Park Deli: fresh flowers, vintage toys and yes, skateboarding lessons
Valentine Leung and Michael Sclafani are the co-owners of Brooklyn’s super cool and fantastically multi-purpose Park Delicatessen where in addition to selling skateboards and lovely flower arrangements in hand painted cans, you can also pick up a patchwork baby quilt ($275) with a matching pillow ($46) as well as bibs ($18) and baby clothing. Valentine, who had her own clothing line that was sold at stores like Barneys, Nordstrom and Intermix makes the items herself out of 100% cotton Indian fabric. If it’s a simple gift you require, the good news for Prospect Heights and Crown Heights is that we no longer have to run over to Park Slope for a good bar of chocolate. Park Delicatessen offers letterpress cards, cut paper cards, Joy’s truffles, Mast Brother’s chocolate, and a truly adorable selection of miscellaneous gifts including print bags and vintage toys. And if you’re wondering about the skateboards, Michael Scalfani is not only offering limited edition artist series boards from Andy Warhol and Chris Johanson, but his skating lessons for kids ages 4 and up are sure to be a huge hit this summer.
533 Park Place between Washington & Classon, Brooklyn
Paula Balzer: a Brooklyn based literary agent and co-founder of the blog www.adhocmom.com, the blog for freelance and part-time working moms.