Some good news though.
The shop will continue to be a hardware store for a while after Shom has retired, according to new owner Lynn Gordon, who also owns the nearby French Meadow Bakery & Cafe.
She purchased the Rex Hardware building and a house next to it. She said it would continue to be a hardware store, until she makes another decision about what kind of business to open there.
Gordon had envisioned putting n organic home store -- with organic mattresses and other home goods -- but now is considering renting it to someone else.
Gordon said she would only consider renting the space to someone with a vision for a community-based business.
In a related note, La Parisien Flats, the small-ish condo at 23rd and Lyndale, was approved. According to the SWJ, "the building will feature French-inspired details such as a vaulted ceiling, peaked roof and a sidewalk cafe." I want to laugh, but I know I shouldn't.
P.S. The Dallas apartment where G.W. Bush (and his future wife, Laura) lived while dodging Vietnam in the 70's was called "Chateau Dijon."