a community gathering space for folks looking to teach and take classes, interact with other members of the community and is an outlet for local artists to sell their work.
Mo's Fort Greene
It used to be Moe's, and now it's just Mo's. Regardless of the adjustment to its name, the Fort Greene haunt still caters to a healthy mix of locals, from the new arrivals to the neighborhood old-timers.
The hard-to-spell Baguetteaboudit opened last year in the same building as the former Tillie's of Brooklyn, but owner Keith Goldberg says the cafe picks up where its predecessor left off.
It doesn't get more family-friendly than this: Juice Pedaler offers bike services—repairs, rentals, accessories—as well as fresh juice drinks, gourmet coffee healthy snacks. When the weather turns nice, customers can even sip their beverages in the store's well-manicured backyard.
Miss Master’s Closet
Jessica Master's love affair with fashion began the first time she stepped into a Salvation Army in the early '90s (she was 8-years-old and was on the hunt for bell bottoms). Her Bedford Avenue vintage store is a reflection of her eclectic tastes, featuring a carefully curated selection of vintage and contemporary pieces at cut rate prices.
Bike Slug is barely the size of a fly. At just 150-square-feet, the repair shop specializes in restoring vintage rides, as well as small jobs like fixing flats and adjusting derailleurs for a reasonable sum.
Pork Slope Opens on Fifth Ave.
The roadhouse-style (and “Road House”-inspired) bar is owned by the trio behind Talde: David Massoni, John Bush and Dale Talde, of “ who created Pork Slope’s Southern bbq menu. The new 5th Avenue outpost replaced Aunt Suzie’s this past summer.
Business Booms at Bridal Boutique
Seventh Avenue bridal boutique Sposabella Couture can thank Albany’s landmark passage of the Marriage Equality Act for a new type of client: Gay couples looking to tie the knot.