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Black-Owned Boutique Faces Eviction Despite State Eviction Moratorium

Weezie D Ladies Boutique, Bronxville, NY [Black Westchester]

Black-Owned Bronxville boutique, Weezie D has served customers for 15 years, but its owner Louisa McTurner says the business now faces eviction due to hard times. She received a letter from her new landlord, Wednesday, April 29th, stating that she has until the end of May to move out, despite the fact that all tenants—residential and commercial—are protected under a state eviction moratorium that is in effect until at least June 20.

The novel coronavirus has pummeled New York’s economy, leaving many small, nonessential businesses across the state, like Weezie D Ladies Boutique – currently located at 15 Park Place, Bronxville NY – forced to close its doors seven weeks ago.

The moratorium covers both residential and commercial tenants and will be in place until at least June 20. If you had a pending eviction case those proceedings have been temporarily adjourned. If you recently received a notice of eviction, that by itself is not enough for your landlord to evict you; a landlord must get an order from the court to legally evict a tenant, even if their lease has expired or they are behind on rent. Now that evictions are halted, the moratorium defers those proceedings and temporarily protects tenants.

Despite the state eviction moratorium, a Bronxville landlord is still attempting to evict this black-owned business. McTurner’s law attorney, Lauren Raysor, told News 12, she believes the letter is a precursor to an eviction, something the governor put a moratorium on until the end of June. “This is not what should be done,” says Raysor.

McTurner refuses to leave without a fight as she weighs her options. Black Westchester was contacted and set up an exclusive interview with Louisa McTurner, on the Black Westchester Power Hour, Monday, May 4th at 11 AM.

BW Entertainment Feature Writer Samantha Hunter included Weezie D in her column ‘These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” in Black Westchester’s January 2018 issue of the newspaper.

The place to “find a wide variety of fun, flirty designer-inspired dresses, fashion-forward tops, must-have handbags, and up-to-the-minute accessories at this trendy yet classic boutique for fashionable women of all ages and budgets,” – Westchester Magazine

Weezie D. offers everything from women’s clothing to jewelry, handbags, scarves, and hair accessories, and is Westchester’s premier one-stop-shop for trendy women of many ages. Weezie D. opened in 2005 in Bronxville, New York, and just celebrated its 15-year anniversary this past October.

The quaint boutique shop has been named Best of Westchester in the
Ladies Clothing Store category for three years –2014, 2015, and 2017. The shop participates in community service including its Holiday Toy Drive benefiting Providence House in New Rochelle. Throughout the year it also hosts several “Sip & Shop” events for local non-profit organizations and donates proceeds of sales to each organization.

The shop’s mantra is “Get out of the Box and Into Weezie D.” Watch News 12 coverage and for those who want to support this business, make a donation at her GoFundMe page. You can also support Weezie D by going to their website www.weezied.com

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