Top Business Stories of 2012

Brooklyn business is booming. Here's our round-up of the best of 'em.

It's been a big year for Brooklyn businesses, and we've brought you the best of them below. Benjoy!

Carroll Gardens:

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:

Little Zelda

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.

Ditmas Park:

Brooklyn ARTery

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.

Fort Greene:

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.

Windsor Terrace:

Juice Pedaler

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

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.

Park Slope:

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.  

dkholland December 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
What about Greene hill food coop? 1200 members, 2700 sq foot stiore, open 3 days a week, all in its first year. It's in Clinton hill
AP December 28, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Also worth mentioning: the Brooklyn Yoga Collective moved to a new, dedicated space on Franklin Av. (after being part of the LaunchPad). Also, Little Zelda is in Crown Heights, not Prospect Heights. Maybe it's time to change the Prospect Heights Patch to Prospect-Crown Heights Patch? :)
Amy Sara Clark December 28, 2012 at 05:38 PM
dk and AP, both very important business stories. AP, you are right on Little Zelda, our mistake. I will fix it. On the idea of a PH-CH patch, we've considered it, but it's a very large area for one Patch to cover. -Amy


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