Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Tomorrow is the last day in business for the 15-year-old Artikal Handcrafted Millinery at 510 E. 12th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.
The building is part of the East Village portfolio that Raphael Toledano bought last fall.
"They refused to even offer me a lease renewal," Artikal owner Holly Slayton said via email. "I am looking for a new location close to my house. I am a single mom so my location two doors away is ideal."
So far, Slayton said that she hasn't had any success finding a new space.
Slayton is also a resident of another Toledano-owner building, the first one that was reportedly inspected for high levels of lead dust.
She says that she has been working with local elected officials and community groups on measures to help protect small businesses against "predatory landlords."
Other businesses to close or relocate from Toledano-owned buildings include Podunk - the American Tearoom on East Fifth Street and Hakata Hot Pot and Sushi Lounge, which split space on St. Mark's Place.