Remember that Austin Powers in Goldmember scene where Goldmember and Queen B offer Austin a pipe and a crepe? (Or a shmoke and a pancake, or a bong and a blintz…) He refuses, and Goldmember exclaims, “Then there is no pleasing you!” Well, a couple of entrepreneurial Brooklyn natives are hoping that the blinged-out bad guy was actually on to something. They’re in the process of opening their cross-branded Creative Vape and Creative Crepe and Coffee shops at Wyckoff Avenue and Hancock Street in Bushwick, where they’ll be putting an inspired (and arguably healthier) twist on the pipe/crepe combination by pairing colorful, made-from-scratch crepes with custom-made, hip hop-based e-juice and vapes.
I walked into the Mr. Bing pop-up shop in the old Bowery Station to find owner Brian Goldberg in his orange and brown uniform, taking a much-needed breather from the afternoon rush. He’d just been inundated by customers and was now down to his last portion of duck. “I’m kind of new to this whole New York thing,” he said with a smile.