When people talk about Smith Street as 'restaurant row', they tend to forget that neighborhood stores that had been there for a long time before the street became a tourist destination. Some managed to hang on for a while, barely surviving amongst the newer and trendier restaurants and boutiques. However, the lone survivors have been closing one by one, victims of greedy landlords and now, the bad economy. Add Zaida's House of Beauty Salon, at 178 Smith Smith Street between Warren and Wickoff, to that list. A reader had this to say in a comment:
"Zaida's been there 18 years and her rent is now unaffordable and is closing next week. One more casualty of the Smith Street rent wars."
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