Friday, November 26, 2021

Best wishes to the owners of the March Hare on the shop's 1-year anniversary

The March Hare turned 1 on Ninth Street on Tuesday.

It's an anniversary to celebrate — especially with the difficulties of opening during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the owners of the whimsical toy store here between First Avenue and Second Avenue are facing another major challenge: Karen McDermott, who runs the shop with her husband Jason McGroarty, was diagnosed with colon cancer last month.

McDermott, 31, who previously worked at Dinosaur Hill on the block, had surgery in late October. According to an Instagram post from the March Hare on Oct. 25:
Surgery went well and Karen is getting a little better every day. Once she is fully healed we will start chemotherapy and hopefully kick cancer out of sight!

You can help support the March Hare by keeping the store in mind with any holiday needs. The shop's hours are posted as 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 321 E. Ninth St. You might want to call ahead: (646) 422-7747.

There's also a crowdfunding campaign to help the couple pay for medical and living expenses. You can find that link here

As McDermott wrote in a GoFundMe update:

The outpouring of love I have received through this has been beyond overwhelming, I am so thankful and happy to have known such kindness in my life.
Previously on EV Grieve:

Image via Instagram


Unknown said...

EV Grieve, thank you for doing what you are doing. This neighborhood has a great sense of community, camaraderie and solidarity. And you help tremendously to tbis. I wish this lady prompt recovery and a long life the her, her family, and business.

hywel dda said...

Yes, thank you for this. I miss Dinosaur Hill and am so happy to have The March Hare on our block. I don't have many opportunities to buy children's gifts and would never have known of Karen's needs if not for your blog. Good work, thanks again.

Lola SΓ‘enz said...

Love them, I still miss Dinosaur Hill but I do love The March Hare!I did early shopping for the little ones.

Anonymous said...

This wonderful shop deserves our support: shop local!

Am also contributing to Karen's gofundme, a truly worthy cause, IMO.

KAREN, I'm wishing you well, always, and I hope you will recover to the very best of good health!

Anonymous said...

This store is a treasure. As a child care professional I meet many parents in the neighborhood. I mention this establishment often. (Stock more items related to the younger children- 0-3)

anonymous said...

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