When a closing-sale sign popped up in BBlessing's front window last week, the news came as a surprise — in its four-year life, the menswear store has made a name for itself among the design-savvy downtown set, stocking labels like Raf Simons, rag & bone, Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons, and Timo Weiland. The boutique will shutter at the end of the month, with no immediate plans to relocate. Store manager Nicholas Kratochvil places much of the blame on Orchard's so-called "Hell Building," whose stalled construction has been the bane of nearby business owners since the recession hit. "We're on a block with nine closed storefronts and that giant waste of a site across the street," he says. "It's just been hard for our business to grow when everything in the immediate vicinity is shutting down."
In the remaining week, Kratochvil is selling off the store's Gothic couch, chairs, gilded mirrors, and fixtures at a discount. (Though a few nearby stores have their eye on the incubator-like display cases and upholstered chairs, he's holding out for the best offer.) Stop by today to catch the last of the Timo Weiland sample sale, now slashed to 90 percent off. The rest of the menswear and accessories will be 75 percent off until the store closes on Saturday — quietly, says Kratochvil; the staff already had a farewell barbecue last weekend.
BBlessing Closing Shop at 181 Orchard Street [Bowery Boogie]