Not like this is a regular feature, but after seeing the very sudden emergence of retail at the corner of Bedford and North 4th, it got me thinking about all of the retail that has been popping up in the neighborhood. The 232 Bedford Avenue building had been all residential, and has just undergone a pretty stunning transformation (courtesy of Loading Dock 5 Architects). As of last weekend (as seen above), there are three new retail stores operating out of the ground floor – a jewelry store, a high-end sneaker store and another boutique.
Diagonally across the street, it looks like another jeweler/boutique is set to open in the small space next to Whisk (another somewhat recent addition to the neighborhood). With Bedford Cheese Shop on the third corner, this is turning into a nice little retail hub, made nicer by the fact that it is just a bit south of the crappy stretch of Bedford. (Hopefully the fourth corner won’t be built out as planned.)
In other retail news, my friends at Treehouse, Sodafine and lots of other great local establishments are putting on The Winter Market this Sunday (6 December) at Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street).
All good reasons to keep your holiday shopping local.