By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Blue Marble, the ice cream and sorbet shop, is closing its location at the corner of 97th Street and Broadway on October 22nd. “We have decided to turn our focus in 2024 toward our thriving wholesale and private events divisions,” owner Jennie Dundas wrote in a message to West Side Rag. “After sixteen years establishing ourselves as NYC’s stand alone mission-driven ice cream company, we couldn’t be more thankful to our loyal customers who have made it possible.”
Blue Marble closed its other UWS location this summer, but going forward pints are available to purchase in the neighborhood at Whole Foods and Westside Market, among other local retailers, as well as on the menu at Bareburger, Harlem Shake, and other restaurants. Blue Marble opened its 97th Street location in 2021 and experienced a series of shoplifting incidents and vandalism in the fall of that year. At the time, Dundas told the Rag she was thankful for the outpouring of support from the community. For its remaining days in operation there is a sale on select flavors.
Flyspace Physical Therapy has opened at 252 West 81st Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue. Owned by physical therapist Marissa Schaeffer and personal trainers Andrew Schaeffer and Antoine Simmons, Flyspace offers physical therapy, personal training, strength and conditioning, as well as cognitive performance and mental-health counseling. Marissa Schaeffer, a former dancer, founded the practice in 2021 on West 72nd Street as a center to treat performing artists. The new space at 81st replaces that location and Schaeffer now offers PT services to anyone in need (although performing artists get a discounted rate). Flyspace has four physical therapists and two personal trainers on site. In addition to personal training, Andrew Schaeffer provides mental health counseling services as part of sports performance. “Together Flyspace is on a mission to be a one-stop-shop for health wellness and performance,” Simmons wrote to West Side Rag.
Sandwell, a “healthyish” toasted sandwich shop, is opening at 412 Amsterdam between 79th and 80th Streets on October 5th. “I’ve had some very healthy lunches, and I’ve had some quite unhealthy lunches. Both are great, occasionally, but [Sandwell is a middle ground] – something that you have three or four times a week, not just every once in a while,” said Andy Gottlieb, CEO and founder, on a call with WSR. He said that as many ingredients are made in-house as possible in order to ensure their quality. This means that Sandwell will bake its own bread, mix its own hot sauce, and cure its own deli meats. Gottlieb lives on the Upper West Side with his family and has a background in the hospitality industry, primarily at higher-end restaurants, like The Mary Lane and Little Owl. The sandwich shop will be open for lunch to start out and eventually its hours will expand to cover breakfast and dinner. The space used to be Bettola, the German-Italian restaurant that closed last year.
Glowbar, a salon that offers 30-minute facials, is opening this fall at 805 Columbus near 100th Street. The pricing for members is $55 and $75 for non-members. There are several other Glowbar locations in the city but this will be its first on the UWS. The space has been vacant for the past few years, but most recently it was a Petco.
Mughlai, a popular Indian restaurant, opened on September 27th at 489 Columbus between 83rd and 84th Streets. Ashoka, another Indian restaurant, was formerly in the space. Mughlai has locations on the Upper East Side, Kips Bay, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Financial District. They also had a location at 320 Columbus Avenue (75th Street) that closed in 2015.
QQ Nails & Spa is opening a new location at 2466 Broadway between 91st and 92nd Streets. The chain of salons has many locations in the city, including some on the UWS (at 75th and 85th Streets). The storefront used to be a showing office for The Westly, the luxury condo building on the other side of the avenue.
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