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Back story for storefronts

Well, the future for most of the storefronts at the Del Mor apartments has been kicked hard. The company that owns the building, Positive Investments, suddenly wants huge rent increases -- in a rental market that is turning downward. El Batey grocery and general store may close after 40 years in business. The grocery's owner, Evailia, told me the other day that she would decide in January what to do. The indie clothing designer Nina Lucas is going to move out of her shop and double up with Show Pony. Kime Buzzelli who owns Show Pony, the tiny shop that has been featured in Vogue and other publications, said she doesn't always cover the rent that she's charged even now -- so a threefold increase? But she wants to stay open. She's a bright, lovely spirit, and it would be an awful loss for Chicken Corner if she left -- same for Flounce and most of the other shops.

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