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To start the week, some sad news about establishments closing up shop around town. Remember, if you know of a store closure, do share.
1) West Village: A rumor concerning the imminent departure of salon Robert Kree popped up in Friday's 'Wire; today, we're waiting till someone starts answering the phone at the salon to get confirmation of the closure. On an interesting, perhaps unrelated note: the hair cuttery just spun off a beautifully-appointed outpost, Chris Chase, in Chelsea. [Racked Staff]
2) Nolita: A tipster drops the following brief note: "Helen Mariën is closing up shop." The handbag and jewelry boutique, located at 250 Mott St between Houston and Prince Streets, is the designer's only brick-and-mortar shop. We're not sure why the shop is shuttering, but perhaps the neighborhood's high rents have something to do with it. [Racked Inbox]
3) West Village: Yet another casualty out of the West Village: quirky children's boutique Peanutbutter & Jane bit the dust a week ago. NY Mag reports that the 26-year-old store closed up due to "wildly increasing rents." Well, at least locals can say goodnight to that Chucky-like mannequin that stands outside the place. [NY Mag]
4) Financial District: If all the people who morned the shutterings of bookstores actually patronized those establishments while they were still open, well, we wouldn't be forced to tell you about this, the latest bookstore closure. Via photoblogger WhatISee, we learn that the Shakespeare and Company at 1 Whitehall Street in Fidi has locked up its doors for good. [WhatISee]