Following Death of Jimmy Webb, ‘I Need More’ Closing Orchard Street Store Next Month
Following the untimely death of downtown icon, Jimmy Webb, his Orchard Street boutique is closing down for good.
Word came down the pike yesterday that I Need More – the store at 75 Orchard – is wrapping up business at the end of July. It ends nearly three years of selling rock and roll threads on the block.
“We want to thank you for brightening up our lives for the last two and a half years and being part of Jimmy’s baby,” the message reads.
There is a fire sale to close out the store.
Jimmy Webb was a fixture of the Lower East Side until his death in April at the age of 62 from stomach cancer.
In 1975, he ran away from his upstate home at age 16 with a pillowcase of clothes and no money. But he quickly settled and found refuge in the East Village punk scene, becoming one of its most recognizable denizens. Webb later fell into heroin addiction for 20 years and lived in Tompkins Square Park, eventually returning upstate.
He got sober, though, and wrote a letter to the owner of Trash & Vaudeville on St. Mark’s Place, seeking a job. That stint lasted nearly two decades, in which he became manager and primary buyer.
Three years ago, after leaving Trash & Vaudeville, Webb opened the spiritual successor, I Need More.