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Marmalade has been providing the Lower East Side with wearable vintage since 1998, which is eons ago in Ludlow Street time, so we were a little disconcerted to see a sign above the shop announcing "Prime Retail Space Available." The shop isn't going anywhere yet, but it will once the landlord finds a new tenant who's willing to pay the increased rent. When that happens, Marmalade plans to find another space in the neighborhood. If all goes well, this will wind up being a story about a local stalwart finding a new home, rather than one about rising rents pushing out established businesses. But between the sign and Plum's closing, we do wonder what's happening to the Lower East Side retail scene.
· Lower East Side Boutique Plum Gets Cooked [Racked NY]
· Marmalade Vintage [Official Site]