Friday, January 27, 2017

As Commercial Rents Increase On Smith Street, Some Businesses Choose Hoyt Street

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

In the same building, just next door at 199 Douglass Street, sylist Mizuno works out of her small 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
In 2011, Brian Whiton opened Big Wrench, a piano sales showroom and repair/rebuilding shop in at 177 Smith street in a retail space that he shared with the Musicians General Store.

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


Linda said...

Bravo for highlighting these local small businesses. I live in park Slope where so many small business have closed recently on 7th avenue because of out of control rents. They are not getting filled as fast as the used to. The latest is a much loved sports shop that has been around forever. They just can't survive these outrageous rents. I don't know what landlords are thinking when they look around as see so many empty storefronts. It is heartbreaking. We have to support these local businesses.

R said...

I'm not sure what landlords on Smith St think is going to move in there. A lot of those stores are not that big so there isn't a whole lot of chains that can move in there. Secondly, there's a lot of stuff that's opened over in Downtown Brooklyn at Fulton St mall. That's only a couple subway stops away.

Anonymous said...

Salon Mizuno is the most personal, highest quality, professional, ... salon anyone could hope for when trusting someone to style their hair. Bravo for highlighting this important neighborhood gem.