Inflation raises prices in New York for pizza, manicures / pedicures, more
It’s not just your grocery bill.
Inflation, labor shortages and global supply chain problems have emptied supermarket shelves, pushed up the prices of basic necessities and led to the hoarding of food and household items. But New Yorkers will see a bigger dent in their wallets when it comes to creature comforts like rashes, dry cleaning, bagels, and booze.
“As if doing business weren’t tough enough,” said Richard Aviles, owner of Kingbridge Cleaners & Tailors, a top-of-the-range dry cleaning service in Soho. “During the pandemic, many of our manufacturing facilities that provided our industry with supplies somehow shut down or suspended production. Now that’s on top of the global supply chain shortage and logistical mess, ”Aviles said, adding that the price of a container carrying supplies from overseas is“ sky-high ”.
Among his main problems: “There is a global shortage of hangers. We strive to find hangers at a time when their price has increased by 40%.
At the end of September, cult fitness spot Soul Cycle informed customers via email that their classes would drop from $ 36 to $ 38. And the DryBar blowout bar, which sells blowouts for $ 45 on its website, recently charged $ 55 for the service (neither company returned a call for comment).
This is just another setback for businesses and consumers already reeling from the pandemic.
“When they first mentioned the vaccine, it looked like it would be a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Joe Musso, general manager of Village Square Pizza. “Now the next wave of trouble is diminishing and the price of everything is going up.”
Previous price: $ 3 for a regular slice, $ 4.50 for a square
Now: The price increase will come within the month.
Village Square Pizza, which has two branches in downtown Manhattan, is currently considering what to add to the price of a slice.
“We’re going to have to raise prices with the rise in meat and cheese prices and the shortage of employees,” Musso told The Post. “We are discussing the increase now. Everything is reflected on the little guy.
Bagels and lox
Previous price: $ 13.75
Now: $ 13.95
An Ess-a-Bagel employee told The Post they raised the price of bagels in early October due to rising food prices. They are also unable to get hold of specialty drinks and juices from vending machines that were always regularly replenished.
Previous price: $ 40 for a standard suit
Now: $ 41
Aviles’ business is down 22% (at the height of the pandemic it had fallen 93%) as many New Yorkers still work from home in sweatpants. But the blow to its profit is compounded by the global shortage of hangers and other supplies from its overseas trading sources.
“There is a domestic company that now manufactures hangers on a par with foreign companies, but we cannot get them. They are trying to increase production, but they don’t have the employees to meet the needs of the industry. If there are no hangers, how do you turn the clothes? ”
The company is absorbing much of the financial blow and trying to minimize the increases, which have so far held steady at $ 1 per order. “The prices of our hangers have increased by 40%. If I increased my prices accordingly, my customers would disappear.
Inexpensive Imported Wine
Previous price: $ 9.99
Now: $ 11.99
This cheap buzz has been harder to come by in recent months.
“The cheaper the wine, the larger the increase,” said Vinnie Aboin, director of Urban Wines & Spirits in the East Village, noting “distribution problems”.
“Transportation and container costs have increased dramatically,” driving up the cost of importing bulk wine – and the increase of a dollar or two is more noticeable in lower priced bottles.
“In New York, we drink a lot of imported wine. All the distributors said, “Get ready, it’s going to keep going up,” Aboin said.
Previous price: $ 25 for popular plants such as Pilea and Lyrata
Now: 40 $
Your flowers and plants might add a bit of green in your place, but Estela Johannesen, owner of the James Weir Floral Company in Brooklyn Heights, said they’ll get more green out of your pocket.
“We have had shortages of soil, insecticides, pots and pottery as well as packaging materials and vases,” Johannesen said.
Previous price: $ 35
Now: 40 $
Getting your fingers and toes polished at Nail on 5th in Gowanus is more expensive than ever. They had to increase the rating on the service due to a number of issues including the increased cost of nail polish and gloves from $ 4.50 a box to $ 11.
“This $ 5 difference kept customers at home. It’s very frustrating, ”said manager Jun Lee.
Previous price: $ 11 for an arugula salad; $ 14 for 8 pieces of chicken wings
Now: $ 12 for a salad; $ 13 for 6 pieces
To the South Village Hospitality Group, which includes Ainslie, Follia, Carroll Place and Osteria Cotta, co-owner Sergio Riva tries to keep an eye on diners despite rising food costs and staff shortages.
“The price of protein normally drops every winter,” Riva said. Not anymore: Hanging steak has gone from $ 5 to $ 9 a pound, while the bill for chicken wings has doubled. A case of arugula – $ 11 for years – now costs $ 18. As a result, the prices for salads at Ainslie’s in Williamsburg are on the rise. While the wings are cheaper, the portion has decreased.
“We don’t make the same percentages [of profit] but we try to soften the blow so as not to bleed out money or customers. We mainly absorb it at this point and try to overcome it. In two or three months we may have to raise prices again, ”Riva said.
Previous price: $ 12 to $ 16
Now: $ 18
“We’re at our highest beverage cost in eight years,” Evan Puchalsky, vice president of operations at Clinton Hall and Slate, told The Post. “There is no indication this is going to slow down.”
During the pandemic, alcohol companies made larger bottles for home consumption and now, due to a shortage of glass bottles, they did not have the supply to go back to the 1 bottle. liter used by bars. Pulchalsky is still awaiting an August tequila order and raised the price of cocktails in September.