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One of the three shops was empty at the time that Nick and Tom walked by the brick building in which the three business spaces were located. The second of the businesses "was an all-night restaurant." The third of the shops was George Wilson's business location and, upstairs, the residence for George and Myrtle.
Upon first entering the garage, Nick is underwhelmed by the appearance of the surroundings. "It had occurred to me that this shadow of a garage must be a blind, and that sumptuous and romantic apartments were concealed overhead..." He soon learns that what he was seeing was the reality of the business - it was a gray and lifeless as everything else in the valley of ashes.
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