On 8th Avenue in Greenwich Village since 1994, the House of Cards & Curiosities will be closing for good on May 31.
A small space stuffed with stuff, it's a neighborhood favorite for its selection of greeting cards and, of course, its many curiosities, including Day of the Dead skeletons, odd little toys, and a Wunderkammer filled with taxidermied lizards, bones, and shark teeth. Actress Molly Shannon called the shop "one of those downtown neighborhood places that are so great."
As we know, those great downtown neighborhood places are vanishing fast.
"Was it the rent?" a long-time customer asked.
"It was everything," the cashier replied.
The shop's neighbor, Chocolate Bar, also recently announced its closure, citing rising costs and slow sales, thanks to three years of street construction outside their doors.
The House of Cards is currently having a 30% off everything sale.