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Downtown Alliance's Kelly Rush lets us know what's opening and closing Summer is the season of escape. In this edition, we have a new car rental service for your upcoming vacation; a sandwich shop to equip you with food for the road; a shoe store so you're fashionably shod when you arrive; and a nail salon and spa to pamper your tired feet when you return. As usual, if you see any new retailers or spot changes to a longtime establishment, please email me at and I'll check it out. Openings Abey Nails & Spa 32 Warren St. (betw. Church St. & Broadway), 212-608-2208 Lower Manhattan is becoming a destination for charming salons and spas where professionals (or tourists) can come and get out of the stressful office or hot sun for an hour or maybe two. Abey offers a variety of treatments-from manicures and pedicures to waxing, massage and facials-to help customers relax and enjoy some pampering. Some of the spa's more unique treatments include an AgeLOC face lifting and firming treatment and skin treatments for acne and sensitive skin. And if you're not satisfied judging your body shape and also find yourself judging the length of your eyelashes, come in for eyelash extensions and eyelash perming and put down the mascara and curler for good! The salon is offering 15 percent off services (grab a coupon on their website at through Sept. 30. Dollar Rent a Car 345 South End Ave. (at One World Financial Center), 917-701-1069 or 718-656-2401 Ext. 228 for local corporate programs With about 9,000 people living in Battery Park City and revitalization efforts continuing in the community and around Lower Manhattan, Dollar Rent a Car decided this location was the perfect place to open a car rental service, said Sales and Marketing Manager Paul Rivera. "Our Dollar location is strategically situated to service residences, the World Financial Center and the greater New York Metropolitan area as a whole," he said. Customers can expect top-quality rentals at competitive rates for a wide range of vehicles, from convertibles to SUVs. Dollar offers a variety of rental programs depending on the customer's needs, including Dollar Express, the Dollar rental rewards program. Also available are GPS navigation units and E-Z Passes for rent at competitive rates. Potbelly Sandwich Shop 90 Broad St. (at Stone St.), 646-289-4211 A transplant from my native Chicago, Potbelly is digging some new roots in New York City-the shop is also opening a location on Fulton Street that we're looking forward to as well. Potbelly specializes in tasty subs that are very affordable, with prices from as little as $5, which is hard to beat in this city. Try classics such as the turkey breast, ham and Swiss and roast beef, or try the pizza sandwich (pepperoni, meatball, capicola, marinara sauce, provolone cheese, mushrooms and Italian seasoning) or the wreck (salami, roast beef, turkey and ham with Swiss cheese). Vegetarians and healthy eaters can try a chickpea veggie salad or veggie sandwiches, and diners with a sweet tooth will find shakes and cookies to satisfy cravings. Aldo 181 Broadway (betw. Cortlandt & Dey Sts.), 212-227-1686 I have a number of pairs of shoes from Aldo, and a few things hold true about the brand: They last forever, look great and are affordable enough to own as many as you like. The retailer is one of the largest shoe brands in the world and specializes in leather goods and accessories, as well as shoes. The new location on Broadway joins several other shoe stores on the block, including Aerosoles and the Century 21 women's shoe store so people looking for shoes don't have to wander very far to find a variety of quality brands and styles. Aldo is also offering a huge sale on items throughout the store and online, so drop by before it's over. Closings Uncle Mike's 57 Murray St.

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