Endangered NYC: Purveyors of skis, old-world spas, sports coats
A trip yesterday to the Scandinavian Ski & Sport Shop on West 55th Street was rudely interrupted by the fact that the longtime store had lost its lease. There was an everything-must-go sale, and not much in the way of ski equipment left. We'd never shopped at Scandinavian before, but were dispatched by friends who had enjoyed good experiences there.
Defeated in our quest to patronize a non-chain shop, we happened to notice right next door that the old clothing shop deLisi had vanished some time earlier, but its interesting sign survived.
From there, we headed down Madison Avenue, only to find that ladies-who-lunch spa mainstay Georgette Klinger was no more, having abruptly closed in December due to bankruptcy. We'd never been to Georgette Klinger, but we liked the old-world feel of the place, the distinctive door with the G and K handles, and the terrazzo floor outside with that cursive logo. Whenever we'd pass, we still imagined the woman with that imposing name lording over the place, making sure her high standards were met. (Klinger, in fact, died some years ago, and the chain of GK shops also vanished last year.) This was one of those places we were simply happy to know existed, and happy to know still had a clientele. (Among their fictional clientele? Carmela and Meadow Soprano, as mentioned in an episode of "The Sopranos.")
We shuddered at all the shutterings. It's depressing. And typical.
Update: The fiery fallout continues from the Georgette Klinger shuttering. Racked has more.
-- Rolando Pujol