(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

How convenient: next to Williamsburg’s new custom-motorcycle café, you can now buy women’s clothing inspired by racing gear. Sha-Fa opened this past weekend, and, among other things, the boutique sells motorcycling-inspired mesh leather tops by the newly launched Canto NYC label.

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Paulina Kucharska, who owns the store with Kalina Cuirnk, was born in Poland and grew up in Greenpoint. “I know the area really well and I love the way it’s changing,” she said as Mishka, an adorable two-year-old Pomeranian, frolicked with customers. And now she’s part of that change: what used to be a garage is now a minimalist white-brick box with light fixtures that Cuirnk made from wooden hangers. In the back, guys can brew themselves some coffee and chomp on cookies while their girlfriends are in the changing room.


Owner Paulina Kucharska at the register while her partner Kalina Cuirnk plays with Mishka.

The store stocks unique items from New York-based designers (as well as Boston-based Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan) plus jewelry from Mexico at prices ranging from $170 to $900. Kucharska plans to “bring in a touch of Eastern European style,” with Polish and Italian designers coming soon.

Sha-Fa, 163 Grand St., nr. Bedford Ave.; (347) 689-4449