Mark Ginsberg, below right, will close his Art of Play store on Sunday, adding a vacancy next to the space that was home to the short-lived Nibus clothing store.
After yearning most of last year for foot traffic into his toy and game store, Mark Ginsberg saw evidence of a spending surge as Christmas approached.
He wasn’t fooled. He knew the faces, the tastes and the budgets. These were what in the past might be called “loyal customers,” he says, except for the fact that, eleven months of the year, many of them want nothing to do with the hassle of shopping in downtown Red Bank.
“I have the customer base,” Ginsberg tells redbankgreen. “But after they finished shopping, they’d say, ‘OK, see you next year!'”
Well, Ginsberg can no longer hold on until next year. This weekend, he’s closing his Broad Street shop, Art of Play. And more than anything else, he says parking enforcement is to blame.