Michael Neal of Carroll Gardens Pet Grooming
As we have all witnessed, Smith Street has lost more businesses of late, leaving us with many empty storefronts and a sad looking commercial street that just fifteen years ago had undergone a successful rejuvenation.
The main reason for the exodus seems to be ever rising rents, making it hard for new businesses to be profitable on this once thriving street. Some owners are therefore looking for other options in the neighborhood and are finding cheaper spaces along Hoyt Street.
Here is a look at three such businesses that have chosen to settle there.
Carroll Gardens Pet Grooming opened in housed in a beautifully renovated storefront at the corner of Douglass Street and Hoyt Street a year and a half ago. The grooming salon offers a number of services and "focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction", which is confirmed by their impeccable Yelp reviews.
Co-owner Michael Neal told PMFA that opening on Hoyt Street made a lot of sense for his business, since the rent was much more reasonable than on Smith Street, which helped with his overhead.
"Besides, my salon is a destination for people who have made an appointment to come see us," he told us. " So, I didn't need to be on a busy commercial street."
Give Carroll Gardens Pet Grooming a try if you have a dog that needs a haircut.
121 Douglass Street, Brooklyn
347 599 2522
Salon Mizuno, which she opened five years ago. After developing a clientele in the neighborhood, she decided that it was time to open her own place. The storefront on Douglass at the corner of Hoyt suited her perfectly. "I wanted to be on a quieter street" she told me. "When I was looking for a space, Smith Street was very busy. Now, of course, that has changed."
Salon Mizuno offers women and men's haircuts ($50 to $85), children's haircuts, color, Keratin treatments, Japanese straightening, blow dry, up dos, and make up.
The salon is open every day except for Tuesdays.
199 Douglass Street
Corner of Hoyt Street
718 855 2729
Just recently, Brian was able to move to a much larger space at 264 Degraw Street at the corner of Hoyt Street, where he can display more instruments.
The new showroom happens to be right across from St. Agnes Church, where Brian painstakingly renovated a Brooklyn-made Wissner Concert Grand Piano from 1891.
264 Degraw Street
Corner of Hoyt Street