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Portico Home & Spa Closes, Bobby Berk Home Rises In Its Place

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Interesting news on the home-goods front: it would appear that Portico Home & Spa, a retailer that sold high-end bedding, furniture, lighting and, most recently, bath products, has folded. The Soho-based shop had tried to expand their business with a website, now down; rumors about the company's demise began circulating when customers who'd participated in an Allure giveaway weren't receiving their free Portico bath salts, as discovered in this thread on Slick Deals. Portico's failure seems to be directly tied to the launch of Bobby Berk Home, a new company from Bobby Berk, the former creative director of Portico. He's selling furniture from his own house brand as well as home goods from Gus* Modern, Ouef NYC, and soon, Dwell and Loop Organic. Though customer service at Bobby Berk Home was unable to tell us when the company launched, it seems relatively new (note: the Bobby Berk blog dates to May). Also, it appears that a Bobby Berk Manhattan flagship will be opening soon, followed by stores in Chicago, Denver and Houston. Intel is spotty on this one, so if you have any other information on either Portico Home or Bobby Berk, don't hesitate to fill us in. UPDATE: A reader responded
· Bobby Berk Home [Official Site]