Coronavirus New York: East Village’s iconic Gem Spa definitively closes its doors amid the COVID-19 crisis


NEW YORK (WABC) – Gem Spa, a landmark in East Village, has announced that it has permanently closed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The store, famous for its legendary egg creams, has First closed when COVID-19 restrictions were first put in place.

The owners of Gem Spa shared the heartbreaking news on Thursday:

“It was an extremely difficult decision, and we are heartbroken to do so. Forced to close the store due to Covid restrictions in New York and in the state put in place six weeks ago in the interest of the safety of our customers and our staff, we hoped before the crisis it was becoming more and more evident that the evolving character of the region was no longer able to support a corner creation like ours.

The concerns related to the coronavirus closed our city, cratered companies and finally sealed the fate of our shop (near) centenary.

After carefully considering and evaluating our options, we made the heartbreaking but necessary decision to close permanently. “

Store managers thanked neighbors, New Yorkers, and visitors from around the world for their love and support.

Although the store closes its physical doors, Gem Spa will continue to live his website where he will highlight his rich history and his emblematic figures who made them what they are.


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