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Boot-Scootin’ Boogie

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When string-band fiddler Craig Judelman and his ­business partner dreamed up the idea for Cool Pony (733 Franklin Ave., nr. Sterling Pl., Crown Heights; ­coolponycrownheights.com), a thrift store–slash–music v­enue opening March 20, they had honky-tonks on the brain. Specifically Robert’s Western World in Nashville. In addition to racks of secondhand goods like bright, hand-knit cotton sweaters ($15) and vintage Stetson boots ($300), the shop features a small stage and barstool seating, where four to six nights a week shoppers can catch folksy acts like ­Memphis’s Andy Cohen and Asheville’s Sparrow Pants. For now, it’s BYOB, but there’s a bar and back-patio party space in the works for spring.


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