BREAKING: Gourmet Heaven to close its doors forever tonight

Protests at Yale that led to GHeav closing

Protests at Yale that led to GHeav closing

It’s official: one blogger has just confirmed with the staff of Gourmet Heaven that tonight is our last night with Gourmet Heaven. It’s not that surprising the establishment would have to close down, given the controversies that have surrounded the food store franchise: Chung Cho, the owner of the two Providence and New Haven branches, faced wage-theft charges earlier this year.

Following protests on Yale’s campus, the university announced that the New Haven branches would be closing in 2015, as both are housed in Yale-owned property. Now, the Providence branch is following suit. We’ll stay away from depressing conclusions that could be made here, about how even Heavens are corrupt these days, and how naive we were. Basically, you have just a few more hours to get ripped off spend your money at GHeav. But beware, or just think twice, about where that money is going, although it won’t be going there much longer…

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RIP Shades Plus, you will be missed

The rumors are true; today, Shades Plus will close its doors forever. No longer will $5.99 sunglasses be available to you on your walk home to/from Pembroke; no longer are we safe in the knowledge that a zebra mask, pink wig, or whoopee cushion are available to us at a moment’s notice.

I, for one, will really mourn the loss. Shades Plus is was a happy, super weird place that I have only visited under the most joyous of circumstances, i.e. spring weekend freshman year, when I needed cool/ironic sunglasses that I could step on and not feel stressed about. It was there every Halloweek, when all I needed to pull my outfit together was a colored hairspray or some fake blood, and in preparation for a friend’s birthday, when I knew a tacky, plastic, feathered crown would add a much needed finishing touch.

Shades Plus had all the things you need that you aren’t necessarily sure exist, like cupcake shaped erasers and syringe pens. As our more formal other half put it, “At Shades Plus, students would often purchase ‘random stuff, like fake mustaches,’ for fun or special holiday occasions.” There really is no other way to put it. Bye Shades Plus, we will miss you, especially on fun or special holiday occasions.