Dollar-and-up store takes over former Beehives & Buzzcuts space

 J’s 99 Cents & Up has opened up in a First Avenue Space where the owners of Tal Bagels had previously hoped to put a smoked fish shop. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

J’s 99 Cents & Up has opened up in a First Avenue Space where the owners of Tal Bagels had previously hoped to put a smoked fish shop. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Though the summer is typically a slow period for business, a dollar (and up) store has opened on First Avenue, in the location that was last occupied by kiddie hair salon Beehives & Buzzcuts. Last week, the store, J’s 99 Cents and Up, featuring houseware items and other tsotchkes, opened.

Stanley Huang, whose family owns the store, said this is the fourth store of this type the family’s opened in Manhattan. At least half of the merchandise will actually cost a dollar a piece, he added, with the store mainly offering kids’ toys and balloons, houseware like kitchen items and hardware. Huang said the shop has a 15-year lease.

The bagel business is still working on its new bagel shop at the former Ess-a-Bagel space. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The bagel business is still working on its new bagel shop at the former Ess-a-Bagel space. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

However, this was a departure in a previous plan by the owners of Tal Bagels to open a smoked fish and appetizing shop with some seating there, announced in April. The owners for the company, which is opening a bagel shop in the nearby former Ess-a-Bagel space, were both on vacation when Town & Village called for comment and couldn’t be reached.

But on a recent afternoon, a manager standing outside the currently under-construction bagel shop said the bosses still want to open the smoked fish place. The Beehives space ended up not working out (he didn’t elaborate on the reason the deal fell, through), so the owners are looking for another location.

Meanwhile, the former Ess-a-Bagel restaurant was teeming with construction workers who were installing walls and floors. While signs on the window had announced Tal Bagels was to open in June, the manager now said the place would actually be finished in August.

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