Some sad news coming down the wire this morning: Bob and Judi's Coolectibles, the quirky vintage/ housewares shop that's been in business since 1997 on Fifth between Union and President Streets, will be shutting down at the end of July, as the owners, Bob and Judi Pheiffer, have decided to pack it in and move to California.
Here's the message that was sent out to friends this morning:
TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS, NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS
After 15 wonderful years, Bob & Judi will be closing their store at the end of July. We are having a big sale and invite you to come in and shop for that special treasure, or stock up now for the holidays. We would like to thank all our customers, neighbors and friends for their kindness and support throughout the 15 years. Bob & Judi
The store was chock full of affordable, usable gifts and vintage kitchy things, as opposed to the high-end antiques that you tend to find in similar shops in Manhattan. It was always a joy to just browse through their collection of old Brooklyn photos and other various knick-knacks, household items, toys, and kitchenware, and was great when you needed a cool gift in a pinch.
Bob and Judi have lived in the Slope for well over 30 years, and first met each other when Bob was 28 and Judi 18. They've become a neighborhood institution (and were one of the new Fifth Avenue's pioneers), so while it will be sad to see them--and their endlessly fascinating merchandise--go, I wish them the best in their new life out west!