With its ever-increasing new crop of design stores, luxury boutiques and artisan-food purveyors, Atlantic Avenue is quickly becoming our favorite shopping destination (sorry, Fifth Avenue). Below, three new additions that have us flocking to Brooklyn on the weekend:
Bright Lyons Former punk-rocker Paul Bright fills his shop with giant papier maché sculptures, vibrant paintings, and contemporary furniture by design greats like Frank Gehry (Bright's goods are also sold online at 1stdibs.com). Ask him about the old, punk flyers tacked on the walls, and you may get a rundown of the Fort Thunder music scene.
383 Atlantic Ave. (between Hoyt and Bond sts.); 718-855 5463 or brightlyons.com
Barneys Co-Op We're hardly surprised that the Avenue's first major upscale retailer has seen non-stop weekend crowds since its September opening: The Co-Op is the only place in the area carrying Alexander Wang tees and Suno dresses (and, much to the relief of devoted shoppers, it has avoided the annual Warehouse Sale madness).
194 Atlantic Ave. (between Court and Clinton sts.); 718-637-2234 or barneys.com
Foodshed Farmers' Market Operating every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year-round, indoor market is full of locally made cheeses, breads, jams and condiments (and, of course, just-picked fruits and vegetables). While you're there, get some dry-aged beef from Drover Hill Farm, and organic milk from Milk Thistle Dairy Farm.
388 Atlantic Ave. (between Hoyt and Bond sts.)