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What might have been the tiniest home goods shop in all of New York City is no more. The husband-and-wife duo behind Collyer's Mansion have decided to close their original 150-square foot Ditmas Park location, neighborhood blog Ditmas Corner Park discovered, to focus all their efforts on the Brooklyn Heights shop that opened at 179 Atlantic Avenue last year.
"Our heart and home is in Ditmas Park and we have invested and believe in the neighborhood but we have decided that it is time to close Collyer's Mansion at this location," co-owner Ben Heemskerk wrote to the site. "Thank you to everyone who shared our love and appreciation for beautiful things, we had an amazing run here!"
When Heemskerk and wife Mauri opened their store in the fall of 2013 (the location used to house a tarot card reader), the two appreciated its small size but acknowledged that it might not last forever. "I merchandise this space like Tetris because it's so small, but it's amazing what you can fit in here," Mauri told Racked at the time. "The fact that we keep going and we keep adding more and more and more, it's actually pretty amazing. But at some point, I think it will have to grow. [We] will have to be in a big space."