Scaredy Kat, the popular card and gift shop on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and President Streets, will be closing its doors for good in July, as owners Damond Gallagher and Nora Yockey have decided to move down to Asheville, North Carolina. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, a similar shop located in Boerum Hill, has been lined up to move into the space in August.
The duo opened the first Scaredy Kat a couple blocks away in 1999, and moved into their current location in 2009. It's known for its great selection of unique cards, gifts, toys, and vintage items, and was one of the first pioneers on the avenue back when it was far from a prime retail drag.
Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store is on State Street, and will be moving into the storefront later this summer. Ann Cantrell opened it in 2007, and it's a quirky shop with a wide selection of gifts, toys, home, kitchen, and office supplies, wall art, and other knick-knacks.
In discussing the impending closure, Gallagher made it clear that this was their own decision, and that the landlord has been nothing but great. "Asheville is a town that reminds us a lot of Brooklyn, and we'll be opening a new shop and buying a house," he told me. "It was just the right time to make a change."
While it'll be sad to see such a unique and beloved store close, it's good to know that they're going out on their own terms and that it'll be replaced by what looks like a great independent shop. Here's their full statement:
"To all our fabulous customers and friends on 5th Avenue,
When we opened in July 1999, we couldn't have imagined in our wildest dreams how Scaredy Kat would grow as a business and all of 5th Avenue would grow into such an exciting destination! What changes we've all seen through the years!
After a fantastic 14 years, we would like to announce that we're loading up our wagon train and heading down to Asheville, NC. We are very sad to be leaving Park Slope and all our wonderful friends and customers, but also excited for the new adventures that await us. We are eternally grateful for all of our Scaredy Kat memories and will miss all of the folks we have come to know throughout the seasons.
Which brings us to say… we are pleased to announce that ANNIE'S BLUE RIBBON GENERAL STORE will be opening in August right here! She has been gracing Boreum Hill with her wondrous delights for the last 6 years and we are sure she will delight you as well.
We can't say “thank you” enough to everyone who has supported us over the years. We have always been touched by the kindness of the Park Slope community and of our many visitors. We know that we would not be here without you.
We will be supplying you with fun goods from now until near the end of July. After that, please come on down to Asheville and visit us at WHIST, our new retail venture!
Damond & Nora"
Nora and Damond