A Japanese market is opening in the spot where Greenpoint Florist used to be (703 Manhattan Avenue).
Mitsuki Japanese Market will offer Japanese snacks, beer, and household goods. Owner Jay Cao hopes locals will be enticed by these offerings and the store’s anime-themed design. Cao was initially drawn to Greenpoint for its strong Polish heritage and saw a potential business opportunity in the neighborhood.
“I am a business owner, and during my research, I found that Greenpoint has many Japanese restaurants, Chinese restaurants, and Korean nail stores, but no Japanese mini-markets,” Cao told Greenpointers via email. “I felt that I needed to inject some fresh elements into Greenpoint, especially after the epidemic, we need to stimulate the economy, to stimulate the city, to make the economy recover, to give the city color and light again.”
Cao is excited for Mitsuki to become a part of the Greenpoint community. “The main message we want to send to our readers and the community is to tell people that when they come to our mini-mart, it feels like they’re coming home, you’re relaxed, you’re slowing down, and you’re enjoying the simplicity of it all. We are a family, no matter where you come from, no matter what age you are, here, there is only joy.”
Mitsuki will also offer fresh sushi. An opening date was not given, but the store looks close to ready, from the outside. Cao told us that they planned on having an opening celebration.
Stay tuned for more details!