Dépanneur: n Dépanneur (from the French verb Dépanner, meaning "to help out of difficulty" or "troubleshoot"; often shortened to "dep") is the name for convenience store, independently run corner shop, general store or deli, in the province of Quebec in Canada. We like to think of ourselves as a better bodega, hence our name Dépanneur, but we're not your typical corner store.
We strive to carry a collection of local, delicious, and innovative products from Brooklyn, NY state and around the world as well as sandwiches made with the highest quality ingredients sourced locally whenever possible and coffee beverages made with Toby's Estate beans and farm fresh milk.
Meet The Owners
"I see the Dep as a gallery / incubator for the huge increase in local regional and boutique products that are now available. We have been so lucky to be able to work with and hire so many really interesting young entrepreneurs and crafts people, its always amazing to see where they go with their ideas and the ways in which that energy comes back to help us continue. We couldn’t be in a better place in some ways. I know it is popular to shit on the neighborhood for changing the way it has but some of that change has enabled a lot of really awesome people stick it out, we are happy to be apart of that even if I am not full-time one of them."
"For me the Dep has been a really great opportunity, it has been fun, all the products we get to use, try and give to friends is a really great “multi-culture”. Getting to showcase all the people that brought products into the store was really surprising and exciting, even if sometimes it seemed directionless, in the confusion it was really unique. Garrison always said we should sell Velveeta cheese, I think at this point that might just work."
"My first food obsession was cheese. I was a cheesemonger during my college years and it was the first job I ever had that I actually liked. It was this experience that inspired the idea of opening up shop.
When we started out, I just bought things I would want myself, should we not be able to sell them and made sandwiches that I would want to eat everyday. and that's still pretty much the model. It's just stuff we like.
We've seen food trends come in go since we opened in 2010 but we've always remained true to our quality small production bread, pastry, cheese and cured meats while adding new staples to our grocery selection whenever we discover something we love.
Fast forward, I still adore cheese but have a new, however not far removed love, wine - and am now a Certified Sommelier."
"I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada during a Nor’Easter. My favorite saying “no good deed goes unpunished. Here's my upside down photo."
- Needless to say Shaun is a man of few words.