WEST VILLAGE — Bonnie Slotnick is shutting down her independent cookbook store after 15 years, because her landlord refused to renew her lease, she said.
Slotnick, who owns Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks at 163 W. 10th St., said she is being forced to close the store when her lease expires on Jan. 31, 2015. The closure was first reported by Jeremiah's Vanishing New York.
"I can't believe I'm turning into one of your sad stories, but I've just lost my lease," Slotnick wrote in an email to the blog. "I'm absolutely determined to find a place and move the shop."
Slotnick said she reached out to the blog in the hopes of drumming up support for her shop, but she doesn't think anything will convince her landlord to change his mind.
"My landlord doesn't want me here, that's it," she said. "It doesn't matter if he hears from 10,000 people. He didn't even offer me a different rent, he just said, 'no.'"
Emails to the building's owner went unanswered and a phone message left with an employee at the landlord's company was not returned.
The store will remain open through Christmas and "maybe longer," Slotnick said, but after that she will be open by appointment only while she packs up all of her books.
Slotnick has operated her specialty shop, stocked with vintage cookbooks organized by cuisine and region and stacked to the ceiling of her little space on West 10th Street, for 15 years. Her current rent is $3,500 per month.
Slotnick previously spoke with DNAinfo New York about the West Village as a haven for independent bookstores, "the last neighborhood in Manhattan that presents itself as a place where the arts are of interest."
"They almost lost their store," she said last spring. "West Fourth got very fancy — Gwyneth Paltrow lived there."