Two adjacent businesses, Rouge Beauty Bar and Missfit Boutique, closed down about two months ago, after less than a year in Hewlett.
The owner of Rouge Beauty Bar worked at Pravana Hair Studio just prior to opening her makeup salon across the street at 1190 Broadway, and then recently relocated her shop to Cedarhurst. The vacancy is 800 square feet, with a monthly rent of $1,400.
The women’s clothing shop, located at 1188 Broadway, carried an eclectic assortment of dressy apparel, workout clothing and accessories. The 700 square-foot store is going for $1,200 per month for rent.
“They’re very nice stores,” said building owner Mickey Nizry, of Solid Homes Realty. “Both of them have new heating and air conditioning systems. There is plenty of municipal parking nearby.”
However, limited long-term street parking is a problem on that stretch of Broadway, according to Lucy Mayerowitz, who owns Yesterdays Goodies, a business she runs within the store.
“You are only allowed to park for one hour,” she said. “If you park longer than that, they give you a $110 ticket. I can see $35 for a ticket, but not $110. It’s terrible.”
But Nizry says that the high-traffic location of the stores would be a plus for a variety of different businesses.
“Either of them would be good as a retail store or small office like an insurance company or an accountant,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mayerowitz has her owns ideas about what kind of business is lacking in the area.
“This part of town could really use a nice ice cream shop,” Mayerowitz said."Kids walking around town would love to have a nearby place to get a cone. We could even use a nice hat shop around here.”