Kropps and Bobbers Moves Back to Orchard Street
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Kropps and Bobbers has pinballed around the downtown environs since its West Village inception back in 1994 (Jones Street). For the last six years, founder Joni Johnson has held down the retail space at 119 Ludlow Street for her salon, its third location in the last two decades. That’s about to change again.
We don’t even really need to say the cause. You already know – escalating rents. Due to this increased cost, Kropps and Bobbers is moving to the heart of Hell Square at 189 Orchard Street. Joni tells us that the stylists will be splitting time between both spots until the end of July when the lease expires. Its new digs is inside Arena, with whom they have an arrangement. The silver lining to all this, however, is that the Kropps crew is happy to be back on Orchard.
That’s the second loss for the same block in a month, following the sad departure of Motor City Bar. The battle of Ludlow Street continues.
Meanwhile, Harey the bunny, a living fixture in the windows of 119 Ludlow for over a year will not make the journey westward. We’re told the hare is to have a permanent home with one of the Kropps stylists.