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Attention longtime West Village store owners: This is how you write a closing sign. Treasures & Trifles, the little antique store next to James Perse on Bleecker Street, has shuttered after 26 years in the same spot. Owners Ned and Buddy aren't being booted by some evil landlord, as their sign explains, nor have they been ripped off by an unscrupulous attorney—they're just easing into retirement after 44 years in business. Before they go, though, they'd like to reminisce about the old days, when you couldn't turn a corner in the West Village without running into Babs or Bette.
After 44 years in the village, East & West, and 26 years at this location, we've decided to fold our tent and move-on to the next phase of our lives.
It's not because of a vindictive, greedy landlord, nor because of a shylock attorney. On the contrary, our landlady is every storeowner's dream come true! An honest, caring landlady, a true Villager—born and raised in the Village.
It's too bad that this generation never experienced the Village of yore. Bleecker Street was world-renowned for its variety of antique shops, visited by the likes of Jackie & Ari, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, etc. Bette Midler lived-up to her name: "Divine"!
We're saddened at leaving our friends and neighbors such as Leo Design's Kimo, John, Ed & Kyle, and Barry & Arlington. They all helped us, shoveling snow and lifting the gates.
Ned & Buddy
· Treasures & Trifles [Vanishing New York]
· Treasures & Trifles, Another Longtime Bleecker Street Store, Exits [The Shophound]