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Closed for Business: Cozbi, 351 5th Avenue

Cozbi, the small boutique on 5th Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets, has closed. The front window has been papered over, the sign has been taken down, and the phone is disconnected.

Opened in the summer of 2011 by Honduran clothing designer Cozbi Cabrera, it showcased her handmade dresses, skirts,  and outerwear for women and children. Aside from designing clothes, Cabrera also made quilts and muñecas, hand-sewn dolls with custom-made outfits that sold for up to $1,500 (and earned her an appearance on Oprah). The average item at Cozbi averaged well over a hundred dollars, however (blouses cost $145 and sundresses cost $200), which most likely limited her customer base. 

She also ran a shop on Court Street that closed before this one opened. If you're in the market for a quilt or muñeca, they're still available through her online store.


Cycle Bar, Rivet Close up Shop

Two local businesses have shut down: Cycle Bar, the cycling studio that opened on 5th between First and Garfield in late 2010, and Rivet, the jeans-oriented clothing store that opened in August 2011 on Seventh between Union and President.

Cycle Bar, like uber-trendy Soul Cycle and Flywheel, held daily classes where customers could participate in group rides accompanied by dim lights and music. The landlord also owns the spaces that are currently home to Le Pain Quotidien and Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Rivet was run by the same owners as the also-shuttered Slope Jeans, and there's currently one other shop in operation, in Carroll Gardens. Many thanks to a tipster for letting me know that the whole shop has been emptied out.


Closed for Business: The Walk-In Cookbook, 72 7th Avenue

The Walk-In Cookbook, the experimental gourmet shop that opened last August on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley, closed down today. Owner Filip Nuytemans sent an email around to their mailing list announcing the closure a couple hours ago; here's that it said:

We have enjoyed providing you with our recipe offering hoping to have brought something new and different to your dinner table.  Unfortunately, we are unable to make our concept work in brick and mortar and we are closing the store today.  We would like to thank you for your support, it has been a pleasure getting to know many of you.  Our best wishes to you and your families for a great 2014.
The Walk-In Cookbook Team

The shop took a unique approach to cooking a meal: they provided you with the recipe and all the ingredients needed to cook a meal from scratch, down to the teaspoon. The ingredients for about 15 rotating meals, from fish tacos to green chicken curry, were available at any time, along with a handful of pantry staples.

It was a good idea, but never really found a niche in the neighborhood, and not many predicated that it would even stick around as long as it did considering the fact that it was usually empty. Those looking to cook a meal can usually find everything they need by going to the supermarket, and the fact that shopping here would result in no waste wasn't enough to change people's habits.


Closed for Business: Christie's Jamaican Patties, 387 Flatbush Avenue

Some sad news to report: Christie's, the Jamaican patty shop on Flatbush Avenue between Sterling Place and Plaza Street, has closed. The phone has been disconnected, and there's a "For Rent" sign in the window.

In business since 1965, the shop was originally located across the street (where the eastern corner of the Crunch Gym is now) and it moved to its present location in 2006. Their $2.50 beef, chicken, and vegetable patties were about as good as it got (especially when tucked into coco bread), and their mains like macaroni and cheese, curry goat, and barbecue chicken were dependably good.

There was a scare back in November of 2011 that the small restaurant, which had a few tables but mostly did to-go service, would be forced to close, but it hung on, with owner Paul Hayes saying, “[Landlord Lina Feng] is trying to kick me out; I don’t think it’s worth the stress; it’s killing me. I’ve had so many sleepless nights.” The shop hung on, but Hayes had been in and out of court with Feng since then.

Christie's was an inexpensive and tasty option in an area where it's now just about impossible to fill up for $2.50. Another nearby option, El Gran Castillo de Jagua, is also now just holding on by the skin of its teeth, as it might be closing soon as well. If you haven't tried their roast pork yet, do yourself a favor and do it now.

As for Christie's, fingers crossed that Hayes can find a new, more hospitable location. In the meantime, their food truck will still be regularly parked on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street.


Closed for Business: Leske's Bakery, 588 5th Avenue

Some sad news to report from the very southern end of the neighborhood: Leske's Bakery, which moved into the space on 5th Avenue between 16th and Prospect that has been home to a bakery for more than a hundred years last year, shut down on December 27th.

The bakery was a Bay Ridge import, and the original is renowned for its black and white cookies, donuts (especially the peanut butter and jelly), and Scandinavian treats like kringlers, bollers, and kransekake. It closed after 50 years in 2011, only to rise from the dead a year later in the original location under new ownership.

This spot was last home to Sweet Treasures Bakery (which Brooklyn Bread briefly shacked up with after closing), before that it was Three Star Bakery for many years, and the building has been home to a bakery basically since it was built. While there's no word yet on what's moving in (the bakery's owners placed a notice on the door saying that the closure was due to "rising costs"), Leske's hopefully will be re-opening somewhere in the neighborhood; they're currently "evaluating."