N Boutique Closed!

Good Morning readers. We awoke to a notice from N Boutique that they have closed the new Lenox Avenue location. This is  a huge shock to us!  Another intrepid blogger actually saw the move happening last night and reported it on Twitter, but the official word came from the owners themselves today. They will be offering online sales in January of next year. In the meantime we will have to find other local stores for your holiday gift giving needs. We will be posting a list of local shops next week.

We are a bit concerned about the preponderance of eateries and the lack of small businesses in the neighborhood. Seems that they should go hand in hand. What do you think? Leave your comments below.

You can read the heartbreaking message from N Boutique below:

It is with great sadness that we have decided to close the Lenox Avenue Store.

However, we will relaunch our online store in January 2011. The webstore will include
a number of items found in the shop along with our men & women’s private label collection.

What may appear like a sudden move is actually the result of months of costly legal battles
with a landlord who presumably has other plans for the space that may include a restaurant.
We could have continued through the rest of December, but holiday sales have been sluggish
and we felt it best to utilize our time and resources rebuilding our website/webstore.
You can expect to receive updates regarding the relaunch at the beginning of the year.

We thank you so very much for your support throughout the years–it means so much to us–and we look forward
to offering you more of what N is known for via our online store in January.

Happy Holidays!

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5 thoughts on “N Boutique Closed!

  1. Since I’ve moved here in 1993 I’ve seen many many many small business closed more then I want to admit. Different reasons, Landlords jacking up the rents three times the amount. Building owners selling the building out from under them, Busness owner putting business in a bad locaiton no foot traffic. No marketing and advertising, genterfication etc. Are these all valid reasons yes, they are but in turn, why do we have organizations in Harlem that are suppose to help the small business owners but turn a blind eye to the needs of business owners? Many events networking, business events etc. go on during business hours and on weekends when business owners are running their shops, how are they suppose to get the information and build relationships that they need to survive. I as a business owner is really worried about the state of affairs going on in Harlem, New York. If one of us fail we all fail and that is the bottom line. We need to have a collabortive of networks to help the small business owner survive and it shouldn’t be about politics and kissing the pinky rings of the old guard to get things done in this village.

  2. Greetings,

    There should be concern toward this Kudzu-esque trend. The real estate acceleration cost Harlem its common identity, creating division by class and race. Honestly? I think the only thing most folks seem to have in common is that they eat and drink. Many of the comments I’ve heard from new residents (both white and black), have been complaints about the number of, and types of small businesses. More than once I’ve been told “why can’t there be a mall where everything is in one place? I hate running around to shop!” or “why is everything so ethnic?” The convenience of having neighborhood business seems to resonate more with native Harlemites, than with folks either used to driving to a retail emporium, or coming from a racially homogeneous town.

    Currently, Harlem as a dining and entertainment destination is being touted by mainstream media. The arrival of Marcus Samuelsson has made KA CHING sounds in landlord’s heads. And while I’m happy about the opening of Red Rooster, the culpable coveting by avaricious realtors may hasten a domino effect, pushing out businesses both essential and/or desired to the area. Never mind that minor owners will host a contest loser as their celebrity chef; it’s a draw for a class of folks that don’t cook at home.

    Residential Harlem wanted to become a tourist destination. However, if you neither own nor share in the real estate, do you really think landlords (and some politicians) will have YOUR interests at heart? There’s a historical precedent for this, from “Black Wall Street”, to Cape May, to Atlantic City, and to New York. The media has now turned their attention to Brooklyn. If the downturn continues and the crime rate spikes a bit, decreasing jaunts to Harlem, we’ll will be left with abandoned eateries harder to rent, being purpose built. And if the community is only a pocket page of an investor’s portfolio? So what.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Sahara. You make some good points. Perhaps the real estate “gods” will look down favorably on N Boutique and give them a prime spot on Frederick Douglass where people can shop and then go eat or drink afterwards. That would be ideal. I am thinking of Fulton Street in Fort Greene. That combo of eateries, boutiques, antique stores, studios, etc. always worked.

      • Hi! Let me clarify. I know Samuelsson won. His restaurant probably was in negotiation for over a year,with a major landlord; AND no one was forced out. LESSER landlords won’t have the validation of a REAL celebrity chef – hence a contest loser. And by “lesser”, I mean 100 small value buildings or less.

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