But... the three clearest signs of retail gentrification, I like to say, involve expensive coffee (well beyond Starbucks), yoga/Pilates, and dog grooming/doggy day care. And it just so happens the field of dog-related services lends itself to puns (as does the human hair salon business, I'm reminded).
Below are (and the list will grow) some notable examples:
- Bark Slope Salon in Park Slope
- Who's Your Doggy in Fort Greene (also Bed-Stuy)
- Ciao Bow Wow in Boerum Hill (also Financial District)
- Doggie Styles in Williamsburg (despite the 212 phone number)
Please note: I have nothing against these establishments! But they do provoke chuckles.