From an editorial in this week's issue of The Villager titled "Save our Ray's"...
There has been a lot of talk in the neighborhood in recent years about preserving local mom-and-pop businesses, and keeping out the big chain stores. Ray’s Candy Store is a perfect example of a local business that truly offers a unique, authentic experience, from its old-style soda fountain to Ray himself and the cast of quirky characters and locals who patronize his place.
Until his recent cash-flow problems, Ray has paid his rent faithfully for more than three decades — so one could say, he’s paid his dues. His place used to be one of the only businesses open on Avenue A at night, when taxis wouldn’t even dare come that far east. He slept in his store to protect it from burglars. He’s been slashed and slammed with everything from jagged fluorescent bulbs to metal sidewalk vault doors, and survived.
Also in The Villager this week: A Ray's recap from Chris Flash. Read it here.
Meanwhile, as noted Tuesday....
A PayPal account has been established to help Ray's Candy Store. Those who are interested in helping out may use this e-mail address:
And Bob Arihood has the latest update at Neither More Nor Less:
Ray claims that he met with his landlord and that the landlord was not very sympathetic . According to Ray the landlord has too many tenants not paying rent these days and that he expects Ray to pay his rent ....now. So it seems there will be no grace period for Ray and his candy store and thus the future is ever so uncertain .
Behind the landlord ultimatum at Ray's