Janie’s Life Changing Baked Goods is now open at 212 West 80th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The shop is part of a remarkable story. Owner Janie Deegan had been homeless and addicted to drugs in her mid-20s before she turned her life around and started her baking business. “I grew up on the Upper West Side, and I live here now, so moving into this space felt like coming home,” she told Gothamist. “On Thursday night I had a bunch of people here helping set up and training the staff and after everyone left at like 11 at night I put on some music and was like ‘that’s my oven, I paid for that,’ and ‘this is my mop that I’m mopping the floor.’ It’s a long way from being a homeless junkie. As we say in recovery, definitely a ‘beyond my wildest dreams’ moment.”
Ice cream chain Blue Marble is opening a second Upper West Side location at 2058 Broadway between 70th and 71st Streets, the former home of Le Pif Wine Bar. Owner Jennie Dundas tells us she’s expecting to open in November. Blue Marble was recently featured in a New York Times story about the difficulties of selling high-end ice cream.
Pinky salon is closing its location at 80th and Broadway on Monday. “We have looked at the situation from every avenue, but in the end, we just couldn’t find a solution to make ends meet in light of the drastic reduction in business as a result of the pandemic,” the salon said in an email to customers. The owner said the Pinky on 89th and Broadway will stay open and will honor gift cards and reward points there. Thanks to Tina for the tip.
The Apthorp building at 78th and Broadway is getting two new tenants. They were identified in a real estate brochure spotted by tipster Upper West Sider.
Local pet trainer Cassidy Ingram Dog Training is opening their first brick and mortar location in the former Successful Vision space (252 West 79th St).
And J’s Cleaner’s is opening another location in the former FIKA space at 2211 Broadway).