By Scott Etkin
Frames for You, the custom framing business on 72nd between Columbus and Amsterdam, which has been on the UWS since the 1970s, has closed. The closing took place suddenly after its staff received “no communication or support from our owner,” the store’s management posted on Facebook. “We are heartsick at the situation […] We can assure you that your art is safe, and packaged correctly,” the post continued. The staff is now returning art to its customers by appointment. Some customers initially had trouble reaching the store – the contact is 212-874-2337. Originally opened in 1978, Frames for You was “a very fine framer and has been there for decades,” writes tipster Alline.
Joe’s Coffee on the corner of 73rd and Amsterdam closed on January 27 due to a rent increase. “We are so grateful for this incredible neighborhood of customers,” Joe’s posted in a sign on its door. Two Joe’s locations remain open nearby along Columbus Avenue (at 85th Street and 68th Street). “The staff there were amazing!” wrote tipster Claudia.
The Eye Man, the family-owned optometrist that has been part of the Upper West Side since 1976, is moving across the street to 2261 Broadway (the corner of 81st Street). The existing location on Broadway between 81st and 82nd Street is expected to remain open until the move is complete in mid-March. The move is driven by financial hardships from the pandemic, employees said, but they’re pleased to be moving nearby, so they can continue to serve the same community. Hedda Szmuk, who has worked at the store since 1981, says she has taken care of generations of customers. “They trust us. It’s a ‘Cheers’ atmosphere,” she said.
Vitamin Peddler, the vitamin and supplement store on Amsterdam between 77th and 78th Street, loved by many locals, is planning to move by the end of February, we reported, but they are still searching for a new location. We’ll post again when there is an update. (Thanks to Tierney for the tip.)
Café Roma, the kosher pizzeria on Amsterdam between 101st and 102nd Street, closed on January 30. “The rumor is they are looking in the ’80s and the ‘90s for a new location,” writes tipster David. Café Roma has been part of the Upper West Side for more than 25 years, originally on 91st and Amsterdam.
Classic Kids Photography, which specializes in black-and-white, hand-finished family portraits, is merging with its Upper East Side location, due to challenges caused by the pandemic, according to Sean Duggan, a photographer and Client Sales Specialist. As of February 1, the photographers in the studio on the corner of Amsterdam and 79th transitioned over to the store on Lexington Avenue between 80th and 81st Street. The business was founded more than twenty-five years ago by Julie Floyd, a former tax attorney, and has been on the UWS since 2011. Clients can “expect the same caliber of work no matter which studio they visit,” said Duggan. We’ll miss seeing the spotted Great Dane in the store window.
H&H Bagels on Columbus between 85th and 86th Street is temporarily closed for construction. It’s expected to reopen in eight weeks. (Thanks to Seth for the tip.)
Anne & Valetin, the French eyewear shop on Columbus and 72nd, is also closed temporarily for renovation. It is planning to reopen on February 7.