Schmata Move: M&A Fabrics by Rita Relocates to Allen Street
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Final holdovers of a schmatta past are amidst transition on Grand Street. We’ve already seen the exodus of Modern Decor from the Pink Building at the corner of Orchard. Now, one block west, a pair of longtimers have bid adieux.
For years, 294 Grand hosted two seemingly rundown fabric/interior design shops. M. Karfiol & Son and M&A Decorators. Both businesses claimed the block as home for decades, and both are amidst transition.
M&A Decorators goes by the nickname Fabrics by Rita, and began life on Grand Street in 1985. Its HQ remained for three decades until now. The store is closing at the end of the month, and will thereafter relocate around the corner to Allen Street. Signage is already in place at the new fabric outpost. Meanwhile, if you stop by 294 Grand, they’re having a moving sale.
The Karfiol store, meanwhile, shuttered altogether.
Wolf Karfiol of the aforementioned undergarment shop is the owner of 294 Grand, having purchased the property in 2005, according to public records. The full space is currently up for lease.