Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rainbows & Triangles

VANISHING

Last month, a reader sent in a bit of "reliable gym gossip," saying that Chelsea's long-time gay gift shop Rainbows & Triangles would soon be closing. I checked it out and the owner confirmed that he was not going to renew his lease this coming spring--the rent is too high, it's time to pack up shop--but he wasn't ready then to announce the closure.

Now, with a big sale, the word is officially out. Kenneth in the 212 broke the news yesterday, saying, "the closing date is not firm but should happen within a month."



Since 1994, Rainbows and Triangles has been the gay Chelsea spot for greeting cards, LGBT books, t-shirts, jock straps, snow globes, novelties--and merman Christmas tree ornaments with six-pack abs.



There's also a special section in the back with XXX adult items. On their Facebook page they've announced: "STOREWIDE SALE! All merchandise is 25%-50% OFF! Christmas merchandise is 70% OFF!" 

Even the leather slings are on sale. Get them while they last. Chelsea's Eighth Avenue is growing duller by the day.










4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was one of THE best places to buy Christmas cards. They always had such a unique variety.-JT

Anonymous said...

Last place to buy good cards in Chelsea. Boo.



Justin Samuels said...

Chelsea is certainly becoming a very different neighborhood. It's pretty much unrecognizable from the way it was in the 1990s.

Parlorjazz said...

It's such a shame. That used to be my place to pick up new dance music cd's, my Andrew Christian underwear, the best greeting cards, occasional wrist bands/neck wear and the guys that worked there were very out-going and friendly. I just stopped in last night and picked up some VERY nice Summer tops 1/2 price. The xxx area was roped off/closed and got another great top from the Bodyworks Mans Gear boutique in the back. I will miss this place!
J.M.