I just saw this sign this morning in the window of Love Saves the Day on 7th and 2nd Ave--and it's a heartbreaker.
While I sensed this was inevitable, I still thought it would never happen. I hoped that Love would be saved by the economic downturn, that it was too much a part of the old 1980s East Village to ever vanish. After all, Madonna shopped there in Desperately Seeking Susan.
But I should know by now that nothing is safe.
In 2005, after more than 20 years here, they nearly vanished when their rent tripled, according to The Villager, who reported, "It’s a shame," said Leslie Herson, the store’s owner and founder. "New York is losing its individuality because little stores like mine can’t compete."
Now the same can be said again. And this time, apparently, for good.
Love Saves the Day will vanish from the city sometime next month. They have another shop in New Hope, PA, but that's a long way to go for Star Wars action figures and rubber poop.
*Update: Racked just followed up on this story and added that founder Leslie Herson passed away this August, which I did not know. Also, they'd welcome being saved by a benefactor.
- Vintage Violet has more on the New Hope store, which Herson's husband will continue to run
- Times article on Herson's move to New Hope
- ebay vintage dealers discuss the sad loss of Herson to cancer