By Sabina Mollot
East 23rd Street thrift shop Cauz for Pawz will be moving to make way for a new urgent care center, Town & Village has learned. The store’s director Cathryn Duhigg had sent an emailed newsletter to customers on Monday announcing that the store had lost its lease but was looking for a new shop nearby.
Reached on the phone, Duhigg said she was recently told that the store, which had been on a month-to-month lease for the past five months, would need to be out by the end of August to make room for the urgent care center. The medical center will also occupy space that was last home to a pharmacy next door to Cauz for Pawz, after the owner breaks through the shops’ walls.
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, Duhigg said there were two nearby stores she was looking at for a new home for the thrift store, and that she’d know within the week if either works out.
“Everything is fine,” she said. “We are staying in the community. Some people have given us places to look at. The community has been amazing.”
A canine wedding for the store’s mascot dog Shorty to another neighborhood pooch named Riley, that had been scheduled for September 20, is also still on, though of course the location will be different. Additionally, the price of admission for the event, which is a fundraiser for the store, has been lowered from $100 to $50.
Based on the spaces Duhigg has been checking out, which are within a few blocks from the store’s current address, the new store will be smaller.
However, Duhigg said this isn’t a problem because the store doesn’t need the two floors it has currently. Prior to the move, there will be a big blowout sale, and Duhigg said the plan is to have the new shop open even before the current one, which has been open since 2011, closes.
Cauz for Pawz raises money for animal-related causes and pet owners in need.