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The Sock Man is reportedly closing its doors for good on January 18th, according to EV Grieve. Head downtown and get what you can before this St. Mark's Place staple tip-toes off the block forever.
Kirna Zabete, started by two best friends, is now down to one. Sarah Easley (Kirna) has left the retail-defining boutique, selling her equity interest to partner Beth Buccini (Zabete). After 17 years, Easley tells WWD, "I always wanted to take the joy I get from styling clients in the store and scale it to a broader audience." Buccini also hinted at "future retail stores," but didn't give any further details.
Bushwick Daily writes that the neighborhood now has its very own children's store at 295 Harmon Street, founded by two lifelong Bushwick residents who saw the need for quality pieces at affordable prices. At Charmed for Baby, "Parents can expect prices between $30 to $60 for a pair of shoes; $25 to $55 for pants; and $55 for jackets," so round up the kit and kaboodle because baby needs a new pair of organic booties.
Boomerang Toys, located within the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, has closed its doors to Battery Park City after 14 years. Tribeca Citizen is reporting the closing after Brookfield Place purchased the building. It's a sad day in toy land.