From bicycles to books to beauty supplies, you’ll find them all, and more besides, in Park Slope. Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue are the primary shopping streets, and unlike in many other neighborhoods, here local shops dominate, adding to Park Slope’s one-of-a-kind charm.
The “Blue Ribbon” in this gift shop’s name refers to the fact that every item selected for its shelves is the best of the best. That encompasses toy cash registers and pizza sets handcrafted of sustainable wood, handblown glass cloches completed with safety matches and a flint to serve as a striker, insulated lunchboxes designed to resemble wicker baskets, and tins of caramel popcorn seasoned with Old Bay. Whatever the occasion, whoever the recipient (yourself included), you’ll find the ideal present here.
Founded in 1971, Community Bookstore continues to thrive where many so many other independent book shops, and even bookstore chains, have failed. Credit the well-informed staff, the wide-ranging selection, the welcoming vibe, and the charming garden where reading is encouraged. The store also hosts readings and talks, both on-site and at nearby venues, featuring an impressive roster of authors; recent guests included Lucinda Williams, Andrew Solomon, Ann Napolitano, and George Saunders.
Located side by side, Kiwi sells women’s apparel, while Fig sells clothing for men. Each offers a curation of comfortable, timelessly stylish offerings from brands both well known (Faherty, Natori, Vince, White + Warren) and on the rise. In addition, Kiwi offers fluid dresses, pants, and blouses designed by owner Christine Alcalay.
Also dating back to the 1970s, Tarzian West sells every sort of kitchen appliance, cookware item, cleaning supply, and type of dinnerware you could possible require—including many you didn’t realize you required until you spotted them here. Mason Cash mixing bowls, Breville toasters, Le Creuset Dutch ovens, Schott Zwiese drinkware, and OXO compost bins are only a few of the highlights. (Special shoutout to the Hedgehog Dryer Buddies, the cutest way to reduce drying time.)
Car seats and crib sheets, swaddles and strollers, bath toys and bassinets: Babies and toddlers need a lot of stuff. Lullaby Baby aims to make shopping for it easy and stress-free by selling just about all of it from trustworthy brands such as Baby Björn, Jellycat, Mustela, and Oeuf.