‘Galleria J. Antonio’ is Returning, and Will Reopen Two Doors Down from Its Old Location
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Don’t count out Galleria J. Antonio. A tipster tells us the popular Judaica-leaning jewelry/crafts shop is returning to the fold despite having closed on Avenue A.
The narrative was that present proprietor Jesse Gee decided to retire. After all, his Galleria J. Antonio has been around since 1979, spending time in midtown and Christopher Street before settling in Alphabet City fifteen years ago. (The store’s founding artist and namesake died of Aids in 1989.) EV Grieve dropped news of the closure back in February, but sales hobbled along for another few months until the shutter came for real.
But then an interesting thing happened. A change of heart. The branded canopy moved two stores south to 43 Avenue A, on the other side of Downtown Yarns. The space is smaller, but will apparently carry much of the same eclecticism.
The reopening is slated for August 1, as evidenced by the printed announcement behind the drawn security shutters. “The show must go on.”
UPDATE: EV Grieve reported on the shuffle last month, and also noted that the Essex Card Shop is expanding into the old Galleria J. Antonio space.