FWIW, NOHO scooters did not close because they were failing but for personal reasons. There are several threads about their closing on Modern Vespa and Modern Buddy.
Kenni, good call on trying for a job at a local scooter shop. Even if they aren't hiring, if you can afford to do so and its okay with them see if you can hang out and maybe learn some wrenching skills. That's will help you when you are ready to open your own place.