Elegant Woolen & Silk Leaves Orchard Street After 27 Years

Posted on: February 17th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

Twenty-seven years.  That’s how long Elegant Woolen & Silk has resided at 174 Orchard Street. But in the current real estate climate of the Lower East Side, there’s not much room for old-school fabric vendors along this upper portion of the historic street.  It’s game over.

Last night, the store was looking rather bare. Storefront showcases were lacking and the interior itself was devoid of inventory. The owner informed us that Elegant is vacating the neighborhood for the greener pastures of Flatbush Avenue. Apparently the landlord had no intention of renewing the lease, and wants the business gone.

This loss no doubt contributes to the continuing downfall of the weekly Orchard Street pedestrian mall, but more worrisome, provides yet another opportunity for some upscaling. We can likely expect a bar-restaurant to keep The Skinny company; or another gallery; or a trendy boutique. Those seem to be the only options these days…

Recent Stories

mother-pearl-1
Sneak Peek Inside That Tiki Bar Mother of Pearl, Opening Monday on Avenue A [PHOTOS]

This is slightly outside our usual beat, but a tipster just sent a trove of images revealing the interior of Alphabet City newcomer Mother of Pearl. Bar owner Ravi DeRossi closed Gin Palace back in November due to structural issues that befell 95 Avenue A. Apparently the corner building at East Sixth Street was sinking, […]

les-enfants-de-boheme-1
An Old Favorite Returns as Les Enfants de Bohème Opens on Henry Street

Rebound. Three years a refugee, Les Enfants Terribles is back with a new permanent home and modified identity. Original owner Stefan Junot (and his wife) – who first opened at Ludlow and Canal a decade ago – headed further east to the fringe in much the same way. Les Enfants de Bohème was officially coronated […]

set-ludlow-opening
‘SET’ Launches in Former Motor City Bar Space on Ludlow Street

SET L.E.S. officially opens tonight on Ludlow Street removing nearly all traces of the Motor City Bar. It had been in soft-launch for the last week. That wooden door with its lug-wrench handle is the only remnant of the beloved rock bar, now two years in the grave. The Hell Square newcomer, which bears an […]

Photo: Y.R. Minor
Examining Gigi Li’s Community Board 3 Reign of Shame [OP-ED]

This is the second installment of a two-part editorial written by Erin Harvey. The last-minute decision to throw Gigi Li in the race to unseat Jenifer Rajkumar as District Leader reeks of Sheldon Silver’s desperation and Councilwoman Chin’s petty vindictiveness. Should Gigi Li somehow pull off a victory for the unpaid position, it would come […]

Screenshot952015-01-28-13-20-13-1
Uncapped: Not Your Typical POET

What is up graff heads!? Welcome to this week’s installation of Uncapped, where we go beneath the paint with Poet. Don’t let the name fool you, though. He doesn’t rhyme. BOWERY BOOGIE: Ok Poet – let’s hear a poem. POET: For starters I don’t do rhymes, just not my thing … lol BB: Um, so how […]