How You Can Help Mariann Marlowe Rebuild Enz’s Rockabilly Store in the Wake of the 2nd Avenue Explosion

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 at 5:10 am by

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We are all still reeling from last Thursday’s gas explosion in the East Village, which destroyed three buildings and devastated the neighborhood.

Many favorite businesses are no longer there, and those still standing are trying their best to keep it that way.

Enz’s Rockabilly store at 125 Second Avenue is located right next door to the fallen buildings (in most of the photos of the wreckage, you can clearly see the black awning and hot pink storefront). The shop suffered severe damage and had no fire insurance.

Friends have started a fundraiser for owner Mariann “Micky” Marlowe, a fixture in the neighborhood since the late 70s, so that she can try to rebuild the store.

Enz’s started as a punk rock clothing haven, attracting the likes of Lou Reed and Debbie Harry. As the store moved around the East Village, it drew local musicians, artists, burlesque performers, and many other fans who sought something unique. (Aside from her own designs, Enz’s also carried lines of clothing and accessories created by small businesses in the US.)

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Enz’s transformed into a Rockabilly/Pin Up haven close to a decade ago.

This reporter has consistently and happily shopped at Enz’s. Back in the day, as a teen, more than a few punk rock band outfits were procured there. In the mid 80s, we helped a friend find the perfect black wedding dress, with a giant tulle skirt and spandex corset, of course. (Hey, it WAS the 80s!)

These days, our purchases lean towards retro inspired dresses, many of them designed by Marlowe.

We hope that Enz’s can bounce back and keep going. One of our favorite things about the East Village is stopping by Marlowe’s store, to catch up on the neighborhood and find out about local bands and events.

Enz’s is integral to the community, and we hope that Marlowe can rebuild it soon.

You can find out more and contribute here.

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