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Just a BJ’s stock photo… (Source: Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr)

Just a BJ’s stock photo… (Source: Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr)

The new BJ’s Wholesale Club in Bensonhurst will open its doors to shoppers for the first time this Saturday, September 13, Bensonhurst Bean has learned.

The big box retailer’s latest location at 1752 Shore Parkway, near Ceasar’s Bay, will be open for business beginning at 9am, but the grand opening celebrations are not slated until a week later, on Saturday, September 20. A representative for the company said they’ll be partying that day with “lots of food” in the form of sample carts, as well as other festivities and a ribbon cutting with local elected officials.

BJ’s was originally slated to open July 12. Construction delays, however, pushed it back to the September date.

The retailer will occupy the ground floor of a 200,000-square-foot space at 1752 Shore Parkway known as the Bay Center. The center will be two stories tall with commercial units above the BJs. The project is being developed by Thor Equities.

Construction kicked off in December 2012.

BJ’s will be open 9am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 8pm on Sundays.

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Bensonvape, a “premium vapor lounge,” will soon open at 2081 86th Street.

The business will specialize in selling “vaping” products, an expansion of e-cigarettes that turn flavored nicotine into vapor (nicotine-free versions are available). Proponents claim it’s a healthier alternative to cigarettes, and a large hobbyist community has formed around it with many stores recently opening around New York City.

The owners already maintains an active Facebook page, but has not yet announced an opening date.

It replaces Last Chance, a woman’s shoe store that closed several months ago.

Good luck to our new neighbors!

This is a paid announcement from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association:

summer-stroll

This Sunday, the Sheepshead Summer Stroll is returning for a second time after the first-ever festival drew thousands in June.

The community-wide block party will see Sheepshead Bay Road packed with games, giveaways, live entertainment and food from local restaurants on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5pm. The event takes place from Emmons Avenue to East 15th Street, turning the entire walk from the subway to the water into an action-packed pedestrian mall.

Some of the scheduled festivities include:

  • 12:30pm – Opening remarks
  • 1:00om – T. Kang Taekwondo demonstration
  • 1:30pm – Pelmeni eating competition
  • 2pm – Fencing demonstration
  • 2:30pm – Krav Maga demonstration
  • 3pm – Jimmy’s Famous Heros sandwich eating contest
  • 4pm – Dancing performance
  • 4pm – Pelmeni eating competition

Come check it out, and support your local businesses!

The event is rain or shine.

The above is a paid announcement by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Photo by William P.

Photo by William P.

It looks like Aqua Blu Supper Club, an Italian restaurant at 152 Highlawn Avenue, is closed for good.

According to tipster William P., it shut its doors at the end of July and hasn’t reopened. “For rent” signs went up shortly afterwards.

The Italian restaurant sat on a rather sleepy block, adjacent to the N train subway station. The business opened up about two years ago, selling brick oven pizza and Italian fare.

The owner said goodbye on Facebook:

We wish the owner luck on their future endeavors!

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Pio Pio, a family-owned chain of Peruvian eateries, brings new flavors to the neighborhood after opening a location at 282 Kings Highway.

This news is a bit late: it appears they opened at the end of May. But we only just found out, and as fans of Peruvian cooking we had to share.

It’s the first Brooklyn location, which has eight other outposts in all the boroughs except Staten Island. It grew out of the Peruvian community in Rego Park, Queens, in 1994 as a simple pollo a la brasa joint (don’t know what that is? Only the most amazing rotisserie chicken you’ll ever taste), but now offers a wide range of dishes included ceviches and staples like aji de gallina.

Pio Pio is among the city’s best known Peruvian eateries, and in just a few months the local spot has racked up some rave reviews on Yelp (four stars and 38 reviews).

We’re going to have to get over there for a bite, but until then, if you’ve been there share your experience in the comments!

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The above is a paid announcement by the Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

lutzina

Will Bath Avenue be the new place to go for some after work drinks?

Lutzina Bar & Lounge hopes so. The watering hole opened at 2031 Bath Avenue in July, promising drinks, music, dance and food. The place has a full lunch and dinner menu, as well as hookah.

We’ll be sure to check in there soon and let you know how it is. Because $3 beers.

Until then, good luck, Lutzina!

This is a paid announcement from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association:

summer-stroll

The first ever Sheepshead Summer Stroll drew thousands on June 1, and now it’s coming back for a second time in 2014.

The community-wide block party will see Sheepshead Bay Road packed with games, giveaways, live entertainment and food from local restaurants on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The event takes place from Emmons Avenue to East 15th Street, turning the entire walk from the subway to the water into an action-packed pedestrian mall.

Come check it out, and support your local businesses!

The above is a paid announcement by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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Signs say G & A Jewelers, which has been at 6923 18th Avenue for at least 15 years, will be moving up the block to a new storefront.

They should be open at 6713 18th Avenue beginning September 1. The address appears to be the old location of Zena’s Shoes, next to Gamestop.

The announcement comes after news that the three-story building sold for $1.98 million in May. The owner at the time said he plans to renovate the property from top to bottom, splitting the ground-floor retail space into two units and adding medical and dental offices on the second and third floors.

dunkin-bhurst

It looks like a Dunkin’ Donuts is set to come soon to 2021 Cropsey Avenue, at the corner of Bay 25th Street.

We spotted the banner up last week, although it doesn’t look like any plans have yet been filed with the Department of Buildings. And if it’s a new owner for the 4,450-square-foot lot, the sale hasn’t hit the city’s online database.

Dunkin’ Donuts will replace Auto Center America, a short-lived mechanic’s shop that replaced Double Diamond Limousines.

Whether people are a fan of Dunkin’ coffee or not, neighbors will likely appreciate the lot being put back to use and better maintained than its current state.

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