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Williamsburg is slowly turning into Cobble Hill. Consider the evidence: Grown-up kitchen store Whisk appears on Bedford Avenue. BoCoCa mainstay Bird opens a pop-up shop around the corner on Grand Street. And on the same block, new design store Abode offers stair runners—essential for cozy brownstone living, not so useful for 22-year-olds in crumbling studio apartments.
Unfortunately, of these three new developments, Abode, at 179 Grand, turns out to be the least thrilling. Williamsburg has several thriving design stores, and the store's small space doesn't show off the merchandise to its advantage. Still, we like their commitment to socially responsible craftsmanship, and we're not totally opposed to the new, more mature Williamsburg as a whole. Maybe Abode just needs some time to settle in.