when we first started looking to move to brooklyn after i had been away for nearly 15 years, hanging out on 5th avenue was like finding a slice of shopping heaven. i could not believe not only the huge transformation from the late ’80s but also how many great tiny shops were clustered along one street. to me, one block (between carroll and president streets) represents the epicenter of this independent, creative movement with five strong shops, and which showcase beautiful clothing, interesting home design and interesting shoes and personally designed swimsuits.
i plan to profile all these shops in cherrypatter, starting with scaredy kat, which i consider the best card shop in south brooklyn features excellent designers like egg press, letterspace hello! lucky and elum. scaredy kat also has all those little random tidbits needed for a quick gift like an animal frame, a set of soaps or a good board game. lots of interesting, useful (and nonuseful but fun) stuff for not too steep a price — now that is a recipe for frequent visits. scaredy cat, 229 5th avenue between carroll and president streets, brooklyn, new york, 718.623.1869.