Must-See Carroll Gardens
by Alexis Swerdloff, 10/26/2011
Black Gold Records. Photo: Rebecca Prusinowski
A little bit of this, a little bit of that: Carroll Gardens boasts several meticulously curated shops selling a mix of, well, this and that—all located on an unassuming stretch of Court Street. Known for her jersey wrap-dress line Butter by Nadia, designer Nadia Tarr opened up Store 518 to house the treasures, knickknacks and tchotchkes that she's collected and been inspired by throughout the years—vintage clothing, bags, old-timey candy, comic books, housewares and strange buttons, all displayed in drawers and on tables, giving the feel of an old-fashioned general store. For the men, Olaf's, located across the street, offers classic secondhand apparel (of the dapper, not polyester leisure suit, variety). Think Harris tweed blazers, Brooks Brothers button-downs and L.L.Bean anoraks, as well as retro home items like salt and pepper shakers, lamps, cocktail shakers, typewriters and badminton rackets. And Black Gold Records, located just down the block in a former Italian social club, sells coffee (Rook Roasters), records (from the obscure to the super-obscure) and antiques (like circus posters and stuffed hyenas).