williamsburg (now greenpoint):
the first store, in williamsburg, opened in 1997. at only 900 square feet, it was a humble little thing. due to brisk, and heavy demand, however, the store quickly transformed into a fashion destination, and as such, needed more space. carrie peterson, the store’s founder, needed a solid partner. sam fogarino, the first employee, initially filled that role. after sam moved on to a full-fledged music career, cindy wheeler, who came to the beacon as a manager in 1999, took the reins. still owned and operated by carrie and cindy, the store made a big move in november of 2002, to a 6000 square foot warehouse across from the brooklyn brewery on north 11th st, which was later taken over by vice media in 2014. on march 29th, 2014, this original store made its biggest move to date by unveiling its new space at 74 guernsey st. in greenpoint. the glorious 7500 square foot clothing paradise at 74 guernsey in greenpoint will remain home for the beacon's closet flagship store for the foreseeable future!
opened the day after christmas in 2002. this shop, opened by carrie’s long-time friends cindy h. and her husband adrian, maintains a cozy and personal atmosphere, much like the original location in williamsburg. due to extreme popularity, this branch has also moved into a space twice its former size, at 92 5th avenue, and has been very warmly received in this lovely part of brooklyn. it is constantly inundated with fresh hot stock from neighborhood fashionistas.
on september 2, 2011, our much anticipated manhattan store finally opened. this shop is a collaboration of efforts, and came to fruition in large part because of the superior managing efforts made by one of our own beacon's employees, beth moon. beth came to the williamsburg beacon's in 2004, and earned her partnership in 2011. carrie peterson, beth moon, and cindy wheeler, all share ownership of this location, with beth handling operations. this shop is similar in size to our park slope location, and boasts a vast open space with dramatic ceilings and oversized chandeliers made from buttons (by local lighting designer doug newton). just southwest of union square, in close proximity to parson's new school, and nyu, it is flooded with emerging fashion, hot designers, and vintage classics.
we have received an array of local and international press including features in vanity fair, time out ny, racked, jane, lucky, the village voice, ny times, italian vogue, french vogue, and japan’s epica, and ef magazines. we have also received “best of” awards from popular bloggers, and the most popular local weeklies based in new york, the village voice. most importantly, however, our customers keep coming back, and enthusiastically proclaim, “you have the best stuff.” we thank you for that.