At the end of the year, Metro Art & Frame closed its doors (in our neighborhood at least), leaving yet another vacant storefront. We were excited to see over the weekend that the facade had been redone with a new door and floor-to-ceiling windows. They were papered over so it was still a mystery as to what was going in there.
Mystery solved: it's a salon.
|Salon-in-progress on 181st|
Our neighborhood, particularly 181st between Broadway and Riverside Drive is chock-a-block full of salons (and laundry/dry cleaning for that matter...). Groom Team is directly across the street. There's a small salon on Cabrini just north of 181. There's a salon next door to Exclusive Pizza. There are at least two more salons en route to Broadway.
Do we really need a new salon or barber shop? Can the neighborhood support this type of redundant offering?
In a previous post, readers came up with excellent ideas for retail offerings that don't already exist here: a book store, a yoga studio, a consignment shop, art supplies.
Here's hoping that the other many empty storefronts get filled soon with exciting businesses that add more diversity to our neighborhood.