Cardeology, the card and gift store at 526 Amsterdam Avenue (85th-86th street), will close after 29 years in business on the Upper West Side, owner Richard Barbosa told us today.
The store will be closing on Sunday and is having a sale until they shut the doors.
“I’m heartbroken, not just for me but for the whole community,” Barbosa said. “People have told me how upset they are.”
He said that he regrets moving to his current space, because there’s been scaffolding over the store for years as well as construction equipment including a dumpster. Not exactly a traffic-driver for a small store. In the fourth quarter, the store lost $40,000, he said.
Ocean Grill also blamed the persistent scaffolding when it closed last year.
Barbosa says he was 27 years old when he opened the first store. He moved to the current space from Amsterdam and 81st in 2013. Cardeology had also had a store on Columbus Avenue between 74th and 75th, but also closed that one a few years ago.
“It is so sad because it seems the same thing happened to Mike’s Furniture next door,” wrote Amanda Gurtis Davis. “Another local small UWS business GONE! He isn’t planning to open a new location. The store had a great selection at the best price in town, and everyone he told in the store was very upset and in shock. Hopefully the locals can go in before Sunday and say goodbye.”
Photo by John Wells.