Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Half the size but still Fabulous at Fanny's

[EVG photo from Feb. 24]

As we noted a few weeks ago, Fabulous Fanny's had to give up part of its storefront at 335 E. Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

While the vintage eyeglass shop remains alive and well, the vintage clothing side is gone.

New York Business Journal has more on the store and owner Ken Finnegan. (His business partner, Stanton Blacker, retired last year and moved to Florida.)

Per the article:

He just signed a new five-year lease that tripled his rent for half the space.

Previously, Fabulous Fanny’s sold vintage clothes in 300 square feet and operated the eyeglass store in the other 300 feet. But the rent rise forced him to shrink the store in half, which is in the process of being rented out. Finneran has heard rumors that a wireless carrier or hair salon was interested.

Jared Kushner purchased 329-335 E. Ninth Street and 325 E. 10th St. in April 2013 for $28.75 million.

On the positive side, the store will be around for at least another five years.

Fabulous Fanny’s offers what few other stores or opticians can: eyeglasses that span three centuries. That unique offering has contributed to Fabulous Fanny’s success, 15 years after it moved to the East Village from the Chelsea Flea Market and Chelsea Antique Center.

Meanwhile, the for rent sign for the former clothing side of Fanny's arrived the other day.

[Photo by Steven]

Per the listing at RES Commercial, all uses will be considered, though vented food use is not possible. The rent is available upon request.

1 comment:

Goggla said...

I've bought several pairs of glasses from Fabulous Fannie's and get so many compliments on them. They are my go-to place for something unique and bedazzled. I highly recommend.