Gramstand closes its doors—after 5 years of serving the East Village

The note below was sent to me by Gramstand today. I went there and took memorable photos, videos and conducted business. The place was very packed a lot of the time. It just goes to show you that times are tough.

I wish them tons of luck and love for the future.

Dear Friends and Customers,
The Gramstand is closing today and will host a farewell garage sale through the day. Please do stop by and purchase some odds and ends from us. We apologize for the short notice, but it was short notice for us as well.
Due to the rising cost of doing business and an overwhelming financial situation, the Gramstand has been forced to close it’s doors. Nearly five years ago, the Gramstand began serving customers by selling grams as a tiny, closet-sized stand in the Gramercy area. Less than three years ago, we moved to the East Village and began to bud. This past summer, attempts to expand at a new Upper East Side location, exacerbated our crunch and stunted our growth.
We are hopefully that there is a future for the Gramstand and would like to keep you posted on our evolution. The Gramstand staff has become very attatched to our community of patrons and supporters and we appreciate all the passionate, save-the-store responses. We cannot thank you enough for supporting us. And whatever our future is, we promise to keep building chill spaces that attract good people. Please look to our emails and website (www.gramstand.com) for updates.
Hope to see you today for the sale!  We got mini-fridges, counters, tables, chairs, coffee tables, speakers, glass-ware, jasmine soap, etcha-sketches and lots of wicker among other things. So come buy or just say hi!
Success is not in profitability, success is inherent in giving it all you’ve got and maintaining an emotional balance in the good times and bad.

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