Le Salon d’Art Didn’t Make It on Stanton Street, So It’s Now a Pop-Up Storefront
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The last year was somewhat a transition, but ultimately Le Salon d’Art didn’t make it.
Last January, owner Hans Kerremans considered selling the business after eight years at 90 Stanton Street (it began life as Tropical Salon). He reconsidered when approached to become an exclusive Aveda salon. However, the stopgap measure didn’t help the bottom line, either. So, instead, 90 Stanton will become another in a long line of Lower East Side storefronts that host pop-up concepts.
Forma de Ser has occupied this space for the last month, hawking Latin American merchandise such as Peruvian ponchos and Mexican glass hearts. They close for good tomorrow. And before the holiday shop took hold here, though, the space also hosted a hokey IBMblr “lab” run by IBM Fellow and “Mad Scientist” John Cohn.
Kerremens tells us, “The salon business wasn’t working anymore.” Simple as that. Pop-up haven here we come…
To be honest, this use of retail “launchpads” is getting old. It’s oftentimes just a marketing ploy to sell cat food or french fries.