Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What's up with Schakolad?

I stopped by Schakolad the other day to get some chocolate (obviously), and saw this sign on the door:


Their outgoing voicemail message says basically the same thing. Does anybody have any information about this? It would be a shame to lose another business on Bedford Street - especially such a tasty one!

13 comments:

aileen said...

We are sad to see the Schakolad store close on Bedford, but you can always order chocolates from their website: www.schakolad.com

They have 28 other stores throughout the country that can satisfy your sweet tooth.

Scott said...

Bizarre.

adamcldye said...

That is a double bummer. First, because it is good eating. Second, because Bedford is darn near close to a ghost town.

Whitemist said...

I will look into it, I have not heard anything and usually I do know health issues. BTW The Current Health Director Resigned effective February 26.

Anonymous said...

the street is have empty I wish the landloads can do something about this.

Scott said...

I'm thinking "health issues" may have something to do with an ailing employee(s) rather than an all-out epidemic that we would all know about.

"Business considerations," however, is borderline lunacy, because missing Valentine's Day for a friggin' chocolate store has got to be akin with a department store closing on Black Friday.

Anonymous said...

I never understood how the place stayed open even before the economy tanked--never saw anyone in there, really high end merchandise that belonged on Greenwich Avenue, not Bedford St. Couldn't imagine anyone bothering to find a place to park just to stop in there. And I suspect a lot of their business was corporate gifts--all of which has disappeared over the last year. I have the same thoughts about the lovely art glass store and don't expect it to last much longer either.

Streets of Stamford said...

I wish someone who gave a damn about this town would come along, buy out the Lodatos, and bring some life back to this hurting street.

As for Schakolad, it does seem like it's a personal health issue. Perhaps someone contracted a nasty case of Count Choculitis.

StamfordNotes said...

Ugh! This is tragic. We need stores that are a tremendous draw to ensure that people make Bedford a priority. Trader Joe's? Sephora? Those two would get my time, attention and consumer dollars.

Streets of Stamford said...

I agree that we need some "destination" stores, but I'd rather see indies, not chains, even if they're high-end chains. I think the focus should be on offering a unique shopping experience, but the problem is that (like in Manhattan) the only businesses that can afford the sky-high rents are banks and huge chains.

Scott said...

To add to JR's sentiments, specifically regarding Bedford, these lots and the sky-high rents that come along for the ride are becoming much less attractive to even huge chains because the street is becoming more barren by the day.

I'd like to see anything fill these holes and make the stretch less pathetic, but there's not a lot of upside since the life (and the wallets of said life) is being sucked out of this location.

Womp womp.

Whitemist said...

Apparently the issue is personal and so I have no info on it.

orville said...

it is open. went there today and bought some chocolate. owner said he is considering his options. i wished him well and commented on how great the shop was..