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Tuesday
May202014

Closed for Business: Guvnor's Vintage Thrift, 178 5th Avenue

Guvnor's, the expansive vintage thrift shop on 5th Avenue between Degraw and Sackett, closed down for good as the Fifth Avenue fair ended on Sunday after more than four years in the space.

The shop had an old-school rock and roll vibe, and the merchandise for sale, some of which dated back to the 1930s, was all undoubtedly cool, and well-curated. It was the brainchild of owner Suzette Sundae, who's owned eight similar shops in the past 20-odd years and posted a lengthy letter/airing of grievances back in January explaining the reasons behind her closure of arbuably the best vintage store in the neighborhood. Namely, she finds that the neighborhood has lost its rock-and-roll attitude and is suffering from a lack of "cultural richness."

"Anyone visiting Park Slope these days, could likely detect a marked lack in the ol' rock n roll, except at Enz's (across the street) and at a handful of bars," she wrote. "I’m not sensing a lot of 'cultural richness' either, with the exception of the cheese fridge, over at Bierkraft."

She continues: "Fewer and fewer of our “fashion-forward,” “vintagista” shoppers have been strolling in, but the strollers . . . well, those strollers continue streaming past, in endless waves of upper middle class, conservative earth tones ... The thought of selling khaki jackets and baby buggies appeals as much to me as eating Wonderbread dipped in milk ... Sure, we could move to Williamsburg, or Bushwick, but what about when those neighborhoods suffer a similar 'Conservo Scourge?'"

Sundae's rant reminds me a bit of what the owners of Southpaw said after announcing their closure, blaming it on the neighborhood's supposed shortcomings. She adds that she decided to sell the space for "generous compensation" and will now be "pursuing a life of creative freedom," and vowed that the shop will be moving online, but at the moment the Etsy store only has 13 items listed.

Tuesday
Apr292014

Closed for Business: Percy's/ South Brooklyn Pizza, 447 1st Street

The outpost of South Brooklyn Pizza on First Street just west of 7th Avenue, part of a mini-chain regarded by many as the purveyors of the finest slice in New York, has closed up shop four months after adding $1 slices to the menu and changing the name to Percy's.

The closure comes on the heels of continuing trouble for the chain and its owner James McGown, who has a long history of legal troubles. The switch to a dollar slice format was obviously in response to customers' unwillingness to pay $5 per slice (even though the ingredients used are top notch, and it's actually a very solid slice of pizza), and just a couple days ago the location on 1st Avenue in the East Village announced plans to move to a new, TBA location. For those who need their fix, the location on Fourth Avenue is still open.

Many thanks to reader Michael for sending the above photo.

Tuesday
Apr222014

Trois Pommes, A'Putia Closed for Business on Fifth

As expected, Trois Pommes Patisserie has shut down, leaving the neighborhood after 7 years on Fifth between Garfield and Carroll due to a rent hike. The now-vacant space is on the market for $8,500/month; meanwhile, owner Emily Isaac is on the lookout for a space in a less-expensibe neighborhood.

A couple blocks away, between Lincoln and Berkeley, A'Putia has also closed down. The four month-old Sicilian bakery specialized in cannoli made with sheep's milk ricotta, and replaced under-the-radar gelato favorite Caramello (we'll forget that Cafe Saint Edesia was also open inside the space for about a week).

Tuesday
Mar112014

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.

Tuesday
Mar042014

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.