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For your caffeine fix to start
Don’t be fooled by the new Dunkin’ Donuts you’ll see when emerging from the Bedford Avenue L stop. There’s better coffee right around the corner at Toby’s Estate.
(They make a killer flat white.)
Toby’s Estate, 125 N. Sixth St. (between Bedford Ave. and Berry St.); tobysestate.com
For rich statement pieces
Keep strolling down North Sixth Street (toward the water), and on the next block you?ll see A&G Merch. The colorful, lodge-like space has everything from sleek desks to carnival lights, but don?t be surprised if you leave with an armful of hostess gifts. (Portable Ping-Pong exists, people.)
A&G Merch, 111 N. Sixth St. (between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.); aandgmerch.com
For vintage accent items
Just down a few blocks is the fantastic Sanford and Sven’s Second Hand. Don’t judge a book by its dusty cover: There are some real finds in here--shelves lined with antique typewriters, cash registers, apothecary jars and too many knickknacks to name.
Sanford and Sven’s Second Hand, 106 N. Third St. (between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.); sanfordandsven.com
For cheeky pops of color
Mosey over toward the river and you?ll find the real reason for the trip: BEAM. One of the neighborhood?s newest shops, the vibe is just as happy as it looks here. Doesn?t everyone need a neon Pendleton blanket?
BEAM, 240 Kent Ave. (between N. First and Grand sts.); beambk.com
For exposed-filament lightbulbs
A couple doors down from Sprout is the greatest general store you never knew existed. Except instead of bags of flour and tins of tobacco, Moon River Chattel specializes in old-timey furniture (like wrought-iron bed frames) and country-like home accessories (yes, you do need a chicken-wire basket).
Moon River Chattel, 62 Grand St. (between Kent and Wythe aves.); moonriverchattel.com
For discount tabletop items
Keep making your way down Grand Street a few blocks for the last spot: the new Cucina & Tavola. All you need to know is that it’s kitchenware porn. Enjoy browsing 80 different varieties of teacups. (Okay, we’re exaggerating, but you get the point.)
Cucina & Tavola, 235 Grand St. (between Driggs Ave. and Roebling St.); cucinatavola.com
Some days you’re genuinely on a mission for apartment necessities. (Bed Bath & Beyond is perfectly acceptable for a new trash can.) Others, you just want to peruse throw pillows and get inspired. That’s where Williamsburg comes in.
Yep, the neighborhood that once brought you sleeve tats and Bettie Page bangs is now a hotbed (pun intended) of home boutiques. And we’ve mapped out a handy itinerary for tackling it all on a Saturday.
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