By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
John Koch Antiques, at 201 West 84th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, is closing its Upper West Side store at the end of November and moving to Long Island City. The store started in a warehouse in Chelsea in 1984 and moved to the current location in 2014, John, the owner, told WSR. It provides estate services: buying vintage and antique items, such as art, lighting, mirrors, furniture, and rugs from homes, and reselling them. They also accept donations. “We were originally a warehouse business and needed more storage space,” John explained. “We were looking to relocate, but COVID put everything on hold.”
John Koch Antiques has supplied props over the years for film and television productions, including “Law and Order,” “Mad Men,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The new space in Long Island City is five times larger than the UWS retail shop. John told us that 80% of their sales go to the TV and film industry, with companies based in Long Island City, so the location makes sense. “I am really going to miss the Upper West Side,” John said. “I had a woman in here yesterday crying, it was so sweet. We were really a part of the community.”
Burlington, a retail discount department store, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, has opened at 808 Columbus Avenue (near 99th Street). The previous tenant was Michael’s, the art supply store. Burlington carries men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, footwear, accessories, home goods, cosmetics, toys, gifts, and, of course, coats.
IRO, a high-end European clothing store at 241 Columbus (at 71st Street), has closed. IRO sold men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, jackets and coats, and accessories. The company has stores across Europe (in Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona, and London). Its other locations in NYC are on the Upper East Side and in Soho. A representative from the Soho store told WSR that the “Columbus Avenue store was never busy and not bringing in any income, so management decided to close it.” (Thanks to Pamela for the tip.)
The annual Columbus Circle Holiday Market is returning on November 29th to the southwest corner of Central Park. The outdoor fair will feature more than 130 local artisans, designers and vendors selling art, jewelry, home goods, and food. The market will run through December 24th. Its hours are 11am to 8pm, except on Sundays, when it closes at 7pm.
Salon Gabor at 222A Columbus (at 71st Street) closed on November 15th. A handwritten sign in the window thanks and apologizes to its customers, saying they are closing because of “lease rental arrangements.” The business was established in 1995 by Gabor Szanto, who found “his passion while working at his mother’s hair salon,” the company wrote on Yelp. Gabor, a specialist in hair coloring, started out at the bygone Henri Bendel department store on 57th Street.