Dekalb Market Open for Business

July 27th, 2011
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Last weekend saw the launch of Dekalb Market, a new open air marketplace on the edge of Downtown Brooklyn. I had planned on writing an elaborate post about it, but it seems that’s not going to happen soon, so I’ll have to settle for a quick series of photos with a bit of commentary after the jump…


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Inside the main entrance, you’ve got a sparse population of vendor stands. There wasn’t a lot exciting there just yet, but given the turnout of visitors, I imagine that the demand will bring more sellers soon.
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The really interesting part of Dekalb Market – besides bringing interesting local shops to an otherwise desolate area – is that the primary shops are built within old shipping containers.
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A number of the shops sold clothing art and the like. I even ran into a Twitter friend, AKAMami, who’s kids’ clothing shop was still in progress. I didn’t get a chance to look around at too many of the shops on Saturday, but plan to explore further on my next visit.
This time around, I was mostly interested in the food.
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A giant tent was the center of the food scene at the market. Surrounding the tent are more trailers offering food and drink and a couple playing music.
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The market is still a work in progress, only a few of the shops, like Tea by Tiffany, selling custom blended teas, had signs or prominent names or menus on display.
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I didn’t catch the name of this place, but after running into Nicole of Food Culturalist and seeing their chicken biscuit, I had to have one for myself.
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I haven’t had a chicken biscuit since I was introduced to Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill last year. This was a little more upscale than that with a peppery red cabbage slaw and a nice dab of white gravy, but at the price point of $6.50, I don’t know that I’ll be running back for another order every time I’m down there.
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The real draw of the market for me was that Robicelli’s, the mom and pop dessert specialists now have a brick and mortar shop, which is pretty great. I’ve been fans of Matt and Allison since I met them while covering an event a year or two back.
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Inside the shop, there was a brief respite form the searing heat on the 100+ degree day and a display full of treats that tempted me in every direction. That said, there was only one cupcake that I was walking out with…
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The chicken & waffle cupcake may be a bit of a gimmick, but it’s also awesome. A chunk of fried chicken breast, drizzled with syrup is lodged into the buttercream topping of the cupcake. It’s a thing to behold.
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Just a few feet from Robicelli’s is Cuzin’s Duzins, which sells mini doughnuts by the dozen, which I snacked on with some friends.
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They also serve a pretty refreshing lemonade in hefty portions that were absolutely needed on such a hot day.
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Even more refreshing was the selection of beer that’s on hand at the market. Cans of Brooklyn Summer Ale and Brooklyn Lager are on sale at a few different stands and provided much comfort as I ran into some friends and spent a couple hours chatting and relaxing with them.
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To that end, the music played by DJ Raw Beats was a great mix of hip-hop and soul.
Overall, the market looks like it’s going to be a great new Brooklyn institution. There is much to be worked out and touched up, but it’s off to a good start so far.
Dekalb Market, 332 Flatbush Avenue Extension, between Gold and Willoughby.

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