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Last night, the newly rehabbed Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain reopened for a brief but glorious moment to give locals a preview of the space before its May 14 soft launch. The store began life as a produce shop in the mid-'90s before spending years as a closed-up neighborhood mystery. Now, thanks to the Discovery Channel show Construction Intervention, it's almost ready to start providing Carroll Gardens locals with fresh produce, pickles and other preserved goodies, organic bath products, and, per the name, fountain soda.
The Cobble Hill Blog has tons of pictures of the inside, but we're equally struck by what they did to the facade. The former sign was charmingly old-fashioned, if not actually old, but that turquoise feels fresh and summery in a way that makes us weirdly excited about visiting a soda store, even though we're currently sitting about six inches from a bottle of diet Coke.