Monday, January 27, 2020
Avenue A storefront watch
Obscura Antiques and Oddities has officially closed, and a for rent sign now hangs in the storefront at 207 Avenue A between 12th Street and 13th Street.
A variety of factors led to the closure. "Our lease is up at the end of February and we are a bit burned out," co-owner Mike Zohn told us back in November. "The business has changed as has the neighborhood, plus the expense and overhead are high."
The asking rent for the space is $4,995 — all uses considered, per the listing.
And on Avenue A at Ninth Street... a for rent notice is up at the recently shuttered Arepa Factory. The listing hasn't made it online just yet.
Meanwhile, the corner space — the former Gelarto — has been leased. The brokers didn't disclose who the new tenant is, however.
These spaces, overseen by two difference landlords — Icon on the corner and Steve Croman next door — were home to Cafe Pick Me Up until May 2015...
One last nearby storefront to note... Three Seat Espresso is now officially closed (as of Jan. 19) at 137 Avenue A between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street...
No word on what might be coming to this space.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• A visit to Obscura Antiques and Oddities, closing soon on Avenue A
• After 20-plus years in the East Village, Obscura Antiques and Oddities is closing
• Arepa Factory closes up on Avenue A
• Three Seat Espresso will close by the end of 2019 on Avenue A; founder blames Starbucks