Owners Carole and Johnny Husiak, who also live in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
Ibiza Kidz, a children’s shop for shoes, clothing and toys located in Union Square, has expanded to open a second location in Stuyvesant Town.
The new store, like the other location between 12th and 13th Streets on Broadway, is owned by a couple that lives in Stuy Town, Carole and Johnny Husiak.
Carole said the idea to expand to her own neighborhood came from the property’s leasing agents, Rose Associates, who approached her about the 1800 square foot space.
“The agent said, ‘we have a space and we feel the community would benefit and is in need of a children’s store,’” Carole said. “So we came and loved it. It was a no-brainer. There was an absence of this kind of shop.”
This was five months ago. Negotiations started soon afterwards but were then delayed due to the sale of the complex to Blackstone in October.
However, it was important to the Husiaks to be open in time for the holidays, so Ibiza Kidz, which now has a 10-year lease, opened its doors on Saturday.
The space is on First Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets. This was most recently home to a RadioShack and Ibiza Kidz will also have access to the basement.