PARK SLOPE — With several food-focused shops opening in the last month, Park Slope foodies are experiencing an explosion of new flavors.
Fabipops, a cake pop store that opened July 26, has 17 flavors from red velvet to cookies and cream. Cake pops are a cake-lollipop hybrid. Small balls of cake are placed on a stick and covered with a shell of icing — often covered with sprinkles.
Former banker Fabiola Scarbrough started Fabipops in 2011 as a home catering service after the death of her newborn son. "Baking takes me away,” Scarbrough told the Brooklyn Paper.
Located at 60 Fourth Ave., the shop offers specialty designs inspired by celebrity faces including Justin Timberlake, Barack Obama, and "Gangnam Style" singer Psy. Customers can also send in photos of themselves to have their faces put on customized pops.
Individual pops are $2.50, and Fabipops offers two-hour cake pop making classes for $75 on Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fabipops is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
For late-night hangouts, two new bars have opened on Fifth Avenue.
Duke of Montrose is a Scottish pub started by Michael Ferrie and Steven Owen, the owners of Caledonia Scottish Pub on the Upper East Side. The pub opened on July 31 at 47 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope Stoop first reported.
Its specialty is whiskey, with more than 200 different types to choose from. The pub is open from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week.
J’eatjet, a gastrobar at 685 Fifth Ave. and 20th Street in the South Slope, opened Aug. 15, South Slope News first reported. Local founders Justyna Kociubinski, Becky Brooks Macris, Brett Macris and Michael Morgovsky decided to start the business after working together to cook food for Hurricane Sandy victims.
Becky Brooks Macris told DNAinfo New York that the four chose to open a bar because they thought there weren’t enough bars that served top-notch food as well as good drinks. “Here you can get more than just your average chicken wings,” Brooks Macris said.
All of J'eatjet's ingredients are locally grown, so the menu changes based on what's available that day. Notable mainstay items include the $12 “Becky Brooks Burger” with dilled cream cheese, pickled jalapenos, green olives, and bacon ground in with the beef.
J’eatjet — Brooklyn slang “Did you eat yet?” — is open daily from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
A few blocks south is artist James Pizzimenti’s combination art gallery and café, Canvas. Canvas opened Aug. 20 at 348 Sixth St., off Fifth Avenue. Canvas offers coffee shop basics including tea, coffee, pastries and espresso. But it also serves Belgian waffles, offering eight different flavors with toppings from bananas to bacon. Waffle prices range from $9 to $16.
Canvas is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Also new on Fifth Avenue is Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store. Originally located in Boerum Hill, Annie’s moved to 232 Fifth Ave. and President reopened on Aug. 16.
"When the opportunity to move into a larger space presented itself, we had to take it," said store founder Annie Cantrell in a press release.
True to its name, Annie’s sells everything from kitchen and bar tools to candy and cleaning supplies. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.