Posted on February 4, 2022 at 1:18 p.m. by West Side Rag
By Scott Etkin
Frames for youthe tailor-made framing company of 72n/a between Columbus and Amsterdam, which has been on the UWS since the 1970s, has closed. The closure came suddenly after its staff received “no communication or support from our owner,” store management said on Facebook. “We are sorry for the situation […] We can assure you that your art is safe and properly packaged,” the post continued. Staff now return art to clients by appointment. Some customers had trouble reaching the store at first – the contact is 212-874-2337. Originally opened in 1978, Frames for You was “a very good framer and has been around for decades,” writes tipster Alline.
Joe’s coffee at the corner of 73rd and Amsterdam closed on January 27 due to a rent increase. “We are so grateful for this amazing neighborhood of customers,” Joe said on a sign on his door. Two nearby Joe’s locations remain open along Columbus Avenue (at 85and Street and 68and Street). “Staff was amazing!” wrote tipster Claudia.
The man with the eyesfamily optometrist who has been part of the Upper West Side since 1976, is moving across the street to 2261 Broadway (corner of 81st Street). The existing location on Broadway between 81st and 82n/a The street is expected to remain open until the move is complete in mid-March. The move is prompted by financial hardship from the pandemic, the employees said, but they are happy to relocate nearby, so they can continue to serve the same community. Hedda Szmuk, who has worked at the store since 1981, says she has looked after generations of customers. ” They trust us. It’s a ‘Cheers’ atmosphere,” she said.
Vitamin peddlerthe vitamin and supplement store in Amsterdam between 77and and 78and Street, loved by many locals, plans to move by the end of February, we reported, but they are still looking for a new location. We will post again when there is an update. (Thanks to Tierney for the tip.)
Cafe Romathe kosher pizzeria in Amsterdam between 101st and 102n/a Street, closed on January 30. “Rumor has it that they are looking in the 80s and 90s for a new location,” writes tipster David. Café Roma has been a part of the Upper West Side for over 25 years, originally at 91st and Amsterdam.
Classic children’s photography, which specializes in hand-finished black-and-white family portraits, is merging with its Upper East Side location, due to challenges caused by the pandemic, according to Sean Duggan, photographer and client sales specialist. Since February 1, photographers from the studio on the corner of Amsterdam and 79and transitioned to the Lexington Avenue store between 80and and 81st Street. The firm was founded over twenty-five years ago by Julie Floyd, a former tax lawyer, and has been part of the UWS since 2011. Clients can “expect the same caliber of work, no matter the studio they visit,” Duggan said. We will miss seeing the spotted Great Dane in the store window.
H&H Bagels on Columbus between 85and and 86and The street is temporarily closed for works. It should reopen in eight weeks. (Thanks to Seth for the tip.)
Anne & Valetin, the French eyewear store on Columbus and 72nd, is also temporarily closed for renovations. It plans to reopen on February 7.