Shoofly Is Closing

ShooflyAnother longtime Tribeca store is closing: Shoofly, the kids’ shoe and clothing store at 42 Hudson. Here’s owner Roz Viemeister’s letter. It doesn’t sound like she has plans to reopen elsewhere, but I’ve reached out just in case.

Dear friends, fans and great customers,

Shoofly has enjoyed 30 incredible years in NYC, but its now time to put a jump in our step and move on…! To show our appreciation to all of our wonderful fans and customers we are having a pre-closing celebratory sale May 2! Everything in the entire store will be 1/2 OFF! Run, don’t hop or skip, to take advantage of these foot tickling deals! All SALES FINAL. NO EXCHANGES or RETURNS. Please use your store credits!!!

Hugs and kisses from all of us at Shoofly

UPDATE: I stopped by to talk to Roz, who said it’s most definitely not about the landlord raising the rent. She also mentioned that another kids’ shoe store might be opening in the area….



  1. I hope she chose to retire and is not being pushed out by yet another greedy landlord who doesn’t care about the landscape of our neighborhoods!

  2. So another greedy business owner taking their profits and running – leaving our precious children without a proper selection of stylish footwear?! Disgusting!

    • Jim,
      I do hope that your response is some kind of joke. I used to work at Shoofly, first uptown on Amsterdam Ave and then on Hudson. Roz is perhaps the nicest, most honest, caring person I have EVER worked for or with. She loved working with children and always tried to make every child feel special.
      I feel sad the store is closed but wish her the best in whatever she wants to do…she deserves it.

  3. We have loved Shoofly since our grown children were little. It is still our go-to place for kids’ presents. Always fun to shop there! It will be missed.

  4. So sad to see another small business closing in the neighborhood…we still go there for shoes even though my kids are almost too big!

    I am afraid to ask if you know if it is a chain shoe store…seems the only retail that is surviving downtown are chain stores and money backed stores…the old type of downtown small businesses, “mom and pops”, that added so much character and uniqueness are dwindling at an alarming rate…Tribeca owners would rather be empty and wait for the big pay off which means homogenizing…

  5. I’m pretty sure Shoofly has not been in that space for 30 years, no where near that. It’s a nice store, but definitely not a vestige of old Tribeca (whatever that is).