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Today, the Observer asks: Are weird store combos the only hope for Manhattan's beloved small businesses?" Specifically, they're referring to the news that Bleecker Bob's might open a counter inside the fro-yo chain that's set to replace it this summer, but other examples include a banh mí and jewelry store hybrid, and a candy shop with video rentals. [NYO; Previously]