Sposabella Couture, the bridal shop that opened in June 2011 on Seventh between Lincoln and Berkeley, closed yesterday. Many thanks to a tipster for sending along the above photo taken a few days ago and another for letting me know about the closure.
The shop sold nice dresses and had personalized service, but I never saw anyone in there; a niche business in such an expensive market was risky from the beginning. It only earned two Yelp reviews, one five-star and one one-star.
The sign in the window indicates that the business is moving to 252 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. There's already a business called Sposabella Lace there that predates the Park Slope one, so odds are the owners are the same.
No word yet on who, if anyone, has rented the space.
In November 2007, a sidewalk shed went up around the facades of two quintessentially Brooklyn storefronts: a 50 year-old shoe repair shop and an old Italian clubhouse called the His & Hers Social and Athletic Club. The upper floors have been gutted and rebuilt, and the shed has finally come down.
The building was purchased by the Fifth Avenue Committee before the shed was built, and they moved the shoe repair up the street (its great handpainted sign still survives). the club was long-vacant by then (actor John Ventimiglia expressed an interest in purchasing it and turning it into an art gallery in 2005), and both were gutted last year.
The two storefronts still aren't in great shape, but the completion of construction upstairs is probably a good sign.The rumor of the day is that none other than Luke's Lobster is looking to move into one of the storefronts.
In the year and a half since O'Connor's, on Fifth between Bergen and Dean, closed for renovations. The classic dive bar hadn't changed much in its 81 years of existence, which unfortunately worked to its disadvantage: it wasn't nearly up to code, and an attempt to construct a basement resulted in the collapse of the back wall. So owner Mike Maher shut it down, started the renovation, and apparently promptly ran out of money, and the space has seemingly been lying dormant since.
Signs of life are actually happening, however; many thanks to a tipster for sending in the above photo, which looks like the beginning of a reveal of the facade (that sidewalk shed was quite an eyesore). It looks pretty traditional, similar to 200 5th's, with lots of windows and not a trace of the old brick front.
For fans of the old O'Connor's, it would be best to expect that the new one is going to look completely different from what we were used to.
Red Horse Cafe, the charming coffee shop on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 12th Street, closed down over the weekend, One More Folded Sunset noticed. The owners, Carolina and Brent Whitson, left a note thanking customers for seven years of patronage, noting that "the horse has finally been set free."
No reason for the closure was given, but the out-of-the-way location was tricky from the get-go. For those in the know, however, it was one of the neighborhood's best respites, serving coffee from Gowanus' Crop to Cup, tea from Harney & Sons, Chilean baked goods from San Antonio in Queens, and pastries from Baked in Red Hook. The low-key space was decorated with modern art and furnished with comfortable couches, and there was plenty of room to sit with a laptop and lots of natural light. They also hosted events at night, including musical performances, comedy, and poetry readings.
There aren't actually that many straight-ahead neighborhood cafes left in the area, where those who work from home can set up shop in an uncramped space and not feel rushed as they do their work with a coffee and a pastry. Unfortunately, that setup doesn't lend itself much to a dinner crowd, which is the real moneymaker.
Photo via nycgo.com