GOWANUS — The shop that sells Gowanus Canal-themed trinkets with a warped sense of humor has a new location.
Gowanus Souvenir Shop unveiled a new store at 567 Union St. (between Third Avenue and Nevins St.) on Sept. 10.
The shop carries tongue-in-cheek items such as a Sludgie the Whale lapel pin (a reference to the whale that perished in the canal's murky waters in 2007) and trucker hats that say "Gowanus is Superfun" (a reference to the Superfund cleanup of the canal).
Other recent comings and goings on the neighborhood restaurant and retail scene include:
► South Slope Public House, a casual wood-fired pizza and bar food restaurant, opened in early September at 426 Seventh Ave. between 14th and 15th streets. The space was last occupied by the short-lived Windsor Roast House; before that it was Anthony's.
► A branch of Investors Bank opened at 314 Seventh Ave. near Eighth Street, where the restaurant Okeanos closed in September 2015.
► The neighborhood's third Starbucks opened Friday at 444 Seventh Ave., in the space last occupied by Flipster's. If you're not a fan of Starbucks coffee, don't fret: there are several other coffee shops in the works nearby.
► The South Slope Italian restaurant Giovanni's Brooklyn Eats (1657 Eighth Ave. and Prospect Avenue) recently completed a renovation that nearly doubled its seating capacity. The restaurant now has room for 55 diners, up from 30, an employee said.
► Zuzu Ramen at 173 Fourth Ave. and Degraw Street has closed, Park Slope Stoop reported. The owners also owned the recently closed Sheep Station a few blocks away, which will soon be replaced by a new bar and restaurant called The Douglass.
► The ever-growing real estate firm Halstead Property has merged with the longtime local real estate company TB Shaw Realty Associates at 197 Seventh Ave. near Second Street, Halstead announced in early September. Halstead will soon have four other offices in Park Slope.
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