It’s vanishing faster than one of its famous egg creams. …
After closing less than two weeks ago, Gem Spa is literally disappearing…and now it’s almost gone.
The iconic yellow sign and awning that anchored the southwest corner of St. Mark’s Place and Second Ave. for decades is no more. Some sad-looking shelving and displays still linger in the space, but probably not for much longer.
Pre-pandemic, Parul Patel, the daughter of Gem Spa’s owner, Ray Patel, had already been waging a last-ditch effort to keep the struggling store open.
But the coronavirus crisis finally made the decision for them.
In announcing the end of the store’s run on May 7, the Patels said, in part, in an online post, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce Gem Spa has poured it’s last legendary egg cream and closed its doors forever. This has been an extremely difficult decision, and one we are heartbroken to make…
“Prior to this crisis, it had become increasingly apparent that the evolving character of the area was no longer available to sustain a corner creation like ours…
“Coronavirus concerns closed our city, cratered businesses, and ultimately sealed the fate of our close to 100-year-old shop.”
But Gem Spa continue to live on through its Web site and its merch. They will continue to sell Gem Spa branded merchandise, as well as art, books and photos inspired by the legendary store.
Drinkware with the famous logo is available…but, so far, not egg creams.