Friday, September 17, 2021

Lancelotti Housewares is closing on Avenue A

After a 25-year presence on Avenue A, Lancelotti Housewares is closing its doors this fall. 

EVG correspondent Stacie Joy reports that co-owners Michael Isaacs (below left) and Jeff Chatterton are moving to Dallas to be closer to family, and plans are in the works to open a similar concept/new home-goods store there. 

The couple just closed on their dream home, but they will miss NYC, they said...
The two bought the store from Linda Heidinger, who launched the business in 1996, five years ago. (Isaacs had worked several years at Lancelotti and at Alphabets, Heidinger's other store.) 

Isaacs and Chatterton expanded their retail space with a carefully curated selection of home goods here at 66 Avenue A between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in 2018.

The closing sales begin today when Lancelotti opens at noon ...
Lancelotti's last day is expected to be mid-to-late October...
You can find updates on the shop's Instagram account. Lancelotti is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Lancelotti, always a reliable spot to pick up a gift, will be missed.

Updated 2:30 p.m. 

Closing signage is up... and everything is 30 percent off in the store...

21 comments:

Choresh Wald said...

Sorry to hear. Love this store.

Anonymous said...

Terrible News !
Such a fun store !
Well, there goes the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

damnit, i love that store. happy trails i guess.

Anonymous said...

Nooooooooo god now there’s only target!! Wtf

Anonymous said...

Wishing them all the best for their new chapter in Dallas. Will miss this store.

Goggla said...

Nooo! This is one of my favorite businesses and I've outfitted my apartment with many of their things. Lancelotti had a great vibe and I wish them well in their new endeavor, but they will be sorely missed! This is a really big loss for our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

everytime you ordered shit off amazon or target you helped to close places like this.

Anonymous said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry to hear this, such a loss for the neighborhood - but I'm genuinely happy for the guys. It's a great space and I hope whoever takes over is a worthy successor.

bruce said...

Firstly, I want wish Michael and Jeff all the best in in their new life in TX. Secondly, NOOOOO! Such a great store and so needed in the neighborhood. The Whisk in Flatiron carried kitchenware and small electrics before it closed, but I can't think of any place else that carries some of the great things found at Lancelotti.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at September 17, 2021 at 9:46 AM,

They said they were relocating to Dallas to be closer to family. Nothing implied they weren't doing business.

Anonymous said...

oh no, huge loss for the neighborhood! wishing them all the best in their new life!

MrNiceGuy said...

This one hurts, this is such a great store and I have a ton of stuff in my apartment from them. I always found something I liked in there, without fail.

Happy tails to the happy couple, you'll be sorely missed. I do wish they could hand the store over to someone else to keep the tradition alive.

Anonymous said...

Noooo!!! Bought a beautiful planter there just before the total shutdown in 2020 and am enjoying it every day. And have been going there frequently for presents.
I loved that store. Such a bummer.

Anonymous said...

Texans don't deserve them!

Unknown said...

I agree - A big loss and after the closing of Alphabets. It is such a shame to witness so many of these grass root stores disappear over the 40 years we have lived here. Were happy to see a resurgence of Art Galleries but the landlords will eventually start to ask for ridiculous rents as before, and soon they will gone.

Anonymous said...

Sad to hear that the store is closing, but even more sad to hear that two more terrific East Villagers are leaving the hood. They are the kind of neighbors that helped make Alphabet City the vibrant, alternative neighborhood that us longtime residents fear is disappearing. Oh well, let's hope that their move to Texas results in two more voters changing TX from red to blue. Good luck, guys!

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear this news. Running a retail business was difficult before the pandemic. The pandemic made it even harder. They couldn't do business for months, and even now, people aren't flooding into stores. It's hard for retail businesses of any size to survive. But I hope they find a location in Dallas that will work for them. I will miss this place.

Sarah said...

Even setting aside the good qualities of the store, another vacant storefront on that block will suck.

creature said...

Yeah. This is a loss. It was stores like this and Alphabets that gave the hood some of its character. Exit 9 better hold on or I'm moving to the suburbs (never). Good luck, guys!

La vie est belle said...

Ditto to what all the commenters above said. Good luck and thank you for being in the neighborhood for so long! We will miss this great unique shop.

Anonymous said...

I will miss you. You are such cool people. I love your store as well. Good luck in your new home.