As New Hope’s busiest retail season approaches, jockeying for selling space and potential customers has begun in earnest among merchants.
First up: New Hope Candle Shop at 87B S. Main St. is calling it quits after a great run spanning many years, undoubtedly under pressure from commoditization of the product and web-based competition. They will be missed by many, although apparently not enough to stay afloat.
The shop next door at 87A will soon see the arrival of Bucks County Caramel Corn Clusters, its former space on West Bridge now taken over by the Creeper Art Gallery, which claims to be opening in May and will feature “fine art, antiques and peculiarities.” The items visible appear to mimic the “Creepy Cuties” of Mechanic Street Mugs and the graveyard aesthetic of Teardrop Memories, the latter of which morbidly focuses on museum-quality mourning mementos. The new shop will have to prove it has something new to offer.
Speaking of duplication, multi-decade New Hope Indian fashion mogul Mohan K. Mohinani is busy readying his new womens’ and kids’ clothing mart in the former Beyond the Wall poster location on South Main Street. Industry sources say the owner of two existing New Hope India fashion stores is building inventory strikingly similar to two existing businesses: an Indian competitor and a pan-Asian importer located at the corner of East Mechanic and South Main streets.
West Bridge Street will soon see the arrival of Red Tulip Gallery at 19C, featuring the work of local crafters, and expected to open in May.
And rounding out the local retail news, Nadeem Lou is making a go of selling fine leathers in the former In the Joint space at 115 S. Main St.