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Greenpoint Gets a Hip Kids Clothier That’ll Soon Be Designing For Adults

(Photo: Courtesy of Wovenplay)

(Photos courtesy of Wovenplay)

Man, Greenpoint kids are the coolest. First they get Flying Squirrel, then the place with that giant Gummi Bear chandelier, and now this: a children’s clothier specializing in “creative couture for the every day artist and adventurer” (#littlehipsters) is coming to the quiet nook where Achilles Heel was the only sign of life.
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Now at 7115 by Szeki: Browsing, Bubbly and Baked Goods

Inside 7715 by Szeki. (Photos courtesy of Szeki Chan)

Inside 7715 by Szeki. (Photos courtesy of Szeki Chan)

Until 10 p.m. tonight at 7115 by Szeki in Williamsburg, owner Szeki Chan will be celebrating the opening of her second clothing store with champagne and cupcakes. But there’s nothing frilly about her design aesthetic.

“We are a lot less romantic than other clothing brands,” said Chan of both six-year-old Szeki on the Lower East Side and her latest venture.

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Erica Weiner to Mark Down a ‘F#$%-ton’ of Jewelry This Weekend

Ensphere Necklace, was $55, now $45 (Photos courtesy of Erica Weiner Jewelry)

Necklace was $55, now $45 (Photos courtesy of Erica Weiner jewelry)

Trying to overcome your nagging perfectionism? At an upcoming sample sale in Greenpoint, you can buy all sorts of jewelry that’s soon-to-be discontinued, or flaunting lovable mistakes.

“It’s kind of Frankenstein versions of a lot of the things we have in the collection—things that resemble collection items but didn’t make the cut because they weren’t quite right,” said Emily Ruane, publicist for Erica Weiner. “One-of-a-kind experiments, basically.”

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So Much For Rent on Grand Street, But Change Comes Slowly

Grand St. Bakery, a vintage general store, moved into an old, un-renovated store space on Grand about four years ago. The space hasn't always been easy. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Grand St. Bakery, a vintage general store, moved into an old, un-renovated store space on Grand about four years ago. The space hasn’t always been easy. (Photos: Elizabeth Flock)

Trendy shops open every other week on Grand Street near Bedford Avenue, but across the BQE in Williamsburg, the same street is experiencing growing pains. At least 16 shuttered storefronts line the six-block stretch along Grand from Union to Bushwick Avenue.

Spaces belonging to mom-and-pop stores have been put up for grabs, but instead of being replaced by beard-wax emporiums and bespoke monocle shops, their “For Rent” signs have lingered for months. While at least one developer is banking on “a migration to the eastern part of Williamsburg” as he replaces the Liberty department store with a Gene Kaufman-designed building at 774 Grand, it seems this part of Grand won’t be undergoing a major transformation in the immediate future. 

Here’s a sampling of Grand Street shops that are currently closed or in need of tenants:

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Archangel Antiques Will Close Its 2-in-1 Store in June after 20-Plus Years

(Photos: Sherry Hseih) Gail Busche, co-owner of Archangel Antiques.

(Photos: Sherry Hseih) Gail Busche, co-owner of Archangel Antiques.

Normcore is Gail Busche’s nightmare. Ask the co-owner of Archangel Antiques to describe each decade’s fashion in a word or two and she doesn’t hesitate: “’20s short, ’30s slinky, ’40s strong, ’50s elegant, ’60s fun, ’70s out there.” But after that? “The ‘80s was so bad I was happy I could still wear ’40s. And after that, there was no style.”

The East Village store plans to close in June. Busche, 75, and partner and co-owner Ricahrd Cullen, 71, say they can’t keep up with a rent increase and competition with other nearby clothing shops. Back in August 2012, Cullen told The Local East Village that Archangel’s then-rent of $4800 had sextupled since the couple first occupied 334 E. 9th Street. 

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This Theater Kid Has a Thing For Skulls, and So Does Hair Metal

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

(Photo: Nina Westervelt)

In the two and a half years that Ariel Pellman has gone to Hair Metal in Greenpoint, she’s also gone through six hairstyles. See if you can follow along with just a few: When she first visited the six-seater salon, Ariel had some purple in her hair, “but it was mostly black,” she says. “We shaved the side and made that hot pink, so I had purple and pink. Then, we did the same and bleached the tips and did teal on the bottom. And then we shaved it again and did teal with a black skull on the side.” Keep Reading »

Nightwood Is Leaving Williamsburg, Sharktooth Is Moving In

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

While it seems like every business on the planet is trying to lock up a lease in Williamsburg, Nightwood is walking away from theirs. At the end of the month, the furniture and textile shop will relocate from 111 Grand Street to a commercial building in Clinton Hill. It’ll be replaced by Sharktooth, a purveyor of vintage rugs and bedding that’s upgrading to the larger storefront from its address on Atlantic Avenue.
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Do Your Apartment Ace Hotel-Style at Rough Luxe, a New Home Design Shop

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Metal console, $1,299.

Metal console, $1,299.

Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.

Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.

Bronze spotlight with chain, $799

Bronze spotlight with chain, $799

Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).

Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).

Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).

Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).

Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)Metal console, $1,299.Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.Bronze spotlight with chain, $799Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Feltraiger isn’t the only retro-minded store that’s recently relocated to Williamsburg. After a little over a year in Dumbo, Thomas Buczkowski, a veteran of Brooklyn Flea, closed Rough Hewn in October and has now opened a new home design store, Rough Luxe, on Broadway.
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