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Scaredy Kat to Close, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store to Replace it

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

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So sad to see Scaredy Kat go, but thank goodness an equally cool shop is moving in! Also maybe there will be some sales at Scaredy Kat (because there prices are insane)

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Cannon

Good luck to them.

I'm sure some people here will be sad to learn that a national chain isn't moving into this space. Don't fret, there are plenty of other spaces that a Hallmark Store could open in on 5th Avenue.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRealParksloper

Major Bummer. They will be missed.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPark Slop

AWWW! Loved this store, so sad to see them go! We really needed a place like them in the neighborhood, but, glad to hear the closing is due to a happy life change for the owners.

Hope the new store is just as good.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

I love nostalgia for commercial businesses. My bet is no one actually shopped here.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin


*snarky persona hat off*

One of the most wonderful things about northern 5th avenue was being able to meet so many needs at this shop. I'm there about once a week, whether it's for a greeting card (or 20), gift wrap at holiday time, or just to walk around the back with my child. While I wish them well in their new adventures, this is a major loss for the hood.

Sorry, Just Shlopin, but people do shop here, and a f'ing whole lot of them.

Annie's Blue Ribbon? Nice little shop, but not the same.

Obviously, I blame people who live, you know, down there, who just kinda look at the sign, all confused, and say, "dude, they mispelled 'catt.'"

*snarky persona entered somewhere back in there. Not sure where.*

You will be missed, Scaredy Kat, like you wouldn't believe, and I intend on buying your ass out before you're gone.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

Shop there all the time, one of the best stores in the slope.

With that said, Annie's is also a beautiful store and we welcome them in their place.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersterling

@Slope Warz

Well if you shop there...

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

just Shlopin,

Why are you always so rude? That store was packed and in business for many years, so, obviously lots of people shopped there. Including myself.

I just don't get why you always have to be so snarky and nasty and rude to people on here.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Not that Im one to care about the N Slope but this was a really well stocked store and a great example of the benefits of independent businesses.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

When JBob and I are on the same page, then it's a damn good store.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

I never really shopped there... couldn't get past the name yet the fact they HAD NO CAT!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

Love Scaredy Cat! whenever someone I know had a birthday coming up without fail i would ALWAYS find the best presents there!!! I wonder if they will have a website so we can still get some of their stuff???
I wish them all the best in their future ventures!!
I am comforted by the fact that we still have Chairman as a giftshop near by

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPilarToons

the best shop in park slope. i'm so sad.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstefanie

We were in there all the time. Perfect little store.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpresident resident

Was a great store but Annie's Blue Ribbon is awesome- the owner is a Brooklynite and is a complete delight. Ohh I am a poet! A really great collection of goodies and excellent price points. It's a wonderful addition.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Tyler, why not walk to Boerum Hill, then?

I don't have an issue with successful local business owners expanding, but does every brownstone neighborhood have to have matching sets of stores? The homogenization of New York City continues.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I think my husband and I were literally their 1st customers. It is my go-to place for cards, period. And other charming stuff too. Miss it already!

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKtrsBklyn

Good riddance!!

Never shoplifted, Uh I meant shopped there anyway....


June 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter(SUPER) Shlopin

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