This is the Zoolander edition of retail openings and closings. It includes news about a new place to blowout your hair and get your body looking shiny-new, along with other recent openings and closings.
Drybar, a salon that specializes in blowing out your hair, is opening on 71st street between Columbus and Central Park West. That space was once Cafe La Fortuna, but it’s since been split into two spaces. I plan to be the first customer, so I can finally achieve my favorite Derek Zoolander look: Blue Steel! At some Drybar locations, you can hold parties where you blow your hair dry and drink. Thanks to Aimee, Jason and others for the tip.
While we’re on the subject of male models who are “really really good-looking,” a new waxing emporium called UniK Wax Center is coming to Columbus between 85th and 86th. Thanks to Mrsha for the tip.
There’s one sad piece of grooming news, however: Supercuts on 102nd street and Broadway is closing, and one employee told our tipster that they’ll be shutting stores regionally.
A pop-up Halloween store opened on Broadway between 83rd and 84th, former site of a Duane Reade.
The corner deli at 96th and West End Avenue is closing, possibly as soon as the end of the month. We’ve heard from several readers who are upset about this. Said one: “Owner says landlord will not renew lease. Rumor has it someone bought the building and is also trying to buy the Mobil Station building. Smells like a teardown/mega building!”
A party supply store on 111th appears to be closing, though the owner was “not ready to make a statement,” according to the Columbia Spectator: “Closing sale signs covering the front window of Possibilities@Columbia, the quirky party supplies store on 111th Street and Broadway, don’t try to hide the fact that the store is shutting down soon.”
The New York Kids Club at 169 Amsterdam Avenue will relocate to the new tower being built at 170 Amsterdam between 67th and 68th in the summer of 2015. The new space is 1,200 square feet larger.
Crystal Cleaners on 81st just west of Broadway appears to have closed suddenly, a customer tells us. “We just got dry cleaning back from them earlier in the week, and now the store is empty! When I called the phone number, it was a guy’s answering machine–a residence, not a store.”