One of the Back Bay’s retail institutions is closing its doors.
Rolly-Michaux Galleries, an art gallery mainstay on Dartmouth Street since the 1970s, was listed on Oct. 1 for $3,995,000. Owner Ron Michaux has operated Rolly-Michaux Galleries in the space, which is part of the iconic Hotel Vendome building, since taking ownership in 1976 with the late Ron Rolly. But the art gallery’s shuttering isn’t just another case of COVID-19 striking down another retail institution. Instead, it’s the culmination of a lengthy, thriving career at one of the city’s most well-known galleries.
“He’s retiring. He’s been doing it for so long,” Collin Bray, an agent with Century 21 Cityside, told Boston.com. “This is all part of a life plan. It’s his life’s work, and he’s not done with helping clients buy and sell art, but he doesn’t need to go