‘Quality Mending’ on the Mend After 2 Floods Sideline Business
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Quality Mending in Little Italy is itself, well, on the mend. Two burst water pipes at 15 Prince Street in as many weeks has sidelined the upscale clothier for the short term. A sign in the window announces the temporary closure, and beckons patrons to visit the relatively new Williamsburg outpost.
Owner Oliver Harkness (also part of Saturdays Surf NYC) tells us that a “rusted valve cap” in the basement caused the first flood on July 25. Nearly three feet of water spilled into the room. Four days later, though, it was a “busted bathtub pipe” in the second-floor apartment above the store.
Harkness is working hard to stay afloat, and hopes to reopen Quality Mending sometime before August 15.
Quality Mending has its roots in the neighborhood as far back as 2002 when Harkness first opened its predecessor, Eleven Vintage.