After a lot of thought, care, love, and hard work, the shop is now open.
BÚÐIN is a coffee and design shop with a Nordic focus. This means coffee and licorice like you've never tasted before (it's fantastic, by the way), and a range of sweaters, textiles and design goods to drool over. The trio of owners are pretty much all rock stars (one actually is) and made the process a blast from start to finish.
It was nice to be in the shop with the construction dust and debris gone, the paper taken off the windows, and customers chatting, working, and drinking. It gave one the sort of feeling a proud soccer-parent must have when their kid is finally out there running around on the field.
Things to do while there:
- Get the coffee. Splurge on the good stuff and take the barista's advice on how best to have it prepared (yes, you'll have options). It's like nothing you've ever had, and probably will ruin Starbucks for you forever.
- While getting the coffee, ogle the espresso machine. It's a ModBar system, and all of the guts are out of sight under the counter. This, of course, is how all espresso machines should be. Equal parts techno-wizardry and magic.
- After getting the coffee, sit at the bar. It's made from a single slab of salvaged red oak that fell during hurricane Sandy. The boys at J&J studios worked their magic to get it done right.
- Now that you're into the full Nordic swing of things, head to the back (or the front) and check out the stuff. By stuff, I mean sweaters, teapots, jewelry, blankets, chocolate, salt,...Basically a Nordic general store-full of items in Brooklyn. You'll want to buy it all and change your entire lifestyle.