Tea Lounge Closing and Unopening

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Back in March, it looked like Tea Lounge, the cornerstone of laptop culture in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, was going to birth its third store in Brooklyn Heights, at the St. George Tower at 111 Hicks Street. The Brooklyn Paper reports today, however, that owner Jonathan Spiel has scrapped the idea due to the high demands of the co-op board that owns the building. He also closed the Cobble Hill location on Court Street due to low sales, and he closed the original Tea Lounge on Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope a year ago, due to hikes in rent, even though sales were healthy. That leaves just the Union Street location near Seventh Avenue, where sales are also lagging due to the recession. If he can weather the economy, Spiel hopes to open more stores in Park Slope, Crown Heights, or Brooklyn Heights. We are not where we were a year or two ago, but we’re still surviving, he told the Paper.
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Photo by Allyse Pulliam/Brooklyn Paper

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