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Capitol Hill home decor retailer Stock and Pantry announces permanent closure

(Image: Stock & Pantry)

Another one of a kind Capitol Hill retailer has announced it is permanently closing due to challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Owner Sasha Clark announced she is closing Stock and Pantry after a final day of business on Friday, October 23rd:

The store, and our wonderful community of designers and customers (friends!) has been our passion for over 4 years, and while we have done everything possible in order to stay open, and exhausted every avenue for help, we’ve had to make the heartbreaking decision that we can’t make it work any longer in this format and during these times

CHS reported on Stock and Pantry’s home decor retail business joining a roster of bigger chain names in the massive Excelsior mixed-use development that rose above the former “Bauhaus block” and opened for residents and new retail tenants in 2017.

The store called the preserved facade and storefront of the old Pinevue Apartments building home with a mix of pantry goods, carefully curated home decor, textiles, art, gifts, accessories, and art and design books.

“When the plywood came down off of the storefront of the Excelsior I just went, ‘Oh my god, that’s perfect,’” Clark told CHS at the time.

The seven-story, 200+ unit Excelsior mixed-use development has 16,000 square feet of retail space. It is built above the overhauled shells of auto row buildings along E Pine including the Melrose Building formerly home to the popular Bauhaus cafe. Bauhaus wasn’t the only small business displaced by the development. Retailers including Le FrockEdie’sScout ApparelVutiqueWall of Sound and Spine and Crown Books all eventually made way for the construction.

Rapha, a high-end cycling brand, brought one of its Rapha Clubhouses to the building while Aesop, a skincare company that began in Melbourne, and California’s The Pressed Juicery chain also moved in.

In her closure announcement, Clark said challenges for her business began to hit long before COVID. “In 2019, the reality is that retail shifted to be honest, and many started to shift away from shopping small – sad, but true,” she writes. “Small businesses of all kinds began to suffer as the bigger companies began to encroach on our very own aesthetic.”

Clark says that Stock and Pantry will close down entirely — she’s closing down the online store, too. You’ll find a “farewell sale” underway on E Pine though Friday while the site will continue to move discounted items through October 31st.

Capitol Hill and Central District COVID-19 Crisis Closures: CHS has tried to confirm all reported statuses. Please let us know if any information needs to be updated -- LAST UPDATED: 11/11/20

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1 month ago

Sad to see another small business close but, to be honest, even before COVID, this place never seemed to be open. I would walk past at least once a day and can’t recall ever seeing anyone in there working much less shopping. It always seemed to be a high-end shop for the Madison Park, “ladies-who-lunch” crowd. I think I even remember there being an “appointment only” sign in the window at some point?

John Whittier Treat
John Whittier Treat
1 month ago

Bring back the Bauhaus. It would be open with social distance now and thriving.