Have any tips on where the owner might be or memories related to this shop? Please drop me a line.
When I first found the location of the former Moara Corp. I discovered that it had been succeeded by a wholesale accessory shop named, Golden Age, Inc. In pursuit of any information about the owner of Moara Corp. I spoke to a Golden Age employee, a paunchy, and shy but affable, twenty-something year-old man of Hispanic origin. He did not know anything about Moara Corp. but suggested that I come back and talk to the owner. I never had the chance; the next time I stopped by, about one year later, Golden Age, Inc. had closed. As I stood staring at the empty shop, a man approached me, "You looking for a place to rent?" he uttered in the sort of hushed tones one associates more with drug deals than with real estate sales, "I've got a deal on a place near here."
I have a name, Kil Ja Kim, a Sunnyside address that did not lead to anything, and a few clues offered by a late middle-aged South Asian man with a somewhat caustic manner, who runs a nearby deli. Pausing to sell some lottery tickets to a man with a smile almost as wide as his protruding belly, the deli owner informed me that when the rent got too high the former owner of Moara Corp. closed shop and moved to New Jersey. That tip inspired me to start looking for Kil Ja Kim in New Jersey, leading to the discovery that at one point there was a men's accessories shop in Fairview, New Jersey owned by someone named Kil Ja Kim. It opened in 1993, the same year as Moara Corp. But like Moara Corp., the New Jersey store is no longer in business. It seems that for now I am left without much more than what I started with, just a name, Kil Ja Kim.