A LOVE LETTER TO ALL MY CLIENTS AND NEIGHBOR'S
I just wanted to take a minute to send my love to all the clients and neighbor's that have reached out to me . I opened in 1975 at 816 Madison Ave , then to 39 Christopher street , then to 47 ave A , and now to the little store at 43 Ave A ..
I have been through the death's of my entire immediate family ,
the loss of Jose Antonio to aids after 20 years of making fashion in new york in 1998
I ended up Homeless in Seattle , then opening up my own store again at 711 Third Ave , Seattle Wa ....in 1990 , and back to New York's east village in 1997 , Sept 11th , Hurricane Sandy , Superstorm Irene, and insurmountable obstacle's to keep a small mom and pop shop open in New York ....I have buried hundred's of friends and fellow artist , and 3 uncles to covid.
But this Covid -19 pandemic , has been the hardest thing I have ever faced.
I'm watching my neighbors close up their restaurants, and small shop's on Ave A
.....Clients lose their jobs and apartments. while rents remain high and unaffordable.
The depression and uncertainty is amazing !!!!!
THEN I HAVE PEOPLE WALKING IN TO PURCHASE MY WORK , BRINGING IN REPAIRS FOR US TO DO
I HAVE PEOPLE WALK IN AND SAY " I DON'T NEED ANYTHING -BUT - ILL BUY SOMETHING SO THAT YOU, AND YOUR HUSBAND, CAN STAY HERE.
I HAVE PEOPLE WALKING IN TO CHECK IN ON US AND WATCH OUR LOCATION WHEN I AM NOT HERE
ROSH HASHANAH 2020 , FINANCIAL 'S , COVID 19- -BRINGS A VERY SPECIAL MEANING TO THIS HOLIDAY
I am so humbled by this outpouring of love , that it has motivated me to continue Galleria J Antonio
Esty, Go Daddy , Facebook , and other ways of reaching out to everyone are all in the works.
Thank you for showing me that you appreciate what I do here.... Small Crafters , LOCAL Designers, and my work are all dedicated to your love.
I promise , this will pass ....
I promise to stay here at 43 ave A ,
and I promise not to forget that there are still good people in this world ....