Corazon — your Hyde Park source for guayaberas, Lucha Libre masks, and other assorted crafty and gifty south-of-the-border imports — has lost its lease and will be leaving its longtime spot at the northwest corner of Waugh and Fairview within a month, store owner Chris Murphy reports. The 6,250-sq.-ft. lot it sits on, which includes a recently demolished property at 1410 Fairview, is now under contract after being marketed as a redevelopment site.
Corazon moved into its current home in 1998 — from a location in the former Gramercy Apartments on Montrose Blvd. across from Bell Park (where the Museum Tower now stands). The corner spot at 2318 Waugh Dr. has a craft-y history: Previously a furniture refinishing shop, the building reportedly earlier had gigs as an antique store, a glass-blowing studio, a general store, and a smithy. Murphy says he expects it to be demolished — and replaced with townhomes.
The structure is perhaps best known to passers-by, however, as a frame for the fifth-ever red dot, painted by Red Dot Boys (and former Houstonians) Robert Ramos and Rick Carpenter, as shown here in this undated image from the Red Dot Boys website:
After the Fairview side of the building was sheathed with metal siding in the naughts, the artists returned to repaint the circle in Benjamin Moore Carnival Red — this time a little lower down, so a Corazon banner could fit above it (the banner has since been removed, after a recent visit from city sign inspectors). According to Murphy, an image of Frida Kahlo he had seated in the frame of the window on that wall before its re-wrap is now “entombed” behind the siding:
The date palm along Fairview now blocking much of the view of the red dot (mostly off-camera to the right in the photo above) is a plant Murphy says he had carried with him from place to place, grown from a seed he got “from eating a date for breakfast at the conclusion of a beautiful Peyote ceremony, conducted around a bonfire overnight somewhere outside of Waco.” He expects it to be torn out when the site is demolished.
Murphy reports that Corazon is looking for a new location but hasn’t found one yet. “Whether moving or quitting, we need to lighten the load,” he writes. So Corazon is now holding a goodbye “store closing” sale to get rid of its inventory of items from South and Central America artisan cooperatives before the end of the month.