We've heard the rumors that Physical Graffiti was calling it quits on St. Mark's Place... We saw the owners packing up the vintage clothing store on Monday... The Local East Village has the scoop:
The clothing store is closing its doors after 16 years because of the bad economy, but will re-open in March as a loose leaf tea shop under a slightly different name – Physical Graffi-tea – and the same management.
“It’s so sad but there is just no market for the clothes,” said Ilana Malka, 45, the store’s owner.
I've head this from many people: The new generation moving into the East Village — in general! — isn't interested in unique, vintage clothing...
Previously on EV Grieve:
East Village vintage stores doomed?
More vintage doom: Beauty Crisis is closing
Atomic Passion has closed
Monk Thrift Shop on Avenue B
Atomic Passion on Ninth Street
O Mistress Mine on 11th Street
Andy's Chee-Pees on St. Mark's Place
Fab 208 is moving into a smaller space on Seventh Street