Left Bank Books has set a date to leave quiet, little, Marc Jacobs-filled 4th Street for 8th Avenue between 12th and Jane.
Until January 31, they are having a big sale: 70% off many of their books. I hear the new spot will be larger and more organized, which means no more kooky, cluttered used-bookshop ambiance, so soak it in quick.
The spot they are moving to, next to Chocolate Bar, is currently occupied by the Cherry Boutique, described by Betsey Berne at Mr. Beller's Neighborhood as "a vintage store in the West Village, known for its Fashion Meets Twilight Zone window displays that make Christmas at Barney’s look like Sesame Street."
The Cherry gates were shut when I went by, so I didn't get that effect, but a silver glitter-covered creeper did make me curious. I've never been inside Cherry and what I didn't know is that it houses the Joseph LaRose Shoe Collection, which (like me) you may never have heard about, but can read about from Betsey and see here at the Cherry website, if you're into crazy lady's shoes.
I'm not so into crazy lady's shoes, but this LaRose is interesting if only because "He once convinced Betty Grable to wear a different colored boot on each foot" and his shoes were worn by Joan Crawford and Jayne Mansfield.
Cherry's goodbye sign
Cherry is moving on up--to the Showplace Antiques Center on West 25th Street.