Monday, May 18, 2009
Baer's customers were stunned last summer, when the 103-year-old business abruptly announced its closure with barely a day's notice. The store's employees, who got hardly any warning either, were just as stunned. Baer's briefly reopened in October for a blowout everything-must-go sale, then went dark for the last time.
The massive store, located at 515 E. Market street, was an essential source of supplies for my theatre company and I miss it greatly. Plus, it was just a great ancient store to be in, like some of those gloriously decrepit old NYC buildings.
The sudden departures of Baer Fabrics, Primo, and Market on Market have left this block, already struggling to be vital, now completely desolate.