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One way to get out of a failing business is to slip out in the middle of the night without telling the landlord.

That is how the tenant who planned to open a bicycle repair shop in the tiny space at 25th and Aspen Sts., across from toddler Lemon Hill in Fairmount, left his two-year lease behind before the shop ever opened, according to Roland Reed, the owner of the property at 2441 Aspen St.

Tiny corner shop

Now, The Fairmount Consignment Shop, a project from former 25-year Rembrandt’s owner Jan Zarkin, who bowed out of Rembrandt’s in 2009, is set to open in early March at that corner retail location.

“We will sell whatever we can get our hands on,” says Zarkin. (Cool. We're looking for a hovercraft, my good merchant.) He added he plans for the shop to be a neighborhood-friendly dog-friendly destination. Patrons will be able to browse computers that offer extended merchandise not available in the store, which is about as big as a master bedroom.

While protestors are "occupying" Dilworth Plaza, new tenants are occupying the corner retail locations at 25th and Aspen Sts. in Fairmount. Here, folks are also looking for a change in their favor. They want a little more business.

Lucky 7, the pub-food tavern is out and the as-yet named classic regional seasonal Americana cuisine locale with an elevated noveau twist is to come mid-December. Across the street, at a former flower shop, a new bicycle repair ditty is opening soon, when, still remains to be seen.

Future bike shop

Brought to us by Mike Welsh, one of the minds behind the Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co., and chef Mitch Prensky of Supper and Global Dish Catering, who's had a longstanding relationship with the Franklin, the new eatery will offer recognizable American dishes on a higher level. We wonder what that means exactly. Macaroni ’n cheese with lobster and local arugula?

“I take things people already love and try to make it a little bit different,” said Prensky, “and a lot better.”