Williamsburg is changing at an ever-expanding rate, with the Bedford strip north of Grand St. barely resembling what it looked like even five years ago. Two of the biggest additions to that section of Bedford will open, basically across the street from each other, next week.

First up will be the long-in-the-works Whole Foods which opens on Tuesday, July 26 at the corner of Bedford and N. 4th (previously Flame Cut Steel.) In addition to groceries and food bars common to all Whole Foods, there will also be a Food Hall with very Brooklyn local vendors, including Luke’s Lobster Tail Cart, No. 7 Veggie, East Coast Poke, and OddFellows Ice Cream Co whose storefront is just a couple blocks away. There will also be a couple restaurants: Layered, a paleo/vegan spot with pizza, sushi, and of fresh juice; and restaurant/tap room, called N4, that will feature beverages from Red Hook winery and a menu of Jewish-deli-inspired fare. Whole Foods opens Tuesday morning at 9 AM and, if you feel like braving the lines, the first 250 people in get a free tote bag designed by Audrey Louise Reynolds.

Then on Saturday, July 30 will see the opening of the 20,000-square-foot Apple Store, which takes up over half the block between N. 3rd and N. 4th on the Eastern side of Bedford Ave (formerly King's Pharmacy and the Bagel Store). While Whole Foods already has stocked shelves, the Apple Store still has a lot of work to do. They're promising "something special in store," whatever that may be, for the grand opening which starts at 10 AM that Saturday.