Here’s a few newly opened businesses around the neighborhood – some of which are establishments that are rebranding and other that are soon to open.


Two Monsters Pet Shop

Here’s a new neighborhood pet supply store: it’s called Two Monsters Pet Shop and its owned by someone named Hayley Malin. Opened in late February, the name is inspired by Malin’s first dog, Mo, who is also featured on the logo, as well as her first cat, Olivia. The store carries pet food, treats, toys and supplies for cats and dogs. Featured brands currently include: Stella & Chewy’s, Weruva, Origen, Acana, Tiki Cat, Jack & Pup and Wellness. 

Malin has ambitions too and remarked to us that “I would love to keep partnering with Ridgewalks and Ridgewood Rescue to do more great events, like a Halloween parade.”

Two Monsters Pet Shop is located at 792 Onderdonk Ave. and is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The shop is closed on Wednesdays. 

A pie baked to celebrate Williamsburg Pizza’s move into Bushwick. (below). Also new in town is Two Monsters Pet Shop (below)

Williamsburg Pizza

A staple pizza chain in Williamsburg and Crown Heights and even the Lower and Upper East Side, Williamsburg Pizza is now also on Wyckoff Avenue, where a new location opened in early March. Pizza lovers can expect the same slices you can find in their other locations, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Crusts comes in either “Brooklyn Round” or “Grandma Square” varieties.  

Prices range for these random from $16.50 for a medium plain pie, $25.50 for a grandma one and $29.50 for some of the specialty pies, like the vegan pepperoni. Salads and sides are also available.

Williamsburg Pizza’s Bushwick location can be found at 259 Wyckoff Avenue. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 


No Aloha

Say aloha to No Aloha: it’s a 5,000 square foot bar and restaurant where a different bar called El Cortez used to stand. It had a soft opening on April 1st. Named after Breeders’ deep cut, “No Aloha,” this bar is owned by trio of locals: Tessie Carroll, Sonia Agostino and Patrick Sheehan.

No Aloha’s instagram page is full of sneak peeks of what those two floors has become; a colorful, fun-looking atmosphere that seems to boast animal print patterns on the walls and disco balls draping from the ceiling. Agostino described the first floor as lounge-like – spaciously sectioned for groups, plus a DJ booth. Hot pink hallways lead to the second floor which Agostino labels a “Miami Vice”-style neon party, outfitted with as a large mural put together by the photographer Ian Reid, which shows a stage featuring two models wearing latex on mountains in Italy. There is also a stage on the second floor too. Agostino called this vision: “derived from an early ’90s to late ’80s aesthetic.” 

Even in the bathrooms, the vision is present. There are six of them and each is designed with a different visual experience in mind, Agostino says. A season rotation of artists will be tasked with curating their doors. Elsewhere in the bar, the art will be framed on the walls.

“We want to be involved in the local art community,” Agostino says. Throughout April, the bar will operate on a temporary liquor license and serve drinks until midnight. Customers can expect the hours to go to 4 a.m. beginning next month. “The plan is to deliver straight forward, simple, fun mixed drinks,” Agostino promised.

No Aloha is located at 17 Ingraham St. For the month of April, No Aloha is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

A multi-floor club called No Aloha and a restaurant called Bootsie’s Pizza have both opened at the same location on 17 Ingraham Street. (images via their instagram page.)

Bootsie’s Pizza

Also inside No Aloha is Bootsie’s Pizza, which makes pies in two sizes: 10 inches and 16 inches, featuring some unique-sounding toppings including “Jalapeño in A Minor,” ($17 for a 10 inch, $28 for a 16 inch, and it consists of jalapeños, roasted tomatoes, and ricotta), “Avocado Dream” ($16 for a 10 inch and $27 for a 16 inch, and that contains roasted red peppers and slivered garlic topped with red pepper flakes, avocado and black pepper). On the classic end are the 10 inch “Cheese Bar” pies that cost $12 and the “Half n’ Half” and “Upside Down” pies that cost $14 for a 10 inch.

Agostino, who is also running No Aloha, says they they’ve hired a pizza consultant named Mikey Rodriguez to make the pies stand out. Agostino adds: “What sets us apart from other pizza spots in the area is the style. It’s a New England bar pie. Thin crust, and cheese that goes to the edge, giving a lacey finish.”

Bootsie’s Pizza is located at 17 Ingraham St. Dine-in hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Little Lion

Founded by Danielle Peters, and with a first location established in 2016 in Park Slope, Little Lion opened their second spot on Grand Street in late March. The new location will focus on a variety of cuts, ranging in price from $60 for a barber cut from to advanced haircuts priced at $115; specialist cuts for curly hair that cost between $110 to $140; treatments beginning at $30 and “special event” looks that feature a blow dry and style option for $60 or a more intricate styling, which will cost between $135 to $165. 

Little Lion is located at 537 Grand St. and is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


BODYHOO Studios

Arrie Fae and Meghann Bronson-Davidson are a married couple and a circus sideshow, which they now operated from a new location near the Bushwick-Ridgewood border called BODYHOO Studios. It’s the home of Moving Strength Brooklyn, a pilates machine studio which offers Reformer, Tower and Cardio Jump Board-style classes. They have a grand opening package that’s currently available for $75 and gets you three yoga or pilates classes. All pricing for class packages can be found here. Classes should be booked no later than three hours prior to class start time. The pair have experience working with diverse populations including rehabilitation, injury and chronic pain, pre and postnatal as well as the trans and non-binary community.

BODYHOO Studios is located at 1080 Wyckoff Avenue, 2nd floor with the entrance through Fien Coffee. Class schedules can be found on the studio’s website

Other new businesses in the neighborhood include a pilates machine studio and the second location of a Brooklyn hair salon called Little Lion. (images from their instagram pages.)
Little Shop of Soil has moved to Myrtle Avenue and is now Little Shop. (above.) Meanwhile, a bar called Mia Marie’s has opened where Onderdonk & Sons used to be. (below.)

Little Shop

Little Shop of Soil’s successful first brick-and-mortar has been transformed and rebranded into a store called Little Shop which sells that kitchen, dining, bath and other products instead. Some of the brands at Little Shop include Little Barn Apothecary, Takoma Ceramics and tableware from EGG BACK HOME

Little Shop is located on 1311 Myrtle Ave. and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Mia Marie’s

Opening inside where Onderdonk & Sons used to be, Mia Marie has their own elegant cocktail menu as well as a food menu with abundant bites, salads and bigger dishes. Drinks are made with bitters and include the $8 “woodbine” ($8) and the Saint Nick ($11). Food includes togarashi chips ($7) and grilled cheese tomato soup ($10) as well as numerous salads and sandwiches.

Mia Marie’s is located at 566 Onderdonk Ave. and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Social Cues

The newest private lounge in the neighborhood will likely offer some of the same activities as the other locations, including darts, billiards, karaoke, pool table, board games, an 82” TV. But the ambience is authentic to the style and originality of the Bushwick it portrays, i.e. an ’80s vibe with some bright street art. Groups of eight and under can book a reservation online. Larger parties of up to 50 can be accommodated upon request. The space is BYOB.

Social Cues’ East Williamsburg location is located at 35 Meadow Street and a Bushwick location is set to open in the near future.


Gunther’s at Farewell

Sarah Khoshaba, who is behind Soup Queen BK, is taking her homemade soup business to a permanent to-go window at the Farewell Bar. She takes the name, Gunther’s, after her dog. Beyond the soups are sandwiches and breakfast items, like “The Kithy,” which contains two fired eggs, ricotta, microgreens, crispy fried shallots, chili oil and house made tamari ginger aioli, packed on a brioche bun from a local bakery concept called native braed. A robbery late last month at the bar delayed the opening the opening of Gunther’s until April 21. There’s also a GoFundMe to raise money for the bar.

Gunther’s at Farewell is located at 143 Troutman St. 

Some of the soups available at Soup Queen BK, which is opening a permanent popup at Farewell in Bushwick: (above) a Thai coconut curry carrot soup and (below) an elote soup with tequila lime shrimp, garnished with radish, cotija, and cilantro. (Mace Vannoni for Soup Queen BK)

Top image taken by Andrew Karpan.

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