Yarn and futon stores close
And lately it's been particularly grim. "We lost our less wealthy people when gas prices went up last year, but then after the Wall Street bailout, it's like, pull the shades. The rich people quit buying too," she says. "No one's doing great in the furniture business these days. The people that are actually doing OK in the furniture business are the ones where grandpa had everything all paid for two generations ago."
They aren't in that category. Cadotte-Keys says they're a little ambivalent about retiring, but "at some point you have to be practical. My dad and my husband's dad died in their sixties. Well, we're in our sixties, and we're going like, 'Dang! Time to let go and have a little fun.'"
For futon fans, the silver lining is that closing sales make this a darn good time to buy a futon. And for fans of the tiny Tienda la Libertad/Liberty Market a few doors down, there's another silver lining: Tienda owners Alain Benighil and Beth Langenderfer have bought the Dragon's Lair building. They plan to move across the driveway in June with an expanded grocery section and possibly a few new services yet to be determined.
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