Mendel Goldberg Fabrics Opening Temporary Location on Broome

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

On Tuesday, April 10, a fire sparked in the basement of Mendel Goldberg Fabrics at 72 Hester Street, one of the oldest surviving businesses on the Lower East Side. The roll-down security gates have been shuttered since the blaze rendered the retail operation useless. However, the fourth-generation, family-owned store continues to serve its customer base despite the smoldering setback.

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Shortly after the tragedy at 72 Hester, team Mendel Goldberg announced plans for a temporary shop elsewhere on the Lower East Side. At least until the mess is cleaned up. Their search ended at the corner of Broome and Ludlow Streets, in a space that hasn’t had the best luck of late. 243 Broome – last home to Ethik pop-up shop and, before that, a refugee TG170. Signs pasted in the windows and on the showroom floor confirm the news. The announcement at the store proper indicates that “renovations” are already underway.

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Mendel Goldberg Fabrics, founded in 1890 and specializing in fine European imported textiles, was also the subject of a sprawling New York Times profile exactly one year ago. Here’s a brief excerpt:

The store is a junglelike collection of fabric-filled shelves covering entire walls. There are woolens in every color, beaded laces that sell for as much as $1,600 a yard, and uncommon fabrics that the store’s four staff members can identify with a quick glance. In the basement, off-season and overstock fabrics are stored beside unsold fabrics from as far back as the 1950s.

Hopefully this Lower East Side mainstay can bounce back pretty quickly…

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