"Mountain" Acupuncture. Franklin Avenue and Carroll — Brooklynian

"Mountain" Acupuncture. Franklin Avenue and Carroll

The acupuncture center and seasonal eatery is slated to rise on the increasingly trendy Franklin Avenue.

DNAInfo wrote: They are in lease negotiations for a space on Franklin Avenue — on the border of their neighborhood and Crown Heights — to open Mountain, an acupuncture clinic, Chinese herbal pharmacy, and venue for art and performance. It will also house Apothecary Kitchen, offering meals like mugwort dumplings with lamb and pine nuts, house made Kombucha teas and organic baby food.

source: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130715/crown-heights/couple-aims-open-acupuncture-clinic-with-organic-eatery-crown-heights

more reading: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1286605333/apothecary-kitchen-at-mountain

Think they will raise the money required to open?

Think they will be able to pay rent on an ongoing basis after they open?


  • scanning my brain for abandoned chinese restaurants on Franklin, and...

    ding! The one that used to be next the Associated on Franklin & Crown (?). around the corner from Medgar Evers. Across the street from the not-Ebbets-Field houses.

    this could be very, very interesting.

  • You have just described 903 Franklin Avenue. It is one story! Nicely done!

    DNAInfo wrote: Finally, their long search turned up a one-story building with roof rights for a garden.

    “We are excited by the irony that we will, if all goes well, be taking over a now abandoned Chinese restaurant,” McCauley said.

  • I'm always excited to see development at one of the many empty storefronts on that block, but I'm slightly skeptical about the prospects of a...what was it?...acupuncture/health food/art venue? in this neck of the woods.

  • Whenever someone opens a business as a result of a kickstarter appeal, I am very suspicious about their resources and ability to create to sustainable business model.

    ...but I wish them only the best.

  • And can I just say that mugwort dumplings with lamb and pine nuts sounds like something you would find at Hogwarts?

  • Bitter & Esters on Washington started with a Kickstarter appeal, and they seem to be doing just fine.

    That having been said, as a longtime Kickstarter backer, I'm underwhelmed by their appeal -- the vision is kind of all over the place; they don't get specific at all until you reach the FAQs, which defeats the purpose of the Kickstarter page; I learned more about their project from the DNAinfo article than from their pledge page, which is bad. And if people are giving you money for things, you shouldn't insist that they come to you for their reward; it's bad form, and limits your backer pool. You can build the cost of shipping into the pledge.

    ...but yes, I wish them great success, however they move forward.

  • sign up in the window of the ex-chinese-restaurant in question as of (at least) yesterday.

  • photo: nba.com

  • Here is their website: http://www.ilovemountain.net/

    The previous restaurant had a "c" grade, so if they can do better than that, it's a welcome addition just from a health perspective. Even without their herbal apothecary. :)

  • edited August 2014

    As I read the website, this place seems as if it is going to try to be a "destination".

    -People will travel some distance to spend a few hours receiving treatment, much like a spa.

    This should be interesting to watch, because my sense is that Franklin Avenue between EP and Atlantic is now able attract such business, yet rent is simultaneously too expensive for them to survive. Needless to say, this location is between EP and Empire.

    Is the cache of Franklin between EP and Atlantic, strong enough that this place (beween EP and Empire) is viable?

  • I had figured this place was just another failed kickstarter BUT i walked by the other day and they are actually doing "something" in there.
  • I perceive this business as being an example of the entities betting on different residents moving into Trivoli Towers.

  • According to their Facebook page, the acupuncture clinic is now open. They will also arrange classed starting next week...starting with meditation classes and workshop.
  • I went to Mountain this afternoon. It's very lovely and surprisingly large. They also have a rather spacious yoga/event space in the back.  They are having a gentle opening serving cold pressed juices, sightglass specialty coffee, mountain rose herbs organic teas, house-made granola, cookies, frittatas and salads. The place is much nicer looking than in my photo. 20140827_171228
  • I went in there this evening on my way down Franklin Avenue. You're right; the picture doesn't do it justice. It's spacious inside.

    Hours of operation are 8 - 8 weekdays, 9 - 9 weekends.

    You can also ask to have a consultation with a nutritionist. I left my name for that. 

    Their food is made from locally-sourced ingredients. They have meat, vegetarian and vegan options. One day I'll go back to try the kale salad. (Where else around here has kale salad?) 
  • Went to Mountain this past week. So far the food we've ordered from there has been tasty. Glad to have pre-made healthy/local/organic food in walking distance, to pick up on days when we don't have time to cook.

    Is there a place in CH near the 2/3/4/5 that I can I get a sustainably-caught/organic/etc. curry shrimp roti? I know Veggies up on Franklin has some good quality patties, but what about a roti?
  • Mayfield has a terrific kale salad, and Lincoln Station carries one as well that I haven't tried.
  • Stopped by today. Yep it is spacious inside, and inviting. Very friendly staff. Food was delicious. I am happy that they serve healthy food but with meat options as well They mentioned that yoga classes are in the works.
  • Do they have a back room or are people going to be doing yoga while others eat kale salad and others drink juice and others get a nutrition consultation? That sounds like...a lot. I would welcome more yoga classes though!
  • No, I think there is a room in the back. That brown door on the picture. Let's hope!

    I just checked their website and although I didn't see anything about yoga, it did say that they have free health community clinics every 3rd Sun of the month. Now that's pretty cool. I'm liking this place more and more. BYOB (bring your own bloodwork).

    It's a lot they have going on. That might be a great idea - attract a wide spectrum of customers. Maybe after a while they'll figure out what work and what doesn't.

  • I stopped in and had an excellent coffee and fritatta slice. I was told they have "five elements acupuncture," and traditional chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture. On sundays there is a community acupuncture clinic offering very inexpensive TCM treatments. It looks as if there are a number of rooms in the back. 
  • "I'd like  a regular coffee with a spinal realignment please."
  • I wonder how much of their cafe business will be related to their acupuncture business, as opposed to just people who want a coffee shop.
  • @Davina said: "I also don't care for the font. Not only is it hard to read, but between that and the name, I first thought it was an outdoor adventure sports store. - See more at: http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/comment/553235#Comment_553235"

    How funny would it be if REI were to open in the neighborhood? :) 

    The font is hard to read. It is distinctive; I will give them that. 
  • @whynot31 I doubt anyone will ever order my combination. But its the first thing that jumped in my mind. If I was a betting many I'd put money down on them selling more coffee than acupuncture procedures.
  • edited September 2014
    Weird font:


    I guess the landlord would not let them remove the backlit grandfathered Chinese restaurant sign.
  • I walked by there some time last month, and I gave up trying to decipher the name after 30 seconds.

    I wish them every success, but I think I want to keep my food and acupuncture in separate establishments.
  • Went by yesterday to check them out.  We only knew it was the place because of the location we saw on the yelp map...the sign didnt help us at all.  The food looked good, and space very pleasant especially if you have kids.  We went in with a stroller and it was wonderful to not feel cramped, and there was another parent there with a stroller.  The owner very pleasant.  We'll definitely be going back to try a few dishes.  

    As for the accupuncture, you wouldnt know it was happening if they didnt tell you since its in a back space.  Dont worry, it aint happening in front of you as you eat, although that could be interesting if you can get it done while eating....2 birds 1 stone and all.
  • They mention a rooftop deck in the article! Interesting.

    I had the homemade brownies....so much deliciousness.
  • They are getting a lot of press.
    I've been in and grabbed a menu, but the prices are too high.
  • Which prices are too high? 

    I went in recently and got a coffee and a delicious chicken sandwich for around $10 which I think is reasonable, especially given the quality of the sandwich. 
  • I feel the same. I would love to take some of the yoga classes but there are bettet deals elsewhere closeby.

    The other options (massage, acupuncture etc) are tempting but pricey. They do however have a group acupuncture to a discounted price. How on earth does a group acupuncture work?

    There is something about the atmosphere that I love, though. It is so welcoming, nice and airy and makes me what to sit there for hours and nibble on their frittata.
  • I got an e-mail from Mountain today advertising 40% off a massge session.
  • I hope lots of press and discounts means they realize they are a destination.

    My thoughts are that one does not get acupuncture on the spur of the moment.
  • I wish their prices were lower. It's the closest new business to me and I was looking forward to it opening, but I rarely go. It seems they have been offering some cheaper options as of late (some yoga classes are $10), so I hope that will extend to ther full range of items/services.

    It also feels more like a sterile cafeteria to me than an airy, cute cafe. The decor and furnishings need some tweaking to make it cozier. Tables and chairs could use improvement, or they could add some seating options like a couple of arm chairs or a bar and stools by the big window. More plants would easily add to the vibe they seem to be going for.
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