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Twelve Ways Williamsburg's Retail Scene Has Changed in 2012

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Inside new shop A Thousand Picnics
Inside new shop A Thousand Picnics

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Keeping up with Williamsburg's retail changes is always exhausting, but over the past few months, the landscape has been shifting especially quickly. To make the task a little bit easier, we've rounded up twelve retail changes that have taken place in the neighborhood since the year began. They're organized below into three categories: Closings, Openings, and Coming Soon, a title we picked because "OMG WHOLE FOODS OMG OMG" seemed a little undignified.

Millennium Health and the Bagel Store via Google Street View

Closings: Grand Street stalwart Love Brigade recently announced that it would be "allowing the Universe to pull the brand to its destiny." On the N. 6th Street shopping strip, Built by Wendy shuttered its outlet with a major closing sale. And perhaps saddest of all, Bedford Avenue's side-by-side storefronts The Bagel Store and Millennium Health are both being pushed out of their homes. It looks like they'll be replaced by some sort of chain, possibly a bank.

A look inside Cadet

Openings: Love Brigade has been replaced by a boutique called Eco Closet. Built by Wendy is now Cadet, a menswear shop specializing in military style. Mociun has gone live inside the Wythe Avenue Lofts, and fellow jewelry store A Thousand Picnics launched on S. 4th Street back in February.

Rough Trade East in London. Image via Time Out

Coming Soon: UK record store Rough Trade recently revealed that it will open in the 'Burg, though it's unclear where. H.W. Carter & Sons, a heritage menswear line (translation: overalls), is coming to N. 6th Street, while grocery store Brooklyn Harvest and bike shop Ride Brooklyn have both signed on for the Edge. And, of course, in the Williamsburg retail bombshell of the year, Whole Foods announced in March that it will open on 242 Bedford Avenue at N.4th Street. Also slated for that site: a New York Sports Club.

Species by the Thousands

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