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Emma Jean’s Consignments & Antiques for lease

The space housing Emma Jean’s Consignments & Antiques, at 8554-1/2 Greenwood Ave. N., is for lease.

Most everything has already been cleaned out of the display window. A phone message left at Emma Jean’s this morning requesting more information was not immediately returned.

Owner Thomas Grant opened the store in 2005, and named it after his mother. Grant told us last year that the store had been hit hard by the economy, and he had noticeably less foot traffic after four restaurants burned to the ground in October 2009, and many other nearby businesses were hit by a serial arsonist.

Inside Emma Jean’s last year.

He had a large collection of Black Americana in the store that was not for sale. Grant’s father was a master sergeant in an all-black infantry in Korea and Japan, and also played trombone, upright bass, tuba and French horn in a Bavarian band. Many photos of Grant’s parents and his father’s band adorned the walls of Emma Jean’s.

Thanks to Quinn for the tip.

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