Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cash in the shade on East 5th Street


[EVG photo from yesterday]

Earlier today we mentioned that the liquor store, check-cashing shop and Today's Cut hair salon at 300 E. Fifth St. just east of Second Avenue have been closed this week due to some structural issues in the building.

Word is some unlicensed work in one of the apartments led to a tenant putting his or her foot through the floor. So the city hit several apartments and the ground-floor businesses with a vacate order.

Not good for business, obviously. Bourad at Today's Cut is cutting hair five doors to the east at 304 E. Fifth St. in the meantime.

And Jaime (aka "The Tall Guy"), the longtime proprietor of the checking-cashing shop, is operating out of this armored van in front of his storefront. He tells EVG contributor Derek Berg that he will go out of business soon if he has to continue to run his business this way...


[Photo by Derek Berg]

And here is a storefront shot from last January via Goggla ...

5 comments:

derek berg said...

Jaime is at the window on far right. It's very tricky seeing him with the shaded glass.

Goggla said...

Jaime is a cool guy and I pay some bills through him. Although I love the idea doing business out of an armored van, I hope he can return to his storefront soon. The liquor store guys also deserve some support.

Eden Bee said...

ON MY WAY BACK.
Sorry, I can't stop writing that until I am back.

EV Grieve said...

@Eden

We will pick you up at the airport in the check-cashing van!

3:00 p.m. said...

I'm weary about this. This could have the same fate as 172 Stanton St. where the residents were asked to vacate, never to return, and the building demolished to make way for another lux condo.

And Eden, why would you come go back? I'd rather be and stay in France.