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What Type of Business Should Replace Sweet Melissa?

The recently shuttered bakery leaves behind many possibilities.

was a fixture of the Cobble Hill neighborhood for 14 years, serving up French-American inspired pastries, snacks and desserts from miniature madeleines to bread puddings to cupcakes and even ice cream and savories—all dreamed up by chef and owner Melissa Murphy.

due to rising rental costs and choosing instead to focus on the Sweet Melissa Park Slope location on Seventh Avenue, the space at 276 Court Street between Butler Place and Douglass Street now sits vacant.

What should take Sweet Melissa's place?

The block is already occupied by other restaurants, realtors, , Cobble Hill Fitness Collective and multiple toy stores. So what type of new business would contribute most to the neighborhood's needs? Another dry cleaners? A home decor shop? A butcher? A florist? Vote in the poll below. Or, if you have an original idea of your own, share it in the comments section below!

Peter Rothberg February 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I think what that stretch of Court St needs more than anything is another bank branch or a chain drug store.
Peter Rothberg February 10, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Seriously, this closing saddens me. I didn't even go there all that much but there's something seriously wrong in the 'hood if Melissa can't afford the rents. Her place was popular and her prices weren't cheap.
Michael Brown February 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Or maybe there was something wrong with the way she ran her business (I assume there was a Melissa behind Sweet Melissa's). Two sides to the equation.
allison February 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
If you are strictly vegan or vegetarian there are pretty much ZERO options in Carroll Gardens besides Wild Ginger. That's right, ONE option. I am disappointed that the options in your poll include businesses that already SATURATE the area. WE need another bar?! Another coffee shop? No. We need what we lack, a place to eat that doesn't feature a "local, organic, grass fed loved for life and than killed ever so sweetly" burger. We need veg options. XO :) thanks
Troy Farmer February 11, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Totally agree that it's sad to have a small business in the area close due to rising rents. The small businesses like this one are the ones that keep money in our communities and give these neighborhoods the character that attract all of us to them in there first place, so it's tragic when this kind of thing happens. All that said, I'm with Ms. Allison—we NEED some more vegan/vegetarian options. In a neighborhood that's skint on the more animal-friendly/healthy establishments, you'd have to think that'd have a pretty high demand if it was run right.
Joanna Prisco February 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
A vegan/vegetarian restaurant option has been added to the poll. Perhaps a significant number of votes will attract a meatless business to the neighborhood.
Troy Farmer February 12, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Fingers crossed!
Anthony February 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
An Italian butcher that specializes in bracioles.
tim maguire February 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Ooh, yes. I was going to say a Real Estate office, but we need another bank more.
Danielle February 13, 2012 at 09:39 PM
In my experience, they didn't train their workers and the service was bad. I would have gone more often if the service had been better. Maybe others felt the same way and so she lost business.

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