Among Park Slope’s well-known family vibe and vast supply of elegant brownstones, you'll find a unique treasure trove of boutiques that rewards budgets of all type, from thrifty to high-end.And, in a world of chain stores and big box retailers, the Park Slope shopping scene is refreshingly local and independent. Read on to discover five of our favorite stores in the nabe, just in time to start your holiday shopping.
372 Fifth Avenue (between 5th and 6th streets)
A store straight out of a child’s imagination, this celebrated local institution has everything the aspiring superhero might need. Kids can scour the shelves for a Superman cape or load up their Batman utility belt with anti-gravity liquid and an invisibility device. Paralleling the store’s theme of secret worlds, there’s a hidden door leading to 826NYC, an inclusive nonprofit that promotes kids' writing and creative expression.
232 Seventh Avenue at 4th Street
A wonderland of invitations, journals and wrapping papers, this beloved stationery shop is full of color and verve. For rebellious individualists looking to cultivate their own style, the shop is a perfect antidote to Hallmark. Aided by the wisdom of the passionate owner-operators, customers can craft memorable invitations and distinguished notes, either in-store or at the store's website PostScript Brooklyn.
232 5th Avenue at President Street
As Park Slope represents a calmer contrast to the more frenetic Manhattan, so this store manages to riff on the idea of a general store by infusing it with a more urban sensibility. The pleasure of the shop is browsing through the diverse inventory of useful items and zany delights. The perfect place to find a gift for the person who has everything, don’t be surprised if you find yourself with armfuls of hand-painted cat mugs, solar system erasers, unicorn cupcake kits and pineapple-shaped cookie jars.
143 Seventh Avenue (between Carroll Street and Garfield Place)
In a world where great bookstores have become a rarity, the Community Bookstore is Park Slope's priceless crown jewel. You’d never know you’re in the age of Amazon at this thriving local center that offers star-studded readings, extraordinarily warm employees, a kids' corner, and of course, a particularly thoughtful and well-curated selection of books.
515 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Thrifters will want to set aside several hours for browsing this great shop, where the downstairs is uber-affordable and the upstairs is laden with high-end goods. The racks are full of surprises ranging from singular vintage finds to seemingly untouched designer offerings. Plus, all proceeds go to Chai Lifeline, a charity benefiting sick children and their families, so you’ll be able to send a few bucks to a worthy cause while scoring hip threads for you and yours.
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