Williamsburg Grocery Chain's Latest Site Caters to Hispanic Neighbors

By Serena Dai on August 21, 2014 3:19pm 

 Brooklyn Harvest Market manager Ramzy Abed said that shoppers should feel comfortable suggesting more products.
Brooklyn Harvest Market manager Ramzy Abed said that shoppers should feel comfortable suggesting more products.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A Brooklyn specialty grocery store that got its start selling organic produce and gourmet goods is opening another location with a bigger focus on products for Hispanic cuisine.

Brooklyn Harvest Market, which has two locations in Williamsburg, is opening a third, full-service store at 204 Union Ave., at Montrose Avenue, on Friday.

It will still offer the same full line of organic produce and some 100 cheese varieties as the other locations, but it will also cater to the Spanish-speaking demographic that lives nearby with products from Goya, the owners said.

"We're not just going to cater to the organic crowd," said Nasri Abed, co-owner of the store.

Brooklyn Harvest's first two locations are closer to the heart of where luxury developments have popped up in Williamsburg, with one at North Fifth Street and Kent Avenue and the other at North Third Street and Bedford Avenue.

If the Goya products available aren't enough, store manager Ramzy Abed encourages shoppers to ask for other products they want to see.

"We're open to suggestions," he said.

In other local business openings news:

Organic cafe re.union opened at 544 Union Ave. on Monday, according to owner Eldad Mashiach, who runs the cafe with his wife Inna.

The couple saw the cafe as a way to make their mark on Williamsburg, a neighborhood they fell in love with for its small business culture.

The family-friendly cafe serves sandwiches, salads and breakfast items, including vodka-and-beet cured salmon sandwich and a balsamic blueberry and goat cheese sandwich.

Re.union is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

► Hell's Kitchen wine bar Ardesia is opening a Williamsburg spot called The Camlin, according to Eater, which will open in September at 175 Kent Ave.

Owners Mandy Oser and Amorette Casaus told Eater that the new location will be serving small plates like the ones found at Ardesia and some shared plates as well.

► A local nail salon chain known for its intricate designs opened a location in Greenpoint, as first reported by Bedford + Bowery. Primp & Polish's fourth location is at 845 Manhattan Ave., near Noble Street.

Manicures start at $13, and the spa also offers waxing and spa pedicures.

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