[Photo from last evening]
Starting this evening (Friday!), Gem Spa will have a limited supply of Gem Spa t-shirts for sale at the shop here on Second Avenue at St. Mark's Place.
In recent weeks, they've been filling orders for people who purchased them via PayPal. Now they'll have an extra supply on-hand. (The t-shirts come with a Kiehl’s lip balm that the company donated.)
As we've been reporting, the venerable shop has been struggling of late, in part due to its temporary ban on selling cigarettes and lottery tickets and various landlord issues.
Parul Patel, who is running the shop for her father Ray, the owner since 1986, decided to sell the t-shirts to help raise money for the shop.
Meanwhile, longtime St. Mark's Place resident David Godlis is pitching in to assist the longtime corner shop. He's donating prints of this photo of Madonna outside Gem Spa in 1984 during filming of "Desperately Seeking Susan" ... you can order various sizes of the photo at Gem Spa...
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Desperately Seeking GEM SPA. Once Upon a Time in the East Village, in 1984, Madonna was outside @besteggcream GEM SPA making history. But now this East Village landmark could be history - or worse, a Citibank - and needs some help. I’m giving them High Quality signed oversized postcards of this image in various sizes. Available for donations exclusively at GEM SPA. GO TO @besteggcream for details. All proceeds go to GEM SPA. GET A GEM SPA T-shirt too. Or stop in for an egg cream. Corner of St Marks & Second Ave. PASS THE WORD. 📷©️GODLIS
Previously on EV Grieve:
Will you buy a Gem Spa T-shirt?
What is happening at Gem Spa?
A visit to Gem Spa