A coffee, records and antiques shop might not be the most obvious hyphenated retail venture, but that’s exactly what owners Sommer Santoro and Jeff Ogiba have established at this quirky Carroll Gardens spot. At the antique wood bar, New Jersey’s Rook coffee is ground and brewed to order ($3), and jars are stocked with organic cookies from the Lower East Side’s Sarivole bakery ($2) and SCRATCHbread’s custom-made shortbread and butter-cream Black Gold bars ($2). You could park yourself by the front window and people-watch, but Black Gold’s bins of post-1960 45s and LPs ($3–$200) beg to be flipped through. On a recent visit, the constantly evolving collection of mostly rock, soul and jazz featured albums like the Beatles’ “Let It Be” ($15) and Depeche Mode’s “Music for the Masses” ($7). And then there’s the edgy, gothic-style antique art and ephemera throughout: While we could do without the taxidermy collection ($100–$400), the antique antlers ($100), framed crucifix prints ($80) and eerie black-and-white photo portraits ($70–$100) strike the perfect old-school chord.
|Venue name:||Black Gold|
461 Court St
|Cross street:||between Luquer St and 4th Pl|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Wed 6am–8pm, Thu–Fri 6am–9pm, Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 10am–5pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G to Carroll St|