Although Brooklyn is traditionally a haven for mom-and-pop stores, they are the exception rather than the rule in Spring Creek. Open since 2002, the Gateway Center offers suburban-style shopping in an urban setting. The shopping center, which draws customers from all over Brooklyn and Queens, is home to many major mass-market retailers, including Target, Home Depot and Best Buy.
Each of the residential communities in the area has a handful of stores for the convenience of residents. The largest of the communities, Spring Creek Towers, has the most options, both on the property and just outside, along busy Pennsylvania Avenue.
Starrett City Florist and Fruit Baskets, part of the community for over 20 years, offers a beautiful selection of flowers and exotic plants for every occasion. The shop specializes in roses, with over 100 varieties flown in daily from Ecuador and Colombia. In addition to fruit baskets, Starrett City Florist can create custom gift baskets with products ranging from Swiss or Belgian chocolates to elegant liquor and champagne.
The Brooklyn Sports Club, on the property of Spring Creek Towers, provides one of the largest and most complete health and fitness
facilities in New York. Facilities include a six-lane heated pool, a full-court basketball gym and over 60 fitness classes each week. This club offers discounted memberships for residents of the Spring Creek Towers.
When it comes time for grocery shopping, Spring Creek residents have several options, three in the Gateway Center alone. Residents who prefer to buy in bulk can visit the BJ's Wholesale Club, a 90,000-square-foot Shop Rite store services Gateway, and Aldi offers shoppers store-branded items of high quality for low prices.
At the edge of Spring Creek, on Linden Boulevard, the Farm Country Outlet carries West Indian and Caribbean specialties in addition to American grocery items. Known for fresh produce and a fish market, Farm Country also has a butcher on the premises.
Farmers markets exist throughout the borough, though none in Spring Creek itself. Residents can take advantage of some nearby markets, including the Brownsville-Pitkin Youthmarket, selling fresh, locally grown produce on Saturdays from mid-July through November, and the Cypress Hills
Youthmarket, which operates on Fridays from July through the end of November.