Best shops near the Bedford Ave subway station

Ride the L train to these Williamsburg shops and boutiques.

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  • Miniminimarket

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    Task

  • Brooklyn Denim Co.

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    A&G Merch

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    Academy Records Annex

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    Whisk

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    Jumelle

  • Beacon's Closet

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    Catbird

  • Shoe Market

Miniminimarket

Miniminimarket

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Erika Vala and Dana Schwister opened their first boutique in 1999 inside the Williamsburg MiniMall, a former girdle factory. Thirteen years later, they still operate one of the last original shops left in the building, and their clothing and accessories stand the test of time in an evolving neighborhood. You’ll find plenty of affordable and trendy items, ranging from MinkPink floral minidresses ($80) to Cheap Monday button-front rompers ($60) and Funktional open-weave sweaters ($120). Basics such as Levi’s skinny jeans ($55) and graphic tees for men and women ($28–$52) are folded on one side of the store, while Maja woven backpacks ($62), By Boe gold bow hoop earrings ($90) and Soludos striped espadrille flats ($38) are scattered throughout. Mention TONY for 15 percent off any full-priced item through April 26.

  1. 218 Bedford Ave, (between North 4th and 5th Sts)
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Task

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Anne Seally, previously a womenswear designer, stocks her almost three-year-old shop with a selection of clothes, accessories and home goods that fit with her modern-minimalist aesthetic. Some of the items may give you sticker shock, but there are finds that won’t break the bank—look for Uzi tribal-print leggings ($85), Marika Charles dyed striped tees ($98) and Global Girls beaded leather sandals ($120). The housewares section yields Cutipol Noor resin-handle flatware (five-piece set $72), hand-painted Moroccan tea glasses ($10 each) and Maoiliosa Japanese paper-wrapped pencil sets ($9.75) that are ideal for gifting or for sprucing up your own abode. Mention TONY for 15 percent off any in-store purchase through May 1.

  1. 100 North 3rd St, (between Berry and Wythe Sts)
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Brooklyn Denim Co.

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Fans of both chic denim and casual dungarees will find something to complement their jeans addiction at this two-year-old shop in the heart of Williamsburg’s north side. Proprietor Kenny Abiog stocks up on high-end staples for ladies like AG Premiere jeans ($148–$158) and Goldsign straight-legs ($245), while stylish guys can change into hip denim by First Standard Co. ($235–$250) and Tellason ($198). BDC also carries its own house brand, offering everything from midrise raw denim to high-waisted styles in different washes ($185–$198). Notably, BDC is one of the only jeans boutiques around that carries Levi’s LVC line, which features vintage reproductions of styles from as far back as 1947 ($215–$330).

  1. 85 North 3rd St, (at Wythe Ave)
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A&G Merch

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Sleek sofas and haute household goods line the walls at this haven for hip urban apartment dwellers. The spacious shop is an offshoot of Billyburg design mecca The Future Perfect (founder David Alhadeff is the “A” in A&G’s name; the “G” is for co-founder Jill Goldhand), hence the überstylish pieces you’ll find—like small, modular items named after Brooklyn nabes, the brand’s plush Bedford lounges ($1,599) and trendy Red Hook dining sets (table $769, chair $219, bench $319). A&G also offers more affordable, quirky items, like toast-shaped coasters ($12) and wall-mounted bottle openers ($9), ideal for home decorators on a budget.

  1. 111 North 6th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
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Academy Record Annex

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Set aside your Spotify playlists and scope out this homage to the once-lost art of vinyl. Academy Records’ Manhattan stores—there are locations in the East Village and Chelsea—carry a hearty supply of compact discs, but Williamsburg’s Annex focuses mostly on wax, offering everything from a self-titled Ginger Baker’s Air Force album from 1970 ($8) to newer sounds like Real Estate’s Days ($15). Shoppers lacking a record player can also pick up cheapie CDs from such bands as the Grateful Dead, while nostalgic audiophiles can take their time digging through discounted 45s (50¢–$2). The Annex also offers two listening stations for previewing older vinyl, and will buy your used records, provided they are in good condition (and not Broadway soundtracks).

  1. 96 North 6th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
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Whisk

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Whether you’re prone to whipping up fancy feasts on the regular or you prefer your chow microwavable, this little kitchen shop likely carries just what you need to rejuvenate your dining life. Calphalon pot, pasta and steamer sets ($80) and Cuisinart four-cup coffeemakers ($35) will suit even the simplest chef, while more seasoned Martha Stewart devotees can look over Whisk’s healthy supply of Le Creuset oval Dutch ovens ($275) and Lodge cast-iron skillets ($16–$62). Beyond the basics, look out for some funky foodie treats, including Benriner Japanese Mandolin catch-tray sets ($48) and
HIC porcelain mini creamers in the shape of elephants ($3). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off purchases (excluding electronics) through May 1.

  1. 231 Bedford Ave, (between North 3rd and 4th Sts)
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Jumelle

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In 2006, Candice Waldron left her job as a producer at PBS to open her Bedford Avenue shop: She treats the simple brick-walled store like her own dream closet, filling it with elegant threads from local and international designers. You’ll have to fork over big bucks for statement indie pieces like A.P.C. striped knit shirts ($165), Bruce knit sweater tanks ($325) and Raquel Allegra slouchy button-front dresses ($360), but it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone else in Brooklyn rocking your look. Jumelle also carries cult fashion favorites like T by Alexander Wang mesh tops ($115), as well a small collection of accessories, including Clare Vivier messenger bags made from recycled leather ($370) and Ishvara handmade leather sandals ($160).

  1. 148 Bedford Ave, (at North 9th St)
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Beacon's Closet

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Carrie Peterson’s buy/sell/trade store has become a household name in the city since establishing outposts in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, but the original Williamsburg store is still a prime spot to scope preworn treasures. Sifting through the many racks of gently used clothing for true finds can require a heck of a lot of patience (the stock is spread out over more than 5,000 square feet), but the effort is well worth it for fashionistas on a budget. On a recent visit, we spotted a pair of Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps ($22) and a Patrizia Pepe china silk tunic ($50); dudes’ duds included a Club Monaco denim jacket ($17) and Sperry Top-Siders ($19). Looking to sell your own cast-offs? Clean, gently-used duds are inspected on the spot for their resale value (which is determined by seasons or what the store needs stocked). You’ll receive either a percentage of the resale value in cash (35 percent) or store credit (55 percent) to put toward your next purchase.

  1. 88 North 11th St, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
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Catbird

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This jewelry store began as an offshoot of former seamstress and graphic designer Rony Vardi’s clothing shop in 2006, but has since become her primary location after closing the original boutique three years ago. The teeny-tiny shop is lined with painted blue cabinets that hold sparkly, offbeat and dainty trinkets such as Made Her Think giant rhinestone studs ($48), Talon silver amulets filled with scented oils ($250), and silver and gold alphabet rings by the Catbird house line ($56–$92). Atypical brides and grooms will appreciate the nontraditional wedding bands and engagement baubles—try on the Bittersweets twig-shaped ring with raw diamonds ($2,800). Don’t let all the jewels distract you from the newly expanded beauty section, featuring Lulu Organics hair powder ($30) and Ilia tinted lip conditioner ($24).

  1. 219 Bedford Ave, (between North 4th and 5th Sts)
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Shoe Market

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After the success of their original shop, Miniminimarket, Schwister and Vala launched an offshoot store dedicated to trend-conscious and moderately priced footwear for guys and gals. On the right side of the shop, browse the men’s shoes on handsome wood shelves, notably the JD Fisk Nikko brogues ($169) and Clae nylon sneakers with leather cap toes ($115). Ladies can grab a seat on the vintage chairs and cowhide stools throughout the store to try on Jeffrey Campbell suede sandals with wooden platforms ($146), Bass woven leather slip-ons ($79) and Sven Swedish clog sandals ($186), among other sexy yet walkable styles. [[TONY DEAL]] Mention TONY for 15 percent off all full-priced items through April 26.

  1. 160 North 6th St, (at Bedford Ave)
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