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Tuesday
Mar172015

After 70 Years in Business, Prospect Gardens Pharmacy to Close Today

Prospect Gardens Pharmacy, the old-school pharmacy on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Union Street, will be closing today. The building was recently sold for the record price (for a mixed-use building the neighborhood) of $8.63 million, and "a big national retail tenant" is slated to take over the space, according to the Daily News.

The pharmacy originally opened in the 1940s as a branch of the now-defunct chain Whelan's, with all the bells and whistles you'd expect in an old-timey pharmacy: a soda counter, floor to ceiling built-in wooden shelving, glass cases, and a rolling wooden ladder. When Howard Baskind (who owned the building until its recent sale) purchased it in 1980 he gave it an unfortunate and inexpensive makeover, complete with wood paneling and the word "PRESCRIPTIONS" in huge letters (in an admittedly great 1970s typeface) across the back wall. It was dated but had its charms, and thankfully Baskind left the classic old DRUGS PRESCRIPTIONS sign (minus the neon, unfortunately) hanging out front.

The pharmacy remained popular largely due to the pharmacists themselves, who knew their customers by name (and could recognize their voices on the phone) and became neighborhood fixtures: George Berman was the primary pharmacist in the 1960s and Wayne Lippman was behind the counter from 1985 to 2012.

"Why shop at a place that makes you wait three hours for a prescription? I don't understand it," Lippman told me when I dropped by in 2011. "Here we fill it in five to ten minutes. That's how we maintain our clientele. A lot of the old timers aren't around anymore, but when younger folks come in they're always impressed by the fact that we actually care about them."

All outstanding prescriptions will be transferred to Rite-Aid.

Thursday
Dec112014

Tea Lounge to Close December 14

Tea Lounge, on Union Street near Seventh Avenue, will be closing for good on Sunday. The owners announced the closure on Facebook, saying simply, "We are sad to announce to the community and our loyal customers that we will be closing Tea Lounge in Park Slope on Sunday 12/14/14. Please stop by so we can say goodbye."

The popular coffee shop began its life more than 13 years ago in the space further up Seventh where Hanco's is now, and moved into this sprawling space several years ago. It was a popular hangout for local moms and nannies, and was certainly one of the largest coffee shops in the neighborhood.
Back in September I discovered that the space had been listed for sale, but the owner contacted me and insisted that the listing was "only intended to help sell franchises," and that it wasn't in fact for sale. That explanation sounded a little fishy, apparently with good reason. It'll be interesting to see what's been lined up to take over this prime space.
UPDATE: Here's a link to the listing. The rental rate for the 3,900 square-foot space has been listed only as "negotiable."
Wednesday
Dec102014

Rare Earth Space on the Market for $8,000/Month

The space on Bergen Street near 5th Avenue that's been home to restaurant Rare Earth since it opened last summer is on the market.

The restaurant had the same owner as Melt before it, Muguette Siem A Sjoe, and was focused on "wholesome, fresh, naturally grown ingredients, served at its peak harvest time." While the menu was creative, nothing about it brought in crowds, and there wasn't much to differentiate it from its predecessor.

The 1,800-foot space is going for $8,000 per month, or $4.44/sf, according to the listing. I'm still holding out hope that City Sub may decide to make a triumphant return.

Photo via Loopnet

Monday
Dec012014

Chip Shop to Close December 24th, Corner Burger This Week

Both Chip Shop and Corner Burger, on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street, will be closing soon.

Last month, a Craigslist ad went up advertising the "double wide corner space," and a realtor's sign went up in Chip Shop's windows shortly after that. Representatives from both Corner Burger and Chip Shop told me that the primary reason behind the closures is flagging sales.

Corner Burger was a no-frills burger joing that actually served some pretty good burgers, as well as the best poutine this side of Mile End. They're currently offering all beers for $3, and may close as soon as tonight.

Chip Shop opened in 2001, and quickly became popular for its fish and chips and traditional British fare as well as novelties like deep-fried pizza and Mars Bars. There's a second location on Atlantic Avenue which will be staying open, but this location will be closing for good on December 24 at 5 pm. Here's the note they've posted on their windows and Facebook page:

 

 

Tuesday
Nov112014

Huge Check Cashing Place on Flatbush Closing, Moving Two Doors Down

If there's one business on Flatbush Avenue that's always seemed a little incongruous with its facade, it's been the Checks & More, between Sixth and Bergen. With its two story-high entryway, flanked by huge Doric columns, and ornately decorated upper floors, the building has always seemed suited for something grander than a check cashing place. Well, it won't be a Checks & More any longer; it's moving into the space last occupied by a prosthetics shop two storefronts down (at left), and the space is now for rent, and will be available vacant in January.

The building originally looked like the surrounding buildings, but at some point (most likely in the 20s or 30s) it was transformed into its present state, and has been occupied by a bank or similar establishment ever since.

Buyers have the option of purchasing just the main level or the main and second floors, and the space is touted as an "ideal location for flagship retail, bank, restaurant or bar." If the buyer takes both floors, they can boast 20 foot high ceilings and a second-floor terrace, with 6,000 square feet in total.

Rumor has it that Apple has been shopping around in the neighborhood for a storefront. This is about as good as they're going to get.