Economic revival? New businesses sprouting up everywhere in the hood

6 11 2009

New local businesses are coming to the neighborhood all along the Atlantic Ave. corridor.

The Botanica Garden Center

545 Atlantic Avenue
open Mon-Sat 8:30am to 7:30pm, Sun 10:30am to 7:30pm

This new garden just opened last week. The owners, two brothers,  plan on having a grand opening sometime soon this month. The brothers are building a centerpiece planted garden at the rear in their uniquely large double lot. Their goal is to deliver the largest selection of plants in an idyllic & spacious garden setting. Do people think Boerum Hill can support three garden centers (along with Dig and GRDN?) Thanks to Daire Brown for the info and pictures. -2


Mile End

97 A Hoyt St.

This intriguing new deli promises to add some international flavor to the lunch scene along Atlantic Ave. “The Montreal Jewish Delicatessen” is scheduled to open this December according to their website. I just discovered that Mile End is a very hip, artsy neighborhood in Montreal. Do I smell poutine? I certainly hope so!


Iris Nail

Corner of Pacific and Smith St.

20091106_0117Can’t say I really care too much about this place, but it’s better than a dark store front. I forget what was on the corner before. Also, seems like this chain is pretty popular on Yelp. Think they’ll give Dashing Diva a run for their money?

Elite Bodies by J. Ellis Jones

226 Atlantic Ave20091106_0111

A new awning just went up at the former Oricao hair salon on the aforementioned Retail Zone of Death. The personal trainer is opening what looks to be a boutique gym where he’ll run his boot camps out of. His website says he’s planning on opening the place in the next 6-8 weeks. You’ve got a lot of work ahead J! This should be a nice addition to the block, but he’s got a lot of competition with the Y right across the street and NYSC Cobble Hill around the corner. 20091106_0112

And last but, well, maybe least. . .


Something’s going on here, right next door to Elite Bodies. I have no idea what it is. But it’s better than a defunct dry cleaners. Any other stores opening in the area? Let me know!