Showing posts with label The March Hare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The March Hare. Show all posts

Friday, January 14, 2022

The March Hare is closing so the owners can focus on health and family

Photo from November 2020 by Steven 

After a little more than a year in business at 321 E. Ninth St., The March Hare will be closing in the days ahead. 

As we previously reported, Karen McDermott, who runs the whimsical toy shop with her husband Jason McGroarty, was diagnosed with colon cancer last fall. 

Running a business and navigating the challenges of chemotherapy was too much, and they decided to close down the shop here between First Avenue and Second Avenue ... with the hopes that someone may have an interest in taking it over. 

Here's part of an email to EVG from last evening:
As you may be aware my wife and co owner of The March Hare was diagnosed with colon cancer in October last year. We have been amazed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone in the village since then. However we have made the decision to close our little store in order to focus on our battle with cancer. 
I would love to say it wasn't an easy decision to make but it was easy, for health and family should always come first. It has been a wonder to own and operate a store on the very block we live on. The need for a quirky little village toy store focusing on creativity, early development and good ol' classic wonder is alive and well. 
So, if anyone would like to carry on the legacy much like we did after Dinosaur Hill, we are open to offers. I believe it would be a shame to let the story end with us but our part, much like a chapter in your favorite book, has come to an end. This is a great turnkey retail opportunity for the right person, if you feel the calling much like we did (and still do), get in touch. 
Until that day comes we will be selling our remaining stock. Pop by and grab a few goodies while they last. Remember, things never really end, they simply change. You will still see us strolling around the village as usual so feel free to wave or stop for a chit chat.
There's also a crowdfunding campaign to help the couple pay for medical and living expenses. (McDermott just started her fifth round of chemotherapy.) You can find that link here

The March Hare opened in November 2020The shop was carrying on for Dinosaur Hill, the 37-year-old toy store on the block where McDermott had worked. Dinosaur Hill closed in 2020 after owner Pamela Pier retired.

We wish all the best to Karen and Jason!

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

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

'I see you over there' — the return of a Zoltar and words of wisdom

A familiar figure in a paisley vest and luxurious gold headwrap made a triumphant debut today outside The March Hare, the toy store at 321 E Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. 

Welcome back, Zoltar! (Thanks to Steven, MP and Jason for the photos!) 

For starters, this is NOT the same Zoltar that held forth outside Gem Spa on Second Avenue and St. Mark's for nearly seven years — 2012-2019. (Among other features, that Zoltar had a flute in his cummerbund.) 

That Zoltar ended up outside a pizzeria in Bushwick, where bloggers probably don't post about him every few days. Sources on Ninth Street tell us that this Zoltar was important from the faraway land of New Jersey.

The new Ninth Street Zoltar is $1 for a fortune (aka words of wisdom). 

We'll have more on this arrival in the days ahead... but one question was answered — the Ninth Street Zoltar will not be outside 24/7...

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday's parting shots

There were several reports of chalk hearts around the neighborhood... tributes to Hash Halper, the artist known for drawing chalk hearts on sidewalks in the East Village and other parts of the city in the past few years. 

Halper — aka @newyorkromantic — died this week at age 41. (You can read our post here.) 

Halper told The New York Times in February 2018 that he draws the hearts "because he feels New York is losing its romance, with people holding phones instead of looking at each other." 

Steven took these photos in Tompkins Square Park...
The March Hare also left a hearts tribute outside the shop on Ninth Street...

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The March Hare debuts a Charity Chest on 9th Street for families in need

The March Hare, the toy store that opened this past November on Ninth Street, is giving back to families experiencing difficult times.

The owners shared information on how the East Village Charity Chest works:
Buy a toy from our store at a discounted rate, pop it in the Charity Chest and once it's full we will donate it to a charity benefiting children in need.

When purchasing items from our online store for donation, select in-store pickup and apply the discount code CHARITYCHEST upon checkout. We will take care of the rest. 
They note that any orders using the above-mentioned discount code will be donated and are nonrefundable.

The March Hare is at 321 E. Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. And the store phone: (646) 422-7747.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Monday, November 23, 2020

Toy story: The March Hare debuts today on 9th Street

The March Hare opens today at 321 E. Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. 

This is the toy shop that we told you about last month... they will be carrying on the legacy for Dinosaur Hill down the block.

Dinosaur Hill owner Pamela Pier is retiring after 37 years, with the store closing at the end of November as we first reported here. Veselka plans to expand into the adjacent Dinosaur Hill space in the future.

Current Dinosuar Hill employee Karen McDermott and her husband, Jason McGroarty, are running the the March Hare — with Pier on board as consultant.

Per the shop's Instagram account, they will carry "Puppets, Marionettes, Board Games, Puzzles, Stuffed Toys and More!"

The March Hare is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. And the phone: (646) 422-7747

Updated 4 p.m.

Steven shared some photos from inside the shop today...

Thursday, October 29, 2020

After Dinosaur Hill: The March Hare is a new toy store coming to 9th Street

The March Hare is coming soon to 321 E. Ninth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. 

Per the shop's Instagram account, they will carry "Puppets, Marionettes, Board Games, Puzzles, Stuffed Toys and More!"

The shop will be carrying on for Dinosaur Hill, whose owner, Pamela Pier, decided to retire after 37 years. Dinosaur Hill will be closing at the end of November, as we first reported here. Veselka plans to expand into the toy store's space in the future.

Current Dinosuar Hill employee Karen McDermott and her husband, Jason McGroarty, will be running the shop — with Pier on board as consultant. They plan to maintain Dinosaur Hill's legacy — on the same block, no less.

Thanks to Steven for the photo and tip!

Previously on EV Grieve