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RackedWire: Little Pie Company Leaves MePa, Waste Not at Lululemon

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MEATPACKING—The 14th Street outpost of the Little Pie Company is no more, according to a tipster who emailed over the holiday break. The note, complete with emoticon: "14th St. Meatpacking store/coffee shop closing Christmas. :,-( I am so sorry that this location is closing. I live in the neighborhood and love their pie. Their cherry and apple pies come closest to the ones my mom used to make. Outrageous rent increase...so adios..... (btw same story goes for the Bodum store a few doors west)." The Shophound heard the same thing, noting that the LPC counter at Grand Central and the company's original location on West 43rd Street will both remain open. [RackedWire Inbox]

UPPER WEST SIDE—Though Lululemon Athletica took a hit recently when it was revealed that some of the retailer's slightly outrageous claims about seaweed-fiber garments were bogus, the chain's still got supporters. A reader writes: "Stopped in tonight at the Lincoln Center location. Turns out they don't wrap their clothes in tissue paper because they are trying to reduce waste; to increase sustainability. When I went one step further and didn't take a shopping bag, opting to stuff the tank top in my messenger bag, the saleswoman gave me an environment discount of 50 cents. The only other store this has happened at for me is Whole Foods, and that is only 5 or 10 cents. It's not the biggest reward but was a nice surprise." [RackedWire Inbox]

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