The Little Lebowski Shop on Thompson Street in the Village is closing, probably at the end of the month.
While I like the Coen Brothers' movies, I wasn't a big fan of The Big Lebowski, so I can't say I've done any shopping at the Little Lebowski Shop. Still, odd independent stores like this--especially those fueled by one eccentric individual's singular obsession--give the city streetscape a certain flavor. And when they close they're usually replaced by something flavorless, like a purveyor of acai bowls or dog sweaters--or acai bowls for dogs.
However, the For Rent sign does say "no food uses," so perhaps it'll just be the sweaters.
photo tip by Jessie Walsh-Rosenstock
I emailed owner Roy Preston, who mans the shop in his bathrobe, and asked for the scoop. He responded:
"The brick and mortar section of our business is closing. The website will remain active. Customers can shop at the new Little Lebowski Shop - http://new.littlelebowskishop.com - where we'll have a wider selection of merchandise and lower prices. So we're not vanishing but rather moving forward."
No comment about the rent, but Roy did add, "Running a business in New York City has become too expensive."
Visit the shop before it's gone--you might run into Jeff Bridges. You can also follow them on their Facebook page.