Okay, I’m a little confused here, and it’s largely because I don’t speak Russian.
Let’s start with what we do know. Felicita, a clothing store that once occupied this storefront at 1616 Sheepshead Bay Road, closed down recently. In the past week or so, the awning was removed, revealing a much older sign for a pharmacy named Bi-Wise Drugs. First – anyone remember this place?
Now, where things get confusing is that sign overlapping it, in Russian. I recognize the Russian word for pharmacy, but not much else, and at first I figured it was a sign announcing that a pharmacy at 3090 Ocean Avenue would be moving to this location. But that’s the address for the Duane Reade at Ocean Avenue and Avenue Z, and I can’t imagine they’ll be moving into this teeny, tiny space.
So are they saying that former clients of Bi-Wise Drugs should go to Duane Reade? That doesn’t make any sense either, since this pharmacy has been closed for at least 25 years a while! Can someone fill us in, please?
Also, a note to Russian business owners – put your signs in English already. You’re making my job harder.
Update: In retrospect, it’s become clear that I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to Bi-Wise. Thanks to all the commenters who translated the sign and filled us in on the history of Bi-Wise.