By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
P.C. Richard & Son, the family-owned electronics, computer and appliance chain store, is moving from 2372 Broadway (87th Street) to 2220 Broadway (79th Street), the large space formerly occupied by Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW). The business has roots back to Peter Christian Richard, who was born in Amsterdam, immigrated to the United States as a young man, and in the early 1900s started a small hardware store in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The fifth generation of the family is now involved in running the business, which has dozens of retail showrooms in the tri-state area. The new space has been empty since February 2022. Prior to DSW, it was the home of Filene’s Basement.
West Side Kids, the iconic Upper West Side toy store, has moved around the corner from 498 Amsterdam (84th Street) to 201 West 84th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway), the former home of John Koch Antiques, which moved to Long Island City in November. West Side Kids is a family business that has been in the neighborhood for 42 years. Jennifer Bergman bought the store from her mother Alice in 2010. WSR wrote about the plan for the move here.
Six 60 One, a kosher grocery store, has signage up at 661 Amsterdam between 92nd and 93rd Streets. The large market will have a deli, bakery, butcher, plus pizza, sushi, and catering. In 2019, West Side Rag reported that the space was acquired by an upscale kosher grocer, The Market Place, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The space used to be the kosher grocery store Seasons.
Blue Marble, the ice cream shop at 71st Street and Broadway, has closed. The decision to consolidate allows the company to “turn focus toward the 97th Street [and Broadway] location and our thriving wholesale business,” wrote Jennie Dundas, the owner, in a message to WSR. Blue Marble opened at the 71st Street location in March last year. (Thanks to Alisa for the tip.)
Tempur-pedic, the memory foam mattress store, is opening on the corner of Broadway and 70th Street. Founded thirty years ago, Tempur-pedic has stores across the country, including one already in Manhattan at 58th Street and Third. The space has been vacant for the past few years – previously it was a branch of Chase Bank.
Ample Hills Creamery, the ice cream shop on Amsterdam between 85th and 86th Streets, which has been closed since December, is reopening on July 16th, National Ice Cream Day. The shop will be the same as it was before, Jackie Cuscuna, a co-owner, said on a call with WSR, though she said that some new products are planned for the fall. Cuscuna and her husband, Brian Smith, recently acquired back the business after it was sold in bankruptcy a few years ago. They have started reopening the ice cream shops one by one, including the chain’s original location, which opened in 2011, in Brooklyn last month. “There’s been so much positivity and excitement by the community,” she said about the reopening in Brooklyn. “This is where we live, so […] it’s been a really sweet, warm welcome from people we hadn’t seen in a while.”
Baker Health, a concierge medical practice, is opening at 21 West End (60th Street). Baker Health runs on a membership model and offers adult primary care, pediatric care, and prenatal and postpartum care. Dr. Zeyad Baker launched the company in February 2022. There are two other locations in Edgewater and Paramus, New Jersey. The space used to be a SoulCycle. (Thanks to Joy for the tip.)
MotherShuckers, the Brooklyn-based oyster company, is operating a cart this summer at Lincoln Center’s plaza (64th Street and Columbus). It is open on Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm to 11pm, through August 14th. MotherShuckers also has locations at the Pier 57 Food Hall, Union Square, Flatbush, and Midtown.
Marinara Pizza is opening at 2578 Broadway between 97th and 98th Streets. It replaces Cafe Viva Gourmet Pizza, which closed in August last year. Mariana has a few other locations in the city, including one on the UWS at 483 Amsterdam and 83rd Street. (Thanks to Steve for the tip.)
Mimi’s Pizza has signage up at 2393 Broadway (between 87th and 88th Streets,) at the former home of Sforno pizza, which recently closed. Mimi’s, which also has a location on East 86th Street, serves traditional pizzas, grandma pizzas and specialty pizzas. A representative from Mimi’s told WSR that they plan to renovate the space and hope to open “in a few months.” (Thanks to Bianca for the tip.)
Fieldtrip, a rice bowl shop, is opening its third location on July 19th at 2913 Broadway (between 113th and 114th Streets). Fieldtrip serves a variety of rice bowls including chicken, beef, salmon, shrimp, veggie and a quinoa falafel bowl. It was started by Chef JJ Johnson, a James Beard Award-winning chef, TV personality and author.