By Carol Tannenhauser
There is a drugstore on Columbus Avenue that is so small, it’s a wonder it survives, what with rents so high that even a nearby Starbucks recently bailed, and chains to the left of it, chains to the right of it, not to mention burgeoning direct-mail pharmacies. Perhaps, it’s an F.B.I. front. Or maybe there’s another explanation. We’d like to hear it – and the stories of other small businesses on the Upper West Side.
Do you have a local place that would break your heart if it closed? Send us the name and we will periodically profile one in our new series on independent, Mom-and-Pop (or some variation thereof), enduring, endearing, endangered Upper West Side businesses.
No restrictions – establishments can range from dry cleaners to dog washers, restaurants to flower shops, hardware stores to where you buy your lotto ticket – just no chains, please; we have nothing against them (as opposed to landlords who leave large swaths of commercial space unrented for unreasonable amounts of time, hoping to land one and the exorbitant rent it can afford to pay.) This series is about the local places and people that serve and distinguish us. (We will accept stores and restaurants with more than one location if they’re UWS-bred.) Please offer your suggestions in the comments or email westsiderag at gmail.com.
Cash register photo by Franck Blais.