Last week open for ArtBag, only Black-owned business on Madison Avenue

NEW YORK – The to start with and only Black-owned business enterprise together the Madison Avenue shopping corridor is closing shop. This is the final week in the storefront for ArtBag Creations, but the owners will keep on to serve the neighborhood with craftsmanship.

ArtBag Creations president Chris Moore claimed the choice did not appear lightly.

“The rents in New York are just far too substantial,” Moore explained.

After a lot more than 60 several years stitching and painting handbags on Madison Avenue, the Moore family members is flocking south.

“We needed to come across a little something with fewer taxes and that we would continue to be in close proximity to our main clients,” stated Moore. “Luckily adequate, a lot of of our buyers dwell in Florida and New York.”

Moore started out doing work with his dad, Donald, at ArtBag Creations when he was 6 many years previous. The loved ones has developed alongside the neighbors who are nearer than just clients. The elder Moore stated he will pass up his buyers the most.

“I’ve observed little little ones expand up to be mothers, and they have their small children and their children,” extra his son. “It is really been awesome. But I did not recognize how considerably we meant to the community till we made the decision that we were being going to make heading to make this go.”

The race is now on for regulars to obtain baggage at a discount and fall off their have for refurbishment.

“It truly is wonderful,” said Gail Zauder of ArtBag’s handiness with handbags. “They took stuff that looked awful and they created it glimpse manufacturer new. Yeah, it truly is superb.”

Soon after Friday, July 9 luggage will return to shoppers through mail. The Florida storefront opens July 25.

“Every little thing has to go,” Moore reported. “The exciting issue is that as quickly as we place the indicator in the window that we were going, prospects are coming in and getting four and five luggage at a time.”

“Despite the fact that it can be factual, we are the initial and only Black-owned organization on Madison Avenue, we never looked at it like that,” admitted Moore. “We just seemed at it as our store, our enterprise, and we just want to present our shoppers with all the good good quality workmanship that we could.”

Their craft will continue on, serving a all over the world consumer base from a new house foundation.

Even however their handle is switching to 927 N University Travel in Coral Springs, Fla., ArtBag’s cellphone amount and web page will keep on being the same. You can fall off baggage at the store on Madison Avenue at 84th Avenue until eventually Friday, July 9.

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