Mastihashop Calls it Quits After 7 Years on Orchard Street
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Those in the old class of boutiques on Orchard Street that managed to make it this far continue to shutter. The latest victim in this trend is Mastihashop at 145 Orchard Street, which just celebrated seven years on the block. Now, like its retail address-mate, the store is yet another vacancy on an embattled stretch of Lower East Side territory dominated by nightlife. There’s simply a lack of daytime foot traffic.
We are told that the reason for the departure was a “larger rent commitment,” meaning a rent hike. But the Mastihashop brand is still kicking with an online shop that offers delivery service throughout the United States and Canada.
Named for mastiha, a natural resin excreted from the trunk of the evergreen schinos tree native to select villages on the Greek island of Chios, the slender storefront peddled a variety of goods infused with the namesake ingredient. Everything from health and beauty regimens to various Mediterranean groceries.