Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Ecopolis Closes Its Door On Smith Street

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Independently, readers Donald and Tim contacted me to let me know that Ecoplis Café, at 180 Smith Street at Warren Street had recently closed its doors. I passed by to confirm the news and sure enough, tho 'ecologically-friendly" neighborhood coffee place apparently called it quits on February 26th. A note in the window from the owner and staff bids farewell to its customers and urges everyone to support the next business that will be taken over the space.
The café had been in business at this location since 2010, moving into the new building shortly after construction was completed.
I must admit that I never ventured into Ecoplis.
Was it any good? Will it be missed? Any suggestion for appropriate business uses for the storefront?

And here is another closing on Smith Street, just a few doors down from Ecolplis. The independently-owned Verizon Wireless store at number 158 Smith Street has been emptied except for the shelving and some chairs.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

When Ecopolis was open I liked it very much, especially because it carried City Bakery products, which are the best. But, not being an avid coffee drinker I found their hours to be frustrating. They weren't open early enough when I really really needed a cup of coffee, or late enough when I wanted an evening drink or cookie. I'm not sure who they were tailoring their hours to.

Anonymous said...

So long $4 muffins. You will not be missed.

Bridgette Raes Style Group said...

Great, maybe we'll get another Thai joint or a nail salon. JUST what we need.

Honestly, I never ventured into Ecopolis either. I hate to say it, but Starbucks was only a block away and I like my tea mistos there.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, with the rapid rise of rents on Smith Street, I say there is at least a 50% chance we are going to see another nail salon in the near future, as they seem to be one of the few businesses with adequate revenues to afford Smith Street.

For some reason (which I do not fully understand) there seems to be an insatiable demand for manicures.

I fear Smith Street is going to become 7th Avenue in Park Slope. There used be interesting restaurants and shops on 7th Avenue, and not it seems there are nail salons, real estate agents and cell phone stores...and a few chain stores. All the interesting businesses migrated to 5th Avenue in search of more affordable rent.

Anonymous said...

I would go to Ecopolis 3, maybe 4 times a week. Damn shame. They may not have been the best coffee in the neighborhood, but they were better than most, and the closest to my apartment.

Anonymous said...

Not sad to see them go. The place was super expensive and like a previous commenter mentioned, what was up with their hours? Also, the only cash thing wasn't convenient.

Anonymous said...

I believe it was Birdbath's baked goods (sister to City Bakery) that Ecopolis first sold. A big plus. Also, they offered some gluten-free goods. but last time I went in, it nothing looked appetizing. As for the coffee, meh. But a shame that it closed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a recent coffe place willing to go neck a neck w Starbucks. Like maybe peddlar at smith canteen branch. No more nail salons. It's an Eco building with sun panels. Right? So no acetone nail salons, please.

Anonymous said...

"I fear Smith Street is going to become 7th Avenue in Park Slope. There used be interesting restaurants and shops on 7th Avenue, and not it seems there are nail salons, real estate agents and cell phone stores...and a few chain stores. All the interesting businesses migrated to 5th Avenue in search of more affordable rent. "

After living on Smith St, I did time on 7th Ave and Union for 1 year and hated it. Kept coming back to Smith St to eat and drink and be merry. So I moved back to Smith St as soon as I could. After about 5 years on Smith I saw the influx of massive strollers, dull expensive Manhattan restaurants opening, burger joint after burger joint, Abilene becoming a day care during the day, 8-story buildings made of cardboard breaking ground, rents soaring, it all seemed too familiar and happily moved to another nearby neighborhood. I still get back to Carroll Gardens pretty often, but don't spend much time on Smith St anymore. It's still no where near as bad as northern Park Slope (which is pretty dull), but it's not getting any better. Parents and kids are great; entitled yuppie parents who don't care how annoying their precocious 2 year old is being at the bar are not so great.

Anonymous said...

""I fear Smith Street is going to become 7th Avenue in Park Slope. There used be interesting restaurants and shops on 7th Avenue, and not it seems there are nail salons, real estate agents and cell phone stores..."

While we all fear the impending cultural dilution of Smith Street, I think we're a long way off.

The last couple years have seen the coming of Battersby, Arthur, Dassara, Nightingale 9 and Bien Cuit amongst others. Hardly an avalanche of the Salons and Realtors.

And actually, all the realtors continue to open on Court street, which after a string of solid restaurant openings a couple years ago has now completely lost it. Much more Seventh ave than Smith by far.

Anonymous said...

Agreed the $4 muffin seems steep, but those raspberry bran muffins were incredible; worth every penny. No need for a mid-morning snack after noshing one of those for breakfast. They were both satisfying and really tasty.

Anonymous said...

Their tiny muffins, 1/4 the size of Starbucks muffins, were 50 cents more than Starbucks, $2.50. Only because I eat things i like, but in small portions, did I pay that much, but I resented it. Their coffee was also expensive, compared to Starbucks. Coffee and muffins are elastic, in economic theory, meaning people won't buy something when its price is too high or increases. I guess the owners didn't do their homework or perhaps didn't put together a good business plan. Mary