After approximately 20 years in the East Village, on Third and 10th, the Biomed pharmacy is closing. The rent is too high, according to the cashier (who has a large family to support and is seeking work, if you know of something).
Pretty much everything is 50% off until it's gone.
Biomed was one of a dying breed of surgical supply shops, the place to go if you needed a bedpan or a sling or some rubber catheter tubing, a knee brace, a sitz bath, crutches, or a wheelchair.
They still have an impressive selection of podiatry products, including bunion regulators and hammer toe cushions.
I always enjoyed walking past their "Ben & Jerry's" "Bed Bug Spray" signs in the window, a coupling that never failed to amuse.
Sometimes I'd go in to buy regular stuff--Tums, Advil, a bottle of
soda--and marvel at the vast and somewhat horrifying array of wounds and woes one could treat from
their copious shelves.
I also liked to think about what used to be in this spot--the wondrous Sig Klein's Fat Men's Shop. (Seriously, you'll want to read all about it here.)
As for what's to come, the cashier thinks: a chain, a restaurant, or a bar--they're the only ones that can afford the rent.