NEW YORK – The first and only Black-owned business along the Madison Avenue shopping corridor is closing shop. This is the final week in the storefront for ArtBag Creations, but the owners will continue to serve the community with craftsmanship.
ArtBag Creations president Chris Moore said the decision did not come lightly.
“The rents in New York are just too high,” Moore said.
After more than 60 years stitching and painting handbags on Madison Avenue, the Moore family is flocking south.
“We needed to find something with less taxes and that we would still be near our core customers,” said Moore. “Luckily enough, many of our customers live in Florida and New York.”
Moore started working with his dad, Donald, at ArtBag Creations when he was 6 years old. The family has grown alongside the neighbors who are closer than just clients. The elder Moore said he will miss his customers the most.
“I’ve seen little kids grow up to be mothers, and they have their children and their children,” added his son. “It’s been amazing. But I didn’t realize how much we meant to the community until we decided that we were going to make going to make this