Here is a quick economic lesson. This is a better time to be a bar or restaurant owner on Capitol Hill than it is to be an owner of an independent retail shop. The evidence? Yet another brick and mortar storefront (literally!) is biting the dust. 14th and Pine’s Whimsy Home Decor sent out the following message to subscribers of its e-mail newsletter today:
Thank you for over 3 ‘seriously fun’ years at Whimsy on Capitol Hill. Sadly, we are closing our storefront in late October.
As a member of our Rewards Program we’d like to invite you to shop the closing sale early! The sale will be announced publicly on September 22nd, but you can shop starting this Friday, September 17th! We will be open until 8pm on Friday so you have extra time to shop.
The store will host a ‘progressive’ sale with larger and larger discounts through its October close.
Whimsy’s Teri Burnett goes on to say her shop will continue to live on as an online store at http://www.whimsyhomedecor.com. The shop opened at 1535 14th Ave in 2007. It’s a similar move to the one made by 15th Ave East gift shop Tilden when it went online only in January after 37 years of business on the Hill. Tilden’s 15th Ave location is slated to become a new Caffe Vita coffee shop and pizza joint.
As for the trend, here is a list of independent retailers who have closed this summer on the Hill: