Park Slope

Closing Up Shop: Noella Brew Bar, Get Reel Video, and Galaxy Comics on Seventh


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Noella Brew Bar, the cozy coffee shop at Seventh Avenue and Berkeley Place, announced this morning that Sunday March 3 will be its last day of business. Owner Melissa Rapoport says the change is a “sad and happy” one:

Why sad? The only reason: Our community. Some of you I have seen every day for the last 20 years. Our customers, our staff … that’s what made this decision the most difficult. I will miss you all and hope that we find another way to connect.

Why happy? The universe has lined up to say, “Melissa, after 20 years in the coffee business it’s time to make a change.” I am back in school, working on my certification as a health counselor. This will put my masters in developmental psychology to work, allowing me to help people make positive and lasting changes in their lives. That’s my path.

Noella has been a strong part of the community since it opened in December 2011, joining forces with yarn shop Stitch Therapy and hosting live music and literature events. Melissa and company will be celebrating the end of a long and happy run in the coffee world with a post-closing get-together at 6:00 p.m. on March 3. For more information, contact

The news of Noella’s closing comes as another hit in a week that’s bringing a lot of goodbyes. We talked yesterday about Urban Alchemist‘s last few weeks, and both Get Reel Video (70 Fifth Avenue) and Galaxy Comics (123 Seventh Avenue) have confirmed that they’ll be out by March 1 and March 31, respectively.

Both locations are holding going-out-of-business sales, so stock up while the getting’s good. Get Reel, citing a “changing video business,” says they could unfortunately “no longer compete with the power of the internet” and are now selling off their inventory. Galaxy Comics has plenty of comics and collectibles at 50%, as well as statues at 25% off. According to Here’s Park Slope, their Fifth Avenue location is staying open.

How do you guys feel about it? It’s always sad to see local businesses go, and it especially stings to lose the non-restaurants since restaurants seem to be the only businesses coming in. Which isn’t to say that the new restaurants aren’t exciting, but is there something else you’d like to see fill up the empty spots? Either way, these guys will certainly be missed.

Photo via Noella Brew Bar

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  1. 1. No one rents videos anymore
    2. Noella was terrible and she opened on the same block as highly successful cafe regular du nord and cafe dada (you can see both establishments out the window of Noella) and both have FAR better coffee.
    3. A comic store on a 2nd floor location on 7th avenue didn’t last?? you don’t say….
    4. Urban Alchemist was nice, if not overpriced.

    No big losses here, in my opinion. Sad for the owners and hand full of shoppers, but it’s time Park Slope businesses start catering to the actual population of Park Slope and not some bygone era fictional account of what Park Slope was 20 years ago.

  2. Truth hurts doesn’t it. Would you spend 10K a month in rent opening a coffee shop on the same block as 2 other coffee shops that do excellent business? Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure these things out. I swear, Park Slope business owners are some of DUMBEST people on earth. People are buying 4 million dollar homes now and the business owners are STILL giving the neighborhood crappy schlock. You want to do well in Park Slope, do some research, learn your demographic and stop whining about how it’s not the village in the Alps you think it was. This is Brooklyn, NYC not Salzburg.

  3. I realize you are probably not a potential biz owner, but I am curious what kind of businesses people think WOULD succeed here (especially considering there are now going to be a lot more vacancies). What is right for the “actual population”?

  4. Look at the places that are doing great like Zito’s or like BKLYN Larder or Beer Table and Gorrin Hat Shop. We need a great butcher on 7th Avenue like Fleishers, we could use a bar or two on 7th (think high end cocktail bar with slick interior, see: Blueprint or The Sackett). A great Vietnamese restaurant or Dim Sum would do well. Places like Franny’s and Al Di La and Convivium Osteria who cater to a high end crowd looking for high quality food. Something special, something with hours that cater to people who work long hours (lots of folks in PS) something that is designed well. How about a nice chocolatier for 7th Avenue? What about an arcade on 5th with video games, skeeball, snacks for all the teenagers in the neighborhood looking for something to do and spend their allowance. There are so many ideas, but all we get are these crappy coffee shops, pizza slice joints, burgers burgers and more burgers. Bark does brisk business because they focused on something, do it well and cater to their demographics.

  5. Or how about some place to buy decent mens clothing? Rag and Bone, Steve Alan, Odin, something along those lines. Every man I know has to leave the Slope to go shopping for clothing, and many want to shop local. What about a nice shoe store than isn’t Payless or used? Soula was okay but far from a good selection for 2013 tastes. How about a Keihls? Most people around these parts don’t shower with Ivory so it only makes sense to think of things that most Brooklynites have to travel to Manhattan for and give it to them here. Not in a hovel or a shack, but in a place that makes you feel good about shopping there. Manhattan knows how to do this well, Cobble Hill has figured it out (Atlantic Avenue is a shoppers paradise!) but business owners in Park Slope seem like greedy bastards willing to take any tenant that comes in off the street. It’s pretty sad how much affluence is in this market and how many people TRULY WANT to shop local but have very little in the way of quality shopping or eating/drinking. Hell, go clone some of the great stuff opening up in Williamsburg! At least those places are successful and don’t look as though they are replicas of my granny’s basement!

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